As a kid growing up in the hot climate of South Africa my memories of Aloe Vera Gel are always of my Mom slathering it on my sunburned body. It became something we would always take to the beach with us, and I grew up thinking that treating sunburn was the only benefit of this nifty little product.
Only recently with its growing popularity have I looked into the other benefits of using Aloe Vera in all forms…
Needless to say, I’m impressed. If you’re as clueless as I was, I recommend reading this article with an overview of its medicinal and health-promoting properties.
A quick list of some of the benefits from using Aloe Vera gel are:
- Skin improvement
- Boosts hair growth
- Treats cuts and abrasions
- Wrinkle prevention
- Treats burns and stings
Now for the fun part .
I found that our local grocery store actually sold the Aloe leaf. I’m not sure if it’s a once-off occurrence, but I was really happy to have found it.
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Here’s How you can make your own DIY Aloe Vera Gel:
- Aloe Vera Leaf
- Vitamin E Oil
- Gather your ingredients and a clean container for storage. Cut off the end of your leaf and let it drain for an hour. (See note above for more details.)
- Cut off the bumpy sides of your leaf. I suggest using a sharp paring knife for this.
- Half your leaf to make the extraction easier (optional)
- Slip your sharp knife under one of the hard skin layers, and start slicing and peeling back the top part of the leaf.
- Scoop out the gel-like tissue into a bowl.
- Add 15-20 drops of Vitamin E Oil and mix thoroughly. (Adjust accordingly to the size of your Aloe Leaf – the one I had was large).
- Mash up the gel and Vitamin E Oil using either a fork or a blender (I used a blender).
- Pour into your container and keep it in the fridge.
Note: There will be a lot of air-bubbles at first if you use the blender option. Just let it sit in the fridge for a while and it will settle into more of a sticky gel.
And there you have it!
It’s SO easy to make, and the best part is that you have the undiluted benefits from the Aloe itself. In the next few months I will be sharing a few more DIY beauty recipes for you to use your Aloe Vera Gel in.
For the moment though, comment below and let me know how you love to use your Aloe Gel.
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