Easy Homemade Recipe for Aloe Vera Drink

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recipe for aloe vera drink

Today I’m going to share one of my all time favorites with you. A wonderfully healthy and easy recipe for aloe vera drink juice you can make at home. Until recently, the aloe vera leaf was not that easy to obtain, at least where I live.

Now I see them everywhere in organic stores and even in the traditional local shops, so I thought it was about time to make a good use of them.

Aloe vera has been used for more than 6000 years and is quite popular even to this day, so make sure to add this beneficial plant to your diet or you’re really missing out ;-).

I mean, why not, it’s one of the healthiest plants nature has created and you wouldn’t have any problem finding aloe leaves quite 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 at home.

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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. It could also be used as an effective electrolyte drink similar to using coconut water and making a baking soda drink.

The Aloe plant mostly of the Aloe vera barbadensis variety is well known for improving the health of the digestive system. Another widely used aloe type is Aloe Ferox, which is also called African aloe or bitter Aloe and also has many health benefits for the body as mentioned here.

Personally I use aloe 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) which are suspected of normalizing the microbiota as well as relieving inflammation. And at the same time would reduce intestinal fermentation processes.

Other common use of aloe vera is as a great natural laxative mainly due to its Aloe latex content. Ancient people have used the plant  for its many medicinal benefits along which is the purgative effect it has and is still often used for the same purpose today.

It can also be used for making refreshing summer cocktails too.

Yeah, I know the words cocktail and laxative don’t belong in the same sentence, but the key is in the dosage, really.

How much aloe and how you use it will determine whether you see laxative effects or can enjoy your cocktail drink safely.

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

 

Note: The information given here is for educational and informational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The information is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment offered by healthcare professionals.

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 there could be some side effects from consumption of Aloe vera according to science!

Aloe Vera Drink Side Effects

There is 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:

 

    1. 1. you have a potassium deficiency;
      2. you have a risk of allergy (which will manifest as a rash, hives, or difficulty breathing;
      3. have kidney problems;
      4. 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 can tell you right away, aloe vera does not present, in itself, a serious danger for your health. 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.

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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, lime, 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.

In order to make aloe vera gel at home 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 sometimes 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 pretty safe for consumption for most people, as it was used for a natural remedy for more than 6000 years. The Aloe vera plant has been “featured” in such hard to bypass publications as the Bible, a 6000 year old carving in an Egyptian cave and in a collection of Sumerian clay tablets dating from way back in 2100 B.C. You can’t deny aloe has been quite a trendy asset back then and it still is to this day actually.

You just need to know how to prepare and clean 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 (considered non edible) 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 and fleshy leaves.

I grow aloe vera indoors for a few years now (it’s growing like crazy) and you can see the thick leaves of young aloe vera up close here:

 

Aloe vera barbadensis leaves close up view
Aloe vera barbadensis

 

Aloe vera barbadensis thick leaves
Aloe vera barbadensis has long, thick, fleshy leaves when fully grown

 

Aloe var chinensis is mostly used for treating skin issues and burns. Though, it could also be suitable for consumption I don’t recommend eating it as there is contradicting information on the internet whether it’s edible or not.

So, just to be safe and avoid any possible health issues, don’t consume Aloe vera var. chinensis and only apply it on your skin (after you consult with your doctor and if you don’t have any allergies).

You will easily recognize Aloe vera var. chinensis as it has narrower leaves with white spots on them and is generally quite smaller in size than Aloe vera barbadensis.

 

Aloe var chinensis
Aloe var chinensis has white spots on the leaves

 

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

 

Aloe barbadensis vs Aloe var chinensis

 

I made some research on this and even scientific sources are not conclusive about whether they are the same or different species. But generally it seems that Aloe vera barbadensis is considered a synonym for Aloe Vera and Aloe var chinensis is a separate variety, which can be recognized by its white spots on the leaves. Still, some sources refer to Aloe var chinensis as the same as Aloe barbarensis and deem them both as synonyms for common Aloe vera.

It can be really confusing if you find such contradicting information and one should probably do an extensive research on the topic. I hope soon the official science will release a more conclusive research on the difference between these Aloe varieties.

It’s a little surprising for me that there isn’t yet a definitive answer to this question by modern science.

 

How To Eat Aloe Vera

 

Aloe vera can be eaten or consumed in several ways. You can add it to many mostly raw recipes like smoothies, juices, ice cream and other preparations. I mention raw, because any exposure to heat or cooking will greatly decrease or destroy any beneficial vitamins and nutrients we are actually looking for when we eat the wonderful Aloe plant.

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Use the Aloe Gel to Make a Juice

 

Aloe Gel to Make a Juice

So, how to make aloe vera gel at home?

Firts, what is this aloe vera gel?

The inside of the leaf forms a gel like substance, similar to when you soak flax seeds in water, but a little more viscous. The gel in the leaf is fairly firm and to have a smoother gel texture you will have to process is additionally by blending or mashing it manually.

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 Juice Without Blender

 

If you don’t have a blender or other similar kitchen tool you can just use your hands and a knife to scrape the inner gel into a bowl and collect it for making your homemade aloe vera drink. It will require a little more effort, but you would still get the job done, which is what we are looking for in the end, right ;-).

You can follow the nice video guide below on how to make aloe vera gel at home:

It’s easier than you might think really, the only disadvantage is you will put more work, time and probably make more mess in your kitchen, though it could be fun especially if you make it this way with your kids.

Just enjoy and have fun :-).

How to Make Aloe Vera Drink at Home?

 

aloe vera drink ingredients

Recipe type: Gluten-free, Paleo, Lactose-free, Raw

Yield: The recipe ingredients are enough for making approximately 1/2 liter of aloe vera juice

Preparation time : 5 min

Ingredients

  • 10 cm of aloe vera leaf
  • 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 the juice of half a lemon 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 like mango, pineapple, carrot or any other fruit/veggie you like.

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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 the juice of half a lemon 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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How To Make Aloe Vera Juice Taste Better

 

Commercial store bought aloe vera juice is made to taste good and is already sweetened enough, but if you make the juice at home there are a few things to consider to get a smooth refreshing aloe juice.

  • make sure to peel and remove all the green skin parts as they will spoil the taste of your juice
  • remove the yellowish natural aloe latex from the leaf before juicing as it’s quite bitter and may cause some tummy issues due to its laxative properties
  • once you have extracted the clean aloe vera gel from the leaf and to improve the taste even further you can add a natural sweetener to your aloe drink.
  • Use honey, maple syrup, stevia or other sweetener you like. You can also spice it up with a dash of lemon, a little bit of ginger is nice addition too.

 

Can You Boil Aloe Vera?

 

Short answer is: yes, you can. Boiling the aloe vera gel will help dissolve it to get a smoother texture and you can make a nice drink that way too. But, as with most healthy plants, the high temperature may lower the beneficial properties of aloe by destroying and removing a large portion of the vitamins, minerals and other good nutrients.

So, if you want to take advantage of the full healing power of the aloe vera plant, when making a juice or for skin application, then it’s better to avoid boiling it and use it in its natural raw form.

Have you tried making this easy homemade aloe vera drink? If so, do you like it? Let me know in the comments below.

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15 Responses

  • Hello, thank you for your posts. Is it possible to make aloe juice with Aloe var chinensis, or is this type of aloe not edible? I believe this is the plant I have, and I have so much I was hoping to use it for something more than tgreating my baking burns. Do you have any suggestions about overgrown pots?

  • can i know the aloe vera species to prepare drink. images please. thanking if you can send me the email too.

    • Sumedha, as I mentioned above and in the article, the two main and most widely known varieties are Aloe barbadensis and Aloe var chinensis (it has white spots and narrower leaves). I’m not sure if they both can be used to make a drink, but the recommended edible variety is Aloe barbadensis. At least this is what I have as information regarding the difference between the two plants. Even scientific resources are not conclusive on the matter, whether chinensis and barbadensis are referring to the same plant from what I read, though visually they look quite different.

      The aloe drinks I make are from the Aloe barbadensis. Miller type aka barbados aloe. As mentioned above, it’s the one with thick, long, narrow and wide leaves when fully grown. Aloe chinensis is mostly smaller in size with thinner, white spotted leaves. It basically looks like ornamental plant, so you can’t really make a mistake to recognize the plant. I’m not really an expert in plants and have gardening only as my hobby to enjoy when I need to get rid of stress(and make drinks).

      Aloe has been used for centuries as food and natural healing plant, so I guess ancient people knew what they were doing ;-). If done right aloe barbadensis can be used to make refreshing, healthy drinks and could be applied on the skin for it’s beneficial healing and cosmetic properties.

      If you are not sure about it, please first consult with your doctor.

    • In the fridge (the scooped aloe flesh) will be good for about a week or a little bit more. At room temperature it will last for a day. If the plant leaf is whole, intact(not cut) and vacuum sealed it may last a little longer.

  • The link you have provided clearly states Aloe vera var. chinensis as the non edible variety. Why are you saying any differnt?
    I was about to start eating my garden full of Aloe vera var. chinensis and could very well jave possibly poisoned myself.

    • Hey Alli, I don’t see where I have stated that Aloe vera var. chinensis is edible. Both in the article and in the comments I say that the edible variety is Aloe barbadensis and the non-edible one is Aloe vera var. chinensis, which is mainly used for skin application and in cosmetics. I’m not sure what are the effects of consuming Aloe vera var. chinensis, probably mainly a strong laxative effect, but there could be others. I’m not a doctor, so if you are not sure whether your Aloe is edible, please consult with a specialist and with your doctor.

      Just to be on the safe side, if you have Aloe vera var. chinensis in your garden, don’t consume it.

      Cheers.

  • May I know how often I need to drink the home made aloe vera flesh juice for the benefit of constipation. And when is the best time to consume too for helping constipation?

    • According to to Webmd:

      For constipation, some use 100-200 milligrams of aloe juice — or 50 milligrams of aloe extract — daily as needed.

      It seems a small 100-200 ml cup a day should be enough in the morning or on empty stomach/before meal.

      Though, there is much more involved into getting rid of constipation and having properly functioning bowels and having a happy tummy.

      Probably there are multiple factors responsible for your condition like, unhealthy habits, lack of physical activity, stress, processed food, bad diet, etc…So, you may want to look into your daily regime and lifestyle to find the cause then try to eliminate it or solve/avoid the problem. Have a balanced diet, eat plenty of fruits and veggies, drink enough water daily. The general most common advice often given for such conditions apply here. Our body is a complex system that needs a proper care daily, really.

      Please note that I’m not a doctor. If you have any health condition please seek help and consult your therapist or physician.

  • Hi – I’ve just read your article with much interest as I have a few Aloe plants and was hoping to make some juice. It now seems to me that my plants are the inedible ones, given your description and photo. I’m a bit confused, however, as a bit further on, when giving the recipe and instructions for making the juice you have a photo of what appears to be the Aloe var chanisis- http://smartsexypaleo.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/aloe-vera-gel-bowl-with-wooden-table_55883-1979.jpg

    • Hi Roberta,

      I agree sometimes there can be some confusion when identifying aloe plants. If your aloe has thin and not very long leaves with a lot of spikes it should be the aloe chinensis. It sometimes has a lot of white spots, but the same applies for aloe barbadensis, so only the white spots on the leaves isn’t a sufficient factor to differentiate between the two species. Aloe has long and quite thick, fleshy leaves when fully grown, sometimes with white spots on it too.

      If you are unsure about your aloe, just avoid making a juice from it. Aloe chinensis and most aloes in general aren’t really poisonous, but could cause stomach issues or other body reactions if you are sensitive. So, stick with the safe and known edible aloe barbadensis.

      It’s generally the Aloe barbadensis that is considered edible and most suitable for consumption. Other types of aloe plants are mostly good for skin application(like Aloe chinensis) and several other aloe species have also many health benefits too.

      Cheers.

  • Hi, you mention a 10 cm long leaf. How much gel would that be, as I am making my juice with purchased Aloe Vera gel?

    • Hi Marianne,

      it would depend on how big or thick the aloe leaf is. A 10 cm piece of aloe leaf would make about a cup of aloe gel. But since you are buying already extracted gel, the amount you use will depend on how much juice you want to make. With a cup of aloe gel you can make about 500 ml of juice or a bit more if you dilute it additionally.

      So, decide how much aloe juice you need and that would tell you how much aloe gel you should use. A cup or two of aloe gel should be enough for a batch of 500 to 1 liter of aloe juice.

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