Trust in the Power of Nature
Yesterday, we took a look at some of the many ways aloe vera can benefit your health. But seeing as to how popular aloe vera has become in recent years, you may be wondering: why bother?
It’s important to talk about aloe vera because at this point, most people are not using the plant for its full potential. Yes, aloe vera has a stellar reputation in the skin-care industry. It’s the first thing you reach for when it comes to any kind of burn, and you’ve probably grown to love the gentle, cooling sensation as it does its magic.
But have you ever considered eating it?
Aloe vera isn’t a fruit, and there isn’t much “meat” to it. It probably hasn’t occurred to many people that they should be taking a bite of it. But what if you were to take the gel of an aloe vera plant, and mix it with juices to create a delicious and healthy drink?
Aloe vera has a lot to offer, not just outside the body but also in We’re constantly building up toxins and bacteria in our intestines, which keeps our bodis from being able to take in the nutrients they need. If you regularly drink aloe vera, it’ll work as a sort of daily detox. In effect, drinking aloe vera juices can help prevent irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion ulcers, and more.
To learn more about how you can make aloe vera not only palatable but delicious, here are a couple juice recipes
Healthy – Apple, Carrot, Orange Blend
2 Green apples
1 Orange, peeled
1 tbsp of aloe vera pulp
Exotic – Pinapple, Carrot, Apple
For something a little more exotic you can try this one.
1-2 cup Fresh pineapple
1 Green apple
1 tbsp Aloe vera pulp
A few tbsp of coconut milk is optional
Basically blend all the ingredients together, adding the pulp of the aloe vera leaf. The coconut milk more than being a tasty addition, will actually increase the anti-bacterial and anti-viral qualities of this drink.
Virgin – Aloe Juice
The most effective way to get the medicinal benefits is to drink the pure juice, so if you are game, this is the recipe for you:
1. You take a few leaves of aloe vera and cut them into pieces of a few centimetres long and put this in a pot to boil.
2. Let it boil for a few minutes, but make sure it doesn’t boil over.
3. Take it off the flame and let it cool for about an hour, sitting in the water.
4. Then take out the plant pieces and drink only the liquid.
2 tbsp Aloe vera pulp
1. Blend the apple and the cucumber
2. Add the lemon juice
3. Cut open an aloe vera leaf and scoop out 2 tbsp of the pulp and add it to the mixture
Have you ever tried drinking aloe vera juice before? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Share your own favorite recipes in the comments’ section!
This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not give dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner.
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