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This Instructable will show you how I (and I emphasize I) make homemade Aloe Vera Gel.

I personally use it as a moisturizer on my aging sun-kissed, exposed chest skin and neck, hoping that it will rejuvenate it over the long run and keep that part of my skin looking young.

One of the reasons I am posting this tutorial is because I know this mixture helps heal sunburns.  My husband burns easily and in a pinch, I have rubbed straight aloe vera goo from the plant on his bright red extremities.  It just works.
I have also read up on this mixture helping with eczema, but am only getting that from personal blogs around the net (mentioned in Step 4.)
There are so many uses for this gel that I know it could be used for many ailments.

I grow my own aloe vera plants.  It wasn't until this year that my mother-in-law suggested I start using the fruitful plant for an all natural sunburn healer and skin softener so I started researching the prospect of actually using the plants I grew.

The original source I used for this recipe is here: Cheryl's Delights Blog.

The recipe is spot on, I have personally used it, and I am going to share the process of making it with you.
Read on friends and enjoy.

Please remember that this post is for information only, and it is not intended to recommend treatment. ~ Thanks!

Step 1: Ingredients, Tools & Materials

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Project time:Approximately 45-minutes to 1-hour.

To make the gel, I use:
  • 1/4-cup Aloe Vera pulp
  • 1-tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4-teaspoon Vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 1/8-teaspoon citric acid (optional)

  • Food processor
  • clean container with lid

To Harvest Aloe from plant (Step 2):
  • work gloves (optional)
  • paper towels
  • spoon
  • knife
  • container to hold pulp (or measuring cup)
I use approximately six (6) (depending on size) aloe leaves ranging from four (4) to six (6) inches in length to make a generous 1/4-cup amount.
ab7271 year ago
Good and Bad Stuff. First the good stuff - This is an excellent instructable; the photos are all very good and the write-up is top notch. The Bad Stuff - I know aloe vera is a big thing to many people, I personally have a few plants growing in my house, but there is hardly any data to substantiate claims of its good properties. An year or so ago I got super excited with the aloe thing and joined the bandwagon myself. There was this aloe juice in the market and I am a pharmacist so I thought why waste all the money when I can make this stuff myself. Then I started searching for other uses of aloe vera and slowly realized that there are no peer-reviewed studies to back up the claims. I know it is super popular & it can only be so if it had some good properties but nothing has been proven. Even it's sunburn healing properties. Many people I know swear by it but all it does it provide relief, it does not improve healing time. It also does not help prevent sunburns and is in no way a substitute for sunscreen lotions. Drinking it is a waste. Applying it on skin as a moisturizer - like you do, can be a good use but the problem is it does not store well. The green gel that comes out when you cut a leaf is a strong laxative and should be used or handled with caution. It can cause allergic reaction and is contraindicated for pregnant, lactating women and in many other conditions. All in all too much hassle for too little gain.

Oh and if you are going to keep at it, which I suspect you will, then you can use a potato peeler to peel off one side of the skin and then simply scoop up the gel with a spoon. After cutting out the leaf do keep it inclined for some time so that it's yellow gel flows out.
fretted ab7271 month ago

As long as big pharma controls medicines homeopathic drugs and cures will be considered witch doctor cures and not accepted in the big pharma community aloe vera is so prevalent in the US they cant control it so its of no interest johnson and johnson and such companies produce it purely for profit of sales .

Its even good for you to drink or eat but you wont hear big pharma saying that !

yrs there is study's, they are not mediatic and pernas you can find it in a library or so. I found a book in a bookstore called aloe Vera the miracle plant.

And making a long story short , they just don't find the reason its miraculous

DeandrasCrafts (author)  ab7271 year ago
Thank you for the kind words. =)
sunnygyk8 months ago

I will try it!

daniphantom made it!8 months ago
Awesome! Hope it works!
DeandrasCrafts (author)  daniphantom8 months ago

Yay! How was it? I hope it helped whatever ailment you made it for. =)

It worked really well as a simple hand moisturizer. Unfortunately, I made more than I could use it a few days. I will definitely keep using this.
LanaS8 months ago

Thank you for this recipe. I will try adding citric acid and coconut oil. I tried using fresh aloe vera pulp for burns and for allergic rash and when i placed it on the burn it started to itch like crazy, and when I tried to use it for skin rash it made it itch so bad I had to stick my hand under the running cold water and it created more skin rash. I have many allergies so people with allergies have to be very careful when using any organic products on the broken skin. I guess it is ok to use it on healthy unbroken skin but without some sort of oil it will dry very fast forming sticky and pulling and flaking film. The key word is to use it with vitamin E oil , perhaps also vitamin C crystals or with citric acid and to keep the end product in the refrigerator in airtight dark jar. I assume home made and preservative free product is great, but it probably will not last long , probably it will have to be used and replaced within one week or less.

The best burn remedy - sour cream! (regular , not fat free). For minor burns a toothpaste works wonders as long as you place it on the burn area immediately after getting burned and let it dry and let it stay on your skin for as long as you can.

I am lacking just one thing..........the aloe vera plant. Does anyone know where I can buy aloe vera gel that is this pure? I need as pure as I can get for something I make called proxy gel. I found out the one I've been buying has formaldehyde in it. Which really was the most upsetting thing. So I truly would appreciate any info you have if you are certain it's as pure as it can be. Thank you so much. Barb


SparkySolar10 months ago

I love this instructable thank you so much

auto1314282811 months ago

I intend to make without the optional ingredients. What can I use instead of coconut oil? I'm on a budget

DeandrasCrafts (author)  auto1314282811 months ago

I really think it would depend on what you use it for. I used it for my stretch marks and coconut oil is "supposedly" one of the best things to use for stretch marks. I would suggest that extra virgin olive oil could be used as the oil portion of the mix, but I'm not sure if that would be good for sunburns. More research would be needed for olive oil on sunburns, if that is what you are making it for.

Hopefully that helps!

cancer27591 year ago

Gracias por el tutorial es muy instructivo.

Aqui en Perù se le llama Sabila,se remoja una penca u hoja en la noche ,al dia siguiente se rebanan las espinas y se da un corte en el centro y se obtiene un gel el cual se utiliza para eccemas,quemaduras,gastritis y para la preparaciòn de jarabes para la bronquitis.


DeandrasCrafts (author)  cancer27591 year ago

Mucho gracias usted!

Here in the Phoenix desert, I've been using (aloe inner gel as a drink and for skin) my crop of plants for years. Thanks for sharing this article on the benefits of aloe vera!
David Honaker
o4orsum1 year ago
Aloe vera also makes a delicious and refreshing drink- it tastes like really fresh grapes. just blend with a bit of honey or sugar and water.
sabu.dawdy1 year ago
I will try this tomorrow
solarall1 year ago
I think aloe vera has different species. The aloe vera I saw when visiting Costa Rica was different than all these pictures here. And the people use it there for burns, etc and call it aloe vera. I don't know what the differences within the gel are. They apparently all work the same.
Sickhontas1 year ago
That isnt Aloe Vera, is another variety. Here in Canary's Islands is common to use it to heal little burns, so i can say that the real Aloe Vera have longer leafs and the spikes are less sharp.

(Sorry for my bad english, Im from Spain and English isn't my native lenguage, but i hope that you can understand.)
I was thinking the same; while it looks very similar, it is not what I know of as Aloe Vera. We have a couple, and the leaves are usually 8-20" long, and only about 1" to 2" wide, with little to no spines.

The pulp appears the same, though. It might just be a regional variation on the plant...
LadySith1 year ago
I love aloe vera gel. Use it straight from the plants in my garden as a face moisturizer and scar healer. I've used it in some homemade conditioners before too. Sometimes I was forced to drink it when I had a tummy ache. Blergh!

You have my vote :)
DeandrasCrafts (author)  LadySith1 year ago
Thank you!
mostertbj1 year ago
Hi, I've experienced the relieve Aloe gives when burning yourself on a stove and/or a soldering iron,(even seen a blister disappear over night after my youngest burned her arm on a clothing iron), I use the juice strait from the leave. Even my kids ask for aloe leaves when they get a burn - no salves and such. I do have to admit we haven't had any burns breaking the skin.
do you know if there is a difference between keeping the gel warm or cold?
DeandrasCrafts (author)  alexdrew58581 year ago
The colder mixture will last longer. If you warm up the mixture, it will "go bad" faster and grow mold quicker than if it is refrigerator. My problem is that I don't like putting cold -anything on my body and I use this gel as a moisturizer. It only lasts one-week on my counter at room temperature before it grows mold. Hope that helps & thanks for reading!
dawood1 year ago
Hi, thanks for the recipe . Here are a few more tips.
1. Allow the aloe vera leaves to stand in water with the cut part down for at least one hour or over-night. This will drain off the yellow substance which has a bad smell and also not good for health.
2. Use a cucumber peeler to cut off the thorns on both sides and peel one side with the peeler. Then use a knife to scrape off the gel from the leaf.
3.You can add water to the aloe vera gel and mix it well with a fork and drink it. Add syrup or juice also according to taste.
4. The remaing gel on your hand can be used on yor hair or face or all over your arms or legs. It dries quickly. I even put some into my eyes . It reduces eye inflammation.
DeandrasCrafts (author)  dawood1 year ago
Ooh I LOVE the cucumber peeler idea!!! That is fantastic and I will try that thank you! I also put all the gel on my body - stretch marked area in particular (from baby-carrying), but I thought that was kind of gross so I didn't put it in the original post. Thanks for the tips!