The Aloe vera plant is one of the oldest mentioned plants in medical history. It has been widely used in ancient medical systems in Egypt, India and China. It has also been recorded that Cleopatra used it in her daily skin treatments.
This amazing plant has been most commonly used to treat burns, relieve nausea and soothe irritation of the stomach. With over 200 bio-active compounds such as polysaccharides, minerals, vitamins, amino acids and enzymes this plant really is the "plant of immortality" as called by the Egyptians.
How Aloe Vera Benefits Your Digestion
They way Aloe vera helps boost your digestion is through its digestive supporting enzymes such as lipase (help breaks down fat), and amylase (breaks down sugars). It also contains a special called bradykinase which reduces inflammation.
Aloe vera has many other benefits such as providing vitamins like B12 which is one of the few plants that actually contains this very crucial vitamin. It also has high amounts of anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin A, C, and E.
Its potent anti-inflammatory properties come from it polysaccharrides, that act like an antiviral, anti-bacteria, and strong anti-inflammatory agents.
More Benefits of Aloe Vera
- Supports digestive system
- Traditional diabetes remedy
- Reduces harmful toxins
- Increases absorption of nutrients
- Potent Anti-oxidant properties
- Treats constipation
- Strengthens Immune System
How to Use Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has also a long history as a natural cleanser for removing toxic waste from our bodies. But as always more is NOT better. As long extended use can be taxing on the liver.
I recommend using aloe a few times a week for 3 weeks then taking one week of before continuing.
There are a few ways to use aloe. You can buy the the leaf at a grocery store. Which then you would then have to peel it, cut out the filet or inner thick material and gel inside the leaf. And keep in a container in your fridge or freezer.
I recommend 2 tablespoons worth of filet per serving.
You can also buy bottled version, but beware of the quality. As the demand increases the quality decreases. I usually buy the leaf, but if I can't find any I buy this brand Lily of the dessert.
With bottled version use 1- 2 tablespoons per serving.
Aloe usually has a bit of a chalky taste. That might be hard to stomach for some that's why I usually add to citrus drinks. Plus adding lime or lemon also help with the absorption and aids the cleansing effects.
Below is a great drink to make when you have a bit of indigestion, need a little cleansing or just to keep things happy and moving down in the bowels 🙂
Aloe Vera Mojito Drink Recipe
1-2 Tablespoons Aloe (gel or filet)
1/2 Lime, peeled
1/2 Green Apple, diced
4 Mint leaves
1/2 Cup of Distilled Water
Pinch of Sea Salt
Handful of Ice Cubes
1. If using aloe leaf cut a 1 inch piece off to use. Peel off the leaf and use inner filet.
2. Peel lime, cut into 4 . Cut half green apple into chunks.
3. Toss all ingredients into blender. Blend 30 -1 minute.
4. Serve and enjoy!
Stress, refined starches, sugars, and alcohol to name a few cause a lot of havoc to your digestion. So it's wise to get in the habit to add foods/herbs that help improve our digestion so that you can get the most nutrition out of your diet.
And with drinks like this aloe vera mojito adding some cleansing drinks to your life actually becomes a treat to look forward too.
Hope you enjoy this recipe. Leave me a comment and let me know how you liked it.