Can I Use Aloe Vera Gel Direct From The Plant?
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Aloe Vera inner gel
Can I use Aloe Vera gel direct from the plant or does it have to go through a process of purification first?
Hello, thanks for the question. There is already an answer at a "Your Questions Answered" page, the How And When To Use Aloe Vera? which is relevant and explains all the ways we can use aloe gel. But this answer does not explain the simple purification process to be followed if we want to use the Aloe Vera inner gel directly from the plant. So, I will explain detailed here how to do it.
Purification process of the Aloe Vera leaf's inner gel
Well, if you have an aloe plant, cut the thickest outer leaf near the base of the plant. Then, wash up the leaf carefully and cut it into several pieces. Put the cut up pieces quickly in a bowl full of water and let them soak in, for at least the rest of the day and whole the night.
The next morning you will notice that the color of the water has changed to light red or pink color. This shows that the impurities from the aloe leaf's pieces have been moved to the water. Throw out the colored water and wash the pieces once again to make sure you have removed all of the impurities.
Peel off the rind from the leaf of the aloe plant
Know that, the inner
gel of the aloe plant leaf is what is used to provide health benefits. So, peel off the green hard rind of the leaf to reveal the inner gel. You can use a knife or a spoon to scoop out the gel. Now Aloe Vera gel is ready for use.
It can be applied either on your face skin or your body skin. You can make it juice and drink it, or ingest it by eating small slices of the gel. Add a bit of honey or brown sugar on it. It makes it easier to consume, since the Aloe Vera gel isn't a pleasurable flavor for many. Make sure you keep the gel left over in the fridge or else it will oxidise and lose all of its properties.
Use aloe leaf's inner gel for first aid without the purification process
When you need to use it immediately, for first aid in a burn or a wound, and you have not gel left over in your fridge, ignore the purification process and just remove an outer leaf from the plant, slice it open, and apply the gel on the affected area.
And don't forget! If you may not keep an aloe plant in your house, you can always shop online juices, creams and other products made from stabilized Aloe Vera --aloe barbadensis Miller-- (as close to the nature as possible) from the Retail Aloe Store.
Joy and Health,
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