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Aloe Vera: When only the real thing is good enough
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The Benefits of Eating and Drinking Aloe Vera Juice/Gel and Internal UsesThis is one of the questions I am asked most often, and one of the most dangerous questions for me to answer. Why? I hear you ask.
Mainly because I'm not a nutritionist, or qualified to prescribe you Aloe Vera that you can take internally, and any suggestion on my part of telling you, or advising you what to do, could lead me open to any number of complaints, or much worse. So you will forgive me if I am a little coy about advising you on taking Aloe Vera internally.
So why this page? Up to now we've talked about external uses, but besides restoring skin tissue, Aloe Vera boasts some impressive internal health benefits too.
Whilst I could never come outright and say, eat this, or drink that, for the reasons already stated, I CAN tell you what I do, and why. The rest then, is up to you. If you are happy to proceed on that basis, then please read on.
I have been making my own cordial for many years. I will go out collecting field edge (not roadside) blackberries and elderberries. I grow black currents, red currents, apples galore and many more fruits and vegetables that are otherwise good for juicing or smoothies. During times of glut, these are prepared and stored in the freezer.
It was with this background that I became interested in bringing the healing properties of Aloe Vera into my diet, whilst at the same time seeing little green bottles of Aloe juice (Aloe water really) in many of the major supermarkets. I even tried a few of them, but quickly decided, they were either diluted beyond any use, had more sugar than water, even worse, had artificial sweeteners, and more preservatives than your average Pharaoh in his tomb.
So there they are on the shelves, ranging from about 75p to £2.50 for a little bottle, totally dumbed down to the cheapest ingredients, with colouring to keep consistency, preservatives to increase shelf life, and excessive sweetness to appeal to most tastes. Never mind if that's the best way to drink it or not, but that's supermarkets for you.
I find this is the best part about growing your own Aloe Vera. If you only make as much as you can drink in a few days, then the best way to preserve your Aloe gel and juice, is to leave it in the plant until you need it. Anyway, this is when I started experimenting with making my own Aloe drink.
Aloe Drink: This is my own recipe for a refreshing, tasty drink, that I enjoy from time to time.
To the sceptic, I have little sympathy, as nowadays almost everyone will know someone who has benefited from the healing properties of Aloe Vera, even if to broadcast the fact invites scorn from the medical professions. I love to be able to show my children, the next generation, that there are alternatives to the brow beating we get from big pharma, with their expensive TV ads, that try to convince us they are the only ones who can help us. Poppycock!
It's worth remembering, over two-thirds of the worlds population can't afford expensive drugs and so are routinely treated with herbs, and plants, stems, leaves, roots and honey, that are not only effective, but are known to be equal to, and in some cases superior to, synthetically produced medicines. In addition to all the external benefits already acknowledged, aloe vera is now known to be very effective in treating acid reflux, to improve brain function, to lower cholesterol, and to help diabetics control their blood sugar. It is helpful in a variety of digestive disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and possess soothing properties that help conditions that promote inflammation and over-acidity.
In general, the joints and muscles benefit from aloe's anti-inflammatory properties, as does the immune system, not in the least because of the 200 or so nutritional compounds that the body needs to be fit and healthy, many of which are found in our humble, mine and yours, Aloe Vera.
Ready to give this a try for yourself? Order from here and I'll pick you a fine specimen from my stock