Anyone who has ever had a sunburn knows that the best thing for it is some cooling aloe vera gel.
If you have pale skin like I do, you might even stock up on aloe vera gel when you buy sunscreen — even with the best sun protection, you sometimes still get burned.
But did you know that you can actually consume aloe vera as well? The plant, which is usually thought of as a cooling agent and refreshing skin care product, is also edible.
Aloe vera can actually help with digestion, provide antioxidants, reduce inflammation, treat constipation, and boost the immune system — these health benefits make aloe incredible healthy.
You may have heard that aloe contains toxic latex — this is true, but you can remove the latex to make it safe for consumption.
Just inside the green part of the leaf is a thin layer of latex, but beneath that is an edible inner leaf.
The inner leaf is clear and gel-like. This is the part that is nutrient-packed and delicious.
To make aloe vera lemonade, follow the recipe below! The refreshing drink is perfect for hot summer days — with pomegranate juice, it’s the perfect balance between sweet and sour.
If you’re excited to try this recipe, print out the recipe card below!
- 1 large stalk aloe vera
- 1 cup lemon juice
1⁄8cup pomegranate juice
- Remove the latex from the aloe gel by squeezing it out.
- Cut off the ends of the aloe vera stalk.
- Cut off the spines.
- Soak in water for 30 minutes.
- Separate the skin from the meat.
- Place the meat in water to soak.
- Transfer aloe to blender.
- Add water, lemon juice, pomegranate juice, and sugar to blender. Blend until smooth.
- Serve and enjoy!
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