Aloe vera has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, and studies have linked it to various health benefits as well. Aloe vera juice has traditionally been a part of many Ayurvedic preparations, medicines, and tonics. The viscous gel that oozes out of the leaves of this succulent plant can moisturize your skin but can also help bring moisture internally.
When it comes to repairing your moisture barrier, a lot of people focus on products — but what you put into your body is just as important as what you put on your body. A lack of moisture internally is also like dehydration in the sense that many of the same issues can arise. Dry skin, constipation, muscle cramps, headaches, food cravings, bad breath and more symptoms can happen with your body lacks proper hydration.
As we have shared before, in Ayurveda, digestion is the key to having a healthy vibrant life. Daily consumption of aloe vera juice is believed to fight and cure a range of digestive disorders including poor digestion, constipation, acidity, and gas.
The aloe plant is very water-dense, so it’s an ideal way to prevent or treat dehydration. Staying hydrated helps your body detox by providing a way for you to purge and flush out impurities. It also packs a hefty punch of nutrients that optimize your body’s organ output. Aloe vera is rich in nutrients with more than 75 potentially active compounds, including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, fatty acids and polysaccharides (2).
5 Edible Aloe Recipes
Aloe Cocumber Juice
- 2 aloe vera leaves
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut water
- 1/2 small cucumber roughly chopped
- Cut the aloe vera leaves into halves lengthwise, then use a spoon to scoop the translucent gel, and add it into the blender, together with the coconut water and cucumber.
- Process, strain the liquid to eliminate the cucumber pulp, then drink the liquid straight away.
Kiwi Aloe Popsicles
- 1 bottle of aloe vera juice
- 1 kiwi
- Peel kiwi and cut into quarters.
- Blend kiwi and 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice until desired consistency
- Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until solid.
Raw Aloe Vera Brownies
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- ¾ cup sultanas
- 2 tbs cacao powder
- 2 tbs aloe vera gel (fresh from leaf)
- In a high-speed blender, blend the sunflower seeds until fine.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and blend until it clumps together in a dough.
- Remove from blender and press into a loaf tray or small rectangle tray.
- Slice into squares of the desired size.
- Serve immediately or store in a covered container in the fridge for a few days.
Watermelon Coconut Aloe Juice
- 3-4 cups whole de-seeded watermelon flesh, not including the rind (enough to fill a large blender 3/4 of the way; I used about 1/8 of my medium-sized watermelon)
- coconut water
- about 1/4 cup aloe flesh, pressed or scraped from the leaf, greens discarded
- fresh basil, to garnish
- Fill the blender with the whole watermelon flesh — about 3/4 of the way full.
- Top with enough coconut water to just cover the watermelon.
- Add aloe flesh.
- Blend, strain the liquid to eliminate the pulp
- Serve immediately.
Aloe Vera Smoothie
- 1 cup organic apple juice
- 2 cups chopped kale
- 2 cups frozen or fresh strawberries
- 1 spear aloe split and gel scraped out
- Puree apple juice and kale together.
- Add the strawberries and aloe gel. Puree until smooth.
- Serve immediately.