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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.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Bath and Body
Keyword: aloe vera
Yield: 1 use
Author: Stephanie Pollard
Cost: $2

Equipment

  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Jar with lid

Instructions

  • 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.

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Notes

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.