Aloe Vera Gel was used for hundreds of years by the indigenous people of Africa before it was transported via migration to the rest of the world. Its healing properties are legendary. It can be used as a skin moisturizer, hair conditioner, repair gel for acne and other skin ailments, sunburn relief and if made into an aloe vera juice is an excellent colon cleanser and also supplies many essential minerals and vitamins to the system.
A young plant will not deliver the required gel, to benefit from the optimum amount of gel and concentrated nutrients the plant needs to be at least 4 – 5 years old.
Harvest three or four fat fleshy leaves from the base of the aloe vera plant as this is where the new growth will sprout from instead of damaging the top of the plant.
Allow the leaves to stand upright in a container for at least an hour to allow the bitter foul tasting and smelling liquid to drain out.
Wash the leaves in cold running water
Scrape off any spines from the leaf to prevent being pricked while handling the leaf.
Slice the leaf in half or even smaller pieces for ease of handling.
Using a spoon scrape out the gel like substance which is relatively slimy and discard and under that is the clear gel which is relatively solid in the inner portion of the leaf and this is the portion used in making your aloe vera gel.
Avoid removing any left over sap or yellow resin that may have remained after the draining process
Place the gel in a food processor or blender and blend till light and fluffy
Place in a dark brown or green jar to prevent discoloration by light and place in the refrigerator.
The aloe vera gel can be kept in the refrigerator for 6 – 8 months.
To prevent the gel from discoloring add a ¼ teaspoon of citric acid or vitamin C powder to the gel before refrigerating.
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