Sunday, March 8, 2009
Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice
A few weeks ago I picked up some George's Aloe Vera at Food Liberation, our local health food store. Jennifer, a friend who is also interested in healing her family through diet had mentioned months ago that she was a big fan of Aloe vera, which had helped her kids, but I had never gotten around to trying it. It is funny how we have ideas of what might work and what might not and unless we have a first hand experience with something, it's hard to believe that it might help alleviate a chronic problem. Since we started the aloe my sons red cheeks have been reduced. Which might sound trivial to you, unless you have witnessed his food intolerances first hand. The other day, he even stuck his hand in a pint of vanilla Haagan Daz and his normal complexion remained. Just as aloe vera soothes a sunburn, it also seems to heal a damaged intestine and allergies. So I did some research on the healing properties of Aloe...
An article by Mike Adams called the Aloe Vera Miracle, is a detailed overview of this healing plant. Not only is aloe nutritious, it also has anti inflammatory, anti viral and anti bacterial properties. The article is a little bit of a long infomercial for a friend's dried aloe, but it has a ton of citations with information, including a link to pictures of how to remove the gel from the leaves. I don't think the dried aloe would be as healing as the fresh plant, but I put one tablespoon of the George's Aloe Vera in with 1/4 cup juice for each of my kids the last few days and it seems to be helping them. The George's Aloe is the consistency of water so they don't even notice it, which is nice. I don't have any way to determine if it is a miracle or a placebo. But in our case, it doesn't really matter. When my son was really sick, a doctor said to us, "What is important is the trajectory--is he getting better or worse." And he definitely is better on the Aloe vera--at least for today.