Aloe Vera – not just a pretty plant!
Many of us are familiar with the Aloe Vera plant, with its prickly succulent leaves, from holidays in Spain so are aware it’s not just a slightly cockney way of saying hello to your Great Aunt Vera! For many years now drinks have been available with this plants name on them and it was widely thought that it was a great cure or aid for those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) but that was about as far as it went. Little did we know that this little plant (or not so little if you see the size of the leaves that are now being sold here) was actually a bit magical and actually has many different uses.
Beauty as they say is in the eye of the beholder but as a potted plant for your home or office these plants certainly do have a certain aesthetic pleasure about them. Combine that with their wonderful ability for filtering air pollutants and toxins there are plenty of reasons to make room for one of these on your windowsill. (They are pretty easy to look after as well which is always a bonus).
You could write an entire book on the medical uses of Aloe and I am sure this has already been done. The gel inside the leaf is widely known to relieve burns, sunburn or other skin irritations, as well as help heal wounds. It also has a long history of being used for a wide range of other medical purposes dating back to ancient Egypt. From relieving heartburn, lowering blood sugar and as an alternative to mouth wash the uses are certainly quite varied.
With the recent increase of green juicing Aloe Vera has found its way into being a very popular ingredient for many people’s juices. The benefits are thought to be wide and varied and include helping with Alkalinity, Liver Function, Constipation, your skin health and of course digestion.
One thing is certain the popularity of Aloe Vera has certainly seen made it one of the must have product lines for 2018 and of course it just has to be ORGANIC.
How to prepare your Aloe Vera leaves
If you buy your Aloe as a ready cut leaf then obviously you don't need to do the first two parts of this.
If you want to put your Aloe in a drink then you can either put the prepared gel through your juicer or blend into a ready prepared drink.