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How To Make Your Own Aloe Vera Gel

DIY aloe vera gelA couple of years back, I wrote about how to make your own aloe vera gel from aloe vera leaves. In this tutorial, I used the leaves as they are, just cut them up and put them in a food processor. But there’s a couple of problems with doing it this way. First of all, you will still have som green larger pieces in your gel, which doesn’t work very well if you want to use it as a hair gel or as an ingredient in lotion etc. To make this work, you would have to strain the gel to get the larger pieces out. Secondly, there are some who claim that the green part of the leaf shouldn’t be used and can in fact be toxic. In any case, the green parts of the leaf doesn’t really do much good, it’s the gelly substance on the inside that we want.

I’ve been aware of this, but haven’t really found a good way to get the gel out of the leaf. In many instructions, they just say that you should press the gel out, but that hasn’t worked for me at all. The other option was to cut the green parts out with a knife, but then there are till lots of gel left on the green parts that are wasted. But the other day, I found a really effective way of getting the gel out.

how to get the gel out of you aloe vera leafThe solution is actually very very simple. All you need is a potato peeler and a spoon.

First, cut off a large leaf using scissors or a sharp knife. Leave the leaf to stand in a glass or similar for a little while to get rid of any possible yellow gel. Then, take out your potato peeler. What I did was I used a potato peeler to peel off one side of the leaf, leaving one side still with the green parts on (if the leaf is slightly bent, I found it better to peel of the side that is more straight). Then I simply scraped out the gel. I found that using this cheap melon seeder from IKEA was the most effective method but a teaspoon worked basically just as well (also it felt good to actually use the stupid melon seeder for something).

how to get the gel out of you aloe vera leaf mixing aloe vera gel

When you have all the gel you want, run it in a food processor, and you’re done! I added a few drops of grape seed extract to prolong the shelf life, but even with the extract I don’t think the shelf life will be more than a couple of weeks if refrigerated, to make it properly preserved you’d need some other preservative.

Also, you might have noticed that my gel is pink. I have no idea why it is so. Sometimes it’s clear, but this time it turned out very bright pink. Either color is totally fine.

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10 Comments

  1. Bottle blonde

    I’ve read that you can cut out the solid jelly part inside the leaf and that it needs to be rinsed under water because the green liquid jelly doesn’t supposedly do you any good.

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  3. Tsanislava

    Thank you, for this recipe! I have a question- what kind of aloe vera plant do you have? There are different aloe vera plants and I don’t know which one is suitable for cosmetic use or are all of them? And can I actually drink this kind of aloe very gel or it’s not for internal use? Thank you!

    1. hilda

      Hi Tsanislava! The plant is called Aloe Barbadensis, and all plants that look like the one on the pictures in this post are of that variety and safe for cosmetic use. Maybe the pictures in this aloe vera post are a bit better. The other aloe plants that are not aloe barbadensis have no medicinal effect.
      About drinking it … You probably could, but you’d have to make sure that there are no parts left of the dark green leaf in the gel, as it’s not really good to ingest that. I have never tried it though. Also I don’t know how nice it is to drink gel, maybe you should strain it and try to make a juice out of it.

      1. Tsanislava

        Thank you, Hilda! I was looking for this answer for a few days and you explain it really nice! I found your page today and I’m really happy to find some treasures in it! Wish you all the best!

  4. Bonnie

    I’ve used aloe gel for years. This was the first time I cut into a new plant and the sap was pink/red….I was shocked. I feel better knowing someone else has the same thing. I’ve been using it successfully on my skin though I must say I was a bit leery at first.

  5. brun franz

    I have removed the gel from my aloe a leaves, about 4 cups, and put it into the fridge. Its now about 3 weeks since I put the gel into the fridge, I am using it daily. However, today when I moved the gel from the fridge for using it on my face, all the gel has turned into pink, I am puzzled…. Can I still use it or would it be dangerous to apply it to my face/skin?? Can you pls let me know what I should do!
    Thank you very much for your assistance in this matter
    Franz

  6. brun franz

    I have removed the gel from my aloe a leaves, about 4 cups, and put it into the fridge. Its now about 3 weeks since I put the gel into the fridge, I am using it daily. However, today when I moved the gel from the fridge for using it on my face, all the gel has turned into pink, I am puzzled…. Can I still use it or would it be dangerous to apply it to my face/skin?? Can you pls let me know what I should do!
    Thank you very much for your assistance in this matter
    Franz

    1. hilda

      Hey! Yeah, like you can see in my pictures, my gel was pink too. It’s completely fine, but 3 weeks is starting to be quite a long time to store the gel. I would say a couple of weeks is safe, but after that, smell the gel and see if it seems funky. If it smells like it did before, it’s probably fine. I usually just trust my own insticts. If something starts behaving, looking or smelling oddly then I usually don’t use it any more.

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