How to make Aloe Vera gel?
How to Extract Aloe Vera
Aloe vera extract is well-known for its antioxidant and antibacterial properties and is widely used to treat burns. It also has other lesser-known uses, like reducing dental plaque, treating canker sores, and even reducing constipation.However, buying all that ointment adds up, and the aloe itself could either be diluted or have additional additives that might make it inappropriate for your needs. However, you can save money and be sure of the concentration of the aloe you have by first harvesting and then cutting open some some aloe vera leaves.
Harvesting Aloe Vera Leaves
Assess your aloe vera plant.Before you start to harvest any aloe vera gel, you'll want to be sure you're working with a mature plant. A mature and healthy aloe plant is recognizable by its large, green leaves: they should be about 8 inches (20 cm) long. Aloe grows from the center outward, making the outermost leaves the oldest, largest, and richest of the leaves to use.
Cut off some aloe vera leaves.Depending on how much aloe vera you need, you will probably not need or want to use an entire aloe vera plant for this. Cut off one of the outermost leaves of an aloe vera plant using a sharp knife at the base of the plant. The leaves do not grow back, but by only cutting a portion of the plant, you will leave the whole of it to continue to grow and produce more aloe vera for you in the future.
- Be sure that your knife is sharp to cause minimal damage to the plant.
Clean off the cut aloe vera.Once you have cut the leaf, a yellow substance will begin to ooze from the cut. In order to keep the plant from making a mess, you'll want to point the leaf vertically, cut end down, into a bowl to allow the substance to continue coming out. Use a pitcher of water and your fingers to clean the leaf from top to bottom, directing the water into the bowl as well.
- The yellow ooze produced in this step is a sap called aloe latex.It is not the aloe vera gel, which will be clear and thick in appearance, and you do not want it to contaminate your gel because it has laxative properties that may mess up your digestive track.
Cutting Open the Aloe Vera Leaves
Cut off the top third of the leaves.Because of the thinness of the top, pointed part of the aloe vera leaf, you will waste more time trying to get gel from this portion than is cost effective. Instead, cut this portion off and discard it.
- You will need to repeat the previous rinsing step for the top portion as it now will also produce yellow ooze.
- Depending on the size of your aloe vera leaves, you might find it easier to extract the gel by cutting the thick portion of the leaf into additional pieces, either along the leaves' length, width, or both ways.
Remove the spines.Before you can get at the gel core of the leaf, you'll need to remove the hard, spine edges on either side of each leaf. Carefully cut them away, remembering to move the knife away from yourself and your hands so as to avoid potentially cutting yourself in the process.
- Be sure that the aloe vera leaves are also dry before you begin this portion of the cutting as a slippery leaf could lead to potential accidents.
- Make your cut as close to the spines as possible so that you don't lose a lot of gel in the process.
Remove the top and bottom layers.With your leaf laying flat on a cutting board, carefully slice away the skin of the aloe vera leaf. This will be the thin, outer green layer you see. Run your knife between it and the the thick, clear gel at the center, and repeat this process for the remaining top layer by flipping it to the bottom.
- If you would prefer not to use a knife for this step due to the potential for cutting yourself, you can choose to use a fruit peeler instead.
Remove and store the gel.At this point, you should have slabs of clear aloe vera gel. If you see any bits of leaf left on them, trim them off, and feel free to cube the gel for easier storage by cutting them with your knife. Be sure to rinse the aloe vera gel itself 2-3 times when you're finished to be sure that it's free of any aloe latex residue.
- Use a spoon to scrape up any excess gel left over along the skin.
- Store all of the gel extract you get in a new glass or bowl separate from the water you used to wash the leaves with.
QuestionDoes this help treat pimples and all other skin infections?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerEveryone's skin is different. For some, this might help their skin. But for others, it might not. First test it out on a small part of your skin and leave it for a few days before fully applying the gel.Thanks!
QuestionCan I add the gel to a conditioner?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can add it to conditioner, but you may want to be careful when rinsing it out because sometimes it can cause white flakes.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I keep Aloe vera fresh for long periods?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAloe vera gel can keep for a week in an air-tight container if it is refrigerated. If you would like it to remain usable longer than that, you'll need to add preservatives like vitamin C and vitamin E oil. For 1 liter of aloe vera gel, add 8 grams of crystalline vitamin C and 6,000 IU vitamin E oil, and bled these together at a low speed in a blender. This blend, stored properly in an airtight glass jar in the refrigerator, will last between 6-8 months.Thanks!
QuestionCan I eat the aloe vera gel?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOnce you have made sure that the aloe vera gel you harvested is sufficiently clean and free of aloe latex, you can eat it. Be aware that the aloe vera plant is not approved by the FDA as medicine. Aloe is quite strong and it is bot advised you eat too much of it. Be sure to stop eating aloe and consult your doctor if you start to experience any abdominal cramps, pain, or diarrhea.Thanks!
QuestionWill aloe vera gel help my burns heal?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThis depends. Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years throughout the world to help treat minor burns and other skin irritations like sunburns. If your burn is too severe, you may need other treatment. Seek a doctor's second opinion if your wound does not seem to be healing.Thanks!
QuestionCan I freeze aloe vera?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can freeze aloe vera gel, and it will last a year in the freezer. Refrigerated it will only last a week or two.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I make a drink from aloe vera gel, and what additives do I need?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPlace your clean aloe vera gel in a blender. You can add to this any fresh fruit you might like: lemon, lime, orange, and other citrus flavors blend particularly well with aloe. You'll want to make sure that your aloe and fruit components are equal ratios (about 2-3 tablespoons of each). Add a cup of cold water and blend them together before sampling the taste; if it's too strong, you can dilute it with more water.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I separate gel from sap jelly?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerStand the cut stick on its end for a few minutes, and the yellow sap will drain away. Then, wash the aloe and continue to extract the gel.Thanks!
QuestionHow long does it last in a glass jar in the fridge?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIn a sealed glass jar, stored in a fridge, aloe vera gel can keep for about a week. Only harvest the gel when you need it.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I make it not slimy?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAloe gel is by its nature slimy, but you can help disguise this by blending it into a juice or smoothie.Thanks!
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How do I rinse the aloe vera gel in step 4?
How can I stabilize the aloe gel to avoid oxidation so I can use it for a long time?
What are the tests for checking the purity of aloe vera gel?
To mix with a carrier oil do I mix it in a blender?
If you want to extract aloe vera gel from a mature plant, choose leaves from around the outside of the plant that are about 8 inches long. Discard the yellow substance that initially drains from the leaf. Cut off the top third and the spines from each leaf, then carefully slice away the skin from the top and bottom of the leaf. You should be left with a slab of clear aloe vera gel. Rinse the gel 2-3 times and store it in a glass or bowl until it’s ready for use.
- Be forewarned, the aloe vera plant has a strong, distinctive smell that some people may not be able to tolerate.
- When opened, the plant is very slimy and icky to the touch.
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