Make Aloe Vera Gel at home – DIY

Growing, sharing, preserving and cooking seem to be siblings to me.

As soon as i ventured out of my comfort zone of flowers into vegetables and herbs, the latter 3 seemed to be the next obvious option. As¬†someone who hates wasting things, i am constantly looking for best ways to use what i grow in my garden. While, this has definitely added to my intelligence quotient( ūüėõ ), it has also helped feed my skincare obsession( my second love) in the best possible manner. As summers arrive, the first thing i do is harvest some Aloe Vera¬†leaves and whip up a batch of my tried and tested Aloe Vera¬†gel.

Aloe Vera, known as ghritkumari, in Hindi, is almost a wonder plant. Even though i am confident of even a 3-yr old being able to list out it’s benefits, i will repeat what i know, for those of you living under a rock:

  • Soothes sunburn, reduces tan and gives you clear radiant skin
  • Helps hydrate skin
  • Soothes and itchy scalp and reduces dandruff
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Regular use gives silky, shiny, hydrated hair

If consumed,

  • It boosts immunity
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Promotes healthy digestion
  • Aids weight loss(combined with a sensible diet)




No wonder, a batch of this miracle always exists in my fridge. While i do not consume it regularly(it tastes bitter), i never forget to apply the gel-ish liquid on my skin and hair.

Making it is easy, quick and simple.

  • Harvest some fleshy leaves and keep them in a container for 15-20 mins to drain out the
    yellow liquid.
  • Wash the leaves and cut off a little from the top and bottom.
  •  DIY ALOE VERA GEL AT HOME Take a peeler and remove the thorns.
  • Peel off the skin from the flat side. It is extremely easy to do this with a vegetable
    peeler.

 DIY ALOE VERA GEL AT HOME




  • Keep the leaves flat on a plate and scrape off the gel with a spoon. You can also peel
    the other side and chop the gel but i find it easier this way since it is extremely
    slippery.

 DIY ALOE VERA GEL AT HOME

  • Collect the gel into a blender and add the juice of a lemon. I used 1 medium lemon for 3
    medium sized leaves. Lemon helps preserve the gel and has additional benefits for skin
  • Blend it on high till it turns into a liquid. The consistency will be nothing like the
    gels we get in market but they are far from the real thing.

 DIY ALOE VERA GEL AT HOME

  • It will foam up, wait for it to settle down a bit.
  • Pour into a bottle and store in the fridge.

 DIY ALOE VERA GEL AT HOME

What you get is a slimy gel-ish liquid but this is the real thing that actually works.
You may also add some essential oils(peppermint, lemon) if you wish to but i do not. In-fact, you may even skip adding lemon and replace it with citric acid to increase shelf life.
Shortcut: Clean and chop the leaves with the skin. Blend it all and filter. Done! It will have a greenish tinge though.

What about the trash generated? Compost it indoors! What’s the¬†EcoBin¬†for?

 DIY ALOE VERA GEL AT HOME

Since i am obsessed with aloe gel in summers, i also own a few from known Indian brands (Patanjali, Guardian Pharmacy, The Nature’s Co.) that i use while travelling but nothing comes close to this.

PATANJALI ALOE VERA GEL GUARDIAN PHARMACY ALOE VERA GEL THE NATURES CO ALOE VERA GEL

(THE NATURE’S CO. ALOE VERA GEL , GUARDIAN PHARMACY ALOE VERA GEL,

PATANJALI ALOE VERA GEL)

The best i have come across till date may be the gel from The Nature’s Co. which claims to be all-natural and also costs a bomb. It does have a juice- gel type consistency with added benefits of peppermint and i like it the most out of the 3. Patanjali and Guardian pharmacy Aloe Vera¬†gels have an extremely artificial texture and are sticky in an uncomfortable way.

How do i use this gel?

  • Apply it to slightly damp skin after bath or sun-exposure(Clean the skin of sweat before
    applying).
  • Use it as a mixing medium for skin and hair packs.
  • Apply a thick layer as a mask for hydration and wash off after half an hour.
  • Massage onto the scalp and hair pre-shampoo.

Precautions:
Do not lick your lips or face after applying this gel. It is extremely bitter.
Do not expose skin to sun, a few hrs after applying this gel. It may darken the skin.

So, that’s all i know about Aloe Vera and i urge you to try this gel once. You will be hooked, i promise!

Till then,
Happy Gardening
CYA!

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