How To Make Aloe Vera Gel At Home? Homemade Fresh Aloe Vera Gel

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How to Make Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera gel is one of nature's great healers. It can be used to treat sunburn, moisturize skin and soothe irritation. To make your own, all you need is a healthy aloe plant. Aloe vera gel can be mixed with other ingredients to help preserve it for more than a few days.


  • Aloe leaf
  • Optional: 500mg powdered Vitamin C or 400 IU vitamin E (for every 1/2 cup of gel)


  1. Wash your hands.It's important to start with clean hands and use clean tools to make sure the gel doesn't get contaminated.
  2. Slice off an outer leaf of an aloe plant.The outer leaves are more likely to be mature. They'll contain plenty of fresh, healthy gel. Look for leaves around the outside of the plant, with bases growing close to the ground. Use a sharp knife to make a clean cut near the base.
    • Since aloe vera gel is perishable, it's best not to make a huge batch at once, unless you plan to give some away. Cutting off just a leaf or two, especially if they're large, should be sufficient to make 1/2 to 1 cup of gel.
    • If your plant is young, be especially careful not to cut off too much at once. Cutting off all of the outer leaves could damage the plant.
  3. Drain the resin for 10 minutes.Place the leaves upright in a cup to let the dark yellow resin drain out. The resin contains latex, which can be slightly irritating to skin. It's best to drain it out so it won't get into your gel.
  4. Peel the leaves.Use a vegetable peeler to carefully peel away the green portion of the leaves.Be sure to cut through the inner white layer to the gel underneath. Peel off all of the skin on once side of the each leaf, leaving a canoe-shaped half filled with gel.
    • If you have large leaves, it may be helpful to cut them into smaller pieces before peeling.
    • Discard the skin as you go so it won't get mixed in with your gel.
  5. Scoop the gel out with a spoon or knife.The clear, soft gel is easily scoopable. Scoop it all out into a clean bowl until there's nothing left in the leaf half.
  6. Consider mixing the gel with a natural preservative.If you have a lot of gel and you want it to keep for a month or two, mix in 500mg powdered Vitamin C or 400 IU vitamin E for every 1/4 cup of gel you have. Place the ingredients together in a blender and blend well. The gel will look foamy at first.
  7. Place the gel in a sterilized, clean glass jar.If you used the preservative, the gel will keep for several months in the refrigerator. Without it, it will keep for a week or two.
  8. Use the gel.Apply it to sunburns or other minor, surface burns. Aloe can also be used as a skin moisturizer or an ingredient in homemade body products.
    • Never use aloe vera gel on deep cuts or blistered skin. It should only be used on surface skin irritation, since it can prevent deep cuts from healing properly.
    • Try blending 1/2 cup aloe with 1/4 cup melted coconut oil to make a healing, moisturizing massage lotion.
    • Learn how to grow an aloe plant so you'll be able to make a batch of gel whenever you want.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Where can I buy aloe gel?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Any drug store will carry it.
  • Question
    Can I use aloe gel in my hair?
    Ajeng Kusumastuti
    Community Answer
    Yes, you can. Sometimes I'll use it as a sleeping hair mask. It make my scalp less oily and itchy, and my hair softer and easier to comb.
  • Question
    Can I use any other vitamins instead of C and E?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    The vitamins C and E are beneficial to the skin. Others, when added, may not have the desired effect, therefore it's not recommended.
  • Question
    How long does the Aloe Vera/Coconut oil mix keep if refrigerated?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    If refrigerated, it will keep for about 2 months. However, if frozen, it can last up to a year.
  • Question
    How long will this gel last?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    If the gel is mixed with preservative, it can be last for about 2 months. Keeping in the refrigerator will help it last longer. If the Aloe Vera gel starts to look, taste, or smell strange at any point, throw it out.
  • Question
    Can I make the gel without the vitamin C?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, but it will only last about 2 weeks in the fridge. If you add the vitamin C, however, it can last up to 2 months.
  • Question
    Can this be stored in the freezer?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, it can be stored in the freezer. It should keep for at least a year.
  • Question
    Can I apply the aloe vera directly from the plant onto my skin?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can, but not draining the aloe vera first could result in some skin irritation from the resin.
  • Question
    Can I use lemon juice as preservative?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, lemon juice contains vitamin C and other beneficial components which are a good combination for skin irritation. That's a good option.
  • Question
    Can I eat Aloe Vera gel?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes. You can scoop the gel from each leaf, and eat it as it is. You can also blend it with some water, and drink it as a juice instead.
Unanswered Questions
  • How can I make aloe gel from a commercial aloe juice?
  • Can mix the gel with carrot oil and avocado oil and Shea butter?
  • How do I make tea tree gel?
  • Can I use vitamin c tablet, or how do I get powder vitamin c
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  • In place of vitamin C powder, you can crush a vitamin C pill and stir it in. A few drops of grapefruit extract will also do the trick.
  • Vitamins A and C are antioxidants, not natural preservatives. Even in the refrigerator, harmful microbes will form within 3-7 days.
  • Don’t rush. Let the yellow stuff drain properly before moving on to the next step.


  • Aloe may be consumed orally but never consume too much; it has a laxative effect.
  • Wear gloves while handling aloe if you're sensitive to the latex.

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To make aloe vera gel, start by cutting off a couple of the outer leaves onan aloe vera plant. Then, place the leaves in a cup so the cut ends are down, which will let any irritating yellow resin in them drain out. Next, peel the skin off 1 side of each leaf using a vegetable peeler. Finally, scoop the gel out of the leaves and into a bowl using a spoon. You can use your aloe vera gel right away, or store it in a jar to use later!

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