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Aloe (often called aloe vera) produces two substances, gel and latex, which

are used for medicines. Aloe gel is the clear, jelly-like substance found in the
inner part of the aloe plant leaf. Aloe latex comes from just under the plant's
skin and is yellow in color. Some aloe products are made from the whole
crushed leaf, so they contain both gel and latex. The aloe that is mentioned
in the Bible is an unrelated fragrant wood used as incense.
Aloe medications can be taken by mouth or applied to the skin. Aloe gel is
taken by mouth for osteoarthritis, bowel diseases including ulcerative colitis,
fever, itching and inflammation, and as a general tonic. It is also used for
stomach ulcers, diabetes, asthma, and for treating some side effects of
radiation treatment.
But most people use aloe gel topically, as a remedy for skin conditions
including burns, sunburn, frostbite, psoriasis, and cold sores. Some people
also use aloe gel to help surgical wounds and bedsores heal faster. There is
some science supporting these uses. Some chemicals in aloe gel seem to be
able to increase circulation in the tiny blood vessels in the skin, as well as kill
bacteria. Together, these effects suggest that aloe gel might be effective in
speeding wound healing. But its too early to come to that conclusion.
Evidence is contradictory. One study suggests that aloe gel may actually
delay wound healing.
Some people take aloe latex by mouth, usually for constipation. Less often,
aloe latex is used orally for epilepsy, asthma, colds, bleeding, absence of
menstrual periods, colitis, depression, diabetes, multiple sclerosis,
hemorrhoids, varicose veins, bursitis, osteoarthritis, and glaucoma and other
vision problems.
But taking aloe latex by mouth is likely unsafe, especially at high doses.
There is some concern that some of the chemicals found in aloe latex might
cause cancer. Additionally, aloe latex is hard on the kidneys and could lead
to serious kidney disease and even death.
A number of years ago, the FDA became concerned about the safety of aloe
latex, which was an ingredient in many laxatives. The FDAs concern was
heightened by the fact that people develop a kind of tolerance to aloe
latex. They have to take more and more of it to get a laxative effect. That

means they are likely to increase their dose -- and their risk. The FDA
requested safety data from the makers of laxatives that contained aloe latex,
but they didnt comply, possibly because of the expense involved in doing
safety studies. In the absence of safety data, the FDA required
manufacturers to remove or reformulate all over-the-counter (OTC) laxative
products in the U.S. market that contained aloe. The deadline for compliance
was November 5, 2002.

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Home > Diet & Nutrition > How To Make Aloe Vera Juice at Home
HOW TO MAKE ALOE VERA JUICE AT HOME
By admin on 16/04/2013

Learn how to make Aloe Vera juice at home and enjoy the powerful health benefits of this
nutrient-rich juice!
When you discover the benefits of Aloe Vera juice you quickly realize that this natural juice is
one of the healthiest additions you can make to your diet. The rewards are excellent and include
body health improvements, a greater sense of well-being and increased energy.
Adding Aloe Vera juice to your diet is quite simple and easy to do. Making your own Aloe Vera
juice at home is a simple skill you can easily acquire to ensure that consumption of Aloe Vera
juice becomes a daily habit.
Although there are more than 300 species of Aloe only 4 or 5 have healing properties. The most
powerful one is Aloe Barbadensis Miller, also known as Aloe Vera or True Aloe.

HOW TO MAKE ALOE VERA JUICE STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

If you have an Aloe Vera plant at home, cut one of the leaves that are closer
to the ground (they are more mature and have more ingredients).
As a rule of thumb for choosing which leaf to cut keep in mind that as soon as
the tips of the leaves begin drying it means that the juice they contain is
maximally useful. After cutting the leaf you should not keep it in the light for
a long time otherwise it will lose its healing properties.

After washing the leaf thoroughly with plenty of water, cut the piece you want
to
use.
To make 1 liter of juice (33.8 oz) cut a piece of 10-15 cm (4-6 in). You could
even use all the gel from one leaf to make approximately 2 to 3 liters (67-101
oz) of juice.

Using a sharp knife remove the thorny edges of the leaf, then rinse the leaf
again with cold water.

Separate
the
gel.
Starting from the outside of the leaf and working inwards we have the thick
green outer rind, the sap (latex) and finally the central core or the gel, also
known
as
fillet
gel.
For
home
use
the
crust
is
only
good
for
composting.
The yellow sap (also called aloin) should be discarded since it is an irritant to
humans and toxic to house pets. It is used as an ingredient in laxatives, and
can
cause
diarrhea
and
other
problems
if
taken
internally.
Remove the outer peel from both sides of the leaf by placing the back side of
the knife on the inner side of the leaf, 1 to 2 millimeters from the outer skin,
and
pulling
in
the
opposite
direction.
Alternatively you can remove the gel from the leaf using a spoon.
If carefully separated from the rest of the leaf the central gel will be aloinfree.
The inner gel is the most important part of the plant for domestic
pharmaceutical use and the one we will be using to make Aloe Vera juice.

Place the Aloe Vera gel in a blender and mix it well until it becomes smooth.

To make 1 glass of juice mix 2 tablespoons (30 ml / 1 oz) of Aloe Vera gel in a
glass of water (250ml).

Transfer the remaining Aloe Vera gel to a bottle and place it in the
refrigerator.

Every day you can add the recommended dose (30ml/1 oz) in a glass of water or juice and make
another drink. You can also apply Aloe Vera gel on the skin to heal wounds, cuts, burns, bites
and abrasions.
It is advisable however to use Aloe Vera gel within a short period of time in order not lose its
beneficial properties.

WHEN TO DRINK ALOE VERA JUICE

It is recommended to drink the juice of Aloe Vera in the morning and


especially after using the bathroom so that your body can absorb more of its
beneficial nutrients.

If you choose to drink it in the evening have the juice at least 3 hours before
bedtime.

You should always drink Aloe Vera juice 20 minutes before meals in order to
give your stomach enough time to break it down into simple organic
elements such as vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

Never give children Aloe Vera juice in the evening because the energy
supplied will prevent them from falling asleep!

The daily dosage depends on the extent of your problem and the overall
health of your body. The recommended daily dose in most cases is 60-120 ml
(2-4 oz) per day.

WHEN TO EXPECT RESULTS

Aloe Vera juice is a natural substance, not medicine, therefore it needs time to produce noticeable
results. Usually the first results appear in 3-6 weeks depending on your body. In smokers, people
with unhealthy diet or some specific health problems it can take up to 12 months to see results.
Give your body time to adjust.

ALOE VERA JUICE SIDE EFFECTS

Aloe Vera juice is considered safe when ingested in recommended dosage by


healthy individuals.

Aloe Vera should not be taken orally by individuals who have undergone
organ transplantation, by women during pregnancy and lactation and by
individuals with stomach aches, ileus or a history of allergy to garlic, onion
and other plants of this family.

Aloe Vera juice can interact with hydrocortisone, diuretics, anticoagulants and
diabetes medication.

Aloe Vera juice can improve the functioning of the pancreas leading to
adjustment of insulin dosage.

Ingestion of Aloe Vera latex is likely unsafe, especially in large doses,


in patients with kidney disease, heart disease, or electrolyte abnormalities,
due to theoretical risk of low blood potassium levels.

Due to its laxative effect, Aloe Vera juice can reduce calcium levels in the
blood and cause arrhythmia.

The use of Aloe Vera juice under no circumstances shall replace medication.

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Miracle Aloe Vera Whole Leaf Juice Concentrate is the highest quality Aloe Vera in a
bottle providing maximum benefits when taken daily. It is a 3:1 concentrate containing
yellow sap (we remove 3 quarts of water from 4 quarts of aloe to equal one quart of
Aloe concentrate) with solids averaging 14,500 per bottle. The high quality formula
contains no water and there is no high heat or oxidation used in processing keeping all
essential nutrients and polysaccharides intact providing maximum immune system
support.

Aloe vera is a common houseplant that has traditionally been used topically to
alleviate burns and pain on the skin. Oral ingestion helps speed up intestinal
motility (and has been used against constipation) and aloe vera contains a large
amount of antioxidants.

Aloe vera is a herb traditionally used to ease digestion as a folk remedy, and to alleviate
pain from burns when used topically. It has recently gained popularity as an anti-obesity
agent.
Preliminary studies show benefit with aloe vera in controlling weight, but the
mechanisms do not seem as potent as other anti-obesity supplements. Aloe vera is also
a generally healthy compound, but has been implicated in multiple cases of liver
problems (which are not too common, although resurgent) and has a lower toxicity
threshold than other herbal supplements.

Aloe at normal supplementation doses has been shown to cause liver problems in
some people, possibly due to a genetic susceptibility. The symptoms are reversible
if the supplement is stopped.

ALOE is a genera of over 420 plants (of the family LILIACEAE) of which VERA (sometimes
referred to as BARBADENSIS) is the specific herb used in many supplements. Other members of
this family include ALOE FEROX and ALOE ARBORESCENS. The ALOE VERA plant itself is
a perennial plant with turgid green leaves joined at the stem in a rosette pattern, and is most well
known as a topical ointment for pain relief from burns.
These plants have historically been used topically to heal wounds, and internally (consumption)
as a cathartic agent and have been used in Ayurveda, Southern African medicine.

Aloe vera leaf gel given at 1mg/kg for a week prior to administration of Alcohol (3g/kg fasted
state) did not influence serum alcohol levels nor the increase in serum liver enzymes (GOP, GPT)
following alcohol administration, but was able to attenuate the alcohol-induced increase in liver
triglycerides via suppressing alcohol's induction of lipogenic gene mRNA expression (DGAT2,
FASN, and SREBP-1; lipolytic genes not affected).
1mg/kg Aloe vera can increase hepatic PPAR content by 1.3-fold relative to control without
significantly influencing the target genes of CPT-1 and MCAD.

Aloe has been associated with acute hepatitis (liver inflammation) either in isolation or when
consumed as a multinutrient supplement. These effects appear to be reversible and occur in the
dosage range of 250-500mg a day, with the exact mechanism of the toxicity is not understood.
Aloe seems to cause wide-ranging side-effects at a doses 100mg/kg or greater bodyweight in
animals. These side effects are observed in all subjects.

SCIENTIFIC SUPPORT & REFERENCE CITATIONS


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human bioavailability of vitamins C and E . PHYTOMEDICINE. (2005)
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of AloeAndongensis Extract, Aloe Andongensis Leaf Juice,aloe Arborescens Leaf
Extract, Aloe Arborescens Leaf Juice, Aloe Arborescens Leaf Protoplasts, Aloe
Barbadensis Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf
Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice,aloe Barbadensis Leaf Polysaccharides, Aloe
Barbadensis Leaf Water, Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract, Aloe Ferox Leaf Juice, and Aloe
Ferox Leaf Juice Extract . INT J TOXICOL. (2007)
2. Isolation and purification of aloe anthraquinones based on an ionic liquid/salt
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3. Nema NK, ET AL Determination of trace and heavy metals in some commonly
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12.Relative efficacy of three medicinal plant extracts in the alteration of thyroid


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Extracted from Aloe vera, Is Effective in the Treatment of Oral Aphthous
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loe Vera looks like a cactus but it isnt

the plant is a
member of the lily family which includes garlic and
onion.
Inside the leaf is a jelly
like substance. Early users of Aloe
Vera discovered that when the jelly was applied to a
wound, it w
ould heal faster

a remarkable feat in a time,


long before anti
biotic ointments, when the infection of a
minor wound was often
fatal.
Descriptions and instructions for twelve different recipes
for the internal and external uses of Aloe Vera can be foun
d
in an Egyptian relic, the Eberpapyrus, dating to around
1,500 BC. By 400 BC, the properties of Aloe Vera was well
accepted fro
m China to India. Today, Aloe Vera is cultivated

throughout the world. Terms including; the potted physician and natures medici
ne chest, attempted to
describe the significant historical uses of Aloe Vera.
The properties of Aloe Vera, due to its long hist
ory of use, were mostly folkloric. Early attempts to
scientifically validate its uses produced mixed results; different assessme
nts of the anecdotal evidence
and a wide chasm between the proponents of Aloe Vera and the detractors. The highly
charged debate
,
between the two camps, contributed to public confusion, diminishing interest in the
supplemental value
of Aloe Vera products.
Thankfully, improved, more modern scientific methods are beginning to restore the
reputation of Aloe Vera.
Advocates for Aloe
Vera evolved into three distinct camps: jelly only, extracted isolates and whole leaf.
1.
The jelly only camp are purists, relyin
g on the historical uses of the clear fillet contained on the
inside of the leaf.
2.
The extracted isolates group search for m
agic bullets, one or more of the identified beneficial
substances, contained in the plant, that might result in process and/or
pharmaceutical patents.
3.
During the past few years, scientists have discovered yet another remarkable array of
substances
concentrated in the skin of the leaf. Today, the whole leaf approach is adding new
dimensions to
the properties of this remarkab
le plant.
Dr. Robert H. Davis, Ph.D. presented a ground breaking research report to the
International Aloe Vera
Science Council
,
The Conductor

Orchestra Concept of Aloe Vera


. which underscores the nature of the
whole leaf approach, the benefits, and pos
sibilities it affords.
Today, there is an impressive accumulation of research supporting Dr. Davis position
which was
highlighted by an enlightening seminar presented by Dr. Ivan Danoff M.D., Ph.D.,
entitled
The
Therapeutic Component in Aloe Vera

.
A NOTE OF CAUTION: Aloe Vera is not a panacea! Reasonable people recognize that
the juice from a
orange is a beneficial ad
dition to their diet
because the juice contains vitamin C; as is apple juice

because it contains pectin; as is grape juice

because it offers anti oxidants; or the juice from any


number of other fruits and vegetables.
The decision to drink the juice
from an Aloe Vera plant, considering the volumes of research surrounding
the plant, may be as simple as deciding to drink orange
juice!
Decide for yourself.

Aloe Vera is a member of the succulent plant family and has dark green leaves. The
plant has long been a folk remedy for everything from soothing and healing burns to
a makeup remover. Aloe vera can also be used as a natural remedy for constipation,
but it is not recommended as it can cause diarrhea and become unsafe. It has been
linked to kidney disease and cancer. However, if you really want to use aloe to
relieve constipation, you can purchase it as a juice, a gel, or in capsule form.

1Prepare and drink aloe juice or gel. Twice a day, prepare either your aloe juice
or aloe gel to take if you choose this option over aloe capsules. This should help
relieve your constipation within a few days.

The dosage for aloe juice is quart (16oz. or 2 cups) in the morning when
you wake up and quart (16oz. or 2 cups) in the evening before you go to
bed.

The taste of aloe juice is quite strong, Drink it alone if you can handle the
taste, but if not, mix it with 8oz. of a juice to dilute the taste.

The dosage for aloe gel is 2 tablespoons per day mixed in with your favorite
juice.

2Take your aloe capsule. Three times a day, take your aloe capsule with a
calming herb or tea if you choose this method over aloe juice or aloe gel. This
should help relieve your constipation within a few days. [24]

The dosage for aloe capsules is one 5g capsule of aloe concentrate three
times per day.

Consider taking a calming herb such as turmeric or an herbal tea like


peppermint to help reduce the side effects of aloe capsules.

3Avoid aloe in certain cases. Not everyone should use aloe as a laxative. If you
are pregnant or breastfeeding, avoid using aloe as a laxative. Children and
individuals with diabetes, hemorrhoids, kidney problems, and intestinal conditions
like Crohns disease should also avoid aloe as a laxative.

Anyone with an allergy to onions, garlic, or tulips should avoid aloe.

4Know the side effects of aloe. Aloe is a very powerful laxative and taking it
doesnt come without potential side effects, including abdominal pain and stomach
cramping. For this reason, its important to follow the dosage directions and
discontinue use after 5 days.

Long term usage of aloe as a laxative can have serious consequences on your
health. Beyond stomach cramping, it can also cause diarrhea, kidney
problems, blood in the urine, low potassium, muscle weakness, weight loss,
and heart problems.

Consider alternative laxatives such as psyllium fiber or senna or an over the


counter version if you dont want to use aloe. Both of them are gentler
laxatives.

SOURCES AND CITATIONS


1. http://www.prevention.com/beauty/skin-care/10-things-you-can-do-aloevera/makeup-remover
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19. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Constipation/Pages/Prevention.aspx
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SCOPE AND LIMITATIONS The researchers limited the main raw materials to pomelo
peelings and aloe vera plant. Only vodka, lemon oil and distilled water are the
ingredients which will be added in the experiment. In testing the cleansing
effectiveness of the home-made hand sanitizer, it will be tested on a culture of
bacteria. It will also be applied on human hands in order to know what other skin
benefits that this all-natural sanitizer could provide. METHODOLOGY COLLECTION
AND PREPARATIONS The materials needed in preparing the pomelo oil extract are
pomelo fruits, water, cooking pot, funnel, clean cloth, and transparent container.
Pomelo fruits will be obtained in any market in Naga City where they are available.
In extracting the essential oil from the skin of pomelo, it is important to use pomelo
fruits with thick rind or peel. After washing the pomelo thoroughly with water, the
fruit will be peeled. The white pith will be scraped from the rind and disregarded
since only the skin, the outer layer of the fruit which usually has a yellow green
color, will be used. The pomelo skins will be put and layered in a cooking pot with
some water that will soak the skins. COLLECTION AND PREPARATIONS Next, the
cooking pot with pomelo skins will be set on a low heat and simmered for three
hours in order for the water to evaporate. After three hours, the pomelo peel

extracts in the cooking pot will be poured over a transparent container through a
funnel with clean cloth. The pomelo skins will be squeezed and compressed in order
to extract more oils and juices. The pomelo oil extract will be set aside in a clean
and dry place. COLLECTION AND PREPARATIONS After preparing the pomelo oil
extract, the next step is to make aloe vera gel. The materials needed are aloe leaf,
slicing knife, spoon, funnel, clean cloth, and transparent container. Getting the aloe
vera gel could be done by peeling off the leaf of an aloe plant and scooping out the
gel with a spoon. The gel is then transferred to another transparent container
through a funnel with clean cloth. COLLECTION AND PREPARATIONS Other
ingredients such as alcohol-vodka and distilled water will be used in order to
enhance the quality of the sanitizer. These ingredients can be bought in stores in
Naga City. To make the home-made hand sanitizer, aloe gel, distilled water, vodka,
and 10 drops of the pomelo oil extract will be mixed in a glass bowl using a plastic
spoon. After mixing well the ingredients, the mixture is transferred to a clean and
empty hand sanitizer bottle. GATHERING SAMPLES AND EXPERIMENTATION The
following materials are needed in the experimentation: sterilized cotton swabs,
three sterilized Petri dishes, glass or metallic container, agar, gas stove, stirring rod,
5 bond papers, circular puncher excess, the homemade pomelo and aloe vera
sanitizer plus three commercially-produced sanitizers. GATHERING SAMPLES AND
EXPERIMENTATION To sterilize the Petri dishes, wrap each with a bond paper and put
inside a microwave oven for five minutes. The Petri dishes can be wrapped in any
style as long as it is easy to open when needed. wrapped in any style as long as it is
easy to open when needed...

A close-up of aloe vera gel inside of a cut aloe vera leaf. Photo Credit
Pierphotographer/iStock/Getty Images

Aloe vera gel is a slick substance from the interior of the thick aloe vera leaf, while aloe latex
comes from just under the leaf skin. Applying aloe vera gel topically is generally considered

safe, but consuming aloe vera latex or juice extracted from the latex has many disadvantages.
Consult a qualified healthcare provider before using aloe for any purpose.
USES

Whole-leaf aloe vera products and aloe latex contain anthraquinone, which has laxative
properties, while aloe gel is perhaps best known as a topical solution that can soothe and speed
healing of sunburns and other burns. The primary use of aloe latex is for relieving constipation,
although some people take it for other health conditions, including diabetes and arthritis,
according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine website, MedlinePlus.
SIDE EFFECTS

Consuming aloe latex is associated with many negative effects. You could experience stomach
pain and cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and electrolyte imbalances. Ingesting the substance
has been connected with serious effects such as hepatitis, kidney problems, muscle weakness,
heart disturbances and thyroid dysfunction. Some chemicals in aloe latex may be carcinogenic,
warns MedlinePlus.

If there was ever an aloe vera plant to engorge and swallow up a living room, this would be it.
My mother raised this plant in her home from an infant, and you can see in the photo what it has
become. Thats a 50 pound bag of potting soil that you can see in the background (gives you an
idea of just how big this monster is).
Aloe vera is an incredibly nutrient-rich plant. Many of you know that aloe vera gel is great to use
on burns, but did you also know that it can be ingested internally? Aloe Vera gel is anti-viral,
anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and has some amazing healing properties.
Aloe Vera gel chunks transform a beverage into something positively scrumptious and
refreshing. If you have your own aloe vera plant, heres how you can make your own aloe vera
juice drink.

Step One: Cut a large healthy aloe vera leaf off of your plant, then let the resin drip out by
holding it upside down so that it drains where you cut it. The gel wont come out, so dont worry
about that.
Step Two: Cut it in half and then filet the gel out of the inside. Just be sure you dont get the
yellow stuff that comes out near the outer skin. You could also do this by first cutting the top
layer, then the sides and eventually the bottom. Theres a photo tutorial on this here that shows
how to do this really well.
Step Three: Place in a blender and cover with 3 cups of fruit juice or fresh fruit and water. You
can pretty much use anything you want here. Try coconut milk or almond milk if that suits your
taste better.
Step Four: Blend well, chill and then serve. Refrigerate leftover juice.
Be sure to also read my Aloe Vera Lemonade Recipe.
Health Benefits of Aloe Vera:
Halts the growth of cancer tumors.
Lowers high cholesterol.
Repairs sludge blood and reverses sticky blood.
Boosts the oxygenation of your blood.
Eases inflammation and soothes arthritis pain.
Protects the body from oxidative stress.
Prevents kidney stones and protects the body from oxalates in coffee and tea.
Alkalizes the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits.
Cures ulcers, IBS, Crohns disease and other digestive disorders.
Reduces high blood pressure natural, by treating the cause, not just the symptoms.
Nourishes the body with minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glyconutrients.
Accelerates healing from physical burns and radiation burns.
Replaces dozens of first aid products, makes bandages and antibacterial sprays obsolete.
Halts colon cancer, heals the intestines and lubricates the digestive tract.
Ends constipation.
Stabilizes blood sugar and reduces triglycerides in diabetics.
Prevents and treats candida infections.
Protects the kidneys from disease.
Functions as natures own sports drink for electrolyte balance, making common sports drinks
obsolete.
Boosts cardiovascular performance and physical endurance.

Speeds recovery from injury or physical exertion.


Hydrates the skin, accelerates skin repair.
Aloe vera plants can get quite big if they are healthy and not over watered, as you can see from
the above photo.
If you arent into making your own, you can buy aloe vera juice drinks. But, aloe vera in
its raw state will have the most beneficial health properties. Do you have any experience
making your own aloe vera juice and have a tip or recipe to share? You can leave a
comment by clicking here.

LEMONADE
For our month-long NO Spending Spree in the middle of the Summer, I knew we were going to
be facing some stifling hot days. So refreshing cold lemonade was definitely something I wanted
on our menu for the month. I previously wrote about how to make aloe vera juice. Be sure to
check out that article before you start making your aloe vera lemonade.
For this lemonade recipe, I decided to add in some aloe vera for an added immunity booster. This
is very simple to make and takes approximately 5-10 minutes when you calculate the time to cut
the aloe vera stalk.
ALOE VERA LEMONADE RECIPE

Ingredients:

1 Big Healthy Aloe Vera Stalk

4 Cups of Water

3/4 Cup of Lemon Juice

1/2 Cup of Turbinado (Organic Raw Cane Sugar)

Directions:
1. Filet and cut out the gel from your Aloe Vera stalk.
2. Add to a blender with the rest of your ingredients.
3. Blend until the sugar is completely dissolved.

4. Chill and then serve.


5. CUTTING THE ALOE VERA.

6. IT WILL LOOK FROTHY WHILE BLENDING, BUT THEN IT SETTLES AND


LOOKS LIKE NORMAL LEMONADE.
7. This makes approximately 1 quart of lemonade. I use Real Lemon lemon juice for my
lemonade, because it is easier and a lot cheaper than buying and squeezing fresh lemons.
If you have a Costco membership, you can get 2-48 ounce bottles of Real Lemon for just
$4.99 and have fresh lemonade for the Summer always at your fingertips.
8. We had family over this past weekend, and the lemonade was a hit! And no one was wise
to the fact that aloe vera was an ingredient, because you cant even taste it.