Everyone loves aloe vera gel, but few know how easy it is to make. We show you how to make aloe vera gel in just 15 minutes with only 1 ingredient.
Aloe vera gel is an effective home remedy for sunburn or soothing dry skin. The aloe vera plant itself is easy to grow and care for. Many supermarkets and most garden stores have aloe vera in stock. You can usually find one for under 5 Dollars.
All you need to start are a couple of big toothy aloe vera leaves asking to be made into gel. Find a sunny spot for your aloe vera plant, water it weekly, and leave it alone.
Also, check out our article on how to propagate aloe vera plants.
How to Make Aloe Vera Gel: A Recipe
Aloe vera gel is best when fresh. You can make it in just 15 minutes (even while wincing through a brutal sunburn).
What You’ll Need:
- 2 to 3 aloe vera leaves
- a sharp knife for cutting the leaf
- a peeler for trimming the skin (the knife will work if you don’t have a peeler)
- a spoon for scooping the aloe gel out from the leaf
- a glass or container to drain the aloe vera resin
- a glass jar to mix and store your aloe vera gel
1. Clean your Workspace: Make sure to clean the area in which you will be making the gel, along with the utensils you’ll be using and your hands. You want to make sure your aloe vera gel is 100 percent aloe vera and free from any dirt or oils.
2. Cut the Leaves: Find the biggest 2 or 3 aloe vera leaves growing on the outside of your aloe vera plant and cut them off with a knife.
3. Drain the Resin: Place the cut leaves in a glass with the open side down so that the leaves’ yellowish resin — which contains skin-irritating latex — oozes out. Let them drain for about ten minutes.
4. Peel Away the Skin: Take your resin-free leaves and for each one peel away one side of skin from end to end. Make sure you peel past the thin white later — that’s the last layer before the gel.
5. Scoop the Gel: Take your spoon, scoop out all the gel and place it in your glass jar. You can easily do this by digging the spoon into the open leaf and smoothing out the gel from the bottom of the leaf to the top — like you are scooping the last bit of ice cream from the bottom of the container.
6. Mix, Apply, and Save: Scoop as much gel from the aloe leaves as you can into your glass jar. Mix the aloe vera gel alone so it forms a paste-like texture. Finally, apply your homemade aloe vera gel to your burning skin for a cooling sensation of relief. Make sure you shut your jar full of aloe vera gel tightly and store it in a cool place. It’s best kept in the fridge, but you can keep the aloe vera gel at room temperature for a few days, too.
How To Make Aloe Vera Moisturizer
There are few natural additives that you can mix with your aloe vera gel to make even better homemade skincare products.
To make an aloe vera moisturizer, just mix or blend a 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil with 1/2 cup of aloe vera gel. The coconut oil will add an extra layer of smoothness to the gel and will help to keep your skin hydrated as well as soothed.
Use Natural Preservatives to Make Aloe Vera Gel Last Longer
Homemade aloe vera is perishable and will only last about a week if kept in a cool place. If you want to make a bigger batch of aloe vera gel that will last for a couple of months, simply add about 500 milligrams of powdered vitamin C or 300 milligrams of vitamin E for every 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel. You can find powdered vitamins at the pharmacy or online. Make sure it’s organic and non-GMO certified. Mix or blend the vitamin powder with the aloe vera gel well. The mix will look a bit foamy at first, but don’t worry. Just pack it in your glass jar and let it chill in the fridge.
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