Do you want to add more aloe vera to your daily regimen? The super-plant is included in many products including skin creams, lotions, and hair shampoo, and conditioner. The Ancient Egyptians drank aloe vera juice as far as 6,000 years ago. Today you can use aloe in a wide range of ways, including learning how to eat aloe vera. This might be a surprising way to use the plant. However, consider that it’s a natural plant that’s full of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. You can get many health benefits from eating/drinking aloe vera, just like applying it to your skin or hair.
The most common way to consume aloe is probably aloe vera juice. As noted, this dates back to ancient times and is still providing lots of health benefits to health-conscious people today. The gel is very popular and can be consumed alone or combined with other foods and drinks. There are some safety issues but it’s only related to a particular part of the plant. As long as you avoid consuming that part of the aloe plant you shouldn’t have any problems. Aloe vera isn’t among the top allergy-triggering foods like nuts, peanuts, dairy, and soybeans so it’s usually risk-free to consume.
What Exactly Is Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is a plant that looks like a cactus and also dries in climates that are hot/dry like the famous desert plant. You can find aloe plants in states like Texas, Arizona, and Florida, which have these climates.
There are two parts of the plant that are used to make medicines in particular. The gel is the clear/jelly substance that’s in the inside of the aloe plant’s leaf. Then there’s aloe latex that’s made from the crushed leaves. Some OTC medicines include both the gel/latex of the plant.
There are different ways you can take aloe medicines. The main ways are by applying it to the skin or taking tablets/capsules. There are different reasons people take aloe gel capsules. They include:
So it’s safe to say that this product is used for a wide range of health conditions. Like other natural remedies, more research is needed about whether aloe is effective for treating particular health conditions. It’s important to do your homework before using medicines for conditions X, Y, or Z.
Then there’s aloe latex. This product is usually used to treat digestion problems like:
- Eye conditions
- Joint inflammation
- Varicose veins
- Colon swelling
Another possible use of aloe plants as medicine is as a cancer treatment. People consume fresh leaves for this purpose. Please note that aloe has not been proven to be effective in treating cancer.
Aloe can also be applied to the skin to treat inflammation, acne, inflammation, frostbite, dandruff, gum disease, wounds, and bacteria. But it is best to consult with your doctor first before you start using aloe for any of these purposes.
It is believed that aloe gel could cause good chances to skin that could help to fight various conditions and diseases.
Should You Eat Aloe Vera?
You can eat the plant’s clear gel, as well as the leaf’s yellow latex. The gel is also known as the meat, and studies show that it can provide many health benefits. Meanwhile, the yellow latex is in between the gel and leaf skin. It is used often for digestion problems like constipation. However, it is advised to use aloe’s yellow latex with caution, as it can cause health complications.
Should you eat aloe plants? You can eat the gel safely. It has a refreshing flavor and can be added to different plants/beverages.
However, with the leaf’s latex, there are some possible safety issues. It’s related to the stuff that helps the plant treat constipation that ironically could be cancer-causing. There are other possible side-effects like digestion problems like LBM and cramps. You can easily separate the latex from the plant’s gel. That allows you to consume the gel and avoid possible health issues the latex could cause.
It is likely your local grocery store sells aloe vera leaves in its produce section. When you select a leaf, make sure to pick a full, firm leaf, with minimum blemishes. That will help you get the best results from the aloe plant.
There are various ways you can consume the aloe plant. That includes a raw or cooked gel.
How to Eat Aloe Vera and Store Aloe Vera
It all starts with preparing the plant properly. First, peel off the aloe plant’s leaf. Remove certain parts of the plant including the spiky top, sides, and the leaf’s white bottom section.
The next step is to cut lengthwise along the skin’s side. You can use a knife or vegetable peeler. Start from the top then work to the bottom. Then, use a spoon to scrape out the gel or remove the skin’s other side using a knife.
Next, cut the aloe gel into small cubes. Wash them to remove dirt or yellow latex that you see. You could eat the aloe cubes raw or cook them gently. Some options include steaming, poaching, and blanching. One of the benefits of cooking the meat of aloe vera is water gets released, so you end up with a mild taste.
There are various ways you can use aloe vera gel in cooking:
- Use skin for appetizers
- Blend aloe cubes into juices/shakes/smoothies
- Eat skin by rinsing/slicing then add to salads
- Top salads with aloe vera cubes
- Make juice by adding gel to water than consuming it
In storing aloe vera properly, the leaves can also last a couple of weeks in your refrigerator. You can even freeze aloe leaves. Use plastic wrap or plastic bags to store them.
Then when you’re going to use frozen leaves, let it sit at room temperature to defrost. The process will take a couple of hours.
It’s also possible to store aloe gel in the fridge/freezer. Place it in a jar for the fridge or plastic bag for the fridge/freezer. Another option is to add the gel to ice cube trays then freeze them. The gel’s color could change over time, which is normal after you learn how to eat aloe vera.