The plant is also known to treat constipation, genital herpes, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, cancer, canker sores, upper respiratory tract infection, dental conditions, high cholesterol, inflammatory bowel disease and lowers blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes (3). You can even make your own Aloe Vera Gel.
How To Prepare And Use Aloe Vera Gel
- A clean cutting board
- A sharp filleting knife
- An aloe plant
- A clean plate
- A clean cotton towel
- A sterile glass jar
- Fresh lemon juice
- A food processor (optional)
- Start by washing your hands to avoid contaminating the sterile gel.
- Pick a thick & juicy mature leaf from the bottom of your plant. It should be at least 4-6 inches long. Cut it cleanly off to the plant as to nut harm other leaves.
- Wipe your knife clean.
- Wash and dry the leaf and let it sit on your plate at a 45° angle so that it may drain out its yellow juice. This juice is a potent laxative that may cause digestive distress in some people.
- After 15 minutes, transfer the leaf to your cutting board and remove the harp edges from the sides.
- Next, gently fillet the leaf as to remove the green outer shell and lose as little gel in the process as possible.Repeat this until all the green is removed.
- Cut the gel into cubes and place the gel in your jar.
- Run your knife along the green scraps to harvest any remaining gel.
- Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice over the gel to help it last longer. You’ll need roughly a quarter lemon for each cup of gel. Shake to coat evenly.
- If you want, transfer the gel to your food processor and pulse on high to turn it into a smoother gel.
- Store in a sealed jar in your refrigerator for up to a week.
For medicinal use, take 30 ml three times a day internally after consulting your naturopath.
For topical use, clean and cut the leaf lengthwise and rub the aloe vera gel directly to your wound several times a day until fully healed.