The Aloe Leaf
- Aloe Rind – also known as the outer leaf can be poisonous to digest.
- Aloe Latex is a light yellowish or brownish color. This latex is also known as aloe sap or aloin and is toxic to digest – due to its laxative effects. Symptoms
Inner Leaf Juice is also referred to as the Aloe vera gel or the Aloe fillet. This is the most nutritious part of the plant and can be used internally and externally.
Aloe Vera can become toxic or give you an allergic reaction if you ingest too much.
How to Process Aloe vera for Consumption
- Cut a leaf off from the lower ground level end of the plant. (Any un-used part of the leaf stem can be kept in a glass or your fruit bowl for later use)
Trim off the green spikes from the sides.
Slide your knife between the rind & inner leaf on both sides to remove outer rind.
Thoroughly wash the jelly substance (often yellow in color) off, under the cold tap to remove the toxic latex/aloin sap. (Store any un-used Aloe vera gel in an air tight container inside the fridge. This also applies to aloe gel or bottled juice that you have purchased from a shop).
Juice or Smoothie
- You may want to pop it in the blender first.
- Or you may decide to cut it up finely and swallow with your favorite juice. (Aloe vera can have a detoxifying effect so start off ingesting a small amount to start with: Eg: 1 – 2 Tbls a day and work your way up to no more than one cup a day. Slowly working your way up is also a good way to tell if you have an allergy to aloe juice).
- If you have purchased bottled aloe vera juice – stick to manufacturers recommendations.
Important Notice when Using Aloe vera
Do not ingest:
- With an intravenous needle/syringe
- If you are pregnant or breast feeding
Check with healthcare professional if:
- You are taking any medication
- If you have diabetes – as aloe vera can lower blood sugar levels.
- In rare cases, some people can get a mild allergic reaction when using aloe vera. Resulting in abdominal cramping, diarrhea, red urine, itching and/or a rash. Should this happen to you – discontinue using it.
- Can show signs of low blood sugar and electrolyte imbalance. Low blood sugar can cause light headedness, dizziness, shaking, and sweating. Replenishing glucose levels with orange juice, candy, or table sugar can often bring up blood sugar levels and eliminate symptoms.
- Discontinue ingesting it and seek medical advice.
How to Process Aloe vera for Your Skin
You can use the outer gel left in the rind from the piece of aloe you made your drink with or:-
- Cut off a leaf from the stem (lower ground end of your plant).
- Cut off the amount of leaf you would like to use – (The unused part can be kept in your fruit bowl or pantry for later use).
- Trim off the green spikes on the sides.
- Slide a knife longways down the center of the leaf.
- Now slide gel side of leaf onto your skin – massage in with your fingers if necessary.
Article written by Wen Dee:
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