Thought aloe vera was just for sunburned skin? Yes, aloe is the perfect soother for inflamed skin – but that’s not all! This incredible plant is packed with vitamins and amino acids, plus it increases immune function, acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and helps to detoxify the body.
Every house should have an aloe plant on hand for random bug bites and burns. It’s the perfect low maintenance plant, but you do need to learn how to harvest aloe if you want to use its goodness on your skin or in food recipes. Turn the healing plant into one of these delicious aloe drinks or store up the precious liquid into ice cubes to add a hint of flavor to your water. This summer, don’t be caught without your aloe — it’s good for you inside and out!
10 Amazing Aloe Drinks
Drink up to take advantage of aloe vera’s natural healing abilities on the inside. Aloe water can help soothe internal inflammation, but buying pure aloe juice can quickly cost a pretty penny. Learn how to easily make your own aloe water at home.
Searching for a guilty pleasure with not too much guilt? A skinny aloe martini may just do the trick. No sugar aloe juice mixed with fresh lime, mint and cucumber will satisfy your slightly sinful side.
Why drink plain water when you can turn it into a skin-clearing elixir? With anti-inflammatory raspberries, vitamin-rich beet powder and hydrating aloe vera, this raspberry aloe water is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins to help hydrate and protect your skin on hot summer days.
Don’t let the look of this healing aloe smoothie fool you – it uses kale and the fresh gel from inside the aloe leaf (although you could use pure store bought juice) so it’s super fresh to help clear out the digestive tract and boost the immune system. And if you find aloe water a little hard to swallow on its own, this smoothie is naturally sweet, using organic apple juice and strawberries to help hide any unpleasant taste.
Cucumber and celery have a high water content, making this mellow love-your-liver aloe juice a perfectly cooling, hydrating treat when you need a fresh pick-me-up.
6. Strawberry Lemonade Aloe Vera Smoothie from Blissful Basil
This strawberry lemonade aloe vera smoothie (via Blissful Basil) is equal parts deliciously refreshing and soothingly detoxifying. Try mixing in a myriad of different berries for tasty alternatives.
7. Watermelon Coconut Aloe Juice from Will Frolic for Food
This drink is one of the most hydrating, delicious things you can put in your body. Watermelon, coconut water and aloe juice rehydrate, cool you down, and soothe your stomach.
8. Aloe Cucumber Cooler from Arsenic Lace
Herbal and earthy aloe vera and cactus tea simple syrup pairs with gin, muddled mint and cucumber to make a delicious, cooling cocktail.
9. Aloe, Ginger & Mint Digestive Elixir from The Fit Foodie Mama
This concoction of aloe, ginger and mint is a digestive healing wonder. Sweeten it naturally with raw honey.
10. Aloe Lemonade from Kumquat
For an especially crisp and refreshing summer thirst quencher, opt for aloe lemonade (via Kumquat). It’s the perfect accessory for a long, sunny summer days.