Aloe vera is one of the oldest mentioned plants used for health purposes, dating all the way back to the ancient Chinese and Egyptians. They used this resilient, cactus-looking plant (a hearty succulent known as the “Lily of the Desert”) for its beneficial properties. As you may remember from science class, succulents are able to retain water in poor climates or soil conditions, which makes them perfectly self-hydrating.
Because aloe vera contains a wealth of health promoting constituents including polysaccharides, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids and minerals, it can be used in combination with a healthy diet and lifestyle to promote overall wellness. Here’s a short list of the nutrients found in the aloe plant:
Vitamins C and E
Vitamin B1, B2, and B6
If you need more convincing, here are three reasons you should add aloe vera to your daily routine:
1. Aloe vera has been traditionally used to support digestion.
2. It contributes to the health of your mouth! Aloe can help you achieve a healthier smile.
3. Aloe vera moisturizes and hydrates skin when applied topically.
I keep a small aloe plant in the house when I need it for my skin. Just make sure you keep it away from your animals, as it is a known toxin to cats and dogs. I also drink the prepared cold pressed juice of the aloe plant for digestive system support based on tradition.** The juice of the aloe plant is watery and has a slightly bitter taste, which can be remedied with a little lemon. I also like to add it to other juices and iced teas. I recommend between 4-8 ounces of aloe juice daily. Not a juice drinker? It’s also available in softgel form as a nutritional supplement.
Drinking aloe juice just might be one of the best healthy habits you can create. Trying it for yourself is the best way to really understand the benefits.