Aloe is well known for it’s skin benefits, and today, I’m going to show you how to make aloe vera gel at home! Keep reading for a full tutorial.
When it comes to your skin, aloe vera is basically the best thing since sliced bread. It’s well known as a sunburn treatment, and most of us – at least those of us who burn easily – basically grew up slathered in it all summer.
But, the benefits of aloe go way beyond treating burns. This potted plant has uses dating back to ancient times for everything from digestive help to wound treatments. Overall, it’s a great plant to keep on hand.
Of course, you can buy aloe vera gel in the stores, but growing your own not only saves you money, but it helps you reduce waste, and you’ll be sure you’re only getting pure aloe.
Plus, making aloe vera gel at home is so easy, so you’ll never have to buy it again.
How to Make Aloe Vera Gel
To make aloe vera gel, here’s what you’ll need:
- live aloe vera leaves (the larger the better)
- an immersion blender (a regular blender works fine, too, it’s just more to clean)
- a sharp knife
- an air tight container for storing
- and, a clean bowl to put your gel in
Cut your aloe into pieces.
Aloe vera leaves can get pretty big, so to make it more manageable, cut your leaves into smaller pieces. I like to aim for about 5-8 inches long, but there’s no need to be exact. The point is to just make them easier to manage here.
Cut the serrated edge off your aloe.
Aloe leaves have a sharp edge, and while it’s not as miserable as grabbing something with thorns, it’s not exactly comfortable to handle, either. Go ahead and cut those off both sides, and once you do, you’ll see the exposed gel underneath.
Remove the bottom layer of skin with your knife.
Once you’ve cut off the edges of the leaf, stand your piece up on end, and locate the side of the leaf that’s flat. You’ll use your knife to carefully peel this off. You want to stay as close to the skin as possible, so you don’t lose any gel in the process.
Scoop the gel off the skin and place it in a bowl.
Now, you should have fully exposed gel one one side. Lay the leaf down, skin side down, and use your knife to carefully slice between the gel and the skin, getting as close to the skin as possible.
This will break your gel free from the skin, which you can place in a bowl or blender until you’re done peeling all of the other pieces.
Once all of your leaves are peeled, use your immersion blender to blend until smooth. The gel will look frothy, but that’s totally okay. It will die down as it sits.
Store in an air tight container.
It’s worth mentioning that homemade aloe vera gel doesn’t have the same shelf life as store bought, unless you’re adding preservatives. I make this in small batches as needed, and store any extras in the refrigerator for about a week at a time.
How to Use Aloe Vera Gel
Need some ideas on how to use aloe vera gel? Check out some of these awesome recipes!
- Homemade Face Mask with Aloe Vera and Honey
- DIY Hand Sanitizer Recipe
- How to Naturally Sooth a Sunburn
Get the Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel at Home!
Aloe vera gel has so many amazing benefits. From hair care to skin care and even digestive support! It’s no wonder It’s been used for centuries. Now that you know how to make aloe vera gel at home, you can put your favorite plant to use and get all the benefits!