Aloe Vera is definitely one of the most impressive healing herbs known to man. It can be taken internally as well as externally (best taken as fresh gel blended in smoothies or juice).
It is well known that Aloe Vera gel is great for treating sunburn and burns in general and also makes a great first aid plant, but it is less well known for its ability to kill viruses and bacteria, control diabetes, soothes the digestive tract, and boost the immune system, among many other powerful healing benefits, including being beneficial for treating cancer.
The Aloe Vera plant was originally found in North Africa, but is now widely grown worldwide.
Aloe Vera is Antibacterial, Anti-fungal, and Anti-viral!
The bulk of the plants leaf is filled with gel, which is approximately 99% water. The other 1% contains over at least 75 known nutrients including 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, 200 active plant compounds called phyto nutrients, and enzymes.
My favorite breakfast recipe is – 1 medium piece of aloe vera gel (about the size of your palm), 2 cups apple juice,1 cup filtered water, 1 banana, 1 tbsp of four greens powder (wheatgrass, barleygrass, spirulina & chlorella) all blended together.
Below are just a few of the healing benefits of this amazing plant.
- It halts the growth of cancer and helps kill cancerous tumours.
- Boosts immune function.
- Lowers cholesterol.
- oxygenates the blood and aids circulation.
- Soothes inflammation and eases the pain of arthritis.
- Alkalizes the body.
- Cures ulcers, IBS and crohn’s disease.
- Reduces high blood pressure.
- Nourishes the body with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and glyconutrients.
- accelerates healing and is excellent first aid treatment for cuts, burns, bites, bruises etc.
- Stabilizes blood sugar.
- soothes and treats yeast (Candida) infections.
- Halts colon cancer, treats and soothes intestines and lubricates the digestive tract.
- Protects and nourishes the kidneys.
- Replaces vital electrolytes in the body.
- Increases performance of the cardiovascular system.
- Hydrates, moisturises and repairs the skin.
How to harvest fresh aloe vera from the plant
- Firstly Thank the plant for this wonderful gift of goodness and slice off a large leaf.
- Once you have your leaf, allow the red/orange liquid to bleed out, and then wash the leaf/ rinse in filtered water.
- You can then slice down the edges of the leaf removing any spiky bits, leaving the fresh gel visible, sandwiched between the green top and bottom outside skin.
- Carefully slice the top layer of skin off with a sharp knife, being careful not to slice into the green skin. (don’t worry if you do, you can cut any green bits out later)
- you will be left with a piece of gel attached to a layer of green leaf. (be careful not to slip and cut your fingers! aloe gel is very slippery!)
- You can then turn the leaf over and repeat, removing the final layer of the leaf. alternatively you can keep it gel side up and carefully slide your knife under the gel all the way along.
- You will be left with a lovely fresh piece of aloe vera gel, you can now cut out any brown or green bits which you may have missed.
- You can then add the fresh gel directly to your blender or smoothie.
- You can cut it into chunks and keep it in the fridge, or even just eat it raw if you like. (but it is a little bitter eaten by itself)
- I usually blend my aloe gel with a hand blender first to make it easier to add to drinks or use for first aid purposes.
- Unfortunately fresh Aloe gel will only last about a week in the fridge (mine is usually gone by then anyway!) but if you only require small amounts of gel at a time you can freeze the blended gel in ice cube trays or bags to be used daily.
- Using frozen aloe cubes come in handy for first aid purposes too! If you burn yourself in the kitchen, its so handy to just grab an aloe cube out of the freezer for instant relief and treatment.
- you can also add filtered water to you fresh aloe gel before filling up your ice trays or bags so you can measure out different daily quantities for different uses.
- I add a small amount of aloe vera gel to my dogs water every day, so freezing the gel is really handy for this. I measure out my quantities so a daily dosage is contained in each cube to be popped in the dogs water bowl everyday or in drinks for the kids or myself. It’s a good idea to use a pen to mark the ice cube tray or bag so that you know which are aloe cubes and which are plain water ice.