How to Harvest Aloe Vera Gel
You might have a few aloe vera plants in your home, but have you ever wondered how to harvest aloe gel and actually put it to use? We'll show you how.
Bath and Body
Jar with lid
mature aloe plant
Select a large, unblemished leaf, and using a sharp knife, cut the leaf as close to the stem as possible.
Lay the leaf on a flat surface, and let the yellow sap drain from the cut end. Then rinse the leaf and pat it dry.
Lay the leaf flat on a cutting board and use a sharp knife to remove the top piece of skin. Flip the leaf over and remove the bottom piece of skin. Discard the remaining stalk and rind.
To use, apply the gel directly to skin or freeze and apply to inflamed skin, cuts, or wounds. To eat, you can add to smoothies, drinks, or salad dressings immediately after harvesting.