Last Updated on September 2, 2022
Learn how to make homemade aloe vera gel in just 10 minutes. Keep the chilled DIY aloe vera gel for burns, moisturizing your skin, and cooling you down.
We will explain how to make aloe vera gel, as well as how to use it. It helps take the edge off of the pain from burns but can also be used to keep your skin fresh and moisturized. Plus, it can be used as a hair conditioner and so much more!
home made aloe vera gel
Funny story: I made this fabulous broccoli and cheese soup.
It was a gloomy, gray day; so I thought I’d pop outside to take a picture and absorb as much natural light as I could. After shooting outside, the soup got cold. And, no one wants cold soup on a chilly, grim day.
Being at work, I placed it in the microwave for a quick reheat.
Unfortunately, I dropped that now piping hot soup everywhere. It made a HUGE mess and led to a second-degree burn on my arm.
Thus began the great aloe vera experiment. I have an aloe plant I’m quite fond of named, Hal.
making aloe vera gel
Of course, I could have snapped a leaf and used the leaf to treat my burn. But, I didn’t want to be consistently cutting up my aloe vera plant.
Plus, there are tons of uses for aloe vera gel I want to try: conditioner, cleanser, hair texturizer, body scrubs, eyeliner, salves, etc.
When you google making your own beauty products, a lot of them call for aloe gel.
But, a lot of the aloe gels I’ve seen on the market are more gel than aloe.
That thick gel consistency of store-bought isn’t natural but rather comes with a laundry list of mixed chemicals for filler, viscosity, and preserving.
And, making your own DIY aloe vera gel is SO EASY!
how to make aloe vera gel:
- 1 Aloe Vera Leaf (Roughly 14″ long)
- 1 Teaspoon of Vitamin E (optional)
Trim one leaf of an aloe vera plant using a diagonal cut. I used a leaf roughly 14″ long, about the size pictured below.
Peel one side of the leaf with a vegetable peeler or use a knife very carefully. Start at the top of the leaf and work your way down.
There may be some yellowish liquid that will drain out first; you don’t want to use that.
When making the aloe vera gel, you want the clear aloe vera goop (technical term) that should be exposed.
Use a spoon to scrape all of that clear goodness into the base of a blender.
Add 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil. Puree. This should break up the goop and make it easier for topical application.
If you don’t have enough goop to coat the blades of your blender you will need to use another leaf. I have a small blender base, and it just barely covered the blades.
I have a video at the bottom of my mouthwash post that will show you how to get the goop!
The anti-inflammatory properties will help heal 1st and 2nd degree burns, as well as sunburns.
While it won’t heal scarring, it will moisturize the area. It also has powerful antioxidants which aid in skin rejuvenation and work as a natural preservative.
how to use homemade aloe vera gel
You can simply rub the homemade aloe vera gel on your burn gently. Or you can apply a lot and tie a cotton tea towel around your burn to let it really soak in.
frequently asked questions
how long does DIY aloe vera gel last?
The DIY aloe vera gel keeps for 2-3 weeks in the fridge.
why add vitamin E when making aloe vera gel?
While it’s completely optional, adding vitamin E when you are making aloe vera gel serves as a natural preservative for the homemade aloe vera gel. Plus, it’s another ingredient that helps heal cuts and burns.
can I use homemade aloe vera gel on blisters and cuts?
Yep, adding a little bit of aloe vera gel to your cuts and blisters helps them heal faster (or at least helps them feel better). Homemade aloe vera gel is not just for burns and sunburns!
Do you have an aloe vera plant? What homemade remedies have you used?