How to make Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera Gel was used for hundreds of years by the indigenous people of Africa before it was transported via migration to the rest of the world. Its healing properties are legendary. It can be used as a skin moisturizer, hair conditioner, repair gel for acne and other skin ailments, sunburn relief and if made into an aloe vera juice is an excellent colon cleanser and also supplies many essential minerals and vitamins to the system.
- A young plant will not deliver the required gel, to benefit from the optimum amount of gel and concentrated nutrients the plant needs to be at least 4 – 5 years old.
- Harvest three or four fat fleshy leaves from the base of the aloe vera plant as this is where the new growth will sprout from instead of damaging the top of the plant.
- Allow the leaves to stand upright in a container for at least an hour to allow the bitter foul tasting and smelling liquid to drain out.
- Wash the leaves in cold running water
- Scrape off any spines from the leaf to prevent being pricked while handling the leaf.
- Slice the leaf in half or even smaller pieces for ease of handling.
- Using a spoon scrape out the gel like substance which is relatively slimy and discard and under that is the clear gel which is relatively solid in the inner portion of the leaf and this is the portion used in making your aloe vera gel.
- Avoid removing any left over sap or yellow resin that may have remained after the draining process
- Place the gel in a food processor or blender and blend till light and fluffy
- Place in a dark brown or green jar to prevent discoloration by light and place in the refrigerator.
- The aloe vera gel can be kept in the refrigerator for 6 – 8 months.
- To prevent the gel from discoloring add a ¼ teaspoon of citric acid or vitamin C powder to the gel before refrigerating.
Recipes for aloe vera gel
- Mix ¼ cup aloe vera gel with 2 tablespoons of olive oil for a wonderful detangling hair conditioner. Rinse well before drying your hair.
- Replace the olive oil with coconut oil for a glossy finish to your hair.
- Mix ¼ cup aloe vera gel with ¼ teaspoon of vitamin E oil for a face moisturizer
- To make an aloe vera juice add a teaspoon of gel to 250ml of water or add it neat to a smoothie
- Add a few drops of tea tree oil when making a moisturizer as tea tree oil is beneficial for skin irritations and dark facial marks and also has ant-fungal properties.
- Add a few drops of a pleasant smelling essential oil for added fragrance.
- Add a teaspoon of aloe vera gel to a 100ml tub of aqueous cream plus a few drops of fragrant essential oil to make a soothing body cream.
- Add a tablespoon of aloe vera gel plus a tablespoon of coarse sea salt to your liquid body wash to make a soothing body exfoliating scrub.
- Use neat to relieve the effects of sunburn or scalding of the skin.
- Aloe vera gel infused warm water can be used to gargle with if you have a sore throat as it soothes and relieves the pain.