Aloe vera is a cactus-like plant whose prickly leaves contain both gel and latex. The gel is clear and similar to runny jelly in its consistency, while the latex is yellow and more solid. For many years, some people have used aloe vera topically for sunburns, minor wounds and burns. Ingested aloe vera water can help relieve constipation, asthma, ulcers and inflammation. Anecdotal evidence suggests that it also has a detoxifying effect on the body. For safety reasons, you should only make aloe vera water, also known as aloe vera juice, from the gel. Do not eat aloe vera latex.
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Things you need
- Aloe vera plant
Cut off a leaf, using a sharp knife.
Insert the knife into the cut end of the leaf, with the sharp end facing away from you. Slide the knife upwards along the length of the leaf to "butterfly" it.
Run the spoon along the inside of the leaf, collecting the aloe vera gel. Spoon the gel into your blender until you have collected 4 tbsp. Do not scrape the yellow latex layer.
Add 177ml. of water and several ice cubes. Blend until you crush the ice and the aloe vera becomes foamy. Drink the aloe vera water immediately. You can drink this amount twice a day.
Tips and warnings
- If you do not like the taste of aloe vera, mix it with fruit juice instead of water.
- Do not eat aloe vera latex. The latex can worsen constipation and inflame the liver. It also reduces potassium levels, which can negatively affect individuals with heart problems.
- Diabetics and individuals with hypoglycaemia should use extreme caution when ingesting any form of aloe vera because the product lowers blood sugar levels. Aloe vera interacts with other medications. If you currently take prescription medication, consult your doctor before taking aloe vera.
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