Aloe vera has a great reputation for its many topical uses, and is also a popular houseplant due to its hardy nature. But did you know you can use it in drinks and smoothies as well?
Many people use aloe vera gel to soothe bruises and sunburns. But when taken orally, it has many other uses as well. It can boost your immune system, and function as an antioxidant as well. These four recipes are not only tasty and easy to make, but all contain gel from the aloe vera plant for a healthy boost.
1. Aloe Juice Recipe
- 1 large aloe vera leaf
- 2 cups water
Slice the aloe vera leaf down the middle and use a spoon to scoop out the transparent flesh of the plant. You should have two to four tablespoons of flesh from the leaf. Add the flesh to the water and mix well in a blender until the mixture is smooth. If you don’t like the taste of pure aloe juice, you can mix it with citrus juice or add a natural sweetener. This can be used as a base for other aloe drink recipes.
2. Chia Fresca Recipe
- 2 cups aloe vera juice
- 1.5 tsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice to taste
- Sweetener to taste
Mix the chia seeds and aloe vera juice together in a glass or jar, making sure to stir them very well. Let it sit for ten minutes, allowing time for the chia seeds to swell up. Once it’s had time to sit, add lime or lemon juice and sweetener to taste.
The chia seeds will naturally settle to the bottom of this drink so be sure to stir it regularly!
3. Aloe Vera Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup milk or almond milk
- 1medium-sized fileted aloe leaf (yields approximately 1 cup)
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup mango chunks
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 handful fresh basil
- sweetener to taste
You can also add flax or chia seeds, or protein powder to this smoothie as you desire.
Mix the ingredients and blend thoroughly in a food processor or blender.
4. Aloe Vera Orange Juice Recipe
- 3 large organic oranges
- 2 large aloe vera leafs
Juice the oranges using a hand juicer and harvest the gel using the same technique you used in the aloe juice recipe. Combine the juice from the oranges and the aloe vera flesh in a blender and blend on high speed for about a minute.
How It Works
Aloe vera has a long history of use in traditional as well as contemporary medicine. Commonly used in Trinidad and Tobago to treat urinary problems and diabetes(1), as well as among Mexican populations for the treatment of diabetes(2), aloe vera is a well-respected herbal medicine.
Today, it is one of the few herbal medicines widely used in Western society. The manufacturing of aloe vera extracts is one of the largest botanical industries in the world, with aloe vera being used in cosmetics, soaps, lotions, perfumes, and other products, as well as in oral dietary supplements.
Aloe vera is a natural antioxidant and immune system booster(3), whose health properties are still being studied today(4). It is safe to consume even in large doses, so feel free to use it in all your cocktails and smoothies!