If there was ever an aloe vera plant to engorge and swallow up a living room, this would be it. My mother raised this plant in her home from an infant, and you can see in the photo what it has become. That’s a 50 pound bag of potting soil that you can see in the background (gives you an idea of just how big this monster is).
Aloe vera is an incredibly nutrient-rich plant. Many of you know that aloe vera gel is great to use on burns, but did you also know that it can be ingested internally? Aloe Vera gel is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and has some amazing healing properties.
Aloe Vera gel chunks transform a beverage into something positively scrumptious and refreshing. If you have your own aloe vera plant, here’s how you can make your own aloe vera juice drink.
Step One: Cut a large healthy aloe vera leaf off of your plant, then let the resin drip out by holding it upside down so that it drains where you cut it. The gel won’t come out, so don’t worry about that.
Step Two: Cut it in half and then filet the gel out of the inside. Just be sure you don’t get the yellow stuff that comes out near the outer skin. You could also do this by first cutting the top layer, then the sides and eventually the bottom. There’s a photo tutorial on this here that shows how to do this really well.
Step Three: Place in a blender and cover with 3 cups of fruit juice or fresh fruit and water. You can pretty much use anything you want here. Try coconut milk or almond milk if that suits your taste better.
Step Four: Blend well, chill and then serve. Refrigerate leftover juice.
Be sure to also read my Aloe Vera Lemonade Recipe.
Health Benefits of Aloe Vera:
• Halts the growth of cancer tumors.
• Lowers high cholesterol.
• Repairs “sludge blood” and reverses “sticky blood”.
• Boosts the oxygenation of your blood.
• Eases inflammation and soothes arthritis pain.
• Protects the body from oxidative stress.
• Prevents kidney stones and protects the body from oxalates in coffee and tea.
• Alkalizes the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits.
• Cures ulcers, IBS, Crohn’s disease and other digestive disorders.
• Reduces high blood pressure natural, by treating the cause, not just the symptoms.
• Nourishes the body with minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glyconutrients.
• Accelerates healing from physical burns and radiation burns.
• Replaces dozens of first aid products, makes bandages and antibacterial sprays obsolete.
• Halts colon cancer, heals the intestines and lubricates the digestive tract.
• Ends constipation.
• Stabilizes blood sugar and reduces triglycerides in diabetics.
• Prevents and treats candida infections.
• Protects the kidneys from disease.
• Functions as nature’s own “sports drink” for electrolyte balance, making common sports drinks obsolete.
• Boosts cardiovascular performance and physical endurance.
• Speeds recovery from injury or physical exertion.
• Hydrates the skin, accelerates skin repair.
Aloe vera plants can get quite big if they are healthy and not over watered, as you can see from the above photo.
If you aren’t into making your own, you can buy aloe vera juice drinks. But, aloe vera in it’s raw state will have the most beneficial health properties. Do you have any experience making your own aloe vera juice and have a tip or recipe to share? You can leave a comment by clicking here.