We are all familiar with using aloe vera to treat sunburns; its the most popular way we use aloe vera today; but there is SO much more this plant can do!
We all know aloe vera is amazing; but not all of us know how wide reaching the health benefits of aloe vera are; not to mention how incredibly easy and cost effective it is to make your own raw aloe vera gel at home. The ancient Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality” and it is probably the most widely used plant for skin applications throughout history!
It is so easy to make your own raw aloe vera gel at home that you will Never need to buy it at the store ever again! There are so many applications for aloe vera gel that the uses are endless! Use a little aloe vera gel every day on your skin to help with everything from acne, anti-aging and firming the skin, to curing persistent skin problems. You can put a little aloe vera in your smoothies everyday and it will help your digestive tract (its great for upset tummies), as well as make your hair and skin beautiful from the inside out. You can even put it on your hair to make it shiny or use it as a cure for dandruff! Aloe vera can replace a lot of cosmetic products, and is so healthy for your digestive system that it would be silly not to add a little into your green smoothie if you have it on hand!
Aloe secretes a minimum of a half-dozen organic antiseptics that are capable of destroying fungus, harmful bacteria, and also germs and viruses. According to the Mayo Clinic, aloe is said to be useful in treating wounds and burns, minor skin infections, cysts, all forms of diabetes, elevated blood lipids in humans, and shows promise in treating more serious and persistent conditions such as eczema, nastier and on going disorders like genital herpes, dandruff, psoriasis, canker sores, skin ulcers and others. The most popular use we are all familiar with is to treat sunburns; but there is clearly so much more that this plant can do!
How To Use It:
Aloe leaves secrete a clear gel that when broken off from the rest of the plant can be applied topically to heal wounds and soothe skin; can be eaten or added into your smoothie, or applied topically on your hair. Basically, what you are looking for is the ooey gooey liquid gold that is inside the plant hiding under the surface of the skin.
To make your own aloe vera gel at home; harvest one of the aloe vera leaves by cutting off the leaf at the base of the aloe vera plant. Or if you don’t have your own aloe vera plant at home, you can buy leaves at local or ethnic grocery stores. I highly recommend just buying your own aloe vera plant, its cost effective and they are very hardy plants and so easy to take care of that it is probably one of the easiest house plants to own. Place the leaf on a cutting board and carefully peel the thin layer of skin off the leaf. Discard the skin and put all of the gooey clear gel that comes off into a blender; and blend all the pieces in your blender. Once everything is blended, the mixture will be quite frothy, put it in a container and seal it and leave it in your fridge overnight. The next day, the gel will be ready to use and it will last in your fridge for a week. Its really that simple, peel the aloe vera leaf, throw away the skin and put everything inside into a blender and blend. Still have questions? You can watch this short video on you tube that shows you how to make aloe vera gel with 2 different methods:
Video on how to make aloe vera gel you tube with 2 different methods:
I make my own aloe vera gel all the time using a healthy aloe vera plant I have at home. Once I have made my gel, ill put it on my skin after I get out of the shower, and Ill put it on my face at the end of the day before I go to bed. Ill add a little gel into my green smoothie that I have everyday and I cant taste the difference. When I have had my gel in the fridge for almost a week and know its about to go bad ill put it in my hair and give it a conditioning treatment to make it shiny. There are so many uses for your aloe vera gel; you will end up always having some on hand!