I’m sure many of you are familiar with the aloe vera plant and its wondrous gel! Its gel is very beneficial to the skin and hair, which is why you find many skin products made from it. In fact, a lot of people grow and harvest their own aloe vera plants at home to have access to all-natural and fresh gel to use for soothing their skin.
But when you grow and cut into your aloe vera leaves, you probably noticed a yellow liquid oozing out of it. This is completely normal and part of the plant! Is the yellow liquid in aloe vera poisonous, though?
Read on as I show you what the yellow liquid is and if it’s okay to use it for your aloe vera gel treatments.
What is the Yellow Liquid From My Aloe Vera Plant?
When growing and harvesting your own aloe vera leaves, you probably noticed a yellow liquid or substance that oozes out after you cut the leaf.
This is a yellow ooze known as aloe latex, a sap from the leaf. This is NOT the aloe vera gel we know, which should be clear and thick. Besides this, the yellow fluid has a different (and sometimes funky) smell, compared to the almost odorless aloe vera. Those who have tasted the plant also report that it tastes very bitter!
And as the name suggests, this has laxative properties and you wouldn’t want it mixed with your usual clear aloe vera gel, as it can affect your digestive tract!
But does that make it poisonous and dangerous to ingest?
To explain further:
Aloe vera has two kinds of “sap” that you can use medicinally. The clear liquid we are used to is aloe gel, which is located in the inner leaf’s clear tissue. This is the one soothing to our skin.
As for the yellow liquid, aloe latex contains aloin, which is a powerful laxative. This yellow liquid would flow after you cut the leaf, and you can scrape it off its leaf epidermis. It’s also known as aloe juice, actually!
Do you want to learn more about using aloe vera and what parts you should be using? Check out this informative video on using aloe vera leaves:
Is the Yellow Liquid in Aloe Vera Poisonous?
The “aloe juice” was used by the people of Arabia, and the main reason why aloe vera was cultivated. You would use and ingest the yellow liquid to help loosen your bowel in case of constipation.
With that said, it’s not fatal to ingest the yellow liquid, though it’s much better to avoid it. Those who do ingest it as a laxative may experience health complications in the long run.
Think of it as ingesting a small amount of latex. While doing so in small doses can treat constipation by promoting contractions, long-term and large consumptions of aloe latex have side effects, like kidney problems, stomach cramps, irregular heartbeats, muscle weakness, among others. It is more dangerous for pregnant women and those with digestive orders or when mixed with other medications for diabetes, kidney, or the heart.
If you ingest it accidentally, it won’t be dangerous, but do monitor your body and toilet habits in the next few hours to ensure you experience nothing serious.
It isn’t only known as a laxative, but there are reports of people experiencing skin irritation when handling the yellow liquid. In fact, the US FDA banned the sale of products that contain aloe vera latex because of its safety concerns and how it MAY be carcinogenic!
As much as possible, I recommend that you only use the clear aloe vera gel externally. Do NOT ingest the gel, whether the clear or yellow liquid.
For those who are interested in ingesting it for medicinal purposes, it’s best to check with your doctors beforehand to avoid any serious complications. You may want to try a small amount before ingesting any recommended dosage to make sure you are not allergic to the gel.
Getting Aloe Vera Gel Safely
With all that said, how can you harvest aloe vera gel properly without any risk of coming into contact with the yellow liquid?
Cut the leaf and allow the yellow substance to ooze out, avoid touching it too much. Simply allow the yellow substance to come out and rinse it a bit as you do so, which would take between 10-15 minutes. You may want to use gloves to prevent skin irritation.
Prevent making a mess by pointing the leaf vertically and cutting its end down into a large bowl for the substance to come out. Then clean the leaf with a pitcher of water and your fingers before cutting them open to collect the clear gel.
Wrapping It Up
The aloe vera gel is very beneficial to the skin, among other parts of the body. However, the yellow liquid that oozes out should be avoided at all costs for its laxative properties. Be sure to learn how to properly harvest and cut off your aloe vera leaves to keep the clear gel from mixing with the yellow gel.
I hope that this article answered your question, “is the yellow liquid in aloe vera poisonous?” Make sure that you handle aloe vera properly and that you avoid ingesting it unless you have the go signal from your doctor.