How to Make Pure Aloe Vera Gel at Home
Aloe vera gel is known for its excellent ability to penetrate and rehydrate human skin. It also has positive effects on acne, can be used to treat sunburns, and may aid in the regeneration of hair follicles. While I haven't attempted to use Aloe gel for this last purpose, I can say with certainty that it has had a great effect on my skin, made me look and feel rejuvenated, and helped me soothe itchy rashes and mosquito bites. I've also used it to get rid of annoying sleep lines in a matter of minutes. During the heat of summer, nothing beats getting the cold gel out of the fridge and using it as a relaxing face mask.
The primary advantage of making your own Aloe vera gel at home (aside from saving money) is that you can be absolutely sure about what is in it. Many commercial products contain artificial ingredients or lower concentrations of Aloe. Follow the recipe below to make your own pure Aloe gel at home. It only takes about ten minutes, and the gel lasts about two months if refrigerated.
- 2–3 Aloe vera leaves, fresh
- 1 vitamin E capsule
- 1 vitamin C pill
- 1 tablespoon rosewater, bottled
- kitchen blender
- sharp knife
- If you don’t have an Aloe plant at home, you can purchase cut and packed leaves in many supermarkets and health food stores. I personally recommend growing your own plant at home. It is an extremely resistant and easy-to-grow species that requires only a warm, half-sunny spot and a watering every few days. Only by growing your own plant can you be 100 percent sure that you are using a pesticide-free product.
- Before handling the aloe leaves, make sure you have washed your hands well. This will help your finished gel stay fresh longer.
- I purchase the vitamins I use in this recipe at a regular pharmacy. The capsule I use contains 400 mg of vitamin E and the pill I use contains 500 mg of vitamin C.
- If you can’t find rosewater in your normal supermarket, try a local Asian, Iranian, or Indian shop—you should be able to find it there.
- This recipe yields a very small amount of product, as I prefer to make my gel fresh every other week. You can, of course, make a larger amount if you prefer—just add more Aloe, vitamins C and E, and rosewater.
Once you've gathered everything you need, follow these five steps to create your own pure Aloe gel in just a few minutes. Process photos are included with each step to help you follow along.
Pick out two to three healthy-looking leaves on a fresh Aloe vera plant. Cut each of your selected leaves with a sharp knife about an inch above where they meet the stem. The yellow liquid that comes out of the cut tissue can irritate your skin, so be sure to wash the cut leaves well before processing them further.
Cut along the edge of the leaf and carefully lift it up like a lid. You can then scratch the contents out easily using a teaspoon. Scrape the gel material from the inside of each leaf directly into your blender. If small pieces of leaf tissue (green chunks in your otherwise clear gel) fall into the blender, just remove them with a clean spoon before adding the other ingredients. Make sure the unprocessed Aloe vera gel is clear and not discolored. If it does not look clear, dispose of it and try a fresh leaf.
Once you've finished scraping your leaves, add the contents of one vitamin E capsule into the blender. Discard the capsule itself. The vitamin E will enhance the positive effects of the Aloe gel on your skin. Next, crush one vitamin C pill into a powder and add it to the blender—this will help preserve your gel so that it has a longer shelf-life.
Add about 1 tbsp of rosewater into the blender—you can adjust this amount depending on how intense a scent you want your finished gel to have. The rosewater serves simply to enhance the scent, as the pure gel can have a grassy and slightly unpleasant smell. Feel free to try other scents and share your results with the community in the comments below.
Blend the mix for only a few seconds at a time—try to avoid making it too watery. Your pure, homemade Aloe vera gel is now ready and can be scooped into any clean, airtight container. Glass containers like jars are ideal. You can now keep your gel for about two months in the fridge.
Have you experienced the positive effects of Aloe vera gel on your skin?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.