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How To Make aloe juice

The aloe vera gel straight from the plant is the best way to get its fabulous health benefits.

Aloe vera is an incredibly nutrient-rich plant. Its gel contains over 150 nutritional ingredients. And there is no one single magical ingredient, but they all work in a synergistic way to create the fantastic health giving benefits. Here’s what freshly made aloe vera gel contains:

  1. Vitamins A, C, E, B12 (may be), folic acid and choline. These antioxidants and vitamins boost the immune system and combat free radicals – which can cause hair loss, greying, wrinkles and skin sagging
  2. Minerals such as calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, manganese, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc. These minerals are needed to build bones, teeth, nerve tissue, and skin and hair pigments.
  3. Salicylic acid: Aspirin is nothing other than salicylic acid in chemical form. Salicylic acid is a natural painkiller and also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. It is useful to treat acne, dandruff, warts, corn, and calluses.
  4. Saponins: They have a cleansing and antiseptic effect; and help to unclogg the blocked pores.
  5. Sugars, such as monosaccharides (glucose and fructose) and polysaccharides. Their moisturizing qualities  restore hair condition and shin. These sugars also have great health benefits – they help to boost immune function, heal digestive tract and have a cleansing effect on the body
  6. It contains 8 enzymes: They help to break down sugars and fats from food and thus improve digestion and absorption of nutrients. When applied on skin, these enzymes work to reduce inflammation and promote faster healing of wounds.
  7. It provides 12 anthraquinones, which have a laxative effect — making aloe vera a natural constipation remedy.
  8. Four fatty acids (or plant sterols) are present. They moisturise the skin and make our hair soft and silky. These plant sterols also offer natural UV  protection and help soothe or prevent sunburn.
  9. It contains 2 hormones called auxins and gibberellins. They assist with wound healing and facilitates cell regeneration (which includes hair follicles).
  10. Aloe vera contain 20 of the 22 amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein.
  11. Lignins: These penetrate deep into the skin and introduce other nutrients of aloe vera into our skin. Lignins are particularly useful for skin problems like eczema and psoriasis.

Growing Aloe Vera Plants

my little aloe vera farmI have a little aloe vera farm in my house. The good part of growing aloe vera is that it’s a very low maintenance plant. It just needs a little water (like twice a week) and some sunshine and it will grow happily. But just don’t over-water, it will go floppy and die.

If you live in colder climates, it will only survive if you keep it indoor. But keeping aloe vera in your house is to your advantage. It is known to purify the room air and process all the toxins. Isn’t that amazing?

Aloe vera comes in many varieties so it’s important that you pick the right one. Look for aloe vera Barbadensis-miller – it is the most potent one with many medicinal properties.

Why should you make aloe juice at home? Because it is fresh and nothing can beat that. Freshly extracted juice contains many phytochemicals and nutrients, which lose their potency as the juice is kept for longer time. Plus, homemade aloe juice is free from additives such as thickener, fragrance, colour and preservatives.

And it is such an easy growing plant that you really have no excuse for not using freshly made aloe juice.

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How to Make Aloe Vera Juice

Step 1: You can start by harvesting the lower leaves for juicing (lower leaves and more mature and ripe for use). Make cuts close to the base with a sharp knife.

Step 2: Keep it aside to allow the yellow sap to ooze out completely (it will take a few minutes). Or you may want to include the yellow liquid – which functions as laxative and is often used as a natural constipation relief remedy. (but do not include the yellow sap in skin and hair preparation as it can cause irritation)

Step 3: Wash the leaf. Using a sharp knife remove the thorny edges of the leaf. Next place it the flat side up and slice off the top skin to expose the clear pulp inside. Scrape it out with a spoon, and you have the clear slimy jelly.

Step 4: You can eat the jelly straight away – it is almost tasteless just a little slimy.

Step 5: If you want to make a juice – place the aloe pulp in blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively you can also grate the pulp using a cheese grater. I find latter more simple and less messy.

Also, you don’t have to use the entire leaf in one go, use a small piece of leaf at a time and keep the remaining in the fridge, it will stay good for couple of weeks.

How much should you drink

You are only suppose to eat/drink a very small quantity – like 2 to 3 teaspoon every other day. Don’t drink too much as it can cause unwanted effects like increase in dryness and roughness in your body (vata symptoms). So even if it has tons of nutrients, don’t go overboard.

It’s best to take aloe vera juice on an empty stomach, so first thing in the morning or before your meals.

Note: Pregnant women and young children should not take aloe vera internally. As always, it is best to consult with your doctor before starting any long term herbal remedy.

Do you make aloe vera juice at home?

References: 

Surjushe A, Vasani R, Saple DG. Aloe Vera: A short review. Indian Journal of Dermatology. 2008;53(4):163-166.

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