I’ve been meaning to get Aloe Vera in to my diet (yes you can eat it and not just use it on your skin!) for quite a while now because the list of benefits is outstanding. We have been growing this little gem for a while, which in Scotland on a windowsill is a massive achievement. When Vera (yes I name my plants – and yes it’s not very original) was old enough and the leaves plump enough I finally got to pinch a leaf to add to my smoothie. I was a bit worried the taste would be overpowering, but I couldn’t taste it at all. Definitely going to have this as a regular smoothie add in given how beneficial Aloe Vera is.
To sum up the benefits of Aloe Vera:
- It includes vitamins such as vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6.
- It is also one of the few plants that contains vitamin B12.
- It contains 20 minerals, some of which include: calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, and manganese.
- It is also high in amino acids and contains fatty acids.
- It works as an adaptogen for the body (meaning it increases the bodies ability to respond to changes like stress).
- It helps soothe and cleanse the digestive tract improving your digestion and regulating bowel movements.
- It aids detoxification.
- It helps alkalise the body.
- It boosts the immune system.
- It’s high in antioxidants, and has Anti-biotic, Anti-microbial, Germicidal, Anti-bacterial, Anti-septic, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-fungal and Anti-viral properties.
- And if that’s not enough it helps you lose weight because of all the above healing properties.
Seriously good stuff.
To use it and remove from the skin: Simply slice off the edges, run a knife down the aloe Vera (or use a veggie peeler to do this) to then remove the top outer layer (always staying as close to the top skin piece as possible to keep all the gel) then slicing or scooping the gel off the bottom skin layer. I used the whole one here which was about three inches of gel.
Start with about 2 inches in a smoothie (or you can eat straight if you can handle the texture) to ease your digestive tract in to it to avoid any tummy upsets and build up to around 4 inches using whenever you like, some people even use it daily – my plants not big enough for that yet.
Note: Also save the skins in a zip lock bag to rub on your skin for sunburns, as a moisturiser, and an all round amazing skin treatment.
For a simple Green Smoothie recipe blend:
One green apple (core and all – try to remove seeds though)
2-4 inches of aloe vera
2 handfuls leafy greens (I used baby spinach)
1 handful of mint leaves
2 TBsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups of water
Handful or two of ice – blend and enjoy!
Aloe vera fan? Let me know in the comments below!
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