Aloe Vera is one of the most amazing plants Mother Nature has blessed us with. The gel of Aloe Vera is so versatile that you can apply it on your hair and skin for countless remedies. You can even drink Aloe Vera Juice to reap its health benefits. Although there are many store-bought Aloe Vera juice products on the market, here you will find Aloe Vera juice recipe with a combination of other ingredients that would be very beneficial to your health.
We will also discuss the benefits and side effects of organic Aloe Vera Juice in the later part of this blog so you can avoid any possible harmful effects. But let us first show you how to make aloe vera juice that’s both healthy and delicious.
Aloe Vera Juice Recipe
1. Skinny Aloe Vera Smoothie
- 1 Aloe Vera leaf
- 2 Oranges (juiced)
- 1 Cup of Water
- 2-3 Kale Leaves
- ½ Cucumber
- 1 Large Banana
I personally prefer eating cucumbers without the skin but you can keep it if you want. Cut the half of cucumber in two pieces, kale leaves in three to four pieces and the banana into two pieces. Now, for the Aloe Vera leaf, you can use the whole part or just a section of the leaf if it is too big. So you can use half of the leaf now and refrigerate the rest for another day which would last about two days.
Cut off the prickle sides of the leaf thinly and cut one side of the leaf with a knife. Now gently scoop out all the gel from the other part. This is the gel that you’re going to use in your smoothie.
Now go ahead and put all the ingredients in the blender – one cup of water, orange juice, kale leaves, banana and cucumber pieces, and the most important ingredient- the aloe vera gel. Blend them together for a minute to make a healthy and delicious smoothie. I call this particular Aloe Vera juice recipe “Skinny Aloe Vera Smoothie” because it helps improve your digestive system’s functioning and allows you to you have better bowel movements. But most importantly, this juice will help you lose weight that can be taken every other day.
2. Refreshing Aloe Vera Summer Drink
- Aloe Vera Leaf (big size)
- 2 Lemons
- 4 tbsp Sugar
- 1 ltr Water
This aloe vera juice recipe is full of health benefits and best enjoyed in the summertime. To prepare this drink, take the leaf and cut its edges to remove sharp stuff like thorns. Removing the edges will help you peel the skin off quite easily. Cut the skin off using a knife and slice out the flesh (gel), being careful that you don’t end up cutting your hand.
After extracting the gel it will look clear and very sticky which is actually normal. Cut the gel into small chunks and place it in your blender with sugar and water. Blend the mixture for 3-4 seconds and make sure you don’t want to blend it too much or else the lumps of aloe will dissolve into the water. You will enjoy the juice even more when these lumps will hit your mouth. Once the blending is done, slice the lemon thinly and squeeze it before throwing them into the aloe water.
The best way to serve this pure aloe vera juice is in a drink dispenser with some ice cubes in it and keep it for 30 minutes before drinking. This drink will detox your body and the lemon juice will help you lose weight by burning calories and extra fat. Introduce this aloe vera juice recipe to your friends and family, and I am sure they will love it.
Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice
In the past, people used to apply aloe vera gel to relieve cuts, burns, and scraps as a soothing balm. But do you know what is aloe vera juice good for? The health benefits of edible Aloe Vera juice are simply unimaginable because it:
- Reduces and heals the itchiness of psoriasis
- Improves and regulates blood sugar
- Improves and even eliminates constipation
- Heals ulcers
- Heals internal tissue damage
- Defends the body from bacteria
- Strengthens the immune system
- Promotes the healing of bones and joints
- Regulates blood pressure
- Improves blood circulation all over the body
Aloe vera juice contains 19 amino acids, 20 minerals, and 12 vitamins, making it an excellent natural nutritional supplement. Drinking only 2 to 4 ounces per day is all it is required to gain all the benefits from aloe vera juice.
One of the most valuable aloe vera juice benefits for today’s lifestyle is its ability to assist in weight loss. The juice of natural wonder helps reduce and stabilize your body mass index by stimulating the metabolic rate of your liver cells, so it burns more energy.
A high amount of collagen protein is found in Aloe vera juice. Your body needs to burn such a high amount of energy so as to improve your metabolic rate that will be very helpful for your weight-loss regimen.
Drinking aloe vera juice for skin and hair care is very common but you will also find the juice in different forms, such as oil, lotion, and serum. The juice has a very mild flavor and to be more palatable there are different flavors like berries, coconut, and other fruit flavors.
Possible Side Effects of Aloe Vera Juice
We recognized the healing powers of this plant centuries ago. Even the legend Alexander the Great conquered the island of Socotra just to secure a regular supply of this plant for his wounded troops. You already know the main benefits and uses of aloe vera juice but you must also be aware of the side effects.
You could encounter aloe vera juice side effects if you do not know how to extract the gel from the aloe vera leaf. It contains a substance known as aloin (the laxative ingredient in the latex), which is not so favorable for your body. It is mostly found at the bottom part of the leaf and between the rind and the flesh. However, the good news is that you are not likely to find this aloin substance in your aloe vera juice drink if you purchase it from a reputed manufacturer.
Aloin highly induces your bowel movement that could result in diarrhea and stomach cramp. You could also have electrolyte imbalances and you may be wondering what this is. Well, electrolytes are chemicals in your body that have positive and negative charged ions. Your body’s muscle functions and nerve reactions depend on the proper exchange of these charged ions. However, aloin could interfere with these chemicals in your body that could cause you to have weak muscles, irregular heartbeats, fatigue, confusion, and even some tingling sensations in your hands and feet.
Also, aloin could cause uterine contractions. So, if you are pregnant it is not worth to take any risk by consuming the Aloe Vera juice and you better stay away from it.
Another side effect of applying this juice on the skin is that you could have photosensitivity effects. If your skin is sensitive to sunlight, make sure you avoid applying the juice before going under the sun. This is more likely to give an adverse reaction rather protecting your skin from sunlight. However, if you are already sunburnt, you can always use it for its soothing and cooling effects.
Before wrapping this up, I would like to give you important guidelines on how to extract Aloe gel from the leaf. Make sure you have cut and thrown the yellowish part at the bottom of the leaf that contains a large amount of aloin. Then cut the prickly edges and slice the skin of the leaf with a sharp knife. While cutting, make sure you are taking off enough flesh with the skin. This way, your fillet of aloe will not carry any aloin substance. After you have extracted the gel, rinse the gel thoroughly with water. Hopefully, this process will exclude most of the yellowish laxative substances from the gel and will keep you safe from any major side effects.