Yesterday was the day of "the experiment." Dad brought home some aloe vera leaves and I attempted to make aloe vera juice. As, promised, I am letting you all know how it all went.
I first washed all the leaves to remove any dirt. Then I cut the aloe vera leaves into sections.
Then I sliced the sections open to reveal the aloe vera gel.
I then scooped the gel out with a spoon
I collected the gel and the sticky sap-like liquid into a pot
I then mixed in the juice of three medium-sized limes. I then put the whole thing in the blender and blended for about a minute. And I collected the aloe vera juice concentrate into a container.
I put it in the refrigerator to cool. This morning, I attempted to sample the juice. I made a glass of orange-flavored Tang and put two teaspoons of the aloe vera juice mixture in it. I mixed it all up and drank it all up.
I admit that it did taste a little lemony but I think I did the right thing by mixing the juice of three limes in the aloe as it gave the aloe a strong citrus flavor that made it definitely more palatable.
The commercially available aloe vera juice when mixed with water (like it said on the label) tastes really weird and it can be pretty difficult to drink. But mixing some lemon into it and then mixing it with juice (in my case orange juice) made it taste much better.
There have been no ill-effects of the drink. My tummy is fine and normal. I don't feel woozy or anything, so I guess I was able to make a decent aloe vera juice concentrate.
I do realize that it will take more than one drink to maximize all the health benefits of drinking aloe vera juice but like the saying goes "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."