From soothing sunburns to promoting healthy skin and hair, aloe vera is a natural wonder. The best part? You can easily harness its healing powers by creating your own pure organic aloe vera gel at home. In this post, we’ll guide you through the simple process of cultivating and extracting this green goodness straight from the aloe vera plant.
Materials You’ll Need
- Aloe Vera Plant
- Sharp knives or Scissors
- Cutting Board
- Clean Bowl
- Spoon or Butter Knife
- Blender (Optional)
- Airtight Container
- Choose a thick, healthy leaf from your aloe vera plant. The outer leaves usually contain more gel.
- Rinse the aloe vera leaf thoroughly under cold running water to remove any dirt or debris from the surface.
- Using a sharp knife or scissors, carefully cut off one of the outer leaves close to the base of the plant.
- Hold the cut end of the leaf and allow the yellow latex to drain out for a few minutes. This latex can be irritating to the skin.
- Place the leaf flat on your cutting board, and using a sharp knife, carefully slice off the spiky edges and the top layer of skin from both sides, leaving the transparent gel exposed.
- Gently scoop out the clear gel from the leaf using a spoon or butter knife. Be careful not to include any of the green part of the leaf, as it can be bitter.
- If you prefer a smoother gel, you can blend the extracted gel in a blender for a few seconds.
- Store the freshly extracted aloe vera gel in an airtight container. It can be refrigerated for extended shelf life.
- Use your homemade organic aloe vera gel for various purposes, including soothing sunburn, moisturizing your skin, promoting hair health, or as an ingredient in DIY skincare products.