Aloe vera is one of the most popular plants around! Aloe vera can now be found on our Fruit and Vegetable displays, and is sold either as cut leaves or in organic pots like aromatic plants. This attractive succulent with its long pointed leaves grows naturally in hot, arid climates and is cultivated nowadays for its exceptional nutritional and dermatological properties.
It’s very decorative too – and in a pot will add a modern touch to your home. Also easy to grow, Aloe vera is considered to be a depolluting plant!
Only use the gel
Firstly, it must be pointed out that whether you’re using aloe vera internally or externally, what you’re after is its precious pulp: a sort of gel found inside the leaves. You must remove the green and yellow parts as they are inedible.
This gel contains lots of nutrients: vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, carbs, enzymes, etc. It has been used for millennia because of its huge potential to boost vitality and detoxify the body, but it can also be applied externally to heal small wounds. It is widely used in cosmetics because of its well-known intense moisturizing and anti-ageing effects.
How and why?
To extract the gel from a leaf, use the blade of a knife to remove the outer layer (the green skin and yellow bit). Remove the gel and wash it before you use it. You can store the gel frozen as it will quickly oxidise.
SOS minor sores – you can apply it directly to the skin. It provides rapid relief for small wounds: burns, spots and insect bites. If you’re in a hurry, split the leaf open horizontally and apply it gel side to the skin.
Used in cosmetics, the gel is combined with honey, for example, to become a revitalising and soothing face mask.
To detox your body, improve the health of your digestive system and regulate intestinal transit, you can take a tablespoonful of gel for a few days. Since it is rather bitter, you can blend it with fruit juice, honey and yoghurt. Remove 2 cm from the leaf and use the blade of a knife to scrape out the gel and then wash it.
Ingredients to make aloe vera juice:
1 aloe vera leaf section, 1 lemon, honey to taste, 1 litre spring water
Only remove the gel – two tablespoonfuls – add the lemon juice, honey and a little water and blend. Then add the rest of the spring water. Bottle and drink throughout the day as a detox treatment over several days.
Thank you Mother Nature!