Aloe vera is popularly known for its healing effects to treat minor burns, cuts, scrapes and irritation on the skin. But aloe vera also has many internal benefits to soothe the gastrointestinal tract and treat disorders such as GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD occurs when excess peptic acid or weak sphincter muscles in the stomach flows back into the esophagus. This causes symptoms such as heartburn, chest pain, painful swallowing and a dry cough. A study in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health recommends ingesting aloe vera juice to treat GERD and heal the lining of the stomach and esophagus.
Check that the bottle of aloe vera juice or gel is produced for internal use and safe to drink.
Shake or stir the aloe vera juice and pour approximately 1/4 cup into a glass. If the aloe vera is purchased in gel or powder form, dissolve and dilute it in a glass contain 1/4 cup water at room temperature.
Drink the aloe vera juice or diluted solution. Repeat the dosage as recommended on the bottle or by your doctor.
Store the leftover aloe vera juice or gel in the refrigerator to maintain freshness.
Aloe vera juice and internal aloe vera gel or powder can also be added milkshakes, fruit smoothies and juices. Follow the instructions on the bottle regarding the maximum dosage per day.
Do not drink or ingest aloe vera that is not produced for internal use. Doing so can cause diarrhea. If you suffer from chronic GERD or are taking other medications for GERD, consult your doctor before beginning internal aloe vera treatments.