While most people recognize the aloe vera plant as having medicinal properties, particularly in burn or wound care, not everyone realizes that aloe vera can also be consumed internally. Aloe vera is believed to help with the digestive system and with cold sores. It is easy to grow and requires minimal care, making it a great plant for those with busy lives.
Use a sharp knife to cut off two to three leaves of the aloe vera plant. Cut the plant close to the base, approximately 1/2 inch above the soil line.
Slice the leaves along one edge, cutting to, but not through, the other side of the leaf.
Open the leaf by spreading the two sides apart.
Use a spoon to scoop the clear liquid from the centers of the leaves. Aloe vera gel is naturally bitter and the greener the gel the more bitter it will taste.
Place the aloe gel in your blender and add 6 to 8 ounces of your favorite juice. Blend for 30 seconds and drink. You can also stir the aloe gel into yogurt or salad dressing to help disguise the bitter taste.