Being a natural ingredient, Aloe Vera requires that it is preserved so that it retains all of its physical characteristics. The Aloe Vera plant is a small plant with spongy leaves that encircle a major receptacle. The plant is also known to survive in areas that lack water. In this outline, we will study the tips on how to preserve Aloe Vera gel with coconut oil and other ways you can also do that.
How to preserve aloe vera gel with coconut oil
Coconut oil can help preserve Aloe Vera for as long as six months.
- All you need is a container with a seal and half a teaspoon of Coconut Oil.
- You’d also need freshly plucked Aloe Vera leaves. (You do not need to preserve store-bought Aloe Vera. They already have one or two preservative medium added to them.)
- On getting the Aloe Vera leaves, rinse them with warm water and then, peel one of the sides of the leaf—the inner side with straight length.
- You can then use a knife or spoon to scoop out the gel from the other side of the leaf. Ensure that you wash your hands before going through with the scooping process.
That way, bacteria won’t be introduced into the gel. Note that bacteria are the organisms responsible for the decaying of most substances.
- Start by feeding the Aloe Vera gel into a bottle. Then, add the coconut oil to the bottle. Use a straw to mix the two constituents together.
- You could also do the mixing prior to the time that you pour the gel into the bottle. Seal the bottle and then, store it in a fridge.
Other ways to preserve aloe vera gel
- Preserving Aloe Vera with Vitamin E extracts
When you use Vitamin E extracts to preserve your Aloe Vera extract, you streamline its purpose to facial, nail and hair treatment. The reason for that is because Vitamin E is great for replenishing the skin.
The hair and nails are extensions and modifications of the skin. So, if you are into skin care, you can get Aloe Vera leaves, a bottle of Vitamin E oil, and a bottle for storage.
Start by blending the gel with the Vitamin E extract. Blend the two constituents until you get a gel with smooth and regular consistency.
When you are done, transfer the mix into a bottle, seal it up with a cover, and then, store the blend in a fridge.
- Preserving Aloe Vera with Honey
Aloe Vera is always needed in small quantities for whatever purpose you want to use it for. Preserving the gel from the leaves you don’t use can be possible with the aid of honey.
To ensure that you keep to a high level of naturalness for the mix, work with honey that is unadulterated—100% pure and natural.
The amount of honey you introduce into the Aloe Vera gel should be the same as the quantity of the gel itself. Combine the two constituents with a blender and then, transfer it into a jar or bottle.
Seal the bottle and then, store it in a fridge. The mixture is great for skin care and smoothies.
- Preserving Aloe Vera with Vitamin C
There are different sources of Vitamin C and they include oranges, tangerines, limes, etc. As a result of the ascorbic acid that they contain, they are great for the preservation of your Aloe Vera gel.
At least, they can store the gel for a month as long as the mixture is placed in a fridge. To get started, get any citrus fruit you have available. Squeeze the juice out with a juice extractor.
After that, run the juice through a sieve so as to get rid of the mesh from the juice. When you are done, pour the juice into you blender. Next, add the scoops of Aloe Vera gel.
The citrus fruit extract shouldn’t be more than the Aloe Vera gel. Work with equal measurements. Blend the two constituents and then, pour the resultant mix into a bottle.
Lastly, place the bottle in a fridge so that the microbial action can be greatly reduced.
Uses of aloe vera gel
Now, let’s look at the various uses of the Aloe Vera gel;
1. Aloe Vera has been noted to solve dental plaque. So, if you are someone who has to deal with swollen or bleeding gums, you can work with Aloe Vera. It’s even a constituent of some mouthwashes.
2. Aloe Vera helps to deal with diabetes. On taking two tablespoons of the Aloe Vera gel every day, you get to reduce the sugar that is present in your blood.
It mostly helps to deal with Type-2 diabetes—a condition where an individual’s body isn’t responsive to insulin.
3. Aloe Vera is a very good laxative. Laxatives are agents that help to relieve constipation. However, not everyone who has constipation should take Aloe Vera.
People with hemorrhoids, cramps at the abdominal line, diarrhea, etc., should not take Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera may even form unhelpful drug-drug interactions with any other medication the individual is on.
4. Aloe Vera is known for its hydrating properties. Its gel comprises of ninety percent water and some other complex starches that make the skin more vibrant and healthy.
5. Aloe Vera can also be used for treating the hair and nails. The factor that is responsible for this is the moisturizing power of Aloe Vera.
It can help solve issues with dandruff, breaking hair strands, dry hair and nails, etc.
6. Aloe Vera contains a lot of helpful constituents which include amino acids, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. So, you can add the gel to your morning or evening smoothies.
The thickening property could also be great in helping you feel full, and consequently lose weight.
7. Aloe Vera can be used to treat infections and wounds as a result of its antibacterial properties.
So, if you have any skin infection— boils, rashes, acne, etc., you might want to try incorporating Aloe Vera into your skin care products.
Aloe Vera has also been noted to get rid of mouth ulcers, stomach ulcers, and the associated pain.