Aloe Vera is a plant with innumerable medicinal properties. Learn how to make your own Aloe Vera gel out of Aloe Vera leaf here.

How To Make Your Own Aloe Vera Gel

Cleopatra is the ultimate name for beauty even after eons of her death. Here is a small beauty secret that made the Egyptian pharaoh exemplarily beautiful, and that is Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera is considered a natural healer that has answers for almost all skin related queries. It has derived from the Arabic word ‘alloeh’, which means radiance. As a legend goes, Alexander the Great was enticed by the miraculous healing power of Aloe Vera that led him to conquer the island of Socotra. Though it is a native plant of Somalia for long from the fourth century B. C., it has found a conspicuous position in Egyptian, Chinese, Greek, Indian, and Christian literature. Today, Aloe Vera is earning back its lost glory as the world is going through a ‘go-green’ phase. Aloe Vera gels are the best available product of Aloe Vera that you can buy from market. Little do you know that Aloe Vera gel is something that can be made at home without much of the damage done to its medicinal properties? 

Aloe Vera Gel Recipe 
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  • Aloe Vera gel is made from its leaf. When you are choosing the leaf, make sure that you choose a leaf that grows toward the bottom of the plant. While cutting it try to cut it at an angle close to plant’s base. Make sure that you choose a mature plant.
  • Place the leaf in any container in an upright position to drain off its sap.
  • Place the leaf on a flat surface and using a sharp knife cut off the edges as well the tip of the leaf. Be careful to cut it from top to bottom.
  • Slice the whole leaf lengthwise into two.
  • Scoop the entire gel from the leaf using a spoon. If it is a bigger leaf, try using a butter knife. Try not to scoop the left over sap.
  • Add 500 mg of vitamin C and 400IU of vitamin E to every ¼ cup of Aloe Vera pulp. You get vitamin C in tablet forms so crush it before you add it to the pulp. Vitamin E will be in capsule form so you just need to squeeze it. Vitamin C and vitamin E are added not only for the health benefits but also for the preservation of the gel.
  • Blend the whole mixture and you can store the mix in glass jars. Prefer dark colored glass as it prevents light from getting in. Store it in the refrigerator and the home made Aloe Vera gel will last as long as eight months.

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