What is Aloe Vera Juice?
Aloe vera juice is got by grinding the white pulp of aloe vera leaf along with water. Aloe vera juice is slimy and barely has any taste. It is both consumed internally and applied topically to treat various problems like sunburn, wounds and eczema. Aloevera juice can be made simply by grinding aloe vera with water or it can be mixed along with other ingredients to make wonderful drinks. I have given aloe vera juice recipes that I have tried and liked below.
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 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. We also use it for treating stomach ulcers.
I have always been keenly interested in knowing about the benefits aloe vera juice as I have seen first hand how effective it is. Traditionally it is recommended for diabetic patients as it helps reduce high blood sugar levels and also for patients suffering from liver problems.
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 Benefits
1. For Gastric Problems
If you are suffering from stomach ulcers or irritable bowel syndrome consider taking aloe vera juice in empty stomach for a few days regularly. It will greatly help ease the discomfort and pain and also to help heal the ulcers fast. It also has a soothing effect and helps treat heartburn and inflammation of the colon.
2. For Constipation
Aloe vera has been used for treating constipation for many years and we get lot of aloevera based products in the markets. The problem with store bought aloe products is they are usually made along with the aloe vera latex which contains anthraquinone which can cause lot of side effects instead I would suggest making the juice only with the gel. Aloevera gel is an excellent natural remedy for treating constipation but don’t consume more than a cup a day.
3. Natural Detox
We hear the word detox a lot but aloevera juice is truly a detox drink as it helps with both kidney and liver function. It also has a protective effect. If you are consuming lot of processed food, consider taking a cup of aloe vera juice weekly twice or thrice regularly.
Aloe vera juice is very hydrating as it contains 90% water. Staying hydrated especially in a hot country like India is very very important. Instead of consuming packaged drinks filled with sugar and preservatives, consider drinking pure homemade aloe vera juice. Since it is also nutrient rich and filled with antioxidants, it will also help improve immunity.
5. Skin Care
We use aloe vera juice extensively for skin care, it can be used for treating sunburn, wounds, acne and also for reducing skin inflammation. We usually extract fresh aloe vera juice and mix it with ingredients like besan or rice flour and apply as a face pack. You can also use it in face serums and as a base for face gels and face creams.
6. For Hair Care
Aloevera helps reduce inflammation and is one of the best ingredients for treating scalp inflammation. We usually mixed with Neem powder and apply as a pack and it also helps nourish the scalp along with promoting hand growth. I always use aloe vera juice for hair care preparations like homemade hair conditioner, hair serum and hair packs, you can find all the recipes here.
Aloe Vera Juice Side Effects:
5 Best Aloe Vera Juice Recipes
1. Aloe Vera, Lemon and Ginger Drink
For the drink take a cup of aloe vera juice and add in a small piece of ginger and grind in amixer and strain. Add in lemon juice to taste, you can sweeten with honey if you prefer.
2. Aloe Vera and Amla Juice
For this juice, take a cup of aloe vera juice in a bowl. Take two amla, remove the seeds and grind in a mixer along with a cup of water and strain. Mix both, you can sweeten with honey if you prefer.
3. Aloe Vera and Orange Juice
Take a cup of aloevera juice in a bowl. Add in either mango juice, orange juice or pineapple juice and mix well.
4. Aloe Vera Shots
For making aloe vera shots, extract the gel of one aloe vera leaf. Now grind it along with 2 cups of coconut water and strain.
5. Amla, Aloe vera & Wheat Grass Shots
Take two amla, remove the seeds and take them in a mixer. Add in a handful of wheatgrass. Add in aloevera juice too, now grind finely and strain.