Top Tip Tuesday
Most commonly known for soothing sun burns, aloe vera is an increasingly popular medicinal plant that dates back thousands of years. The leaves of the plant contain a gooey transparent gel which is made up of around 96% water and amazingly has more than 75 active components including vitamins (A,B,C,E), minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and more. Incredibly, it provides 20 of the 22 human-required amino acids.
“One of the most crucial elements found in aloe vera gel is a complex carbohydrate known as acemannan. It allows nutrients to reach the cells, nourish them and at the same time relieve them of toxins” (food.ntv.com)
The plant also contains something called proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp, which can help treat hair fall. Although it's best known for treating skin injuries, aloe vera also has other highly beneficial effects on health as well as unbelievable healing properties.
Don't just take our word for it, here are some of the amazing benefits of aloe vera:
- Skin hydration
- Powerful antioxidant
- Supports digestion & detoxification
- Has anti-inflammatory properties
- Boosts weight loss & immunity
- Antiviral and antibacterial properties
- Treat, exfoliate, restore and provides nutrition to skin
- Anti-aging properties
- Treats sunburns, acne and stretch marks
- Helps treat bowel diseases
In order to start reaping the benefits from this incredible plant, try our Strawberry Aloe Juice Refresher. Just throw everything below into a blender and enjoy!
1 cup of organic frozen or fresh strawberries
1/2 juiced lemon
1 cup cold coconut water or ice water
1-2 tablespoons raw honey
1-2 ounces of Aloe (whole leaf aloe vera concentrate)
Save your dry skin with aloe vera with this great hack.
Pour some fresh aloe vera gel into a bowl with: a pinch of turmeric, a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of milk and a few drops of rose water. Blend the mixture until you get a paste. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.