Aloe vera tea comes from the sap of an aloe plant, which grows in warm environments, and can be used to treat a wide range of things from a sunburn to digestive problems. Many people combine the sap of this tea with another base tea, such as black, oolong, or green tea. Prepared Aloe vera tea is also occasionally sold in health food stores by the gallon. The steps to make your own aloe tea are as follows:
Step 1 – Bring a saucepan of water to boil.
Step 2 – Soak a preferred tea bag in the hot water for 3-4 minutes.
Step 3 – Add about 1 teaspoon of dried aloe sap powder into the tea or squeeze the aloe vera jelly directly out of an aloe leaf.
Step 4 – Add honey or a sweetener after straining the tea.
The cooled solution can serve as a wash for eyes and wounds, or it can be ingested while warm to treat certain digestive disorders. It is also used to treat burns and alleviate the symptoms of over-exposure to the sun by pouring the cooled tea on the affected area. (For higher degrees of burns, seek medical attention rather than home remedies.) Aloe can also help treat skin conditions such as rashes or insect bites.
The tea has benefits and detriments depending on the quantity of the tea that is being ingested. Most negative symptoms present themselves at high doses.
• Aloe tea has been studied for having immune system boosting properties. While its ingredients do have those capabilities, there is not a high enough percentage of those ingredients to be of large benefit.
• The tea is said to be able to relieve certain amounts of abdominal pain when ingested in smaller doses.
• The ingredients in aloe tea have potential laxative-like effects, which could assist with certain gastrointestinal issues. However, some experts advise against drinking aloe tea because the chemicals in it have the potential to cause gastrointestinal toxicity manifesting as diarrhea and abdominal cramping.
• Aloe vera tea has also been found to help with treating high cholesterol and regulating blood sugar in diabetics. A few of its ingredients help lessen the symptoms of those common ailments.
Although there is not enough data to conclusively prove these effects, there is more data from research on the plant itself. Other research states that consuming the latex of the plant has also been linked to kidney damage and miscarriage, and is listed as a possible carcinogen. Overall, the tea is mostly beneficial, but can be more dangerous if you have too much of it.
Written by: Cody Gatts