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.
You will need
- An aloe vera plant
- A serrated knife
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.
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.
Persons allergic to garlic and onions may have allergic reactions to aloe.
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.
Step 4 Cut away the sides of the leaf Cut away the skin from the two sides of the leaf.
Step 5 Remove the gel Cut the layer of gel away from the bottom layer of skin and place it in a cup.
Some taxonomists have suggested that aloe vera is an ancient hybrid and not a naturally developed species.