Lets say you want to go fully natural, and you don’t want to use a store bought Aloe Vera sunburn treatment. The million-dollar question for you then is this; how do you get this 'miracle' Gel straight from the Aloe Vera plant?
How to Make Aloe Vera Gel- The Quick Way!
There are a thousand and one different ways to make your own Aloe Vera Gel. Here is one of the simplest and easiest methods I have found to extract the gel from the aloe leaf:
Cut away an Aloe leaf from the base of the plant (about an inch from the main part of the plant).
Remove the tip of the leaf.
You might see the yellowy color latex (sap) liquid coming out from the ends of the leaf. Dont freak out about that ( its normal). Dont try drinking/eating the latex as it can have a laxative effect on you.
Get yourself a decent vegetable peeler and put the leaf underside up on a chopping board. From there use the peeler as if you’re peeling a potato and peel one side of the Aloe leaf. If you only have small leaves, you can forget the peeling and just cut the leaf in half.
You can then try and peel the spiked sides of the Aloe leaf. I tend to use a decent sharp knife and trim off the spiked sides of the leaf.
After the edges have been removed you can place the aloe fillet in a bucket of water to help remove the Aloe latex even more. That is generally only important to do if you’re going to ingest the Aloe Gel.
This will leave you an Aloe Gel fillet attached to one side of the leaf. What you should then do is use a knife or spoon and fillet the Aloe Vera Gel off the rest of the leaf. This is done by running the blade underneath the gel and closest to the leaf (like filleting a fish).
If you’re feeling lazy like I sometimes am, I will just split a leaf lengthways and pull it apart and dab the aloe liquid/gel directly on the affected area / sunburn area.
Aloe Vera Gel pieces in a bowl
You can place Aloe Ver Gel into an airtight container and put it into the fridge. That will last a few days.
Be aware some people find the smell of aloe a bit strange to deal with. You get used to it though.
Mix the Aloe up using an electric mixer. Remember you can add other cool ingredients to this gel such as:
The insides of 1-2 vitamin e capsules
A few drops of essential oil ( Rose, Lemon etc ).
Or some coconut/almond/apricot oil
Coco or Shea butter
and the list of things you can add is endless.... What ever you use make it natural. The beauty of Aloe Vera is that it complements other ingredients so well. Saying that you just might want to use it 'Au Naturel', and that is great as well.
The 'home made' Aloe Vera Gel will be runnier than store bought Aloe Vera Gel.
Store the gel in the fridge in an airtight bottle ( up to a week)☺.