The Aloe vera plant is a succulent that provides an amazing and healing gel Let me show you how easy it is to make Aloe vera gel at home and how to use it in recipes!
Growing up in Florida, I remember huge Aloe vera plants growing just about everywhere, inside and out.
Whenever we had a bug bite, sunburn or little scrapes and cuts, our mother would snip off a bit of the nearest Aloe vera plant and tell us to rub the gel on it.
Today, I live in Ohio where Aloe doesn’t grow native, but I keep two Aloe vera plants indoors! It’s just too valuable of a plant to NOT have!
Before we get into all of the wonderful ways you can use this gel, let me show you the proper method for extracting Aloe vera gel from the plant.
What You Will Need:
Get your kitchen tools together on a clean, dry surface.
Cut off the top and the bottom of your Aloe vera leaf.
An Aloe vera leaf contains resin, which is toxic and can make you very sick, so let it drain for an hour or so.
It’s just a bit of yellow stickiness, so just clean your bowl after.
Next, carefully cut off the spine of the leaf.
For ease of peeling, I like to cut the leaf into quarters.
Peeling is next, and I’ve seen this done many ways.
I prefer to peel with a knife, but you may prefer a peeler.
Just be sure to capture as much gel as possible by not peeling too thick.
As you finish peeling each section, cube the gel and put into a clean container.
You can smash with a fork or make it easy on yourself and put in the blender. Whip for just a sec, it’ll look like this…
How fabulous is this? Think about how much Aloe vera gel costs at the store, and you’ll be thrilled to realize that you’ve just made about 8 ounces of pure aloe vera gel for $1.99!
Uses for Aloe Vera Gel
- Combine 1-2 tsp. aloe vera gel, 1 cup of fruit juice (apple, carrot, pineapple, orange, etc), 1 tbsp. lemon juice and optional sweetener (honey or stevia)
- Mix with blender and enjoy!
- (There are people who should NOT consume aloe vera gel, so consult with a medical professional BEFORE you do!)
Don’t throw those peels away, they are good for acne as well as puffy under-eyes.