Aloe Vera is a best kept secret! How many of you out there knew that you could grow, eat, make juice, make drinks with your own Aloe Vera plant? You may have thought about it now and then if you are currently taking Aloe Vera juice as a tonic for whatever of many illnesses and conditions that it can improve.
It has been known for probably thousands of years the healing powers of this plant. It is cooling, healing, alkalizing, aids in digestion, fights cancer, helps to normalize the colon, anti-inflamatory, skin makeover, heals all kinds of burn conditions, including from the sun. One of the most popular things it can help is arthritus.
I have been using it for many years for stiffness, aches and pains. You know, body begins to creek and it takes you longer to stand up, longer to sit down, and you are slower to move. Try two ounces of liquid aloe twice per day plus 500 miligrams of B 6 vitamin and see if you don’t feel better! I learned that one from a prominent “healer” native American Creek Indian that is part of a huge network of herbalists and natural healing proponents.
So, what brought me to think about making Aloe Vera drinks? When I ran out of my commercially made Aloe Vera juice that I purchased from Naturessunshine products. I reached for the Aloe plant I had just bought. I decided to try and taste it, but it perhaps in my blender and make a smoothie. To my surprise, it was pretty good. It did not resemble the commercially made juice drink. I surmised it must be about twice as strong as the juice. The entire plant was good. Then one day I ran across these huge Aloe Vera spears at Walmart for $1.28 each. I bought one and took it home.
I washed this well, trimmed off the prickly edges of about 3, 1″ wide pieces. I started out using the skin, but it had a laxative effect and I decided just to peel it. The inside looks a bit like an ice cube in texture and is see through, a little on the slimy side to hold, but it stays in tact, holds it shape. Plunk that into the blender with orange juice, some fresh lemon and blend well, then added a scoop of Whey Powder, blend, then a little Almond Milk and blend. It gets frothy and has a wonderful smell! It is thin with this mixture, but tastes delicious! Reminded me of an Orange Julius of long ago in the 70’s. If you want to make it a little better, add ice to it and make it a very cold drink. You can also add some mango chunks (frozen or fresh) and blend and retain that smooth taste with citric and milk. Ummm Ummm good! If you want to make it a bit sweeter, add some strawberries, xylitol, stevia.
I start out with about 1 cup of orange juice and 2 lemons squeezed. drop 3 1″ wide by 3:” long pieces into the blender and blend well. Then add the protein powder (whey, Whole Food brand with no stevia), blend, then add some mango, then add about a cup of unsweetened almond milk, blend. Drink up! It is delicious and will make you feel better every day! It works best with citric flavoring. So Aloha! Aloe Vera! and goodbye to many of my aches and pains of yesterday.
Update: try just growing Aloe Vera plants. They germinate and multiply themselves in one pot! You can cut off a spear and keep it for literally months on your kitchen counter and it will not turn or spoil. It seals itself off at the end. Keep in warm room. Never cold or will turn black! Use about 2 inch piece at a time for a tonic. Eat it fresh or put whole into your blender with smoothie ingredients mentioned above.