My experiment findings
I’m always looking to try new things and concoction when it comes to juicing. There are so many flavors, so many different fruits and vegetables to try out I almost always find something new and interesting. That’s why I experiment a lot. Now, I don’t recommend these experiments to everybody – but if you follow BestJuicer.net you can spare yourself some time using my recipes. Juicing aloe vera is one of those experiments I would like to share with you today.
Aloe vera has been known for thousands of years to treat a plethora of health conditions and other illnesses such as constipation, dental cavities, diabetes and liver disease. It grows mainly in subtropical areas such as South Africa and Latin America. Aloe vera is a rather succulent plant as it contains a soft, transparent gel that can be used to treat wounds and other infections.
The plant looks much like a cactus, but when people speak about aloe vera they mostly refer to the gel that is inside the leafs. The skin itself can be condensed into something that is called drug aloe which is a powerful laxative. The interesting part is that some studies suggest that the benefits of aloe vera do come from the aloe skin.
Fortunately, I do not suffer from constipation so I really wasn’t looking for the rather unpleasant properties. So it was clear to me I wouldn’t juice the whole aloe leaf, just a few bits to enhance my juice concoction.
Today, aloe vera is used mostly for skin care. Many people swear by the healing powers of the aloe plant when it comes to sunburns or other skin damages. However, studies don’t show conclusive results as to whether or not aloe very really helps when it comes to sunburn or other radiation damage to the skin.
Nevertheless, there seems to be some evidence and wide recommendation for wound healing and aloe vera. Some creams seem to help with genital herpes, psoriasis and seborrhea.
Apparently, aloe vera juice (either the whole plant or the gel or both) has some health benefits. If you’re suffering from psoriasis, external application can help and drinking aloe vera juice, too. It is unclear however, if aloe vera really helps with diabetes or wound healing.
I’m a fairly healthy person, so I wasn’t really concerned about any side effects after drinking aloe vera juice. I was merely looking for glowing skin and a nice tasting juice that has all the benefits of the aloe plant. If you’re pregnant or if you have other medical conditions I would rather abstain from drinking aloe vera juice or applying aloe vera to your skin. You should, in all cases, consider your physician before use.
After reading a lot about aloe vera I was really eager to try it myself and make a nice aloe drink that my hair and skin would certainly love. First I wasn’t sure whether to juice the whole plant with the skin or rather just add the gel to my blender with some other vegetables.
I decided to through some whole pieces of aloe into my Omega 8006. So I cut it open and just briefly touched the gel with my tongue to savor the moment.
The taste was rather awful. Pretty bitter. So I knew if I was going to juice aloe vera I would need to add some sweetener to my juice. Maybe carrots or apples. So here is the aloe very recipe I tried:
When putting the aloe plant into your masticating juicer out comes a pretty slimy aloe gel. It doesn’t look very appealing to drink. Nor does it taste good. So how did my recipe do?
Honestly? It was horrible. My partner and I couldn’t finish the juice. The bitter taste remained and I couldn’t even rescue it with more sweet fruits. That’s why I wouldn’t recommend aloe juice. Rather save the money and buy some kale instead. I spent roughly 4$ for one leaf of aloe vera which is on the expensive side.
However, this experiment wasn’t for nothing. The gel out of the aloe plant actually got me to an idea: why not combine the hydrating powerful properties of cucumber pulp with my aloe very gel and some yogurt to make a nice hydrating, anti-acne face cream. That would be something.
I’ll keep you posted.