I have made homemade aloe vera gel once before. I made it again & I followed the same recipe. Aloe is good for the skin: amazing for burns, sunburn, dryness, anti-aging, acne, & for healing wounds. It can also be used in homemade hair conditioner. It is chock full of 75 different nutrients. I intend to use it on my dry winter skin.
I made the easy aloe gel in minutes & now it will keep in my fridge for several months. Sometime in the near future I intend to make homemade rose water (also good for skin!) and I will incorporate my aloe gel into the rose water. I would make DIY aloe vera gel every couple of months but I only seem to see it in the grocery store once or twice a year (at Roundys or Pick N Save.) The aloe leaves were priced at $2.49/lb when I purchased them a week ago. DIY aloe vera gel is super easy to make, it is affordable, and it keeps for a long time. The gel from the leaf is very slippery when extracted but beyond that, there is nothing difficult with this project!
DIY Aloe Vera Gel
2 large aloe vera leaves, 1/2 tsp vitamin C crystals, and 1/2 tsp of pure vitamin E oil
To make the gel:
- Place clean aloe leaf on a large cutting board
- Trim off the ends
- Cut your leaf in half
- Cut those pieces into smaller, more manageable pieces (the slippery gel is easier to work with in smaller pieces)
- Cut off the remainder of the leaf, extract the gel, and place it into your blender
- Blend the aloe gel on low-medium for a couple of minutes to blend well (it will foam up)
- Add in your vitamin C & vitamin E and blend another minute **I had Vitamin C crystals and a bottle of Vitamin E–but you could crush vitamin C tablets (500 mg per 1/4 cup of gel) and cut open Vitamin E capsules to get your Vitamin E oil (400 iu per 1/4 cup of gel)**
- Transfer the liquid to clean containers & refrigerate–should keep several months in the refrigerator
DIY Aloe Vera Gel is an easy project & it is nice to have in the house. I’m going to try to find new uses for it, starting with homemade Rose Water.