The Aloe vera It is a medicinal plant well known among professionals and amateurs, which contains thickened leaves that store a large amount of water and gel.
This gel has a great moisturizing capacity and is an excellent hydration aid against sunburn, cuts, small wounds or mosquito bites. In general, the Aloe vera gel serves many purposes, hence it has become very famous and it is easy to get it in any store.
If we want get it in the most natural way possible, in this article we teach you how to easily extract Aloe vera gel from your own plants.
WHAT YOU NEED TO GET YOUR OWN ALOE VERA GEL
Aloe Vera gel is very easy to use and collect from our own plant. We will only need some instruments and a small appliance such as a blender or blender to get the best result.
Here’s what we need:
- Leaves of the Aloe vera plant
- Sharp knife
- Small spoon
- Blender or blender
- Glass jar with hermetic closure
- Optional, vitamin C powder
To get enough juice to use it for a few weeks, it will be enough with 1 large or 2 medium leaves, However, it is advisable to extract a small amount, as it has a fast expiration period.
If you need to keep it for longer, you can also put it in your freezer. It will last you several months.
STEPS TO FOLLOW TO EXTRACT ALOE VERA GEL
PREPARE THE LEAVES OF YOUR ALOE
Select a medium-sized leaf, without physical problems, and located in the outermost part of the plant, since it will be the oldest.
We will wash it well with water in the kitchen, eliminating any remaining soil or organic matter that may have stuck to the leaf. Immediately after, we will place it with the base down so that it drains the initial sap, yellow and that we will not collect, since it contains small concentrations of latex that can affect allergy sufferers.
After 15 minutes of this process, with a knife or a potato peeler we remove the skin until all the juice inside is exposed.
PREPARATION OF ALOE VERA GEL
In the second step and once we have removed the outer skin of our leaf, we will visualize the solid gel inside. To make it liquid, what we need is to put it in a blender or blender.
It is important that you peel the skin well so that no piece is introduced into it.
By liquefying it for approximately 30 seconds, we will obtain a kind of foamy gel. We will already have almost all our “recipe” of Aloe vera gel finished.
From here, we can add, optionally, vitamin C or vitamin E that we will find in powder in specialized stores. In this way we will achieve better healing and soothing results for our skin. In addition, both vitamins are excellent preservatives, especially vitamin C, so that we will extend the shelf life of the Aloe vera gel.
Its expiration is brief, since it does not usually last more than 1 week. You can freeze the remains that you are not going to use.
The ideal amount to add of both vitamins is 500 mg per 60 ml of liquefied Aloe vera gel. To do this, it is best to add it in the final moments of smoothie, when we have already obtained a liquid and homogeneous paste.
With the added vitamins, you can keep your Aloe vera gel for 2 months preserved in the refrigerator.
If you decide to freeze it, the expiration time is more than 6 months, so it is advisable to separate it in different doses to have availability almost all year round.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR USE OF ALOE VERA GEL
Aloe vera has a lot of properties, and not all of them are related to the hydration or healing of wounds on the skin. The first recommendations choose to apply it on the skin to relieve sunburn, minor skin irritations or shallow cuts.
It is especially recommended when we have suffered burns, since it has a great moisturizing capacity and can be applied without any problem on the hands, face and neck. In addition, it has antibacterial properties, so we will reduce the likelihood of suffering some type of infection.
The great benefits of this plant come from its high polysaccharide content only present in the genus Aloe, formed by complex chains of sugars that intervene in the hydration and moisturization of the skin.
If you want to take advantage of all the properties of this gel but you do not yet have the plant in a position to take advantage of its leaves, you can also buy the final product, with a much longer expiration date.