Aloe has long been known for its benefits on the outside the body, from soothing sunburn to treating acne and even promoting hair growth (see our post on aloe plant uses & benefits). What’s lesser known, though, is that aloe may have incredible effects when taken internally, as well! Just as aloe can help soothe redness and inflammation on skin, there is belief that drinking aloe water can help decrease irritation and inflammation in the stomach and intestines – so it may be worth a shot if you suffer from an inflammatory disorder such as IBS or colitis.
It’s important to note that the benefits and risks of using aloe internally are still widely debated, so be sure to proceed with caution. I personally suffer from internal inflammation, so I drink aloe water from time to time to help soothe this. If you want to give it a shot, here’s how to make your own aloe water!
You will need an aloe vera plant (or edible aloe vera gel – sold at health food stores), a knife, a spoon, a blender, and water.
First, cut off a leaf from your plant (not to worry — this will seal back up and grow again on its own) and slice it down the middle as pictured.
Scoop out the clear gel with a spoon, being careful to avoid the yellow portion just below the rind.
Add about 2 tablespoons of aloe gel into your blender, along with 1 cup of water, and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy! If you don’t like the flavor of aloe water, you can add in some fresh citrus juice, such as orange or grapefruit.
(Don’t actually dip an aloe leaf into your drink — just in case there are harmful materials on the outer layer.)
Stored in the refrigerator, fresh aloe water in a sealed container can last up to a week.
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