Today i am going to show you how i make aloe Vera gel at home. More than a gel, i would like to call it Aloe Juice because that is what it is. No matter what people say, There is no way we can make a home made aloe vera gel in exactly the same consistency as the store bought gels.
Aloe has amazing benefits on skin and hair because of,
Beta carotene helps to reduce free radical damage on your skin and from other environmental pollutants. It helps make the sunscreen more effective. Beta carotene also helps reduce your skin’s sensitivity to UV rays.
Overall it is good for anti aging skin care.
Vitamin C And Vitamin E
This vitamins help with hydration and skin tightening
This hormone helps with wound healing and also is anti inflammatory
Hormone Gibberellin promotes cell turn over. It helps with healing and reducing scars too.
Good for your hair as it helps repair cells on the scalp. This in turn promotes hair growth. It also helps to reduce dandruff and itching. Overall applying aloe is good for conditioning your hair.
How To Make Aloe Vera Gel At Home?
Making Aloe Vera gel at home is really not that difficult. You just need to careful about a couple of things.
First Cut A whole fleshy leaf from the aloe plant like below. It is better to use one or two leaves at a time.
- Do Not Cut All Of The Outer Leaves At The Same time. The plant may not survive. 🙁
The end that you cut will ooze out a yellow liquid. This liquid has resin when touched on our skin makes it itch badly. So be careful with it.
- Do not let the yellow resin mix with the gel you are making.So What Do we do?
Let it stand vertically for about half an hour so that the yellow liquid oozes out completely, just like below.
Peel The outer Green Skin:
After half an hour, you can start peeling the green skin off using a knife or a vegetable peeler. I think a vegetable peeler is more suitable for young and small leaves.
First cut off the two side that are thorny. (See above pic)
I usually start peeling with a knife from the small side towards the wider side of the leaf. Once it is done, scoop the gel off the leaf with a spoon.
Some people also cut large leaves into small pieces and then use the peeler to take the green skin off.
The gel is not watery and has a slippery texture to it. So it is better not to make too many cuts or else you will end up with gel every where.
As you can see below, This is how the freshly scooped Aloe Vera gel looks like. It is pretty much colourless and has no smell to it.
Discard the green parts as you do not want it in your gel.
- If you are drinking this home made aloe juice, please make sure not to blend even a tiny bit of the green skin. Remove it completely.
Now to the last step in making Aloe Vera Gel at home.
Blend The Scooped Gel:
Use a mixer grinder/Blender to blend it to get a watery texture. And the home made aloe Vera gel is ready.
Although fresh Aloe Vera gel is known to spoil after two weeks without preservatives, My batch did not have that problem when i kept the gel in a steel jar.
In my experience, the gel does not spoil if kept in a dark bottle. But i am not sure why though.
- You can add Vitamin E capsules like Evion 200 or Vitamin C tablets as preservatives which would make the home made Aloe Vera gel stay longer. Both of these preservatives are good for your skin too.
That is how you make aloe Vera gel at home
Benefits of Aloe Vera
- Anti Bacterial
- Anti Oxidant rich
- Soothes Sunburn
- Hydrates your skin
- Prevents lines and Wrinkles on long term usage
- Reduces Acne and irritation
- Promotes hair growth
- Reduces dandruff
- Heals wounds and Burns faster
- Helps in cases of Constipation
- Treats Mouth Sores
- Helps to lower Blood Sugar
- Aloe Vera juice helps lower cholesterol
- It Also helps prevent Scarring
- Lightens marks, spots and other blemishes
- Strengthens the immune system
Can Anyone Be Allergic To Aloe Vera?
Unfortunately Yes. 🙁 I am allergic to aloe. It is rare but it can happen. So do a patch test before using it.
The reaction may be different for everybody.
I use it for my hair as my scalp does not have any negative reaction. And it has been good so far.
My husband uses aloe on his face and in face packs as he is not allergic.