Aloe Vera juice has many anti-bacterial, anti-viral and cholesterol-lowering benefits. However, it is important to note that when juicing you use the Aloe Barbadensis Miller plants for the best benefits. Like all herbal and plant supplements, check with your doctor before drinking the juice to check for side effects and possible drug interactions.Continue Reading
Once you harvest a healthy aloe leaf, cut it in half with a sharp, serrated knife. Then start to fillet the rind or outer layer. Inside the rind is a yellow layer known as aloin. This layer also needs to be completely removed as it causes adverse side effects like diarrhea. Lay the leaf on a cutting board and slice off the top rind and sides first. Then, with your knife parallel to the cutting board scrape out the clear aloe gel which contains the healing and health benefit of the plant.
Cut the aloe gel into pieces. Blend two pieces of the gel with a glass of orange juice or grapefruit juice. The acidity in the juices prevents oxidization of the gel and also makes it sweeter and more palatable.
If you want to make sure the transparent gel is completely free from the yellow latex, wash the gel in a watered down vinegar solution.