Aloe vera is a plant blessed with superpowers. It is bursting with nutrients, minerals, amino acids, and vitamins. And to top it all off, you can make your very own, 100% natural, aloe vera gel at home!
The aloe vera plant is made up of 99% water and is rich in nutrients and vitamins. Aloe gel, in particular, is highly acclaimed for its medicinal purposes. It is well-known as an emollient and moisturiser and is also recommended for soothing superficial burns and sun burn, but that’s not all. When applied regularly, aloe vera gel helps combat the appearance of premature wrinkles and slows ageing at a cellular level by boosting collagen production, which helps to maintain the skin’s elasticity.
How to make aloe vera gel
– 1 large aloe vera leaf
– Vitamin E
– A blender
– A sieve
– A large chopping board
– A large bowl
– A knife
– A sterilised bottle
1. Thoroughly wash your hands and sterilise your utensils.
2. Cut the leaf into small pieces, removing the spikes and tips.
3. Add the pieces to a large bowl filled with water and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Change the water two to three times to remove the yellow latex from the leaves as it contains aloin, a toxic component which is highly irritating to the skin.
4. The following day, scoop out the pieces and peel off the skin. Place the pulp in a blender to make a gel. Pass the gel through a sieve to remove any remaining residue.
5. Add vitamin E, at a ratio of 0.2% (or 8 drops per 100 ml of aloe vera gel), to help preserve the gel for longer. Mix again to fully incorporate the vitamin E, then pour into a sterilised bottle.
6. Your aloe vera gel will keep for up to six months in the refrigerator.