DIY Homemade Aloe Vera Home Remedies

It is said that Alexander the Great seized Socotra in the Indian Ocean explicitly for the aloe vera which grew plentiful on the island. He wanted the plants for his many injured men.

Such was the value of aloe vera as a medicinal plant that a war was waged for it. Today, you don’t have to go far or risk your neck to reap the benefits of aloe vera. These three simple products can be made right in the comforts of your own home.

Aloe Vera Gel

The clear, colorless secretion that pours out of the aloe vera leaf when it is cut is a highly valued ingredient in many industries. It is used in the production of lotion, facial tissues, moisturizer, yogurt, desserts, soaps, shampoos, and countless other products. Aloe vera gel contains 200 different phytonutrients, 20 minerals, 18 amino acids, and 12 vitamins.

What you will need:

  • Aloe vera leaves
  • Grapefruit seed extract, coconut oil, vitamin E oil or any essential oil
  • A blender, hand mixer, or mortar and pestle
  • A strainer
  • A glass jar
  • A knife

Instructions for Making Your Aloe Vera Gel:

  • Pick some leaves from your aloe vera plant. Choose those that are in the middle and closer to the ground. Once cut, hold the leaves upright for 15 minutes until the dark resin flows out. This might cause irritation, so make sure that all of the dark stuff comes out. Don’t skip this step.
  • Wash the leaves thoroughly with clean water.
  • Cut the large leaves into smaller pieces to make it easier to peel off the skin. Once the leaves are peeled, you should be left with the gel.
  • Blend the aloe with a few drops of any of the following: grapefruit seed extract, coconut oil, vitamin E oil, or any other essential oil. You can also use a hand mixer or a mortar and pestle for this.
  • After blending, use a strainer or a sieve and strain the mixture into a glass jar. This will help separate the small fibers from your aloe gel. Cover the jar. Keep it in the fridge to extend the shelf life.

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Aloe Vera Shampoo

Take a walk down the personal care aisle in your local supermarket and you’ll find aloe vera listed as an ingredient in many of the soaps and shampoos. Aloe vera is indeed moisturizing, revitalizing, soothing, brightening, enhancing, and clarifying.

But to get the maximum beautifying effect from aloe vera, use aloe gel straight from the plant. This way, you can be assured that the aloe you’re using is pure and that there are no harmful chemicals in your shampoo/soap.

What you will need:

  • 1/4 cup of homemade aloe gel
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • A blender
  • Essential oils (optional)

Instructions for Making Your Aloe Vera Shampoo:

  • Make your own aloe vera gel with the recipe above.
  • Combine ¼ cup of your homemade aloe gel with 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Puree the mixture in a blender. If you don’t have a blender, you can mix the ingredients with a hand mixer or with a spoon and a little effort.

The resulting mixture will have a not-so-pleasant smell. You can use it on your hair as is and just rinse immediately or you can add a few drops of aromatic essential oils to it to make it smell better.

Make just the amount of natural aloe shampoo that you will need every day. Honey tends to spoil when mixed with other ingredients, so it is best to make the shampoo right before your bath.

Aloe Vera Face Pack

All-natural face packs can be used to reduce the appearance of pigmentation and blemishes, remove a tan, get glowing skin, and get rid of pimples. This aloe vera face pack can do all of the above.

What you will need:

  • Aloe vera
  • Ground turmeric
  • A teaspoon of honey
  • A teaspoon of milk
  • Rose water
  • A small bowl
  • A blender

Instructions for Making and Using Your Aloe Vera Face Pack:

  • In a small bowl, combine a pinch of ground turmeric, a teaspoon of milk, a teaspoon of honey, and a couple of drops of rose water. Mix everything with a spoon until a paste is formed.
  • Add aloe vera gel into the paste and mix well. You can use a blender to get a smoother paste.
  • Pour the face pack into a glass container.
  • To use, just dab some of the aloe vera face pack onto your face and spread evenly. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.

Keep a pot or two of aloe vera on your kitchen windowsill so you can break off a leaf any time you need one. Use it to moisturize your hands after washing and as first aid for burns and cuts. Keep it in the bathroom and other parts of the house as well. This useful little succulent is not just edible and medicinal; it is an attractive house plant too.

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