Aloe Vera has been somewhat of a staple at our house for the past few years. When I first started seeing signs of odd bruising and swelling on my legs about five years ago, I immediately ran out and bought some aloe plants. Not only are they nearly indestructible (seriously, they don't die), but they are also great at detoxing the air and they grow super fast, meaning I get lots and lots of use out of a single plant.
Now we all know that aloe is famous for its skin soothing properties when it comes to sun burns and injuries, but it wasn’t until recently that I learned you can also drink it. Turns out all those external benefits we’re so familiar with apply to your insides as well. In addition to a wide array of vitamins and minerals, aloe is also packed with antioxidants and amino and fatty acids, which lower inflammation, aid digestion, and promote healing.
Other benefits of aloe vera juice include:
· supports a healthy immune system
· assists antioxidant support
· reduces toxins in the body
· supports normal muscle and joint functions
· moisturizes and hydrates the skin
· increases bioavailability of vitamins and minerals
While drinking straight aloe vera juice isn't recommended (the stuff is biiiiitter), it does make a great addition to cocktails and smoothies.
Here’s several drink recipes to help you start getting more aloe in your diet