March 17, 2014

DIY: Aloe Vera Gel Moisturizer

    Aloe Vera Gel, once used by Cleopatra, has numerous healing benefits. It can be used for eczema, acne, and minor wounds. But aloe vera gel from the plant and what is found in stores are two  extremely different products. While in nature aloe vera gel is clear, what is found in the store is laden with artificial dyes to give a green color. Who wants to put that on there skin or hair?

Here is quick and easy recipe that can give you the benefits of aloe vera without the chemical junk.

What you'll need for your DIY Aloe Vera Gel Moisturizer: 
                            Almond oil (or any oil of your choice)
                            Aloe Vera Plant Leaves 
                            Mortar and Pestle (or Blender)
Steps for your Aloe Vera Gel Moisturizer
Step 1: Make a superficial cut down the center of the leaf without going all the way through.
Step 2: Remove the front skin of the leaf. (See pic 2)
Step 3: Use a spoon to scoop out the gel 
Step 4: Decant into container
Step 5: Mix in 2-3 drops of oil.
Step 6: Use mortar and pestle to break up the gel and mix the oil. ( Can use blender for smoother consistency)
Store in fridge and use as moisturizer as needed. 

What are your favorite ways to use aloe vera?

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