Aloe Vera Juice Traditional Uses:
We have always used Aloe Vera for external application and I have seen all my family members use it from my young age, my aunt used to rub fresh Aloe Vera gel daily on her face before bathing. So I have always associated Aloe Vera as something that is very good for external application.
But a few years back, when one of my cousins suffered from white discharge, a distant aunt of mine asked her to consume Aloe Vera juice in empty stomach for three days and to everyone’s astonishment she was completely relieved of the problem.
That is the first time I came to know about the benefits of drinking Aloe Vera juice and over the years I have always been keenly interested in knowing about the benefits Aloe Vera juice as I have seen first hand how effective it is. Aloe Vera juice is a good home remedy for ulcerative colitis and it also can be used for treating pcos and piles. It also reduces the blood sugar levels and is very good for diabetic patients.
How To Make Aloe Vera Juice?
Aloe Vera juice making is simplicity itself but the only problem many will face when making Aloe Vera juice is it might turn bitter some times. That is because of the slimy juice that is found over the Aloe Vera, if you don’t remove it properly it will make the whole juice bitter.
What I like to do is collect the fresh Aloe Vera leaf, remove the gel separately without any trace of the green part in it and then wash it in water to remove any sliminess. You don’t have to do this but ever since I tasted the bitter Aloe Vera juice I make sure I wash it) and then use the gel to make the juice. The juice can be made either by simply blending the Aloe Vera gel with water or by adding spices like ginger to perk it up a bit.
I like this Aloe Vera juice recipe, give it a try and let me know how you like it: Take around 50 to 75 grams of fresh of Aloe Vera gel in the blender that has been cleaned well with a pinch of salt, honey to taste, a small piece ginger along with 1/2 cup water and grind to a fine smooth mixture, strain and your homemade healthy Aloe Vera juice is ready.
Aloe Vera Juice Side Effects:
5 Top Uses Of Aloe Vera Juice:
1. Aloe Vera Juice For Hair Growth:
Aloe Vera juice is a wonderful ingredient to use on the scalp. It treats dandruff and stops hair loss. Aloe Vera juice can be used for hair by diluting fresh Aloe Vera juice in water or by making a hair pack out of the juice. Aloe Vera hair pack improves circulation in the scalp, removes the grime and dirt and strengthens the roots.
This hair mask made with Aloe Vera, lemon juice and besan is super conditioning and leaves your hair soft and very manageable. Aloe Vera and lemon are both good dandruff fighters and will greatly reduce dandruff from the scalp. This pack is great for people with normal to oily hair but if you have got dry hair, you can substitute lemon with sour yogurt. To make this hair pack, first take a fresh Aloe Vera leaf, wash and cut the thorns on both sides.
Make sure to clean the green juice that flows out of cut Aloe Vera leaf and remove the inner gel and puree it in mixer to get Aloe Vera juice. Add the 3 tbsp gram flour, 1tsp lemon juice to the Aloe Vera juice and blend it to get a smooth puree. The mixture should neither be too thick nor too thin. Apply it all over the scalp and wait for it dry on your scalp before washing it off with a mild shampoo. For best results, make sure that your scalp is not greasy before applying this pack.
2. Aloe Vera Juice For Skin:
According to me, the best way to use Aloe Vera juice for skin, apart from taking it internally is by making a homemade eye gel. Whenever I think of this eye gel, the only words that pops into my mind are cool and refreshing. When we are stressed, tired or ill, it reflects first in our eyes. Our eyes get red, looks lifeless and we develop under eye bags.
This homemade eye gel contains fresh cucumber extract along with Aloe Vera juice which makes it very effective. Aloe Vera juice brightens skin, improves elasticity, soothes irritated skin and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles. Cucumbers helps to hydrate the skin, eliminate puffiness and dark circles. This homemade Aloe Vera eye gel is so gentle on the skin and can be used by people with very sensitive skin too.
This gel also contains vitamin E which is very good in preventing skin aging and sagging skin. If you are a person who spends most of the time in front of the computer or doing intricate work which tires the eyes very quickly, try using this gel everyday for best results. To make this gel take a fresh Aloe Vera leaf, wash it well and make a juice out of the inner gel like mentioned above. Take a fresh cucumber and cut it into pieces and grind it without adding water in mixer.
Add the Aloe Vera juice and blend again till you get a smooth mixture. Strain to get a smooth liquid. Add the contents of two vitamin e capsules and mix well. Before applying around the eyes, make sure to clean the face of all make up and apply it gently around the eyes.
3. Aloe Vera Juice For Health:
One of my distant aunts taught me this home remedy for treating white discharge using Aloe Vera juice which is very very effective. Aloe Vera consumed like this gives good relief for women who suffer from white discharge. All women have some white discharge which is normal.
This remedy is used, when there is abnormal amount of discharge. If the abnormal amount of discharge is accompanied by itching, soreness or rash, please consult your gynecologist. To make the juice, cut the Aloe Vera leaf in half and make sure to wash it well under running water to get rid of the bitter juices and slimy outer coating.
Once the flesh is got, add a tsp of cumin and let it soak for 2-3 hrs. Grind it finely in a mixer and have it in empty stomach. This should be done in an empty stomach for three days continuously, it gives good relief from white discharge. If the slimy outer coating is washed well before cutting the leaf, there will not even be a trace of bitterness in this juice.
4. Aloe Vera Juice For Weight loss:
Aloe Vera juice is one of the best natural detox drinks that cleanses the whole body and it also keeps the body cool and refreshed. Now most of the articles claim that Aloe Vera juice results in weight loss because it increases the metabolism and detoxes effectively. I was trying to search for studies that proves Aloe Vera ‘s effectiveness in aiding weight loss but I could not find a proper study that supports this claim.
The few studies that were done on Aloe Vera’s effectiveness in bringing the weight down were done on rats. Most of the articles on Aloe Vera juice are confusing, some claim that it cures everything from cancer to stomach pain while some claim that it is not safe to drink Aloe Vera juice for longer time as it affects the intestinal lining.
When there is contradicting advice, I always stick to what my elders did. I prefer to use Aloe Vera juice as a medicine for treating illnesses (like for treating white discharge) and not as a regular drink. For weight loss, I would suggest consuming Aloe Vera juice weekly once or twice so you get the benefits without the side effects. Unless there is definite proof that it is very safe to drink it on a long term basis, don’t consume it regularly for months together.
5. Aloe Vera Juice For Making Sanitizers:
Sanitizers are great because when you are traveling or in emergency, you don’t have to search for water to wash your hands. Just rub a small portion of sanitizer, the alcohol and antibacterial properties of the other ingredients in the sanitizer helps to kill the germs in your hands. When I saw the recipe for making homemade Aloe Vera hand sanitizer in one of my books, I wanted to try it. The first time I made it, the proportion of alcohol was too high in the mixture and I had a feeling that it was drying out my skin.
The second time, I tweaked the proportion to suit my skin and I really liked the result when I used it to sanitize my skin. In a commercially bought product, when you read the ingredient list it is quite long with all sorts of chemicals. But all the ingredients in this homemade sanitizer are pure and will not irritate the skin. The ingredients used for this sanitizer are rubbing alcohol, Aloe Vera juice and glycerine. The alcohol in this mixture sanitizes the hands.
You can also substitute unflavored vodka for rubbing alcohol, if you don’t like the smell of rubbing alcohol. Aloe Vera juice and glycerine in the sanitizer moisturizes the hands well. I have used tea tree oil too, as it is has powerful antimicrobial properties and helps to kill the bacteria in the hands along with alcohol. Try to buy the best quality, pure Aloe Vera juice to make this sanitizer. I made it with fresh Aloe Vera juice, but the shelf life of the product made with fresh Aloe Vera juice will be very less than the one made with Aloe Vera gel that we get in the markets.
To make the sanitizer, take 1/2 cup Aloe Vera juice (made by pureeing the fresh Aloe Vera gel in mixer without water) and 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol and mix well together. Add 1 tsp glycerine and 6 drops tea tree essential oil and mix till everything is combined well together. If you feel the Aloe Vera juice is not blended well, you can even use the blender to mix everything together. You can adjust the amount of alcohol, but anything less than 50 % will not be effective as a hand sanitizer. Now all you need is a cute bottle to pour and use.