How to Extract Aloe Vera Gel from the Leaf

how to extract the gel from aloe vera

How to extract the gel from an aloe vera plant using the easiest possible method.

Aloe vera gel has some of the most diverse uses out of any plant, from treating burns to helping with constipation. It’s one of the most common ingredients found in many of my homemade DIY products, and best of all, it can be grown right at home in your garden!

how to extract the gel from aloe vera
how to extract the gel from aloe vera
how to extract the gel from aloe vera

Uses for Aloe Vera

Some of the many uses for aloe vera gel include:

  • As a treatment for acne scars and craters. Simply rub the aloe gel on affected areas two to three times a day. It’s a slow-acting treatment, so don’t expect to see much of a result right away. Some anecdotal reports specify that improvements were noticed after one and a half years, and only when this treatment was applied consistently, every day.
  • Rubbed into the scalp to promote hair growth
  • Blended into smoothies and juices for health-boosting benefits
  • Applied as a face mask
  • Used after the bath or shower as a moisturiser
  • Used in makeup; homemade mascara, eyeliner, etc.

I recently learnt that I’d been removing the gel from aloe leaves all wrong! I was watching Plastic Free Mermaid’s YouTube tutorial on how to extract aloe gel from the plant, and along the way I came to realise that the “correct” way to do this was not my way at all, but her way was so much easier.

So, to pass on her wisdom, here’s how to remove the gel from an aloe vera leaf properly.

Before we get started in learning how to extract aloe gel from the leaf – if you like what you’re seeing, subscribe to my email newsletter at the bottom of the page to keep up to date on the latest recipes, DIYs, gardening and health tips I share!!

how to extract the gel from aloe vera
how to extract the gel from aloe vera

Extracting Aloe Vera Gel from the Leaf

1. Choose Your Aloe Leaf.

When picking the leaves opt for the outermost ones – choose the oldest and largest of the leaves to use.

2. Clean Away the Yellow Liquid.

You may notice after cutting the leaf from the plant that there is a yellow liquid oozing from the cut. This is a sap called aloe latex and it’s not actually part of the aloe vera gel, which you’ll see is clear. Aloe latex contains laxative properties. To stop the liquid from oozing everywhere, point the leaf vertically with the cut facing down, and leave it sitting in a bowl to allow the liquid to drain.

3. Cut Away the Top Section of the Leaf.

Towards the top end of the leaf, it starts to becomes much thinner. Rather than spending time fiddling with this tiny amount of gel, trying to extract every last bit, cut this portion off and compost it.

4. Cut Away the Spikes.

Remove the spikey edges on either side of the leaf by carefully sliding the knife along the edge of the leaf, keeping your hands a safe distance away. Cut as close to the spikes as possible to avoid losing some of the gel in the process.

how to extract the gel from aloe vera
how to extract the gel from aloe vera

5. Remove the Top and Bottom Leaf ‘Skin’ Layers.

The leaves have a flat side, and a curved side. Begin with the flat side. Lay your leaf flat on a cutting board and carefully slice away the skin of the aloe vera leaf, pushing your knife down into the chopping board as you slide it along the bottom, while also pushing the top of the leaf down onto the knife to make it as flat as possible. Your knife should be in between the gel and the green skin. Repeat on other side.

6. Making the Gel.

At this point, you should have slabs of clear gel. If you notice any bits of leaf left on them, cut it away. The aloe vera gel can be used as is, or it can be blended up to break down its fibrous structure. Simply pop the gel pieces into a blender and blitz until frothy and liquified; this should only take a few seconds. The gel will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week, or freeze into ice cubes and keep for up to 6 months.

how to extract the gel from aloe vera
how to extract the gel from aloe vera

Aloe Vera for Skin Care

Aloe gel can be rubbed into skin straight from the plant, or the gel can be blended up with a little water and frozen into some popsicle moulds or ice cubes for easy application. This gel can help to clear up acne scars, pimples and dark spots, and improve skin’s overall complexion when used consistently overtime. Aloe is a slow-acting treatment, so results in skin health are seen over the long-term.

aloe vera skincare recipes
aloe vera skincare recipes
aloe vera skincare recipes

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. I am not a doctor. All opinions expressed are my own personal thoughts and feelings of the products mentioned. Check with your doctor or health practitioner if you are uncertain about trying out any of the products, recipes or tips mentioned in this post.

Have you used aloe vera before? What did you think of it? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa

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