How to harvest Aloe vera gel at home

You can extract gel from Aloe vera all by yourself and reap benefit from the countless uses and properties the plant has: here’s how to harvest Aloe vera gel at home.

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By Edward Campbell

when and how to harvest aloe vera

The Aloe Vera plant is a natural remedy for bug bites, burns, scratches, minor cuts and many others, the gel it produces is a cure-all for our skin and our wallets!

The plant has specific properties making it perfect for treatment of other problems and disorders. Use is recommended for people suffering from irritable bowel disorders, constipation or acid reflux, even alkalizing the body and counterbalancing all the diet plans, particarly the acidic ones. Having antioxidant properties it’s useful to lower the risk of strokes and heart attacks, as well as a natural treatment for cancer, particularly colorectal.

Aloe vera seems to have an important anti-inflammatory role throughout the intestinal tract.
The plant is useful also in oxidizing blood, balancing blood pressure, lowering triglycerides, producing even better and more durable cardiovascular vitality and endurance. Aloe vera is a plant that can be grown indoors, but do you know how extract the gel by yourself?

How to harvest aloe vera gel at home – Step by Step instrucions

Here is what we have to do:

  • When the plant reaches maturity, pick a leaf and cut with a sharp blade starting from the base going up. Bring a food box or a utility container, we recommend the green or dark brown glass ones, protecting the contents from light.
  • Point the leaf towards the jar (or selected container) in such a way, that the liquid drains inside for a couple of minutes.
  • At this point, to clean the leaf off well and harvest the remaining solid gel inside, place it on a flat surface and cut off the thorny border, including the tip and the base, of the leaf.
  • After dividing it inwards, open it in half and continue extracting the thick gel with a spoon or a butter knife, paying attention not to take off the sap off the leaf.
  • Put the container in the fridge, and if you wish, add a drop of vitamin E and a small amount of citric acid powder, which acts like a natural preservative.

when and how to harvest aloe vera

If you don’t have the citric acid at your disposal, you could replace it with a vitamin C tablet, or even a drop of grapefruit seed extract. Store the solution in a jar with a screw-on cap.

Ready to spread the amazing gel?

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