how to make aloe vera gel

How to Make Aloe Vera Gel

how to make DIY Aloe Vera Gel

As I was strolling into my neighborhood health food store this week, with my list of two or three things, I stumbled across an offering of large aloe vera leaves in the refrigerator section!  These dudes were crazy big!  And for $1.99 each, I just had to have one!  Let me show you how easy it is to learn how to make aloe vera gel!

Now, being no stranger to aloe vera, remember I grew up down south, I was thrilled.  Aloe vera gel has so many uses, it’s ridiculous, but let’s start with how to peel this bad boy and extract that awesome gel.

aloe vera leaf on cutting board with knife

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aloe vera leaf over bowl

First, let’s cut the bottom of the leaf open and let it drain.  The leaf contains resin, which can be irritating to the skin, so let it drain for an hour or so.  It’s just a bit of yellow stickiness, so just clean your bowl after.

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peeling aloe vera leaves

Peeling is next, and I’ve seen this done many ways.   I prefer to peel with a knife, but do what you prefer.  Just be sure to capture as much gel as possible by not peeling too thick.  You can use a peeler or a knife, just be careful.

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aloe vera gel cubes

As you finish peeling each section, cube the aloe vera gel and put into a clean container.

whipped aloe vera gel

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! 

Here are a few links to read about all the wonderful uses for aloe vera gel here, here and here.

Now, don’t throw those peels away, they are good for acne as well as puffy under-eyes.  Enjoy!

how to make DIY Aloe Vera Gel


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Comments (8)

  • Carolyn Reply

    Thanks for all your work sharing sustainable living tips. I especially appreciate this aloa Vera process, I grow we an abundance of Alie and will no we put these leaves to better use.

    August 1, 2018 at 6:47 pm
    • Kelly Reply

      Hey Carolyn! Thanks for commenting! I remember growing up in Florida, we had aloe vera in abundance, envying you!

      August 1, 2018 at 11:20 pm
  • Chelsea Reply

    Oh, I love this! I have a huge aloe vera plant on my front porch that I mostly use for sunburn. I have a sister who drinks it for the health benefits so I’ll have to try that. I especially love the potato peeler suggestion! Something so simple I would’ve never thought of, I’ll be trying it next time I snip an arm off the beautiful, spiky plant.

    August 27, 2018 at 2:19 pm
    • Kelly Reply

      Hey Chelsea! Thanks for commenting! I really miss having them growing in the landscape from my Florida days, I have to pay for them now, lol!

      August 27, 2018 at 7:52 pm
  • Lisa Reply

    I love aloe vera gel. This looks so simple. My question is how do you store it and how long does it last?

    January 17, 2019 at 11:01 am
    • Kelly Reply

      Hey Lisa! You can store it in the frig for about 2 weeks or in the freezer for longer! Good luck!

      January 17, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    This is FABULOUS! I need to go buy a plant.

    January 17, 2019 at 3:46 pm
    • Kelly Reply

      Susan, thank you for reading and enjoy!

      January 17, 2019 at 10:07 pm

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