Aloe Vera

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

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.

Aloe Vera

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.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

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.

Aloe Vera

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Sweet & Savory Curry

I love curry. Fortunately, there are many plant based curry recipes available. I’ve enjoyed madras curried lentils and aloo matar. For Try This Tuesday, I tried another recipe from the most recent issue of Thrive Magazine. This yummy curry was created by vegan Lauren Hallman.

Sweet & Savory Curry

Here is Lauren’s easy to follow recipe:

Sweet & Savory Curry

Sweet & Savory Curry

These are all ingredients I keep on hand, in my cupboards and my wooden vegetable box. That makes this recipe a cinch to put together, and dinner was ready in under 30 minutes. I started a double batch of brown rice cooking in the pressure pot, before beginning the curry, so both would be ready about the same time.

To ease the process, I chopped and diced veggies, opened the can of chick peas and drained and rinsed them, and opened the coconut milk and tomato paste as well before beginning the cooking. Using a small glass bowl, I measured out the spices and combined them in the bowl, so I could dump them all in at once.

Sweet & Savory Curry

This curry lived up to its name. The sweet potatoes provided the “sweet” part, while the spices contributed the savory, without adding too much heat. Children would enjoy this curry dish.

I know I certainly enjoyed it! The recipe makes plenty of curry, enough to savor for a couple of meals at least. I topped my first bowl of curry with chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice. For lunch today I added sliced avocado to my bowl.

This delicious and nutritious recipe goes into my Keep File!

Sweet & Savory Curry

Hawaiian Spirulina

Today’s featured supplement was new to me when I began a plant based diet. Spirulina is a spiral shaped microalgae that grows naturally in the wild, in warm, fresh water lakes. Spirulina is also cultivated and harvested in man made reservoirs, such as those established in Hawaii. The algae’s blue green color gives the water in lakes or reservoirs a vivid greenish hue.

Hawaiian Spirulina

Spirulina, preferably from Hawaii, is considered a superfood, high in protein, minerals and vitamins such as B12 and K. This algae contains all the amino acids that are essential for health and it is a naturally rich source of iodine. It is also high in omega 3.

There are many health benefits associated with spirulina including reducing pain sensitivity, supporting the liver, relieving allergy symptoms and boosting energy and the immune system.

Hawaiian Spirulina Spirulina farms in Hawaii.

In his book Thyroid Healing, Anthony William recommends including this supplement because it is an incredible ally in rebuilding the central nervous system and it removes heavy metals such as mercury and toxic copper from the liver, reproductive system, intestinal tract, thyroid and brain. And eliminating these metals gets rid of some of the favorite fuels that the Epstein Barr virus feeds on.

Further, spirulina helps the thyroid by feeding healthy thyroid tissue, which has a restorative affect on the gland. And the algae’s iodine content acts as an antiseptic against EBV in the thyroid, reducing the viral load so it can heal. Spirulina can also reduce the growth of nodules, tumors and cysts on the thyroid, both cancerous and benign.

Hawaiian spirulina is available in capsule or powder form. I’ve taken both. However, I find the powdered form easy to include in my morning smoothies or smoothie bowls. I add a heaping teaspoon of the powder. It is virtually tasteless in my smoothie and because I also include wild blueberries with spirulina, the dark color doesn’t turn my drink green. The powder can be added to juices or stirred into water and consumed that way. There are intriguing recipes on Pinterest that show healthy treats such as spirulina coconut pie or ice cream.

However you prefer to take spirulina, include it daily to bring its amazing healing and protective properties into your life.

Hawaiian Spirulina

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