Super Easy Aloe Vera Gel Recipe
This entry was posted on January 4, 2017.
Maybe you heard it from a friend or found out all about it yourself, that Aloe Vera is nature’s wonder drug. The plant can survive in tough situations, and is filled with benefits. Its used to treat a wide number of ailments and conditions from head to toe, cuts, burns and even doubles up as a fairly good sunscreen. Though some people consume the plant by making smoothies, shakes and other such foods, many people use it externally for a number of reasons; most commonly for treatment of sunburns. Though its best used fresh and applied directly on the affected area, the best way to preserve it is to make an Aloe Vera Gel, but how do you make it? Here is our very easy Aloe Vera Gel Recipe:
Start off by acquiring these ingredients, when you have them, we can move along on our Aloe Vera Gel Recipe:
- ¼ cup Aloe Vera pulp.
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil.
- ¼ teaspoon Vitamin E oil. (optional but recommended)
- 1/8 teaspoon citric acid. (optional but recommended)
For making the gel from these ingredients, you will need a good food processor and jar with a lid.
Start by acquiring the aloe vera stalks first and cleaning them, then take a sharp knife and carefully remove the thorny sides. Then remove the leaf skin, keep in mind not to cut too deep and get the pulp with it. Now use a spoon and scoop the pulp out and put into the food processor and add the rest of the ingredients. Once you have done so, then fire up the food processor until the mixture is smooth, fluid and consistent. Then collect it in the jar and you’re done with the super easy Aloe Vera Gel recipe. The whole ordeal should take anything from a half hour to 45 minutes to complete. How you store it depends on how you want to use it and for what purpose.
For example, if you want to use it for sunburn treatments then the best thing you can do is to put it in a ice cube tray and freeze it and then you can put it on your skin directly, alternatively you can refrigerate it, but keep in mind if you choose the latter you will have to stir it up after a few days and will last up to a month. Or you can just keep it as it is in a lidded jar, the cold application makes for a soothing effect and it will work just fine on room temperature. But there are some precautions as well, particularly the citric acid as you can have a reaction to it and it will cause a rash, but it only affects a few people so check with your doctor first. Also, direct sunlight exposure to citric acid can have the reverse effect than the intended. The coconut oil separates after a while so keep that in mind as well, as you’ll have to remelt it and make it fluid again, especially in colder weathers.