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How to Make and Preserve Aloe vera gel at Home

Are you looking for how to preserve aloe vera gel? Aloe vera is one such medicinal herb that serves various sorts of purposes. From treating sunburns to detoxifying the body, it does all.

To get the benefits of this incredible plant, you don’t need to visit your nearby store and look for aloe vera gel. You can even make aloe vera gel at home. The process is pretty simple.

How to make Aloe vera gel at home and Preserve

How to make Aloe vera gel at home

First and foremost, put up an aloe vera plant at your home and let it grow. Aloe vera does not need too much water, but it requires a lot of sunshine.

So, try to place the plant in a corner that receives an ample amount of sunlight. Once the plant is mature enough, you can trim a leaf from the base using a knife or scissors.

Wash the leaf and allow it to rest in a cup or bowl so that its resin is drained out. After that, you can simply squeeze the leaf and extract the gel, or you can also filet it.

Fileting the leaf will give more amount of gel than squeezing. So, it’s always better to filet the leaf and extracts the entire gel out of it. Before filleting the leaf, carefully remove the serrated edges from it using a knife.

You can even remove any other rough edges from the leaf that might hurt you. Now with the help of a knife, you can peel off the leaf and then scoop out all the gel using a spoon. Once that is done, you can use a blender to liquefy the gel. This is how you can prepare your aloe vera gel.

How to Preserve Fresh Aloe vera gel

How to Preserve Aloe vera gel

Storing aloe vera gel wisely can help in increasing its shelf life. With the proper knowledge, you can use your homemade aloe vera gel for a certain long period. Let’s have a deep insight into how to preserve aloe vera gel-

1. By keeping it at a Cool Temperature

store aloe vera in fridge

Temperature is an essential factor to consider while thinking about the ways to preserve aloe vera gel. The cool temperature can effectively increase the shelf life of the gel.

Though the aloe vera plant requires a warm temperature, once the leaf is cut off, it needs a cool temperature, or else it will start decomposing.

By keeping it in the refrigerator, we make sure that the process of decomposition is slowed down, thus allowing the aloe vera gel to last for about five to six days.

The gel can even last for about five to six months if it is frozen and kept. Below mentioned are the steps of doing it–

  • Get a silicone tray and pour the aloe vera gel onto it.
  • Place it in the freezer overnight.
  • Now, when they are entirely frozen, transfer the cubes into a tightly sealed plastic bag.
  • Whenever you want to use the gel, take a cube out from the plastic bag and apply it.

2. How to Preserve Aloe vera Gel with Honey

preserve aloe vera with honey

Honey has a large amount of sugar. So, when aloe vera gel is mixed with honey, it acts as a natural preservative for the gel.

Honey works as a bactericide. Thus, the aloe vera gel can last longer using this method. Now, let’s have a look at the steps that must be followed for this method —

  • Transfer the aloe vera gel into a plastic container that has a lid.
  • Now add 1 tablespoon of honey to every one-fourth cup of aloe vera gel.
  • Mix them well.
  • Close the lid of the container and store it in the fridge.
  • This mixture can be used as a facial scrub, or a body wash.

3. How to Preserve Aloe vera Gel with Vitamin c

can i mix vitamin c with aloe vera

Blending the aloe vera gel with vitamin C is another way to preserve it. Vitamin C acts as a preservative for the gel and can easily allow the gel to last for about a month. Some of the steps that must be followed are–

  • Transfer the aloe vera gel into a blender.
  • You can easily find vitamin C tablets at your nearby pharmacy store.
  • Add 500 mg of the crushed vitamin C tablet to every 60 ml of the gel. 
  • Now, blend the gel for a few seconds, ensuring that the texture is liquefied.
  • Transfer the mixture into a plastic container.
  • Cover it with a lid and place it in the refrigerator.

Read also: How to use Aloe vera for Hair

4. How to Preserve Aloe vera Gel with Vitamin e

preserve aloe vera with vitamin e

Like vitamin C, aloe vera gel can also be blended with vitamin E to increase its shelf-life.

Moreover, this method works well when you want to use the gel for facial and hair treatments. To prepare this mixture, all you have to do is–

  • Add the aloe vera gel into a blender.
  • Add a few drops of vitamin E oil to it.
  • Blend it well.
  • Transfer it into a plastic container.
  • Cover it with a lid and put it in the fridge.

Does the Aloe vera gel Expire?

The number of days your aloe vera gel will last depends on the way you are storing it. If you add preservatives to the aloe vera gel, then the gel’s shelf life gets extended. Without preservatives, the aloe vera gel gets decomposed.

The store-bought aloe vera gel has preservatives, and thus it lasts long. But the homemade aloe vera gel, when left at room temperature, lasts only for a day or so, and it can even last for 5-7 days if refrigerated.

See also: How to use Aloe vera for Hair

Aloe vera gel precautions

Aloe vera gel certainly has numerous benefits. But before applying it or consuming it, we must keep specific points in mind.

First of all, before extracting the gel out of its leaf, the leaf must be washed well. Also, aloe vera has a strong latex called aloin that might irritate the skin. So, after the leaf is cut off, the leaf should be allowed to rest vertically. It will drain off the excess aloin from it.

Aloe vera gel must not be used regularly on the skin. It should be used after certain intervals. And before consuming the aloe vera gel internally, it is essential to consult a doctor.

Also, if you find any reactions on your body after applying aloe vera, you must stop then and there.

It is always safe to talk to a medical practitioner before introducing anything new to your body. Everyone has a different body or skin type. What works for someone else might not work for you. 

If these little precautions are followed, then you can very well enjoy the benefits of aloe vera gel-like. After a tiring, hot day, you can grab a cube of aloe vera gel and massage it over your face, or you can use it to treat sunburns, or you can use it for your hairs. Many other things can be done.

You can use it as per your need. But you must never use an expired aloe vera gel; it might cause skin damage.

If you are preparing the gel at your home, you must keep track of the day when it was ready and for how long it’s going to last. This way, you can make sure that you are not applying the expired gel.

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers-

Q. How to make Aloe vera gel for hair growth?

Ans– Aloe vera moisturizes the scalp and speeds up hair renewal.

What you need-

  • 4 tbsp of aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon powdered fenugreek (methi seeds)
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Preparation

  1. First, Prepare the fenugreek seeds by soaking them overnight. Pour it into the mixer and blend it into a fine powder. Then combine aloe vera gel fenugreek powdered and coconut oil in a thin paste and apply to your scalp and hair.

Massage it and leave it to rest for around 15 to 20 minutes. Then rinse with lukewarm water to finish.

Q. How to make Aloe vera gel face mask or face pack at home?

Ans- How to make aloe vera gel for the face: here is the remedy-

What you need

  • 2 Tbsp of Aloe vera gel
  • 3 Tbsp of almond oil 
  • Half Banana

Preparation

  • Mash half banana and add 2 tbsp aloe vera gel to the mix. Stir until all of the ingredients are well blended.
  • Add 3 teaspoons of almond oil to the mix.

How to use

Wash your face with lukewarm water. Apply the aloe gel mixture to your face. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for the aloe vera to dry. After 10 to 15 minutes, rinse your skin with lukewarm water to remove the mask.

Q. How to make Aloe vera gel for dark circles?

Ans- Aloe Vera is well-known for its natural moisturizing characteristics, which can help the skin tremendously. Aloe Vera contains anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural moisturizer.

What you need

  • 3 tbsp. aloe vera gel
  • 2 tablespoon juice of potatoes

Preparation

  • Squeeze the juice of the potato after grating it. Now combine 2 tbsp of this juice with 2 spoons of Aloe Vera gel to dilute the gel’s consistency.
  • Clean the under-eye area with a wet cotton ball and lightly massage the mixture into the area for 30 seconds.
  • Wait 10 minutes before wiping it away with a wet cotton ball.
  • Finally, thoroughly rinse with plenty of water.

Q. How to make Aloe vera gel thick?

Ans- To make aloe vera gel thick, you can use natural gelatin-like agar agar powder. First, take 1/3 cup of water to a boil, then add one teaspoon of agar agar powder. Once the powder has melted well into the water, remove it from the heat. The natural gelatin mixture is ready. Add 1 tbsp of gelatin mixture with the prepared aloe vera gel extracted from the leaf. Mix it well. Finally, thick aloe vera gel is prepared.

Q. How to Preserve Aloe vera gel with Coconut oil?

Ans- First, take an airtight jar and fill it with aloe vera gel extracted from the leaf. Add half a teaspoon of coconut oil to the gel and stir well. After that, place it in the refrigerator. This gel can be used for months.

how to preserve aloe vera gel with lemon

First, extract the aloe vera gel from the leaf, then add two tbsp of lemon juice. Then mix it well. Pour it into a jar and put it in the fridge. Lemon juice is a good source of vitamin C and can be used as a natural preservative.

Q. How to make Aloe vera gel for Dark circles?

What you need

  • 1 Vitamin E pills
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel

Preparation

  • Take 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel. Using a piercing tool, pierce one vitamin E capsule, then add to gel.
  • To make a smooth mixture, combine all ingredients and blend thoroughly.

How to use

  • Dip a cotton ball into the gel mixture.
  • It should be applied to the area around the eyes.
  • Allow 10 to 15 minutes for it to work. Wash with water and dry with a soft cloth.

Q. How to preserve Aloe vera gel without fridge?

Ans- Blending the aloe vera gel with vitamin C is the way to preserve it. Vitamin C acts as a preservative for the gel and can easily allow the gel to last for about ten days.

Q. How long can you Preserve Aloe vera gel?

Ans- You can preserve it for up to one month in the refrigerator.

Q. How to Preserve Aloe vera gel for months?

Ans- Mix the gel with the vitamin E oil in a blender and thoroughly blend. Put this mixture in a container and keep it in the refrigerator for months.

Q. Can Citric acid be used to Preserve Aloe vera gel?

Ans- Yes, Citric acid is used to preserve aloe vera gel. Lemon juice is a good source of citric acid and can be used as a natural preservative.

Q. Does Alcohol preserve Aloe vera gel?

Ans- Yes, alcohol preserves aloe vera gel. But we should not use alcohol as a preservative due to the smell of alcohol.

Q. How to Preserve Aloe vera gel at room Temperature?

Ans- Blending the aloe vera gel with vitamin C is the way to preserve it at room temperature. Vitamin C acts as a preservative for the gel and can easily allow the gel to last for about ten days.

Q. Best way to Preserve Aloe vera gel?

Ans- Best and easy way to preserve aloe vera gel:

  • Add the aloe vera gel into a blender.
  • Add a few drops of vitamin E oil to it.
  • Blend it well.
  • Transfer it into a plastic container.
  • Cover it with a lid and put it in the fridge.

Q. What can be used to Preserve Aloe vera gel?

Ans- We can use vitamin c, vitamin e oil, coconut oil honey, and a cool temperature to preserve aloe vera gel.

Q. Can I Preserve Aloe vera gel?

Ans- Yes, we can preserve aloe vera gel using vitamin c, vitamin e oil, coconut oil honey, and cool temperature.

Q. Can Coconut oil Preserve Aloe vera gel?

Ans- Yes, coconut oil can be used to preserve aloe vera gel.

Q. How many days we can Preserve Aloe vera gel?

Ans- We can preserve aloe vera gel for up to 1-2 months in the refrigerator by adding vitamin e oil, lemon, or coconut oil.

Q. How do you Preserve Aloe vera gel from the Plant?

Ans- We can preserve aloe vera gel from the plant using vitamin c, vitamin e oil, coconut oil honey, and cool temperature.

Q. How to Preserve Aloe vera gel for a year?

Ans- we can preserve aloe vera gel for a year by Freezing the gel in an ice cube.

Q. How to Preserve Aloe vera gel with Gelatin?

Ans- You can preserve aloe vera gel with gelatin powder. First, take 1/3 cup of water to a boil, then add one teaspoon of gelatin powder. Once the powder has melted well into the water, remove it from the heat. The gelatin mixture is ready. Add 1 tbsp of gelatin mixture with the prepared aloe vera gel extracted from the leaf. Mix it well. For longer shelf life, store in the fridge.

Q. How to Preserve Aloe vera gel with olive oil?

Ans- Mix the gel with the olive oil in a blender and thoroughly blend. Put this mixture in a container and keep it in the refrigerator for months.

References

  1. Processing, food applications and safety of aloe vera products [1]
  2. Ways To Store Aloe Vera Gel [2]
  3. Composition and Applications of Aloe vera Leaf Gel[3]
  4. How to make aloe vera gel[4]
  5. Aloe vera: Development of gel extraction process for Aloe vera leaves[5]

Dr Maria

MD. Board Certified physician. Fellowship In Family Medicine UK. 8 years of medical experience in Lifestyle-related health disorders. Graduated from AIIMS – All India Institute Of Medical Science, INDIA

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