How to make aloe vera juice at home using 2 ingredients and a blender. Aloe vera juice drinks have huge health benefits. Here are 3 different refreshing aloe vera juice recipes.
Like my apple cider vinegar drink, my homemade ginger juice, homemade lime juice, aloe vera juice or aloe vera drink has huge health benefits including oral healthy, supporting clear and hydrated skin, digestive relief including for constipation relief, and is rich in disease-fighting antioxidants. For centuries, aloe vera's medicinal benefits have extended further, and used for weight loss, and even to reduce eye bags.
You can buy aloe vera leaves at grocery stores in the produce department. The drink is made from the gel inside these leaves, which are spiky succulents from the liliaceae family. The inner gel is blended with water to make an aloe vera juice or drink, and is also excellent as a topical remedy for burns and scraps.
- aloe vera gel - extracted from a fresh leaf.
- lime juice or lemon juice - for flavor and to increase the juice's shelf life.
- water - for dilution.
- orange juice (optional) - an optional sweetener. Some recipes request that you add maple syrup or even sugar to sweeten, but given you are taking this juice for health benefits, I recommend skipping the commercial sweeteners and sweeten with fruit instead.
- measuring cups
- rubber gloves
- paring knife
- mixing bowls
How to Make
The exact recipe and steps are below in the video and recipe card, but here is a general sense of how to make aloe vera juice.
1. Prepare the leaf: Put on gloves before cutting into a fresh aloe vera leaf. The leaf is composed of three parts: the green outer skin, an inner yellow latex paste, and the center gel. The yellow latex is a skin irritant, and if ingested, a laxative so it is best avoided. To do this, follow these steps:
- (a) Wash the outside of the leaf, being careful of sharp sides. Cut off the sides and ends. Over a bowl, cut or peel off the top of the flat leaf. Use your gloved fingers and a knife or a spoon to pry off the clear gel and drop it into the bowl.
- (b) Add two cups of water and 2 tablespoon of white vinegar to the bowl, and slosh the gel around with a fork to deactivate the toxic yellow latex paste. Then rinse the strip with clean water. Now you can remove your gloves.
2. Blend the ingredients: Add the gel strip you extracted from the leaf, lime juice, water and possibly orange juice to a blender and blend. It will be foamy at first and eventually turn clear.
3. Store your juice: Refrigerate for up to a week. For long term storage, pour into ice cubes and preserve frozen for two months.
How to Use the Juice
1.You can drink up to 8 ounces a day straight, or you can add it to juices and smoothies.
2.To add to smoothies, freeze aloe vera juice into ice cube trays and add a few cubes to a smoothie.
3.Make aloe vera juice drinks. I provide three flavor recipes below, including Mango, Pineapple and Cherry.
As A Topical Remedy
To use the inner raw gel as a topical remedy, prepare the raw gel as I described but don't blend. Instead use snippets of the gel to apply externally. Store refrigerated for 2 weeks. Don't use if you have a latex allergy as the gel has a high concentration of latex. Use to benefit sunburns, moisturize skin, sooth ache, reduce bug bites.
How to Store
Aloe vera juice can be refrigerated for a week, and it freezes quite well. Pour into ice cube trays and store frozen up to two months.
3 Aloe Vera Drink Recipes
- Mango Aloe Vera Juice: Blend ½ cup of aloe vera juice, 1 cup water, and ½ cup fresh or frozen mango chunks. Serve over ice.
- Pineapple Aloe Vera Juice: Blend ½ cup of aloe vera juice, 1 cup water, and ½ cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks. Serve over ice.
- Cherry Aloe Vera Juice: Blend ½ cup of aloe vera juice, 1 cup water, and ½ cup fresh or frozen pitted cherries. Serve over ice.
6 Aloe Vera Juice Benefits
The gel inside the aloe vera leaf has long been considered to be medicinally valuable by ancient cultures. It is rich in many vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids in a way that provide some useful and unusual support to the body. Here are six ways the juice is beneficial.
1. Anti-inflammatory & Gum Disease prevention: Aloe vera has long been known to fight disease and infection. It has strong antiseptic and antimicrobial agents that give it the ability to attack, reduce, control, or even eliminate certain diseases and infections and can even improve oral health. [source]
2. Glowing Skin: Aloe vera is useful to the skin when both applied externally and taken internally. When aloe vera is applied externally to skin, its humectants (components that attract water) help moisturize skin, heal sunburns and bug bites and stings. The juice is may also heal psoriasis, acne scars and other skin condition via 200 different vitamins, minerals and other substances, say scientists. [source] [source]. The evidence that drinking aloe vera supports skin is thinner, but still supported here. [source]
3. Constipation Relief: Aloe vera contains substances called anthraquinones and these perform as a laxative. Because of this reaction, begin drinking only a few ounces of aloe vera juice a day and work up to 4 or 8 ounces, the recommended daily dose for constipation. [source]
4. Heartburn Support: Drinking aloe vera immediately calms the fire of heartburn, which occurs when acid from your stomach move up your esophagus. [source]
5. Joint Pain Relief: Aloe vera is packed with vitamins and amino acids that support joints, as well as vitamin C, calcium and magnesium, all needed for healthy joints. [source]
6. Balances blood sugar: There is some early research supporting that drinking aloe vera can increase sensitivity of insulin and thereby lower blood sugar but scientists suggest more tests are needed to depend on this reaction. [source]
It is widely considered safe to drink a cup of aloe vera a day but it is recommended that you start off slow, drink maybe a few ounces to start and see how your body reacts.
Because the juice contains a laxative, drinking too much or drinking too much too fast may cause cramping or diarrhea, and this can trigger an electrolyte imbalance.
Young children should not ingest aloe vera juice for fear of stomach upset and other possibly more serious issues.
When should I drink aloe vera juice?
Drink the juice between meals to help benefits be bio available to your body. If using the juice for digestive help or constipation issues, drink it at least 30 minutes before a meal.
What is the difference between aloe vera juice, aloe vera gel or aloe vera water?
The juice and water are both made from blending the gel with water.
How much of this aloe vera juice recipe should you drink daily?
Drink no more than eight ounces of aloe vera juice a day to achieve optimum health benefits, according to experts.
Is it good to drink aloe vera juice recipe everyday?
Aloe vera juice has many nutrients and is hydrating so drinking no more than a cup a day is beneficial.
Who should not drink aloe vera juice?
Aloe vera juice many cause adverse stomach effects in young children, under 12 years of age. The impact of drinking aloe vera juice is unknown on liver and kidney disease patients. Also, aloe vera gel contains natural latex, so those with latex allergies should be extra cautious.
Is it best to make or buy aloe vera juice?
You can buy pure aloe vera juice online or in stores but it's also easy to blend up fresh and then you have a healthier version free of unwanted additives and with helpful nutrients intact that might be diminished during commercial processing.
More Detox Drinks
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon Juice
- Ginger Shots
- Celery Juice
- Turmeric Shots
- Homemade Lime Water
- Homemade Lime Juice
- Wellness Shots
- Smoothie Cubes
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How to Make Aloe Vera Juice
- 1 aloe vera leaf (about 2 cups of gel from inside the leaf)
- ½ cup lime juice
- 4 cups water
- ½ cup orange juice (if you want to sweeten your aloe vera juice)
Needed To Clean Aloe Vera Leaf
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- 6 cups water
Cut Gel from a Fresh Leaf
- Put on latex gloves before cutting into a fresh aloe vera leaf as the yellow film inside is a skin irritant.
- Wash the leaf, being careful of sharp spiky sides. Cut the sides and ends. Over a bowl, cut or peel off the top of the flat leaf. Use your fingers, knife or a spoon to pry off the clear gel and drop it into the bowl. (see video)
- Add water and white vinegar to the bowl, and slosh the gel around with a fork. Rinse the gel strip and now you can remove your gloves.¼ cup white vinegar, 6 cups water
Make Aloe Vera Juice
- Add the fresh gel strip to a blender.1 aloe vera leaf
- Add in lime juice, water, and a sweetener juice if needed.½ cup lime juice, 4 cups water, ½ cup orange juice
- Blend until foamy
- Pour the aloe vera juice into a bottle and refrigerate for a week. Adding the lime juice increases its nutritional shelf life.For long term storage, pour into ice cubes and preserve frozen for two months. Add an ice cube to a smoothie a day, or thaw a cube overnight for the next day's aloe vera shot.