You’ve got to have been hiding under a ROCK if you haven’t noticed this sudden influx of people drinking aloe vera!! You’re probably part of the large percentage of people wondering what the heck all the fuss is about?!?! Is this just another passing craze?! What does it actually DO?!….Well, look no further my friend, I’m here to enlighten you, and feed your curiosity 😊 And no worries if you’re already a serial-aloe-drinker, there’s still a few things you should know….
Aloe vera is by no means a new discovery! This tropical plant has been nicknamed “the miracle plant” “the medicine plant” and “the silent healer” for close to 5000 years!! More recently, it started to make a little cheeky appearance in some of our cosmetics and other products on the market. Promoted for its healing and soothing qualities, and highly marketed for its fast and effective relief from sunburn. For a lot of people, their knowledge of what the plant can do ends there; but luckily I’m here to give you the low down! Keep reading! It’s just getting good 😜
First of all, YES aloe vera can be ingested! And NO it’s not part of the cactus family! It’s actually closer to the onion and garlic family, which means a strong and distinctive taste!!! Hate to break it to you, but aloe didn’t get the same yummy taste as it’s distant relatives 🙈😖 It is an “acquired” taste to say the least!!! A bitter and thick pulpy liquid, but I can assure you that the benefits of this heavenly plant make every last bitter drop worth it!
Yes!!! You can drink aloe vera!!
There are so many brands of aloe juices and cosmetics out there, so it’s kind of hard to know where to start. First of all, I have used aloe for my entire life! Being of Caribbean descent, my grandma’s back room is full of mature aloe vera plants! (They have to stay indoors because they can only survive in a tropical climate. Hence why you don’t walk around and see aloe plants growing in the wild on our side of the world.) My family are very familiar with the plant, in fact when growing up, it was a running joke that aloe vera could solve any life problem!!! Sore throat, have some aloe vera!! Tummy ache, you guessed it, aloe vera!! Grazed knee? Aloe to the rescue!! Alien invasion?! No I’m kidding about that last one, but you get the gist. So because if this, I’m so particular about aloe being in its purest form, because that’s what I’m used to.
The problem is, because we can’t harvest the plant here, it’s kind of hard to grow them as quickly as we use them. Many aloe products on the market contain a hint of aloe, and are saturated with sugars and artificial flavours (If you enjoy the taste of your aloe juices, you’re probably not drinking aloe 🙈) The same applies to the cosmetics too. A lot of companies aren’t exactly transparent when it comes to talking about how much aloe their products contain. So because of this, I always just stuck to pure plant and rationed it so that grandma wouldn’t freak out upon seeing that her plants had disappeared.
Aloe Vera Plantation, Dominican Republic
So anyway, a few months back, I came across an aloe product range that is the closet thing I’ve ever found to the plant itself, and now I absolutely swear by it!! Just call me the Queen of Aloe! But more to the point, what does aloe vera actually DO?!?!
When applied to skin, aloe is brilliant for helping to;
* Reduce the appearance of scars
* Prevent infection
* Heal wounds with minimal scarring
* Fast relief of cuts, bites and stings
* Clear up skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis
* Soothe irritations
* Fast and effective sunburn recovery
When ingested, aloe is incredibly helpful for;
* Providing a natural long-lasting energy boost
* Giving the body it’s necessary vitamins and minerals
* Maintaining a healthy digestive system
* Preventing feeling bloated
* Boosting the immune system
* Natural detoxification
* Treating constipation
* Reduction of inflammation
* Improving joint flexibility and helping to relieve painful joints
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