How to Make Fresh Homemade Aloe Vera Gel from Aloe Leaves?
Why Is so Good?
Most people know the benefits of Aloe Vera gel on cuts and sunburns. It is wonderful for reducing inflammation caused by minor burns or for soothing pain. Besides these usages, it has a wide application of uses.
You don’t have to buy Aloe Vera gel in store, in fancy package. Make it at home.
You can use it in a lot of homemade beauty care recipes. It is very hydrating to the skin. But what is more important, it does not leave an oily feel so it is good for almost all skin types. These characteristics also make it good for the hair and/or scalp, especially if you have problems with itchy, dry scalp or dandruff.
Many people also take Aloe Vera internally to help in digestion process and to aid relieve stomach ulcers. Aloe vera gel contains numerous minerals and vitamins that can actually help replenish the body.
Where Can You Buy it?
Aloe Vera is an excellent houseplant. It will not only filter the air in your home, but you will always have something which has wonderful uses. A small Aloe Vera plant shouldn’t be too hard to find at a nursery.
In care requirements, the aloe plant is actually similar to a cactus. It requires sandy soil and well draining. It does not tolerate frost, but will do very well indoors. Water it thoroughly but allow after the soil to dry about 2 inches down before watering again.
We were able to get cut Aloe Vera leaves locally at a grocery store in the produce section. If you don’t have this option, try to search at organic stores or markets that cater to healthful living.
How To Collect The Aloe Vera Gel?
- Aloe Vera leaf
- sharp knife
- clean airtight container for storing
- blender or immersion blender
- clean bowl (if you have an immersion blender)
- Cut the leaf into sections about 8″ long. This makes it a little more manageable.
- Then cut off the serrated edge. Try to get just the edge because it is difficult to get the gel out of those pieces.
- Cut the 8″ lengths into 2 or 3 long strips.
- Turn your blade to its side and slide it in just under the skin on the end of one of the strips.
- Carefully slide the knife along the bottom edge of the skin down the whole length of the leaf. Try to “stay” very close to the aloe skin in order to get as much gel as you can.
- Once you get the entire piece of skin off, flip the section over and then repeat the same with the other side.
- Cut the flesh into 2 or 3 pieces and place in a bowl (if you use an immersion blender) or your blender pitcher.
- Repeat steps from 4 to 7 until you gather all sections into your blender pitcher.
- Blend until smooth. It will almost immediately froth when you start your blender. This is normal. If you have an immersion blender just blend it in the bowl until smooth.
- The froth will eventually go down. You can wait or you can just continue and pour the gel into the clean storage container and refrigerate.
- It will keep in the refrigerator for about a week.
Preserving The Gel
Fresh Aloe Vera gel will only be good for about a week in the fridge. This may not be a problem if you are using a smaller leaf from your own houseplant. But if you buy a large leaf you will likely end up with more gel than you can use in a week.
There are other ways you can preserve it so that none of it goes to waste.
After you store the Aloe Vera gel you will use in the coming week, pour the extra gel into ice cube trays and freeze until solid. Then transfer the aloe cubes into a freezer safe container or bag. Pull out an aloe cube as needed for burns or to use in one of the above recipes. This is a great way to keep it on hand if having your own plant is not an option.
Alternately, before you blend the flesh, cut it into cubes and lay it on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once the pieces are solid, transfer to a freezer safe container or bag. Pull a piece out as needed.
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