DIY Aloe Gel + Uses


I bought a medium sized aloe plant at a local farmers market a few years ago. I transferred it to a larger pot because I wanted it to flourish. It looked so puny when I put it in there. A year later, it's nearly outgrowing it's pot! I am almost tempted to split it into a few smaller pots but I am going to keep it for now. I found some awesome skincare DIYs that asked for Aloe Gel which is something you can get at a health food store. Since I had an aloe plant, I decided to make it myself. Now, you are probably asking, why didn't I just use fresh aloe? Here's the thing... I did some research and if I used fresh aloe in a DIY, it would only keep for a week. Since the recipe asked for aloe gel, I found  a DIY and found out that it will keep for 8 months!

Three simple ingredients to make this gel.

Fresh aloe all ready to go! So slimy.

My "gel" ended up more liquidy then gel like.

DIY Aloe Gel 
  • 1/2 Cup fresh aloe
  • 1/4 teaspoon vitamin C powder or ascorbic acid (this is what preserves it. I also found mine at my local Whole Foods. I got the Whole Foods brand and got it for almost half the price!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil
Place all ingredients in a blender or a food processor and mix thoroughly. Transfer to an air tight container and keep in refrigerator.

Aloe has one very obvious use which was the only use I only knew of, which is for sunburns. Now, I do not burn, I have tried to burn in Costa Rica but that didn't work out too well. So I sought out some uses for Aloe Gel because now I have it for 8 months and need to find uses for it!

  1. You can actually put this gel in an ice cube try and have a nice cooling aloe ice cube to rub on yourself when you do get a sunburn. I imagine this feeling nice. 
  2. Make your own hand sanitizer! Mix 1/4 Cup aloe gel, 2 Tablespoons alcohol, and 10 drops of essential oil. Put it in a small spray bottle. The alcohol will kill those darn germs and the aloe will soothe your skin.1
  3.  Treat minor burns with your aloe gel. Perfect for kitchen accidents since I keep my gel in the fridge. 2
  4. Use as an eye brow gel. Dip a clean mascara wand in your gel and sweep over brows.1 I wish I knew this before I bought some clear gel for my brows. Darn it. 
  5. Put your aloe gel on those annoying rashes.2
  6. Lather it on a bug bite to help with the stinging and itching. 2
  7. Grow your eyebrows faster by putting 1 part aloe gel and 1 part castor oil on brows.1 
  8. Add some brown sugar to your aloe gel to make a nice scrub for your body. 1
  9.  Use your aloe gel as a make up remover. 2
  10. Add 1 teaspoon of almond milk and 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice to 1 Tablespoon of aloe gel to create a face wash. This is great for sensitive skin, breakouts, and rosacea. 1

Courtesy of (1) Prevention, (2) How Stuff Works,
Original Recipe of Aloe Gel

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