I have a confession. I have fallen in love with the aloe vera plant. I have used aloe vera off and on for skin ailments and cuts and scraps. My mom often had an aloe vera plant in the house and we would just cut off a piece when we had a cut, scrap or blemish. I have also purchased aloe vera juice and pulp from our local health food store. However recently I have come to LOVE it in my smoothies.
It is such a beautiful plant. You can try to find it in your local health food stores or organic grocery stores. This beautiful plant below is a small aloe that I have in my house. It is there for mostly decor and the occasional cuts and scraps.
Below is a large aloe vera leaf from my local organic grocery store. When you find out what aloe vera can do for your body you might want to source it out and give it a try.
It is considered a powerhouse. It is filled with a clear gel like substance that is loaded with nutrients such as Vitamin A, C and E. It also is a source of fibre and polysaccharides. It is useful for those with digestive issues such as ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome. It is also a prebiotic, great for your joints, inflammation and tissue regeneration. It is also had cleansing and anti fungal qualities.
I have been loving aloe with citrus. Orange and aloe smoothies. Orange, grapefruit and aloe. Orange, goji berries and aloe. Lime and aloe. I can seriously go on and on. I think my body is telling me something. So I am listening and giving it as much aloe as it wants.
The aloe leaf pictured above is from one huge leaf. It costs about $3.oo for one large organic leaf that could be used for about 5-6 smoothies. Wash the outside skin of your aloe first. Then peel all of the green thick skin off. Making sure that it all has been removed! I have heard that the skin can be quite the laxative, so you want to carefully remove it. Then cut a fillet and pop it into your blender.
Try mixing Aloe Vera into your life! I like mine with orange, grapefruit, lime and raw honey. You can actually mix it into any of your favourite smoothies.
Oh and before you throw out the skin, flip it over and rub the aloe on your skin.