Aloe vera is truly a magical plant. It works against almost anything. Aloe vera gel can be used as such to treat acne, dry skin, aging skin, eczema, psoriasis, removing old scars, irritated skin, warts, cuts and bruises, insect bites, sun-burn or hemmoroids. Just apply a small amount after washing and toning. The gel can also be used as a hair gel; just apply as you would a normal hair gel.
You can find aloe vera gel on the internet or in well stocked health shops. But even better is to get your own plant. Here’s how to turn an aloe vera leaf into a gel or juice.
When you have your own aloe vera plant, preparing your own homemade, fresh aloe vera gel or juice is really easy.
1. Remove a couple of the bigger leaves on your plant. Cut in to smaller pieces.
If you don’t want to use the dark green outer leaves, which make the mixture slightly chunkier, you have to remove it. Try cutting the leaf up on one side and cut out the “meat”, before blending. Or if yours is a bit runnier (it seems to vary a bit) you can try only squeezing the juice out of the leaf.
3. If you want a juice and not a gel, run through a muslin cloth a couple of times.
4. Pour into jar or bottle and refrigerate. Done!
Since aloe vera is mostly made of water, it will not last very long (2 weeks in the fridge, tops). So make sure you take only one or two leaves at a time.