All About Aloe Vera

May 23, 2018

 

Aloe is a plant that has been around for thousands of years dating back to ancient Egypt where it was known as the plant of eternity. They used aloe in their every day skin & beauty routine. The moisturizing benefits that the aloe plant provides are well worth the minimal effort that it takes to make your own Aloe Gel! 

 

{I personally use aloe gel as a hair conditioning agent and to soothe skin irritation.}

 

what you need : 

 

        Ingredients 

          Aloe leaf – find at your local whole foods/ fresh thyme in the produce                section 

           2 TBS Aloe Vera juice 

 

         Materials 

            Muslin bag/ cheese cloth 

            Cutting Board 

            Knife 

            Food Processor 

 

how to: 

 

On your next trip to your local Whole Foods or Fresh Thyme to snag an aloe leaf from the produce section. Store in a cool dry place until you are ready to use it. 

 

 

 

Once you are ready to make your Aloe Gel start by slicing off  the base and tip of the leaf. 

 

 

Next slice the aloe leaf into 3 sections creating 3 pieces of  aloe 

 

Cut off the sharp edges of the aloe plant 

 

Carefully cut off the top and bottom of the aloe plant leaving  just the gel behind. ( Ideally you want to cut off all pieces of  green)  *Take extra care when slicing the leaf off of the gel it  can get very slippery 

 

 

Cut the gel into cubes and set it aside

 

 

 

Measure out 2 tbs off aloe vera juice and add both the aloe vera  juice and the cubes of gel to the food processor and pulse the  mixture until frothy bubbles have formed on the top ( 30 – 45  seconds) 

 

 

Add the processed mixture to the muslin bag and squeeze to  strain all of the liquid from the left over chunks of aloe. 

 

 

Once all liquid has been removed pour gel into a reusable bottle  and store in the fridge for up to two weeks! 

 

 

aloe gel uses

 

 

hair. 

promotes hair growth, eliminates dandruff, and reduces frizz : use as a conditioner before you wash your hair. Apply generous amounts of gel from root to tip and detangle hair in the process. Let set for 6-12 hours and shampoo and condition hair as you would normally do. The aloe gel leaves you with a nourished scalp and moisturized locks.  

 

skin. 

Soothes sunburn and razor burn 

Moisturizes dry skin: mix 2 tsp of aloe vera gel and add ½ tsp of sweet almond oil and apply to dry area of skin 

Reduces acne: Combine 2 tbs of aloe vera gel and 1 tbs of lemon juice. Clean face and apply gel and lemon juice mixture. Thoroughly massage on to your face. Keep it on face for 15-20 minutes and rinse off with cold water. Repeat the process 2 times a week to keep the acne away! 

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