Aloe vera is such an amazing plant. It has so many uses and has many benefits. It is usually found in consumer products including beverages, medicines and skin care line. I personally use aloe vera gel as moisturizer and on my hair. But can also be use in many other things. I must say I am really obsess with this and really recommend it.
Store bought aloe vera gel can sometimes be expensive and aside from that it contains chemicals that may be harsh on skin most especially if you have sensitive skin. This is one of the reasons why I decided to give it a try to make my own aloe gel and also since we do have the aloe vera plant just right at our backyard. Also, you will be in control of what products you can add on your gel.
You can actually use the aloe vera plant straight from the plant. Simply take a leaf of aloe vera plant and peel the leaves; you will only need the white part or the gel, apply it directly on your face or skin as moisturizer or as all natural sunburn healer. Or put on your hair to make your hair thicker. You can also put it in a blender and drink it (my dad used to force me to drink it as it has many benefits for the the health.)
I listed below how I made my own aloe vera gel. But before starting make sure that you wash your hands and use clean tools to avoid contamination of the aloe vera gel.
1/4 cup of fresh aloe vera gel
1/8 tsp of lemon juice
1 tbsp of coconut oil
Food processor or blender
- Rinse the aloe leaf before peeling the green portion of the leaf. We would only need the white part or the gelof the plant.
- Scope out the gel of the plant using a spoon of knife.
- In the blender, combine aloe vera gel lemon juice and coconut oil. Blend well.
- Transfer in container and refrigerate.
The lemon juice will act as preservative for your aloe vera gel and can be stored up to two months, refrigerated. Without the lemon juice you can only store the aloe vera gel for a week. You can use 500mg of vitamin C or 400 IU of vitamin E for every 1/4 cup of fresh aloe vera gel. The coconut oil will act as skin moisturizer and also add a tropical smell to your aloe gel. You can substitute other natural oil of your preference or can also omit the oil if you wish. After blending the aloe vera gel it will look foamy but it is okay. Remember to keep it refrigerated.
Have you tried using aloe vera gel?