How to cut Aloe Vera and make Aloe Vera Gel

How to cut Aloe Vera and make Aloe Vera Gel?

Aloe vera, as you may know, is a miracle product and has MANY uses.

The most useful bit is the inside “gel” which can be used on your skin or taken inside (blended into juices or added to smoothies).

If you are lucky to live in a country like Spain, where aloe vera grows like weeds, please take full advantage!!

In many places, it’s so easily accessible and so easy to use.

When I lived in London, I actually grew aloe vera on my tiny balcony, so unless you live in Siberia you really have no excuse now to have an aloe vera plant.

If you do not have your Aloe Vera, you can buy 100% pure aloe vera gel here!

Here are a few uses for aloe vera:

  • Cut the leaf in half and rub it on cuts, wounds, and burns as a “first aid”  (Aloe Vera First Aid for your skin)
  • Great for sunburns
  • It helps in cell growth and skin rejuvenation (it’s also a great moisturizer)
  • It’s anti-fungal and an antioxidant (apparently helps to combat mouth candidiasis, according to scientists)
  • Cures blisters, insect bites, allergic reactions, eczema, inflammations and psoriasis
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps with curing acne (Benefits of aloe vera for facial skin)
  • People keep asking me where vegans get vitamin B12 from, well guess what, aloe vera has vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, and E!
  • It also contains potassium, magnesium, iron, sodium, calcium, copper, zinc, chromium and manganese – drinking aloe vera juice daily could really lift your immune system!
  • Drinking it helps reduce blood sugar levels and is used for diabetics
  • Helps relieve heartburn and acts as a laxative
  • Promotes healthy gums and teeth
  • Helps combat common illnesses, such as colds
  • And lots more!!

For topical use, you can just cut the leaf in half, sideways, and rub it on your skin.

However, why waste it, why not get the gel out to put into your smoothie AND use the sides to rub on your skin?

This is how to go about getting the gel. It may seem a little tricky at first, but you get the hang of it quite fast, I promise!

How to cut Aloe Vera and make Aloe Vera Gel

Step 1: Cut the sides and the tip of the aloe vera (the cut tip should be the width of your finger, more or less, its too much hassle to fiddle with otherwise).

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Step 2: Using a mandoline, a vegetable peeler or a knife, cut off the “inside” layer.

Don’t worry if it doesn’t work perfectly right away, it takes time and practice to get it right.

Tip: When you cut off the first two centimeters, hold on to the already cut bit of skin, not the gel underneath to slide the mandoline further, this somehow grips better (I found it to be a BIG difference).

How to cut and what to do with aloe vera

Step 3: This step can be a little tricky, you can use a mandoline, a or a knife to cut this bit. Some people use a spoon to scrape off the gel, but I prefer not to as it gets messy and leaves a lot of the good stuff behind.

Personally, I use a mandoline to cut the middle, then a sharp knife to do the sides.

Tip: DON’T throw these peels away, whilst you’re at it, give your face and hands some loving with a fresh aloe vera mask!

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Step 4: You will now get a lovely bit of clean aloe vera gel. You can use it as it is straight in your smoothies (maybe an inch long or so) or you can blend it.

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Step 5: If you choose to blend it, you really only need a blender.

You don’t even need to add water (unless you wish to).

You can use this to add to smoothies or simply into your water with some lemon (great for detoxing!)

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Step 6: ENJOY and be healthy ?

The juice (or clean gel) will keep in the fridge for over a week. If you want to drink it straight up but don’t like the taste, you can add some lemon and/or honey to it.

This is especially useful when you have the flu!!

Now if you don’t have access to fresh aloe vera, you can actually buy 100% pure Forever Living aloe vera gel here!

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of using fresh aloe vera but still want some of the benefits, here are a few aloe vera products you may like:

Aloe Vera Gel

Forever Aloe Vera First

Aloe Vera C9 Detox program

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