Making Aloe Vera Juice At Home
Long used as a natural remedy for sunburns and cuts, the juice from aloe vera plants can also provide a surprising amount of health benefits. Aloe vera juice can help to clear out the digestive tract, relieving constipation and discomfort from various digestive disorders. It can also help to balance electrolytes, aiding in hydration, and can potentially lower cholesterol, prevent various types of cancer by halting tumor growth, and help to ease inflammation caused by various health disorders.
Although aloe vera juice is available in most health stores, it is often expensive and, for many people, it can be difficult to drink something when you don’t know where it came from or how it was processed. To ease these fears, you can easily make aloe vera juice at home with items you likely already have on hand.
- Aloe Vera Plant
- Sharp paring knife
Cut one to two leaves from your plant and then rinse them in cold, clean water. Use your paring knife to cut each leaf in half and scoop out the translucent gel found inside. While doing this, make sure that you do not cut out any of the yellow resin found on the inside of the leaf, as this is not desirable when making aloe vera juice (its laxative effect is rather extreme).
Place the gel in the blender along with the juice of two to three lemons (these help to prevent oxidation). You can also try other citrus fruits such as orange or grapefruit. Blend the ingredients together for about two minutes before pouring the aloe vera juice into a clean container. Refrigerate the contents until you’re ready to use it; generally, aloe vera juice will last for up to a week but is typically best consumed fresh.
When you’re ready to drink the juice, add one to two tablespoons of the blend to 8 to 12 ounces of liquid: you can add it to plain water or just about any juicing recipes! This a great way to add some of the amazing benefits of aloe vera juice to smoothies as well. Instead of blending separately, you can just add the aloe vera gel to your favorite smoothie recipes.
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