Is Aloe Vera just something you put on sunburn? wrong! It has so many uses and I love drinking it. Yes, I said drinking it.
Ingesting the clear gel from the inside of an aloe vera leaf can help keep your digestive tract healthy. We’ll get to how you can do this in just a minute. But first, let’s take a look at the nutritional benefits.
It’s got a superhero-packed combination of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids that are vital for our bodies to function properly.
My Aloe Vera Plant
I love the family aloe vera plant, my mum got it from a friend’s uncle as we wanted one that was over 7 years old. Why?
I’ve been told that when the plant is over 7 years old the medicinal benefits are increased tenfold. Anyway, we just asked a got one. Too easy! Mum had it at home for a while until I decided to connect with it.
I’ve meditated with it many times and only harvested a leaf on a full moon. When I first started to honour and connect with the plant a month later it bloomed with the most beautiful flowers. Birds and bees were coming from everywhere to suck on the nectar of the flowers. It never did that before.
Every year now it has more and more flowers and is a beautiful gift to see. True plant medicine!
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1. What’s so special about the Aloe Vera plant?
For thousands of years, people around the world have turned to the Aloe plant for its medicinal properties. Modern scientific research has shed light on many of these pieces of this ancient plant.
“Due to its phytochemical composition, A. vera leaf gel may show promise in alleviating symptoms associated with/or prevention of cardiovascular diseases, cancer, neurodegeneration, and diabetes” ~ Org Med Chem 2013
An Aloe Vera plant contains over 200 active components including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharide, and fatty acids. It has a high vitamin and mineral count and is one of the few plants that contains vitamin B12.
The bulk of the Aloe Vera leaf is filled with a clear gel-like substance, which is approximately 99% water. Funny that water is the most abundant molecule in the bodies too and no surprise that this plant can help to alkalize our system.
3 Top Benefits of Aloe Vera for Improving Gut Health
Making Aloe Vera juice from the plant is easy and I like to add it to my juices, smoothies or morning health elixir shot.
It helps to soothe and cleanse the digestive tract. It can also help with both constipation or diarrhoea, by keeping you regular. A good remedy for people with irritable bowel syndrome or acid reflux.
Because of it’s Anti-biotic, Anti-microbial, Germicidal, Anti-bacterial, Anti-septic, Anti-fungal & Anti-viral properties it can reduce the number of unfriendly bacteria and your gut.
Even aiding the body to protect you from nasty intestinal worms. Many people have harmful parasites these days due to our toxic modern lifestyles. Worms thrive in our gut when we eat lots of refined sugar, eat unhealthy foods and stay inside all the time.
Aloe Vera can help us detoxify as it’s a gelatinous plant, like seaweeds and chia. Imagine a gluey lubricant gel moving through the intestinal tract attracting toxins like flies to sandpaper along the way. Then dumping these out of our system like our own personal garbage truck.
Other natural remedies for gut health
My Top 3 healing Aloe Vera plant uses
- Good for soothing sunburn, just cut a stem, place it in the fridge and rub
- Use it on abrasions as it’s an astringent and increases the elasticity of the skin making it more flexible through collagen and elastin repair
- Use it to relieve itchy bug bites, eczema and psoriasis. Its antipruritic and will help to soften and soothe the skin.
Aloe Vera Intake Precautions
Aloe Vera is incredibly medicinal, so you need to be aware of its potency if you are adding it to your juices. You don’t want too much of a good thing, as a little can go a long way.
How to make your own Aloe Vera juice