Make your own Aloe Vera Juice at home to reap the multiple health benefits of this nutritionally dense plant. It’s quick, easy and very affordable. All it takes is a leaf (or two, depending on the size) of the Aloe Vera plant, a sharp knife and a blender.
WARNING: Whole Aloe Juice uses all of the plant leaf, including the green skin (rind). There is Aloe Latex (Aloin) present, possibly in harmful quantities. Do NOT drink the yellowish water that is used to soak the Aloe leaf prior to harvesting the gel. It’s concentrated Aloin (Aloe Latex) and should not be consumed!
How To Make Aloe Vera Gel
How To Extract Gel From The Aloe Leaf
There are two popular methods for aloe gel extraction. Each is simple but with slightly different results, as you’ll see in the videos. In the first demonstration, please note that the aloe is very slippery. Be extremely careful with the sharp blade when cutting through it!
The Cube Method Of Aloe Gel Extraction
Quick and easy? You betcha! And, it’s much neater than the alternative method that follows this one.
- Cut off both ends of the aloe leaf. Remove the spines by trimming the outer edges. Now, all four sides have been removed.
- Cut the trimmed leaf into a few vertical strips to make it quick and easy to remove the remaining top and bottom peels.
- Holding the leaf flat against the table, glide the blade of a sharp knife along the inside of the bottom peel.
- Turn the leaf over and repeat the previous step with the remaining peel.
- Now remove the whole gel strip in one piece!
- Trim off any areas that appear green or yellow. (More on this later)
- Slice the gel into cubed portions.
- Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator, to be used at your convenience.
The Spoon Method Of Extracting Aloe Gel From The Plant Leaf
The second method can take up to a half hour or so to extract the gel.
Although a knife is used in the video, it’s highly recommended to use a spoon instead. If you prefer to use a knife, select one that’s very dull to avoid the risk of cutting yourself.
- Slice the Aloe Vera leaf horizontally into two sections.
- Slice off the top of the leaf.
- Holding the leaf in one hand, use a spoon to gently scrape the Aloe Gel into a bowl.
- Transfer the contents of the bowl into a storage container and keep it in the refrigerator until needed.
How To Remove Aloin From Aloe Latex
Aloin is the yellow compound found in Aloe Latex that produces the laxative effect. Located directly under the Aloe rind, between the inner leaf and the clear gel, it’s easy to remove from the Aloe plant leaf by following these simple steps:
- Cut the plant leaf into pieces that will fit completely submerged in a pitcher of water.
- Let the leaf pieces soak for at least 15 minutes.
- When the leaf is removed from the water, there should be no remaining yellow color on the ends. If any yellow remains, trim it off.
- Remove the Aloe gel using the slicing and cubing method.
- Once the Aloe gel is removed, place it in a fresh, clean pitcher of water.
- Soak for another 15 minutes, stirring gently a few times.
- There should be no remaining yellow Aloin. The Aloe Gel is now ready for safe juicing.
How To Make Aloe Vera Juice
Now that you have extracted the gel from the Aloe leaves, you’re ready to make Aloe Vera Juice. It only takes about 2 Tablespoons for 8 ounces of prepared juice.
- Put 2 Tbsp. of Aloe gel into the blender.
- Add 8 ounces of your favorite citrus juice to the blender.
- Blend until completely smooth and uniform.
- Promptly refrigerate any juice that’s left over.
Aloe Juice recipes are very straight forward. Stick to a few tablespoons of the Aloe Vera gel and then add at least 8 ounces of liquid. The liquid can be flavored water, juice, a slushy or a smoothie. Dare to be creative! As long as you follow this basic formula, you can’t really go wrong.
A neighbor recently created this original concoction:
- Sugar Cane Juice 4 oz. (made by blending raw sugar cane, stalk included)
- Carbonated water (seltzer) 4 oz.
- A squeeze of fresh lime juice
- Two tablespoons of Aloe Vera Gel
- Blend the ingredients until the gel is completely mixed in. Enjoy!
Tip: Oxidation of the nutrients occurs during the blending process. A gentle pulsing is recommended over a vigorous full-on blending, to keep the loss at a minimum.
It’s okay to have miniscule pieces of raw aloe gel in the juice drink, as long as you don’t go over the recommended dosage per day. That amount remains the same, whether taken raw by the spoonful or diluted in a liquid.
How To Store Aloe Vera Gel
Place the Aloe gel into a clean glass or plastic container with a lid. The fresh gel will last about one week in the refrigerator.
Tip: To make the aloe gel last a couple months in the refrigerator, add 500mg of Vitamin C (crush a tablet) and 400 IU of Vitamin E (puncture the capsule and drain the liquid). Blend these vitamins thoroughly into 1/4 cup of aloe gel.
Aloe gel can be frozen, without losing any of its benefits. It will keep its potency for up to three months, if frozen inside a sealed container.
What Is Aloe Vera Juice Good For?
There are 240 distinct aloe plants and only 4 are known for their nutritional properties. Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller leads that short list; it’s the plant most often associated with health and healing of the body, both inside and out.
It’s packed with nutrients, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids and minerals. Aloe may boost the effects of nutritional supplements and boosts the immune system.
The healing properties of Aloe have been touted since the time of ancient civilizations. Fast forward to today and the ingestion of Aloe is now being credited by many in battles against viruses, AIDS and cancers, and so much more! In fact, the National Cancer Institute is steadily pushing for more research studies because Aloe is so promising in its clinical trials.
That’s a lofty reputation, even for a plant that has been used medicinally for more than 6000 years! But, how can any plant with 20 minerals, 18 amino acids and 12 vitamins be anything less than great for your overall health? Aloe has all of this and more!
Aloe Vera Juice is one of the most nutrient-rich drinks you can have. The aloe leaf stores more than 75 distinct nutrients and beyond 200 active compounds. Aloe, as a topical treatment, has been shown to heal skin 2x faster than if left untreated. Well, the skin is the body’s largest organ – an external one.
There are indications that ingesting Aloe Juice can bring relief from heartburn, stomach ulcers, colitis and inflammatory diseases.
The urgency for serious ongoing studies on the various health benefits is further pushed along by the fact that millions of people simply ‘feel better’ when they include it in their dietary plans. It’s very hard to argue against living testimonials
The list of possible (and probable!) health benefits is extremely long. Yet, it’s important to refrain from making claims that are not fully backed by proper studies. So, without using words like ‘cure’..’miracle’…etc., let’s take a glimpse at what it’s made of and what it has to offer.
10 Benefits Of Aloe Vera Juice
- Amino Acids – These are the building blocks for the human body. Eight of these acids are essential for optimum health, yet the body can’t produce them. They’re readily available in the aloe plant!
- Vitamins – Again, the aloe plant leaf contains several vitamins that our bodies can’t store. Making a healthy juice drink is a great way to sufficiently fortify the body’s supply.
- Mineral Supplementation – A daily aloe juice routine can add calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, copper and many more minerals that keep us in peak health.
- Healthy Digestive System – Keeping the digestive tract in optimum health makes it easier for nutrients supplied in our foods to be absorbed into the blood. Better nutrition translates into more energy and better overall health.
- Natural Cleansing – Protein absorption is increased while the body naturally detoxes any unwanted bacteria. This means better ‘gut health’ and fewer stomach issues.
- Weight Control – By cleansing the body of harmful toxins, there’s a feeling of renewal! Simply having more energy and feeling invigorated makes a huge difference in weight control, as there’s apt to be more physical activity.
- Pain Management – Aloe Vera Gel uses several compounds that have been studied and proven effective in inhibiting chronic inflammation that cause pain and sometimes lead to disease.
- Optimum Mobility – Pain reduction leads to increased mobility through more pain-free use of the muscles and joints.
- Reduce Triglycerides – There’s sufficient evidence to suggest that triglycerides can be reduced by up to 30% in just a few months by taking a daily aloe juice drink.
- Acemannan – The main active ingredient of the Aloe gel. And, the Aloe plant is the predominant source of this nutrient! It holds 3 of the 8 essential monosaccharides that are absolutely vital to our well-being, including mannose, glucose and galactose.
Imagine this! The human body has up to 75 trillion individual cells! And, there are hundreds of distinct types of cells. And, each type has distinctly unique functions! For optimum health, all of these cells must function in harmony – each making synchronized contributions!
Acemannan assists the cell to cell communications that are imperative for the body to function properly – when communication fails on a cellular level, disease takes over! When communication is at its peak, health is restored and maintained. If it’s not quite clear yet, consider this…
Acemannan raises the body’s TNF – Tumor Necrosis Factor. In short, it means ‘death to cancer!’ It’s believed to stimulate the immune system response to cancer by inducing the production of anticancer cytokines like TNF.
When you drink Aloe Juice, it only takes 90 minutes for Acemannan to be detected in the blood. The stomach has receptors specifically for the uptake of mannose.
Most of the Acemannan is delivered to the liver, the primary site for detoxification. The rest goes to the spleen and thymus, primary organs of the immune system, and the brain, kidney, heart and pancreas.
Only 2.16% of any dose is eliminated through body wastes – this means the body is using it for energy production, body maintenance and proper functioning! Now, that’s exciting! Drink up and put the nutrients to work for you! And, save a little to treat your hair!
Aloe Vera Juice For Hair Health
The pH value of Aloe Vera juice and most hair falls in the acidic 4.5 range and are naturally compatible.
This harmonious relationship produces some beautifully enhanced curls and a superior sheen. It’s similar to the visual effect that’s accomplished by using a cider vinegar rinse after a shampoo but the benefits go well beyond.
The Aloe Vera Juice closes the cuticles of the individual hair strands to protect the inner layer, known as the cortex, from damage. The cortex contains nourishing protein molecules that promote healthy new hair growth.
The cuticle is comprised of flattened scales – a sign of healthy hair. When the cuticles are flat, the hair has sheen because the light can easily bounce off the flat surface. Slightly acidic products encourage flattening of the cuticles, making the hair appear smoother, shinier and healthier.
If you’re using hair products that are too alkaline, add some Aloe Vera Juice to raise the acidity.
Use a pH tester to achieve the desired results. Use a separate container to mix the Aloe Juice and the hair product together so neither of the original containers becomes compromised.
You’re going to love the sheen, the softness, the smoothness and the overall health of your hair!
Aloe Vera Juice Side Effects
It’s highly recommended that you discuss your plan to include Aloe Vera Juice as a supplement in your diet with your physician. And, it’s an absolute requirement to do so if you are taking any medications or have any medical issues at all. Always stand on the side of safety!
- DO NOT take Aloe Juice if pregnant or lactating. Also, be aware that Aloe can decrease the clotting factor in blood. Sevoflurane, a surgical anesthesia, has the same effect. Taking Aloe Juice prior to a surgical procedure can result in increased bleeding and serious complications.
- DO NOT take Aloe Juice for at least 2 weeks prior to any scheduled surgery. If there is the need for emergency surgery, be sure to inform the medical staff if Aloe has been used in that time frame. Don’t hesitate to inform them of what YOU know about Aloe and blood clotting if they don’t seem to understand your concern.
- DO NOT take Aloe Juice with Digoxin, Diabetes medications, Diuretics or Warfarin.
- DO NOT take any laxative while taking Aloe Juice! This would be equivalent to giving the laxative a boost! Stimulant laxatives, such as Senokot or generic Castor Oil, speed up the bowels. If the bowels are emptied too quickly and too completely, it can cause the depletion of essential minerals and severe dehydration.
There are two primary substances in the Aloe leaf; a clear gel and yellow latex. The aloe gel is clear and has a jelly-like consistency. The yellow latex is just under the plant’s skin and should be completely removed from the Aloe gel prior to using it for juicing.
It’s the latex that gives the Aloe a bitter, disgusting taste. It’s also the primary cause of any side effects from drinking Aloe Vera Juice. The gel itself doesn’t usually cause any negative symptoms unless the person drinking it has an allergic response to the gel and that’s quite rare.
Because there’s always a risk that some Aloe Latex is in the Aloe Juice, even if in extremely low quantities.
Aloe Latex Side Effects
The immediate side effects of Aloe Latex ingestion include stomach cramps, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term ingestion can result in bloody urine, muscle weakness, a decrease in weight and heart irregularities.
Prior to early November of 2002, Aloe Latex was one of the standard ingredients in over-the-counter laxatives. The FDA became concerned when it became apparent that consumers developed a tolerance for the Latex.
Larger and larger doses were needed in order to produce the desired effect. The FDA requested safety data from the manufacturers that was never produced; Latex has been banned from laxatives since that time.
The laxative effect of Aloe Latex is quite serious! It can decrease the dosage levels of medications in the body. It can also cause dehydration and mineral depletion.
The Aloe Supplement boon doesn’t have stringent regulations to keep the products in check from a safety standpoint. It seems to be in everything; lotions, cosmetics, beverages, supplemental tablets, body sprays and more.
Aloe is grabbing so much attention and driving so many product sales that some manufacturers claim to put Aloe in their products when they add very little or none at all.
This is perhaps the greatest argument, and inspiration, for making your own Aloe Gel and Aloe Juice. A great part of being responsible for your own health is knowing what’s going into your body. Nobody can stuff questionable supplements down your throat without your permission.