Homemade Aloe Vera Juice Recipe: Fast & Easy!
You probably already know that Aloe Vera gel has many great health benefits and is great for treating burns and other topical applications. But did you know that it can also be consumed as a delicious, nutritious juice? Here are some of the main benefits of drinking Aloe Vera and a really great recipe that’s super fast and easy to make.
The Many Benefits of Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has been used medicinally in places like Greece, China, Egypt, Mexico, and Japan for centuries. India, in particular, has a rich history of using it to treat skin diseases as well as constipation and even colic.
While most people know there’s Aloe Vera gel in their skin cleansers, shampoo, or sunburn relief gels, a lot of people might not realize exactly where it comes from. Aloe Vera gel comes directly from the plant. It’s a lush succulent with long triangular fleshy leaves that are a slightly serrated edge. This thick gel is located directly inside those thick leaves. That’s why a lot of people keep Aloe Vera on their kitchen window sill. If you burn yourself while cooking, you can literally take a leaf, break or cut it in half, and use the gel from the plant directly on the burn.
In addition to the gel, Aloe Vera leaves also contain what’s called Aloe Vera latex, which is located just under the tough outer skin of the plant. While you can use either the gel or latex on their own, there are benefits to using these components together.
Believe it or not, Aloe Vera is loaded with active compounds that help you lead a healthy life. Here are just a few of those active components listed below:
Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice
In addition to all the benefits of applying Aloe Vera topically, there are some great benefits to drinking Aloe Vera juice.
First, it can help relieve constipation by causing the intestines to absorb more water, stimulate mucus production, and increases peristalsis, all of which help food move along so it can be more effectively broken down.
It helps with digestion in other ways, too, by helping to decrease gas and bloating and balance gastric acidity levels and pH balances. It also has some natural healing properties and can soothe stomach ulcers.
Aloe Vera also helps reduce inflammation and is loaded with powerful antioxidants that can help prevent and repair cell damage.
Where to Find Aloe Vera Juice
While you may be able to find Aloe Vera juice in numerous stores, quality is very important. Heating and filtering the gel and latex can drastically minimize the benefits so, ideally, you should use the freshest juice possible. Read labels carefully before you buy but we always recommend growing your own to have the freshest Aloe on hand.
Caring for an Aloe Vera Plant
Aloe Vera is an extremely resistant and a easy to grow succulent. It doesn’t need a lot of space and actually grows best in a small terra cotta pot with a lot of drainage.
Keep the plant somewhere where it will get a lot of sunlight. If it doesn’t get enough, it will go dormant and stop growing.
Water it generously about every two weeks. This is a plant that normally grows in dry conditions so wait until the soil appears to dry out before watering again. Believe it or not, too much water is bad for an aloe plant and could actually cause its roots to rot.That’s it! Easy, right?
How to Make Your Own Homemade Aloe Vera Juice Recipe
It’s actually really easy to make your own Aloe Vera juice.
First, remove a leaf and clean it to remove any dirt. Pat off any excess water then let the leaf dry completely. Use a pair of clean kitchen scissors to cut off the spines along the side and to open up the leaf.
Open the leaf and scrape off the gel, avoiding any of the green rinds. (It’s important to note here that you should only ingest the clear gel. Do not include any of the yellow/green rinds or any part of the leaf itself. This is called aloe latex and can potentially cause kidney damage. Stick with the clear gel and only the clear gel.)
Once you’ve collected the gel, mix about two teaspoons with water, add some lemon juice, and you’re done!
Want something a little more flavorful? Try mixing two tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel, one cup of water, and 1 cup of orange juice in a blender until the gel dissolves. You could also add in a tablespoon or two of honey for additional sweetness.
Is There Anyone Who Shouldn’t Drink Aloe Vera Juice?
Like most medicines and natural remedies with medicinal qualities, there are some conditions that Aloe Vera is not compatible with.
If you have diabetes, make sure you monitor blood sugars closely when taking Aloe Vera. While there is some research that shows it could lower blood sugar, it also contains some natural sugars so you should be extra careful. Also, stop taking aloe at least two weeks before any scheduled surgeries as it could cause problems with blood sugar stability during and after an operation.
Anyone suffering from intestinal conditions like Crohn’s Disease, hemorrhoids, bowel obstruction should avoid aloe latex as it could irritate the intestinal lining.
Aloe latex has also shown to harm the kidneys when taken in high doses so avoid it if you suffer from any kidney problems.
Do not take Aloe Vera if you are on digoxin. Aloe Vera can decrease potassium levels in the body which has a direct effect of digoxin and its side effects.
If you are taking any regular medications for diabetes or if you’re on warfarin or any diuretics or stimulant laxatives, do not take Aloe Vera without consulting your doctor first.