Adapted from Wikihow
- 2-3 large aloe leaves*
- 500mg powdered vitamin C or 400 IU vitamin E for every ¼ cup gel
*Aloe vera is perishable, best to make small amounts at a time.
- Wash hands and clean tools so gel doesn’t get contaminated.
- With a sharp knife, slice off 2-3 outer, mature leaves. Do not cut off too much as it could damage the plant.
- Place leaves upright in a cup for 10 minutes so dark yellow resin drains out.
- Carefully peel away one side of the green portion of the leaves with a peeler, leaving a canoe-shaped half filled with gel. Cut larger leaves into smaller pieces before peeling.
- Scoop the gel out with a spoon and transfer into a clean bowl.
- Add the vitamin C or vitamin E to preserve.
- Blend with hand held blender. Gel will become foamy.
- Transfer to a sterilized, clean glass jar.
- With preservative, the gel will keep for several months in the refrigerator. Without, it will keep for a week or two.
- Apply to sunburns, surface burns, or use as a skin moisturizer or ingredient in homemade body products.
- Never use aloe vera gel on deep cuts or blistered skin as it can prevent them from healing properly.
- Blend 1/2 cup aloe with 1/4 cup melted coconut oil to make a healing, moisturizing massage lotion