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Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is quite an incredible medicinal plant full of nutritional benefits. It is a succulent plant and part of the lily family (Liliaceae), the same family that garlic and onions belong to. Different parts of the plant are used for different purposes and aloe vera has both internal and external applications. I love to juice aloe and use it in my clear skin juice and recently started making fresh aloe vera salads. I also like to add aloe to my smoothies to gain some of the benefits of this incredible plant. (Update: Due to the tremendous amount of emails I now receive each week about aloe vera, I will include here that I don’t consume aloe every day, but you can go through short periods of time (like up to 2 weeks) where you do consume it every day to help with a particular issue.

Aloe vera is medicinal, and like all plant medicines, should not be consumed every single day for months on end. I use my intuition when working with plant medicines and never usually consume it for more than a week or two at a time in large doses. When I do use aloe in my smoothies or juices, I cut a piece of aloe about 1 inch long and open up the skin and only add in the clear inner gel of the aloe plant.) Be sure to read the last section about over-use of this plant as well as dose recommendations. I consume fresh aloe, because that’s what I have access to. (Want to experience fresh aloe? Check out our Aloe Vera Retreats that we host here on the Big Island of Hawaii where we teach you how to take plant-based living to the next level! When I didn’t have access to fresh aloe, I drank the Lily of the Desert Organic Aloe Vera Juice, but it’s nothing like experiencing fresh aloe, which is why we started hosting aloe-focused retreats to help people heal from a range of issues. If you’re going to buy aloe juice, I recommend buying smaller bottles and drinking it within a couple of weeks upon opening. See below for aloe vera dose recommendations.

Top 12 Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera contains over 200 active components including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharide, and fatty acids – no wonder it’s used for such a wide range of remedies! The bulk of the aloe vera leaf is filled with a clear gel-like substance, which is approximately 99% water. Humans have used aloe therapeutically for over 5000 years – now that’s a long-standing track record! The list of benefits and effects for this miraculous plant are many.

  1. Aloe Vera Is High in Vitamins & Minerals
  2. Aloe Vera is High in Amino Acids & Fatty Acids
  3. Aloe Vera is an Adaptogen
  4. Aloe Helps with Digestion
  5. Aloe Helps in Detoxification
  6.  Aloe Alkalizes the Body
  7. Cardiovascular Health
  8. Aloe Helps Boost the Immune System
  9. Aloe Vera is Great for the Skin
  10. Aloe vera is a: Disinfectant, Anti-biotic, Anti-microbial, Germicidal, Anti-bacterial, Anti-septic, Anti-fungal & Anti-viral
  11. Aloe Helps Reduce Inflammation
  12. Weight Loss – A Secondary effect

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