Updated: Jun 19, 2020
Aloe Vera plants are easy to come by and even easier to grow and most of us have grown them in our yard or in the home. But have you really looked into the benefits of growing and using Aloe Vera in your daily-life? They are not just for when you have a sunburn Being a red head for many years my only use for my outdoor Aloe Vera plant was to soothe my sun-burned or tender skin tissues. Here are just a few of the health benefits to consider when using Aloe.
Improved blood sugar regulation
With aloe growing in my backyard, I decided to help with my skin hydration and tighten under-eye bags and hydrate my “mom skin”. We have also been drinking it to help with gut health. It also works well as an antibacterial and can be an effective mouthwash to heel bleeding and swollen gums due to its natural dosage of Vitamin C. It also can effectively help reduce blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics.
4 steps to extract Aloe Gel:
Wash the aloe leaf
Cut into pieces
Cut off the edges
Remove the upper layer of skin, this is the curved part of the skin
Extract the gel by scraping it off with a spoon
Cut gel into pieces
Blend the gel
Store gel in the fridge (optional: mix with an essential oil for a pleasant smell)
Face mask Recipe:
1/2 cucumber peeled and chopped
4 TBSP Aloe Vera Gel
In a blender, puree 1/2 cucumber (peeled and chopped).
In a bowl, mix puree with 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
Smooth mask over clean damp skin.
Relax for 10-20 minutes.
Aloe Drink Recipe:
10 cm of aloe vera stem
Juice of half a lemon
1/4 cup of honey (optional) (original recipe suggest 1 cup honey)
300 ml of spring water
Peel the aloe vera leaf with a sharp knife. Start by removing the stings, then the rest of the green skin. The green skin is toxic, so take off all the skin. Then remove the gel and rinse it under water.
Place the aloe vera gel in the blender bowl.
Pour half a lemon juice over it. Add the honey if you wish.
Pour over the spring water and mix.
Serve immediately or pour into a Mason Jar
Note: If you wish, you can add a dash of ginger or turmeric to your juice, or mix it with the juice of other fruits or vegetables.
I love this Recipe from: @smartsexypaleo. https://smartsexypaleo.com/