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Welcome back to our weekly blog where a topic this week is the Best Ways to Use Aloe Vera that you didn’t know about. I love to talk about the power of plants, plant medicine and plant foods. There’s so much amazingness that comes to us from nature that we can take advantage of if we start to build our wisdom and our knowledge of these amazing plant resources.
I personally live in California. There is a ton of aloe in my front and backyard, and I think it’s a beautiful plant. It’s a very resilient plant and grows in some harsh conditions. This plant has a lot of amazing uses that I want to get into today and I would love for you to take advantage of yourself.
Aloe Vera Benefits
Aloe vera has been used for over 5000 years. It’s said to be used by the ancient Egyptians and in different cultures around the world.
Aloe one of those tried and true plants that we can source pretty inexpensively and have a lot of potent benefits, which I want to get into right now.
Use #1: Detoxify from the Inside Out
First of all, I want to say that the extract of this plant has a lot of bioactive components such as amino acids, beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin E, minerals, enzymes. It has a very strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant profile. So it’s really great for improving digestion, helping your body heal, detoxifying your system, which is the first thing I want to talk about.
It is a great de-toxifier. You can get aloe vera juice and add it into your smoothies and into some of your elixirs. It helps to increase intestinal water content. It helps to flush your system of toxins. It’s great for those that have sensitive systems as well.
My first smoothie shop, Glow Bio, had little shots with aloe vera and some other compounds. Now my juice bar is in the Four Seasons at Beverly Hills. We are working to incorporate it in more because so many people say, “Oh my gosh, this shot, this elixir with aloe vera really did help me. I feel a lot lighter.” We would use it in all our different cleanses.
That’s one of the things that it’s best known for is really helping to encourage toxin release and bowel movements and peristalsis in a really natural way. I recommend if you are going to source some at home to look for a hundred percent pure organic aloe vera juice. No sweeteners, no preservatives, made in small batches.
Use #2: Improves Digestion
Number two, is aloe vera can really help to improve your digestion. It helps to reduce irritation in your stomach and intestines. We know when there’s constriction or cramping, things don’t move along as smoothly or as quickly.
Aloe vera is very soothing. It helps to create balance. It’s also very alkalizing in your system and has powerful beneficial effects for your digestion as well.
Use #3: Clears and Protects Skin
Third, it’s great for your skin, clearing and protecting your skin. A study published in the Organic and Medicinal Chemistry Journal found that aloe is loaded with polyphenols, giving it strong antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
Great for helping to reduce the frequency of acne and neutralizing the effects of UV radiation, which is very protective. I want to point out this is one of the reasons that we included aloe vera in our Solluna Feel Good Cleanser.
It is a wonderful way to start your skincare routine with its antibacterial properties by soothing the skin and really deep cleaning it—creating a balanced pH without stripping the skin. Check it out if you haven’t already. It is the cleanser that I use every day and I love, of course, because I formulated it. But please check it out for yourself to get aloe into your skincare routine on a daily basis.
Use #4: Lowers Blood Sugar
Next is aloe vera can help lower blood sugar. A study found that drinking two tablespoons of aloe vera every day for two weeks help to lower the blood pressure among people with type two diabetes. And it’s just a great natural aid in this regard.
We know that diabetes is such a widespread problem. You or a loved one or someone you know may be suffering from this condition. I encourage you to read this study and check it out.
I will say that aloe vera does have a bitter taste, which is why I like to balance it in an elixir, with a sweetener like coconut nectar or if you’re going to put it in a smoothie. It’s great to use other greens and banana with it just to balance the taste. It’s sort of like spirulina, it’s super strong and it’s a little bit flavor dominant.
You want to make sure that you pay attention to that. But please don’t let that keep you off aloe vera. It’s obviously an amazing, potent, powerful plant. You could see the way that it grows. It’s strong and resilient. It can give you a lot of strength and resilience in your own body. I encourage you to check it out and let me know how you do.
Thank you so much for tuning in, Beauty. As always, I am here for you. You can visit our website where you can send in your questions. You can ask me questions on Instagram. I send you so much love and strength and radiant health. I will see you back here next week.
Hi Kimberly. Do we add aloe Vera to the GG’s? 1 – 2 tbsp? Also… Do I limit liquid consumption around drinking GG’s in morning or is that just for solid foods? Thank you for the info. Going to try your aloa cleanser.
Hi Karen! You could certainly put a small amount of aloe vera into your GGS in the morning – I recommend around 1 tbsp so the flavor isn’t too potent. I usually begin my day with hot water and lemon, and follow it with GGS around 20 minutes later for optimal digestion. Hope that helps! xx
thanks for the vlog. How do u prepare ur aloe vera plants? What do u use in the smoothies? The gel or do u prepare juice out of it first?
Thanks for ur help
Hi Anna! I usually buy aloe vera juice from the store, which is easy to throw into smoothies and elixirs without preparation. Just be sure to look for pure, organic aloe vera juice! xx
Can u add to smoothie fresh aloe from aloe plant , or do u hv to buy liquid aloe?
Hi Michelle! I usually buy pure, organic aloe vera juice from the store, which is easy to throw into smoothies. You can eat the plant’s leaves, however, only use aloe vera from a supermarket or farmers market you trust. Not all aloe vera is safe to eat. For example, the aloe vera you grow yourself as a houseplant is not meant to be eaten. Instead, purchase large aloe vera leaves in the produce section of a supermarket. Sending lots of love to you! 😉
I have a plant so would you please share how to incorporate into recipes, drinks?
Hi Janis! Not all aloe vera is safe to eat. For example, the aloe vera you grow yourself as a houseplant is not meant to be eaten. Instead, purchase large aloe vera leaves in the produce section of a supermarket. From there, you can remove the outer green part of the leaf and blend the gel in your smoothies. Alternatively, you can purchase pure, organic aloe vera juice from the supermarket, which is much easier to use! I recommend using 1-2 tbsp. of the juice in your smoothies and elixirs. Let me know how you like it! xx
Should we use (drink or put on face) aloe vera straight from the plant? Or should we buy aloe vera from the store? I too have an aloe plant but I’ve seen health websites saying that the plant itself shouldn’t be eaten, and one dermatologist I follow said it’s better to buy aloe vera for putting on face, rather than using the plant itself. What’s your take? Thanks!
Hi Mel! You can eat the plant’s leaves, however, only use aloe vera from a supermarket or farmers market you trust. Not all aloe vera is safe to eat. For example, the aloe vera you grow yourself as a houseplant is not meant to be eaten. Instead, purchase large aloe vera leaves in the produce section of a supermarket. As with any food, keep track of how often you eat the leaves and how your body reacts (in a journal). I always suggest talking to your health care practitioner as well, to ensure you’re getting the foods your body needs. I personally find that pure, 100% organic aloe vera juice from the store is easiest to use in recipes! Lots of love to you! 🙂
Thank you Kimberly! How about putting the houseplant gel on the face?
I’m going to try this! Thanks for the great suggestions. Hope you’re doing well! xo
Is it ok to add aloe to my diet if I’m breastfeeding?
Hi Beauty! Aloe has been shown to occasionally cause colic in breastfed babies, so it may be best to avoid aloe while breastfeeding. However, I always recommend checking with your physician to be sure! Sending lots of love to you and your sweet baby xx