Aloe Vera is classified as a succulent plant due to its thick fleshy stems used to retain water to help the plant survive in inclement conditions. It is inside these leaves where you will find the gelatinous aloe vera gel full of nutritious benefits and that can be used in various ways. It is most commonly found in hair, beauty, and skincare products as a consumer product, but it is also popular as a drink.
The health benefits from ingesting Aloe Vera include increased hydration, body detoxification, natural laxative, digestive aid, improved oral and dental health, and it is full of vitamins and minerals.
The flavor of Aloe Vera is slightly bitter, but once it is harvested and prepared correctly, you will be able to enjoy its natural, earthy flavor.
This recipe will show you exactly how to harvest and prepare this juice so that you can enjoy the taste and receive the health benefits associated with this wonderful plant. You may also be interested in trying our Cucumber Juice recipe.
Tip: You can also purchase Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Juice online.
Is it safe to drink Aloe Vera juice?
Aloe Vera juice is generally safe for consumption in moderate amounts. However, some individuals might be sensitive or allergic to it, leading to stomach discomfort or allergic reactions. It's best to start with small quantities to check for any adverse reactions.
How do I extract the gel from the Aloe Vera plant?
To extract the gel, cut a mature leaf from the plant, slice it lengthwise, and slice alongside the gel. Our Aloe Vera Juice YouTube video shows how to slice the leaf.
Rinse the gel thoroughly to remove any yellowish sap, as it can cause stomach irritation.
Can I mix Aloe Vera juice with other ingredients?
Yes, Aloe Vera juice can be mixed with other juices like lemon, orange, grapefruit juice or even blended with fruits to enhance its taste and nutritional profile. However, be cautious with the combinations to ensure they complement each other.
How should I store freshly made Aloe Vera juice?
Freshly made Aloe Vera juice should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It's recommended to consume it within a few days to prevent bacterial growth.
Are there any side effects of consuming Aloe Vera juice?
While Aloe Vera is generally safe, excessive consumption may lead to digestive issues like diarrhea or abdominal cramps. Individuals with existing health conditions or on medication should consult a healthcare professional before consuming it regularly.
Hold the leaf of aloe vera you want to harvest and cut it off by staying as close to the stem or center of the plant as possible.
Keep the cut end of the leaf pointing down and allow it to drain for at least 15 minutes.
Draining the yellowish fluid will help to remove the strong bitter taste from the plant.
Now wash the plant thoroughly and remove any dirt or residue from the cutting.
Begin by cutting away the spiked folds on either side of the leaf so that you can see the clear gel inside.
Slice into the gel close to the edge of the leaf and slice it away from the gel on both sides.
Discard all the green pieces of leaf, rinse the piece of gel, and examine it to make sure you have removed all the green.
The green pieces of this leaf will make the drink taste very bitter and may cause stomach discomfort if ingested.
Once the aloe vera gel has been thoroughly washed and all green leaves have been removed, place it onto a clean cutting board or into a clean blender.
For chunks of aloe vera gel, cut it into bite-sized pieces and add to the juice or water and mix.
Alternatively, place the clean aloe vera gel into a blender with a little water or juice, add cinnamon, and blend the gel into a liquid.
Serve chilled, or over ice, garnish with a slice of lemon or lime, maraschino cherry and enjoy.
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