How To Get Aloe From a Plant

Pure aloe vera gel has been used for thousands of years to treat minor burns. Here's how to harvest it yourself, from an aloe vera plant.


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You Will Need

  • An aloe vera plant
  • A serrated knife


  1. Taking aloe or aloe latex orally for laxative effects may lead to cramping or diarrhea.

  2. Step 1

    Cut off an aloe vera leaf

    Using a serrated knife, cut a large aloe vera leaf from a living plant. The leaf should be green and thick.

  3. Step 2

    Drain the liquid resin

    Hold the leaf cut side down and allow the liquid resin in the inner lining of the leaf to drip out.

  4. Persons allergic to garlic and onions may have allergic reactions to aloe.

  5. Step 3

    Cut off the top layer

    Cut off the top layer of the leaf’s skin to expose the underlying layer of aloe vera gel.

  6. Step 4

    Cut away the sides of the leaf

    Cut away the skin from the two sides of the leaf.

  7. Step 5

    Remove the gel

    Cut the layer of gel away from the bottom layer of skin and place it in a cup.

  8. Some taxonomists have suggested that aloe vera is an ancient hybrid and not a naturally developed species.