This post is all about the best, the easiest, the quickest…on how to extract Aloe Vera Gel
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Aloe is so famous and we all tryed to use at least once this plant’s gel on our skin.
You can find it, sometimes in tiny proportion, in your after sun gel. But…just look at the formula…is aloe gel coming as the first ingredient?
Do you find any kind of alcohol, ethanol…or that kind of molecule…which..will have a refreshing feeling…but will not help your skin to heal from sunburns, even worst, it will agravate it.
And why not giving a try to a DIY Aloe Vera Extraction. It’s easy…you just need to have a plant in your yeard, or on your balcony…it grows like a weed in certain regions…
Nature is so well concieved…you can find it anywhere you can get sunburns.
I will write another post on all the different amazing ways to use aloe vera…on your skin as after sun gel, but also as an anti aging substance….
But this is not the end of how we can use aloe gel…it is also extremelly healthy for your digestion, it has wonderful anti inflammatory benefits…inside and out!!!
How to Harvest Aloe Vera Leafs:
Select plants you are sure have not been sprayed with any chemicals
Chose the leaves which are outside of the plant, the largest one close to the floor and standing horizontally. Indeed the vertical leaves are small, not ready to be harvested, and won’t contain a lot of gel
Once cut with a sharp knife, let the latex drip out of the leaves for 10 to 20 minutes. The latex has an orange-redish color…and has a veeery strong smell. I would even qualify it stincky…
When no latex is driping anymore, wash your leaves.
Depending on the size of your leaves, and the size of your knife, you can chose or to cut small slices into your leaves, it makes it easy to separate the leave from the gel…it is a little bit longer though
Slip your sharped knife between the exterior of the leave and the gel to separate the gel
Once all the gel is separated, pour your cubes in a glass or a container and keep it in the fridge.
I usualy use this method to keep some cubes to put in my healthy drinks and smoothies
Another option is to cut all along the leave sides to cut the sprickles
Then slip your knife between the leave coating and the gel for the entire leave
Once you collected all the gel for skin care use, my advise is to blend the gel, to store it in a glass jar on the fridge. You can keep it for a week. If you don’t consume all the gel, you can also put it in the freezer.
My tip to freeze your aloe vera gel: use ice cubes container, it will make it so simple and easy to take a small amount out of the freezer.
Enjoy staying healthy and beautiful