Make Your Own Homemade Aloe Vera Gel

There’s a reason why Egyptians called Aloe Vera “the plant of immortality”. Throughout time, it has been used as a beauty treatment, reversing severe and chronic radiation dermatitis and treating the soldier’s wounds. Aloe Vera was given as a burial gift to pharaohs, due to its revered healing power.

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Today, Aloe Vera is used pretty much in the same way. People acknowledge its properties and add it to their daily beauty and health routine. You can buy the gel from local drug stores, but you also have the opportunity to make your own home beauty remedy.

What do You Need to Make Aloe Vera Gel

If you want a natural made Aloe Vera gel without any additives, you will need the following equipment:

  • 6 Aloe Vera leaves from a mature plant (the young plant can be toxic for your skin). The leaves will usually be from 4 to 6 inches
  • 1 sharp knife
  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 glass container
  • Blender
  • Spatula or spoon
  • Paper towels

You can also add optional gloves to keep your hands protected from the edges of the leaf.

How to Make the Aloe Vera Gel

Once you have the ingredients, the process is rather easy to follow. Here is how you proceed with the Aloe Vera gel:

  • You must wash your hands and utensils before preparing the gel. This is necessary because it prevents contaminating the gel with unwanted bacteria.
  • Use a mature plant to extract the gel from it. Leaves that are about 4-5 inches in length and have deep green color are the best choice. Those leaves have thicker gel, which is rich in nutrients.
  • Remove the leaves from the plant by making a clean cut with a sharp knife.
  • After rinsing the knife and the previously cut Aloe Vera leaves, let them sit in a bowl for about 15 minutes placed at a 45-degree angle. This allows the Aloe Vera juice, a powerful laxative which can irritate the intestines, to drain out of the leaf.
  • Carefully cut off the edges and skin of the Aloe Vera leaf, exposing the gel found in-between the layers.
  • Carefully remove the gel from the leaf, placing it in a clean container. Once you’ve drained all the gel, transfer it into a blender and mix until you get a uniform gel. You can add vitamin C powder or vitamin E to the gel to enhance its properties. It will act as a preservative by neutralizing the oxygen on contact.
  • Store it in the fridge with a date label on it. It is recommended that you make fresh batches and replace them at least every month.

Aloe Vera can be used both topically and internally. You can apply it on the skin, or mix it with your favorite juice about 2 times a day. Aloe Vera has many health benefits that range from cancer prevention to curing gum disease or treating wounds and various skin conditions.

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