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The Magical Aloe Vera

November 14, 2010
aloe vera plant

The aloe vera plant thrives, even inthe dark cold North

I think aloe vera must have been the first natural skin care product I came in contact with. The year was 1998 (or something in the lines thereof), and Hilda, 10, is on holiday in the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands is one of the places where aloe vera is grown, and it was sold as one of the main tourist souvenirs – alongside Canary Islands bath towels, hats, watches, shot glasses and Buddha statues(?!?). I remember thinking there was something almost magical about the plant, that could help so many issues.

And well, I guess  was right. How on earth can one single ingredient really help you with acne, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, removing old scars, irritated skin, warts, cuts and bruises, insect bites, sun-burn, hemmoroids. That soothes, cools, calms, softens and tightens? And when taken internally helps gastric ulcer, hangover, constipation and kidney stone. Well, there really is.

GROWING ALOE VERA AND MAKING ALOE VERA GEL

Growing your own aloe vera is really easy. It doesn’t take all too much watering and it grows like crazy! When I bought my plant (the picture to your right)  less than a year ago it was about a third of it’s current size. Aparently it’s also really easy to clone – you just have to take one of the leaves and stick it into earth and it will start sprouting roots of it’s own (though I haven’t tried that).

When you have your own aloe vera plant, preparing your own homemade, fresh aloe vera gel or juice is really easy. Because I have a new camera to play around with, I will provide you with pictures of this long and demanding process (noot!) just to make sure that you don’t mess it up.

cut up the aloe vera into pieces

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.

 

throw the leaves into a mixer2. Run the aloe vera in a mixer or food processor until you have a smooth gel.

and voilá! homemade aloe vera gel

3. If you want a juice and not a gel, run through a muslin cloth a couple of times. 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). That’s why I always make very small amounts, like one or two leaves at a time.

 

Use the gel on face and body as such against all the problems mentioned earlier. Or use as a base in a recipe.
If you’re going to drink it, the juice might be nicer. My own favourite use for the aloe vera gel is as a lightweight hair gel.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 14, 2010 18:01

    I use aloe vera with great results in treating acne and wounds. I also love using it in my homemade creams it amazingly hydrates and tightens the skin, by the way aloe vera has powerful antioxidant properties.

  2. November 17, 2010 17:08

    I use aloe vera gel straight from the leaf on my hair as a conditioner. If you scoop out the gel using a spoon or knife, massage that gel nicely into your scalp and apply the remaining on your hair. Yes, it is a very messy process. But, you will get fabulous results. I prefer to do this routine 2-3 hours before my sleep so that the gel gets absorbed nicely at night. Hair is softer and this also helps in hair growth.

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