Being one of the most influential monastic orders in history, the Knights Templar sure had many rules and regulations concerning all aspects of their lives. From their apparel to their attitude and diet, the Templars had to follow orders. The organization started in the twelfth century, in
Jerusalem but it was first recognized as an official order in a small town in the region of Troyes, in France. Soon after that, they changed how monastic organizations are seen from the Middle East to Europe.
The Templars were monks who embodied high morals and values by taking vows of chastity and novelty. Their practices also involved a particular diet, which included not eating certain foods. In the Medieval ages, Myths and rumors were synonymous with the Templars. The public had speculations about everything, including their diet. Known as the fiercest warriors, many people thought that the members' diet has some kind of supernatural properties that helps the members live longer and age better than the average peasant back then. This rumor is based on the fact that many of the Templar Masters reached their sixties.
The Templars' diet was generally based on restricting the consumption of meat ( 3 times a week only) and drinking moderately.
The Knights were not allowed to eat meat on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Holidays. However, that was not special back then, as their diet was similar to Medieval Peasants that is based on vegetables, legumes, fruits, and grains. All of the restrictions are included in The Primitive Rules of the Templars', which was written by the Templars themselves.
Nonetheless, the Templars used to mix aloe pulp and hemp with their wine. It is known as the elixir of Jerusalem.
Although it is not clear if their special cocktail was the secret reason behind their longevity, it is undeniable that Aloe Vera has many qualities and inflammatory properties that help heal wounds and fight off infections.