Aloe Vera Preparation
The aloe vera plant needs no introduction. Though it has been considered to be a medicinal plant since several centuries, it is only in the recent past that it has become popular among people all over the world. This is because aloe vera is the best natural alternative for treating various minor as well as major diseases. This makes aloe vera one of the favorite home remedies for various health problems. In recent times, lots of aloe vera products have been introduced in the market. However, many are not very sure about the purity of commercial aloe vera products. In this case, the best thing would be to make the aloe vera products at home itself. Let us take a look at the information on aloe vera preparation.
Aloe Vera Preparation
Before beginning with the aloe vera preparation process, it is important to know about the layers of aloe vera leaf. The first part is the outer layer which is green and has the function of protecting the leaf. Next comes the aloin or the yellow sap, followed by the mucilage and gel which are two of the most important parts of the aloe plant as it is here that most of its nutrients rest. A thing to be remembered while preparing aloe gel is that one must completely avoid the yellow sap. This is because aloin is actually latex and can cause several health problems. With this note, let us take a look at the aloe vera preparation steps.
Step 1: The first step of making aloe vera gel is to get a fresh, mature aloe vera leaf. A mature leaf is one that is found on the outermost area of the plant. Take off the spikes of the leaf and start peeling the green part of the leaf very thinly.
Step 2: Place the sliced aloe vera plant in a container in an upright position. This is important to get rid of the yellow sap from the plant. Place the leaf in the same position for at least 10-15 minutes or till you think that the entire yellow sap has drained.
Step 3: The next step is to take out the mucilage and gel. However, if you have touched the yellow sap with your bare hands, remember to wash your hands well before touching the gel. To remove the gel, you will need a spoon. With a spoon, you can easily scoop out the inner gel. But, do not add too much pressure while doing this as you may also take out the leftover yellow sap accidentally.
Step 4: After you have taken the mucilage and the gel, transfer it into an air tight container and store it in the refrigerator. If the sap gets mixed with the gel, you can get rid of it by adding the same amount of water and then, boiling it for five minutes.
Aloe vera preparation is a simple process. However, it is recommended by health professionals that aloe vera products meant to be consumed internally should not be made at home. This is because aloe vera made at home may contain yellow sap which when ingested can give rise to health problems.