How to make DIY Aloe Vera Gel at home
In this post, we learn how to make DIY aloe vera gel at home that can be stored and preserved along without losing any of its nutrients.
Aloe vera is a medicinal plant that’s been used to treat various health conditions for thousands of years. The safest way to use aloe vera gel is by extracting it directly from the plant or purchasing the ones in gel form sold in stores.
Aloe vera creams, gels, and ointments contain the clear gel found in aloe vera leaves. These products can be applied topically to treat different skin conditions. You can also find aloe sold in capsule or liquid form to take internally to promote health and well-being.
Some benefits of aloe vera gel include:
- Heals burns
- Improves digestive health
- Promotes oral health
- Clears acne
- Relieves anal fissures
Process for how to make DIY aloe vera gel at home
Aloe vera plant
- Cheesecloth or cloth strainer
- Vitamin C or Vitamin E oil as a preservative
It is quite easy to harvest an aloe plant for gel and juice. You’ll need a mature plant that’s at least a few years old to ensure a higher concentration of the active ingredients is available.
In addition, it is advisable to wait a few weeks before cutting leaves from the same plant. You can have a few plants on rotation if you plan to harvest aloe vera often.
- Start by removing 3-4 leaves at a time. choose thick leaves from the outer sections of the plant.
- Make sure the leaves are healthy and do not have any mold or damage.
- Cut the leaves close to the stem. Most of the beneficial nutrients are found at the base of the leaves.
- Avoid the roots.
- Wash and dry the leaves with a clean napkin or paper towel.
- Carefully trim the prickly edges with a knife.
- Using a knife, a spoon, or your fingers, separate the interior gel from the outside of the leaf. The interior gel is the part of the aloe that you make use of.
- Allow the yellow sap to drain from the leaf which is the aloe vera latex. You can save the latex in a jar if you intend to use it, but otherwise, dispose of it.
- Cut the aloe gel into slices or cubes.
- Put the sliced aloe into a blender and then strain the substance severally, while adding water at intervals to remove the pulp. This will ensure that you have a smooth gel ready for use.
- Finally, add your vitamin E or C to the gel as your preservative.
- Your aloe vera gel is ready for use topically and not to be ingested.
The gel can last in the fridge for 1-2 weeks at most, do not use longer than two weeks.
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