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Monday, September 5, 2011

ÁLOE, FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH & SUMMER COOLERS WITH ALOE VERA RECIPE

Aloe Vera
Photo by: magnummavis 
OCast açebar, açibar, L. aloe, Ar  sibar, Eng. aloe. Over 200 species of these succulent, shrubby plants belonging to the lily family are natives of Africa. They also grow in other hot climates such as the Orient. It is thought that the plant was brought to Iberia by the Moors and cultivated in Cordova until the Christian reconquest when it disappeared due to scorched earth tactics by Henry IV and Ferdinand the Catholic. Crops around Malaga, however, continued. During the reconquest of Granada, Ferdinand camped at “Huerta de Acíbar,” today the Convento de la Victoria, which was surrounded by aloe fields. Other large plantations producing aloe existed in Al-Andulus during Muslim occupation. Medicinally, aloe extracted from the leaves has been used as cataplasms for wounds, inflammations and burns and as purgatives, to provoke menstruation and to treat intestinal worms. Drinking the bitter yellowish juice extracted from the leaves has been known to relieve psoriasis and ezcema. [Chirino/Herrera. 1973:99:7:109:13:110:21 etc; ES: Shamsuddín Sep 21, 01; Font. Plantas. 1979:635:884; Misc. Conversations. Edward Bergen and Beverly Walker. Jul 28, 03]

ALOE VERA RECIPE FROM THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

It is recommended to keep an aloes vera plant at home.

For burns or other skin damage, cut off part of a leaf, slice it down the middle exposing the gel substance inside. Apply this to the burn or to have younger looking skin.

SUMMER COOLERS WITH ALOE VERA RECIPE
About 6 drinks:

Strawberry-Watermelon Juice with Aloe Vera
by Sifu Renka 
Ingredients

1 aloe leaf
sugar to taste
½ lb strawberries
½ watermelon without seeds & cut into chunks
  
Preparation

Split the leaf in half as above and extract the gel. Sweeten with sugar and refrigerate.
Put fruit, such as strawberries and watermelon, into a blender. Cover with water. Blend well, about 2 minutes. (Sugar can be added but the more sugar the thirstier and the more that will have to be made.)
Refrigerate letting it settle at least 2 hours.
Pour into glasses.

Variations: aloe vera with ice tea; with orange juice, with pomegranate juice.

Aloe vera has been recommended for detoxification of  the liver, to reduce the stress on it by the removal of waste which in turn is thought to alleviate outbreaks of psoriasis and eczema in many cases and helps to produce younger skin. A doctor should be consulted if one plans to drink a lot on a steady basis as it can have adverse effects for a few.

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