loe vera gel is one of nature’s great healers. It can be used to treat sunburn, moisturize skin and soothe irritation. To make your own, all you need is a healthy aloe plant.
Move on from your regular coconut oil as there is a new do-it-all miracle elixir on the shelf. Various beauty experts and bloggers are raving about another all-natural problem-solver, which is equally versatile- aloe vera. Follow this easy DIY recipe to make aloe vera gel at home.
- Wash your hands. It’s important to start with clean hands and use clean tools to make sure the gel doesn’t get contaminated.
- Slice off an outer leaf of an aloe plant. The outer leaves are more likely to be mature. They’ll contain plenty of fresh, healthy gel. Look for leaves around the outside of the plant, with bases growing close to the ground. Use a sharp knife to make a clean cut near the base.
- Peel the leaves. Use a vegetable peeler to carefully peel away the green portion of the leaves. Be sure to cut through the inner white layer to the gel underneath. Peel off all of the skin on once side of the each leaf, leaving a canoe-shaped half filled with gel.
- Scoop the gel out with a spoon or knife. The clear, soft gel is easily scoopable. Scoop it all out into a clean bowl until there’s nothing left in the leaf half.
- Beat the gel with a fork or mix it in a blender, to remove the lumps and to form a smooth gel consistency.
- Place the gel in a sterilized, clean glass jar. If you used the preservative, the gel will keep for several months in the refrigerator. Without it, it will keep for a week or two.
- Use the gel. Apply it to sunburns or other minor, surface burns. Aloe can also be used as a skin moisturizer or an ingredient in homemade body products.