I have used the gel from an aloe vera plant many times, to soothe a burn, an insect bite or a scrape. I did not know, until recently, that fresh aloe vera gel is also valuable when taken internally. Aloe vera water is now a part of the 90 Day Thyroid Detox that I am doing. Each month different smoothies, waters or healing drinks are included. It was time to experience this plant that is considered a wild food.
Aloe vera contains 70+ trace minerals that work together with the phytochemical aloin to calm inflammation in the gut, making it helpful for Crohn’s, irritable bowel syndrome and colitis. This anti-inflammatory action rejuvenates the appendix and the ileum, the part of the intestinal tract where vitamin B12 is produced when the digestive system is functioning correctly.
Aloe vera is antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and rids the body of mold and parasites. Plus it kills off the pathogens that cause colon cancer, stomach cancer and rectal cancer, eliminates H. pylori, and supports the pancreas. Aloe is great for the skin too when consumed daily, improving it from the inside out and creating a youthful glow.
The gel of this plant stops the growth of polyps and hemorrhoids, soothes stomach ulcers, heals bladder and kidney infections and flushes toxins out of the bloodstream and body. It purges the liver specifically of toxins such as pesticides, and helps to restore a fatty liver. And it supports the adrenals while drawing radiation from the thyroid. Aloe is even helpful for pets. Apply the gel from a fresh leaf to rashes, tick and flea bites, and areas of hair loss.
So how do you enjoy the many health benefits from fresh aloe vera gel? And where do you find them? I asked the helpful produce manager at Natural Grocers to bring in fresh, organic leaves. He had them here in two days. They are huge, looking like a limb off of a sea creature, and need to be kept refrigerated.
Trim off the base of the leaf, then cut a two inch section for use. Wrap the cut edge in a damp towel or plastic wrap and return the remainder of the leaf to the fridge. Leaves will stay fresh for two weeks when kept refrigerated. Carefully fillet the aloe vera section, removing the top layer of the green outer skin of the leaf, exposing the gel. Scoop out the gel with a spoon, adding it to a blender. Pour in 2 cups of water and blend for 30-60 seconds. Transfer aloe vera water to a glass and enjoy.
And how does aloe vera water taste? It has a slight green taste, but surprisingly, it isn’t bitter. The water has a slightly thicker consistency, without being slimy. I like it and find it easy to drink. That’s good because I will be drinking it for the next 60 days!
Aloe vera has been used medicinally since ancient times and yet many, including me, have been unfamiliar with its many healing properties, beyond being helpful for cuts and burns. I look forward to experiencing the benefits it offers.
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