Easy Homemade Recipe for Aloe Vera Drink

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recipe for aloe vera drink

I’m going to show you a nice and easy recipe for aloe vera drink juice you can make at home. Until recently, the aloe vera leaf was not necessarily easy to obtain. Now I see them everywhere in organic stores and even in the traditional local shops, so I thought it was about time to make use of them.

I mean, why not, it’s one of the healthiest plants nature has created and you wouldn’t have any problem finding aloe leaves, because you should be able to find them relatively easily nowadays.

If you can’t find it or don’t want to prepare it yourself, you can also buy it online here.

Read up before you make your refreshing and healthy aloe vera juice.

The Benefits of Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera contains many vitamins, minerals and micronutrients, such as vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, B12, C, E and PP, as well as iron, calcium, copper, phosphorus, potassium, chromium, magnesium, manganese, selenium, and zinc. It also contains 7 of the 8 essential amino acids.

Aloe is well known for improving the health of the digestive system. Personally I use it for this specific reason . It would act on ulcerations in the stomach and esophagus, as well as in the intestines. It contains certain components (mucopolysaccharides that form this characteristic viscous gel) that are suspected of normalizing the microbiota as well as relieving inflammation. And at the same time reduce intestinal fermentation processes.

Aloe vera leaf is also used widely for its skin benefits. It is healing and is also considered antioxidant and therefore anti-aging (whether on the skin or the body). It acts as an effective antibacterial and antifungal agent. It also strengthens the immune system. Aloe vera has also a natural anti-inflammatory properties.

Possible Risks and Side Effects of Aloe Vera  Juice

Aloe Vera isn’t all about benefits though. Yes, we are talking about the same aloe vera juice we hear all the good things, a clear and slightly acidic beverage derived from the aloe plant, and it seems that everyone agrees on its benefits…except sometimes science!

Aloe Vera drink side effects

There are still pending research and further studies to be conducted on the full array of beneficial qualities aloe vera has. So, what is known for now is it’s not recommended for pregnant and lactating women to consume aloe vera (regardless of the part used). Same goes for young children and older people.

In general, aloe vera is contraindicated if:

  • you have a potassium deficiency;
  • you have a risk of allergy (which will manifest as a rash, hives, or difficulty breathing;
  • have kidney problems;
  • are diabetic: aloe vera tends to lower blood sugar levels, which may interact with your treatment.

Can there really be side effects with aloe vera?

I will reassure you right away, aloe vera does not present, in itself, serious health hazards. Used in the form of juice, gel or cream, it has many undeniable medicinal and cosmetic properties.

It is rather when its whole leaves (without peeling and washing, cleaning them) are cooked or used fresh that it can cause side effects. And again, it depends on how you will prepare them. It’s only the gel, which is at the heart of the aloe leaf that can be consumed. However, the thin, slightly yellow part that surrounds it, the so-called latex, is dangerous for the human body.

The side effects will manifest themselves in the form of adverse reactions like:

  • cramps in the stomach;
  • diarrhea;
  • constipation;
  • improper functioning of the liver;
  • cardiac arrhythmia.

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and the FDA had even considered that some derivatives of the laxative molecules found in the latex of aloe vera could be carcinogenic. Though, there were some statements disproving such concerns.

What dosage to take to avoid the dangers of aloe vera?

My advice is not to consume the outer part of the aloe vera (and in particular the latex) as mentioned above. Only the inner gell part of the aloe is completely safe and does not pose any health risks.

To make your life easier, you can also opt for preparations based on aloe vera (juice, gel or cream), which will also present no danger.

Aloe vera juice dosage per day

As for the dosage, there is none specifically for the gel (which you just need to apply regularly on a sunburn ️ or burned skin or for cosmetic, moisturizing needs.). For the juice, I recommend you to take 2 to 8 oz (50 to 230 ml) per day on a course of few weeks to 2 or 3 months to enjoy its full benefits. You can dilute these dosages with other healthy juices (lemon, orange, etc..) and have a refreshing daily drink and still enjoy the health benefits of aloe vera.

What brands or products made of quality aloe to buy?

In the same way that not all parts of aloe vera are consumed, not all products that you will find in the grocery stores have the same quality. So be careful before buying your aloe juice, gel or cream.

The main criteria to remember are of course the composition (avoiding any added artificial ingredients), but also the method of production and the percentage concentration of actual aloe vera. Avoid powder extracts that have much less nutritional value.

Just Remember that when buying aloe or other juices/ drinks you should:

  • prefer juices made from fresh aloe pulp and from organic farming;
  • use frozen or cold drinks without additives (such as antioxidants, preservatives, flavorings, etc..)
  • look for products certified by the International Aloe Science Council or at least the recommended by your local national health department.

Personally, I recommend you buy from brands that make aloe products like aloe juice and aloe vera gel which have the best quality/price ratio and are ultra effective not only for your health, but will also help make your skin look better too.

Preservation of Aloe Vera Leaves

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If you want to be able to preserve and properly store aloe vera leaves, you should start by cleaning them well with a vegetable brush. Then dry them carefully.

Aloe vera is a plant that lives in a dry environment, so it should not be kept in the refrigerator, there is too moist for it. So don’t put it in water, leave it as it is in a dry, airy place at room temperature (even in summer). Also avoid putting it in the sun, prefer a dark but well-ventilated place.

When you cut it, it’ll heal itself! If you keep it for a very long time it will gradually lose its weight, there will be less and less gel.

Method for Making Aloe Vera Juice

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To make aloe vera juice also called komarika juice, only the gel should be taken from the Leaf. The green skin could be toxic and must be peeled off with a sharp knife. Regarding aloe toxicity, there isn’t consensus yet and it is mostly regarding the aloe’s  green skin and the yellow latex substance coming out of it when it is cut. Generally aloe vera is safe for consumption, as it was used for a natural remedy for more than 2000 years. You just need to know how to prepare and clean it it properly. Also, be careful which species of aloe you are using.

Which Aloe vera species are edible?

The aloe plant has more than 500 species and only few are considered safe to consume. The edible variety is Aloe vera barbadensis and the other widely spread variety is Aloe vera var. chinensis. They are often mistaken for each other, but the difference is that Aloe barbadensis is edible and  has long thick fleshy leaves.

Aloe var chinensis is mostly used for treating skin issues and burns. It has narrower leaves with white spots on them.

Other aloe species may not be suitable for consumption, so please check thoroughly before you eat, drink or apply them on your skin.

Use the Aloe Gel to Make a Juice

The inside of the leaf forms a gel, like when you soak flax seeds in water, but a little more viscous.

I advise you not to use a juice extractor to get the aloe vera juice, it’s very difficult to pass it through the juice extractors. You have to use a good blender, which is much more efficient for what you’re looking for here.

To preserve the benefits and nutrients of the aloe vera juice, add some lemon juice as a natural preservative.

As for juices in general, the ideal is to consume it right away. Nevertheless, with the addition of lemon juice, you can keep it in the refrigerator for 1 Week in a well-sealed bottle.

If you don’t like the taste of aloe vera juice you can add a tablespoon of honey or quality raw agave syrup. But it’s still optional.

You can also make an aloe vera gel instead of a juice by just straining or skipping adding any water as shown in the recipe below.

How to Make Aloe Vera Drink at Home?

Gluten-free, Paleo recipe
Lactose-free recipe
Raw recipe

For 1/2 liter approximately
Preparation time : 5 min

Ingredients

  • 10 cm of aloe vera stem
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 cup of honey (optional)
  • 300 ml of spring water

Method

  1. Peel the aloe vera leaf with a sharp knife. Start by removing the stings, then the rest of the green skin. The green skin is toxic, so take off all the skin. Then remove the gel and rinse it under water.
  2. Place the aloe vera gel in the blender bowl.
  3. Pour half a lemon juice over it. Add the honey if you wish.
  4. Pour over the spring water and mix.
  5. Serve immediately or pour into a sterilized Otis airtight bottle or a nice Ball Glass Mason Jar and store in your fridge.

Note:

If you wish, you can add a dash of ginger or turmeric to your juice, or mix it with the juice of other fruits or vegetables.

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Easy Homemade Recipe for Aloe Vera Drink
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Serves: 500 ml
 
Ingredients
  • 10 cm of aloe vera stem
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 cup. honey (optional ))
  • 300 ml of spring water
Instructions
  1. Peel the stem of aloe vera with a sharp knife. Start by removing the stings, then the rest of the green skin. The green skin is toxic,so take off all the skin. Then remove the gel and rinse it under water.
  2. Place the aloe vera gel in the blender bowl.
  3. Pour half a lemon juice over it. Add the honey if you wish.
  4. Pour over the spring water and mix.
  5. Serve immediately or pour into a sterilized airtight bottle to store in the refrigerator.

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Do you already make aloe vera juice at home? If so, do you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments.

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