Homemade Aloe Vera Gel ~ Cheryl's Delights

A lot of homemade skin care products call for Aloe Vera gel, why not make your own.

I love my aloe plants; I have had them for years.  My great friend Abby shared a huge plant with me and that plant has expanded into many many plants I have shared with many many people!  That is the true beauty of the aloe plant.  It is incredibly medicinal along with being prolific!

 

¼ cup fresh aloe

1/8 teaspoon citric acid (in the canning section)

¼ teaspoon vitamin E oil

1 tablespoon coconut oil

 

Homemade Aloe Vera Gel ~ Cheryl's DelightsHomemade Aloe Vera Gel ~ Cheryl's Delights

 

Remove the goodness from the aloe leaves.  The easiest way I have found to do this is by splitting the leave from the top to the bottom only piercing one layer of skin.  Use a spoon to scrape the gooiness from the plant.   I have noticed when the plant sits for a minute after you have extracted the center some additional juice will pool; it is hard to waste anything so wonderful!

In a blender add all the ingredients.  Blend till all the chunks of aloe are gone.

The citric acid and the vitamin E act as preservatives, therefore the citric acid is optional.

Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for at least a month.

This gel is wonderful for burns.  It can be used as is or it can be used in other recipes that call for Aloe Vera Gel.  I found a nice post on the benefits of using Aloe Vera gel on the skin at mindbodygreen.com.

Homemade Aloe Vera Gel ~ Cheryl's Delights

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