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What is the aloe syrup and what it is made from
The aloe syrup is the juice that is taken from the pulp of the plant that is blended and mixed with special ingredients. It is therefore very easy to prepare at home, even if sometimes, for convenience, you buy the pureed pulp. The plant from which it is derived is aloe, whose name etymologically originates from the Greek word "als" which means salt, because its bitter taste is reminiscent of sea water. It is a plant whose soothing and healing properties have been well known since ancient times, already in ancient Egypt, about 6000 years ago, and near the Assyrians, in Mesopotamia around 2000 BC, about 4000 years ago, where it was used above all against various inflammations and gastrointestinal problems and in general in the ancient Near East, given that also in the Bible it is mentioned: for example in the Gospel of John where it describes the preparation of an ointment that was to be sprinkled on the body of Christ before burial. In Egypt we also find it represented in wall decorations, both in relief and pictorial, and its remains were found in some Pharaonic tombs, since it was considered "the plant of immortality", and there is news of its use also in the ritual of embalming of the Pharaoh Ramses II. Classical authors such as Pliny the Elder in his Naturalis Historia describes aloe as a remedy for insect bites, irritations, wounds, stomach problems. It is a succulent plant, belonging to the Liliaceae family, whose origin seems to have to be sought in Africa, and exactly in the coastal areas of North Africa from which it then reached the Caribbean and the Antilles; the most known variant of the species is aloe barbadensis, as per Linnaeus's classification: it is a plant 60 to 90 cm tall, with leaves endowed with thorns along the side edges. The leaves have a triple stratification, of which the inner one contains the perenchyme, that is the gel of the plant, which is then the main element used in preparations for curative use, which can also be used directly by the plant to soothe burns or irritations of the skin.
How to prepare aloe syrup
As mentioned, the preparation of aloe syrup is an operation that involves quite simple steps: if you do not have aloe at home or if you prefer to avoid the fatigue of cutting, washing, peeling and blending the plant, ready-to-use preparations can be purchased, to be mixed with other ingredients and which can be found very easily both in herbal medicine and in pharmacies, or in any case in specialized shops. The recipe requires the use of the following ingredients:
- 150 g of aloe vera leaves;
- 250 grams of organic honey of the taste you prefer;
- 2 tablespoons of rum (or grappa, or wiskey or other distilled alcohol).
Preparation: first of all you have to get the leaves: if you have the preparation this phase is not necessary, but if instead you have the plant always remember that it must be cut and processed away from an intense and direct light, so it would be ideal to cut the leaves into evening hours. The leaf must therefore be cleaned with a dry cloth and freed from the lateral thorns. It is then cut into small pieces and placed in the blender: add a little distillate and operate the blender, then gradually the remaining alcohol is added, making sure that the preparation does not heat up too much (for this you must operate the blender intermittently). Once the smoothie is prepared, organic honey is added and even at this stage everything must be blended intermittently, making sure that no lumps are formed. Once this procedure has been completed, the syrup should be poured into glass jars, preferably dark, and should be wrapped with aluminum foil, taking care to cover the entire body of the bottle, including the neck and the cap. The syrup so prepared should be kept in a cool place, in the fridge (the ideal is the vegetable area of the fridge); once the bottle is opened, the preparation should be consumed within 15 days.
What are the beneficial effects of aloe syrup
As already pointed out, the beneficial properties of aloe have been well known since ancient times. Modern studies have revealed the presence, in this plant, of as many as 160 elements that activate and strengthen our natural immune defenses: among them the main one is the acemannan, a sugar, which, after absorption by the intestine, is deposited on cellular membranes that are made stronger compared to the aggression of viruses and bacteria. Furthermore, the presence of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E, which favor the elimination of free radicals, the main ones responsible for the aging of tissues, and we can still find essential and non-essential amino acids, which are essential for protein synthesis thus guaranteeing bone health, muscle tissue reinforcement and better oxygen circulation in the body. There are also mineral salts and trace elements that promote the protection of bones and teeth, the regularization of blood pressure: iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium and zinc. For this reason, drinking a small glass of aloe vera syrup in the morning before breakfast (or even the simple juice) promotes good functioning of the organism.
Aloe syrup: Where to buy and how much it costs
Aloe syrup can easily be purchased in specialty stores, pharmacies or health food stores. It can cost around 20 euros per liter. But health is priceless, considering that much more are the artificial drugs that often poison the body.