Learn how to make aloe vera juice with 2 ingredients, in 10 minutes, using just a blender. This easy aloe vera juice recipe tastes delicious, uses fresh aloe vera leaves, and produces a juice that offers a range of health benefits.
Make your own aloe vera juice at home, and my recipe makes this normally earthy-tasting drink taste fresh and delicious with the addition of orange slices.
Like my homemade ginger juice, and my lime juice, this aloe vera juice recipe provides many health benefits for your teeth and gums, skin, digestion, and is rich in disease-fighting antioxidants. For centuries, juice with aloe vera has been respected for its medicinal benefits. It's so easy to make with a blender, it makes sense to keep a bottle in your own refrigerator.
You can buy a fresh aloe vera leaf 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. You'll blend that gel with water to make a homemade aloe vera juice.
Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice
The gel inside the aloe vera leaf is where the magic is. It is rich with many vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids that provide some useful and unusual support to the body. Here are six ways aloe vera 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]
- 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.
- oranges (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.
See the recipe card at the bottom for full information on ingredients and quantities.
Step by Step Instructions
For more detail, visit the complete recipe at the bottom of this post, but here are general steps.
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 slices to a blender and blend. The aloe vera juice 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.
Wash your hands and the aloe leaf and all equipment thoroughly to be sure to keep the juice sanitary.
Wear rubber gloves. It's essential that you wear gloves when cutting an aloe leaf for many reasons including to protect against sharp edges and to avoid the skin-irritating yellow latex.
Removing yellow latex. An alternative way to remove the irritating yellow latex is to cut off the base of the leaf, and stand it up on a paper towel, leaning against a wall for an hour so the latex drains out of it.
How to Store
Aloe vera juice can be refrigerated for a week, or frozen in ice cube trays and store frozen up to two months. The unblended gel can be frozen for 3 months.
How to Use the Juice
Drink aloe vera juice. Drink up to 8 ounces a day, or add it to juices or smoothies to benefit from aloe vera's nutrition and healing powers.
Use it as a topical remedy. Prepare the gel as directed but don't blend it for skin use. Instead store it refrigerated for 2 weeks or frozen for three months, and apply the gel as needed to burns, bug bites, acne, sunburns, and moisturize skin, sooth aches, reduce bug bites. for relief.
Make fruit-flavored aloe vera drinks. Blend ½ cup of aloe vera juice with 1 cup of water and your choice of ½ cup frozen fruits such as mango, pineapples, watermelon, peaches or cherries. Serve the drinks over ice.
Aloe vera juice is widely considered safe to drink a cup of a day but it is recommended that you start off slowly and drink only a few ounces to start and see how your body reacts. That's because the juice contains a laxative, so 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.
Drink the juice between meals to help benefits be more easily available to your body. If using the juice for digestive help or constipation issues, drink it at least 30 minutes before a meal.
The juice and water are both made from blending the gel with water.
Drink no more than eight ounces of aloe vera juice a day to achieve optimum health benefits, according to experts.
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.
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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
- 1-2 orange slices (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 1-2 orange slices if needed.½ cup lime juice, 4 cups water, 1-2 orange slices
- 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.