Make Your Own Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera gel is God’s gift to skin…especially for those of us who get sunburned the moment we step on to the beach! It’s very relieving to apply aloe vera gel onto sunburned skin. But when you buy your gel from the store, there’s no telling what other harsh chemicals might be in that bottle of aloe. There’s no telling what you might be putting on your skin. Here’s a recipe to make your own aloe vera gel at home!
How to Make Aloe Vera Gel
What you will need:
- Live Aloe vera leaves
- Airtight container (for storage)
- Sharp knife (for skinning the leaves)
- A blender
- A clean bowl to put your gel in
Firstly, use your knife to divide up your aloe vera leaves into pieces that are 20cm long. Cut off the serrated edge of the aloe, and then cut your 20cm pieces into long strips.
When the serrated edge is removed, you should be able to see the aloe gel inside. Turn your knife on it’s side, and slide it under the gel to free it from the leaf. You can also cut the strips into small pieces to make it easier to extract the gel if you prefer. You can get a ton of gel out, so make sure you flip each leaf over after you’ve done one side!
The, place your gel into your blender. After all of your gel has been added to your blender, blend it until smooth. The gel will appear frothy, and this is normal. The forth with dissapate after you have stopped blending. Once the froth has gone down, place your gel in a clean, airtight container.
Finally, it should be mentioned that homemade aloe gel doesn’t “keep” as well as the store bought stuff does. Keep it in the refrigerator, and plan to use your aloe gel within a week, or it will go bad. Additionally, if you want to keep the gel on hand for longer periods of time, pour it into ice cube trays and store in the freezer. Pop one out and rub on irritated skin whenever needed! You’ll wonder what you did before you made your own.
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