In order to be able to make aloe vera juice, it is important to understand its content and characteristics. It is also known as ‘aloe latex’ and is taken from the skin of the aloe leaf. The color of aloe vera juice is similar to yellow, but the taste is somewhat bitter. Commonly taken orally, this juice is helpful for the treatment of numerous ailments. As with other herbal products, you are well advised to visit your nutritionist and receive information on both the benefits and downsides of aloe vera juice. Although it seems strange that aloe vera can bring about negative side effects, being so frequently used in various areas, there truly are serious conditions such as diarrhea, abdominal pain and contractions, in pregnant women, that can sometimes lead to miscarrying a child. However, there are many more advantages than disadvantages to this juice.
As regards the steps you need to take in order to make your own homemade aloe vera juice, it is first necessary to pick a proper plant for extracting the content within. Keep in mind that picking a good aloe vera plant is harder than purchasing one already chosen by a retailer. If you grow the plant yourself, grow the plant until its leaves become thick, wide and reach their full size. In order for aloe vera to be mature, the leaves need not necessarily be long, so do not worry about their length. What truly matters is for the bottom leaves of the plant to grow thick, which means that the outer base of a single leaf should be at least an inch wide.
When you get ready for filleting an aloe leaf, do not even think about squeezing the inside juice out of the leaf. Despite common belief, such a practice is completely wrong. You should cut the leaf and put it in a big bowl so as to tilt both sides of the plant against the sides of the bowl. The cut aloe vera should remain in the bowl fifteen minutes or so. In the meantime, the content between leaf skin and gel will leak out into the bowl. Do not use the sap from your aloe vera juice, as it has no beneficial importance. If you do try to add it to the juice, you are bound to suffer from stomach pain.
In order to fillet the leaf properly, cut off the pointy, sharp tip and then cut the sharp sides. Place the leaf on a flat surface such as a cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut the leaf in half. As mentioned before, squeezing the content out is not helpful. Therefore, take a spoon and slowly and carefully remove the interior of the leaf and place it in a clean bowl. You will know that you have not made any mistakes if the gel in your bowl is clear, as only that part of the leaf’s interior has a therapeutic effect. Use light water or vinegar wash to take out any leftover sap. Drain the water or vinegar, whichever you decided to use, and do not be afraid if what you have in the bowl smells unpleasantly. It is usually manufacturers that add special additions, but a homemade aloe vera juice can smell somewhat earthy, which is fine. You are free to add a sweetener or some other juice to make your aloe vera juice tastier.
Finally, when it comes to storing aloe vera juice, the best options are containers that are food-safe and that can block sun rays from spoiling your product. Make sure the containers are tightly closed and kept safely in a refrigerator.