How To Preserve Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera gel will find many uses in your health and beauty routine

Nothing like freshly-made aloe vera gel at home

Before ingredients find their way into the bottles and tubes on your shelves, they go through a rigorous process of being extracted and processed for their actives to take minuscule form but still retain their effectiveness. Aloe vera may just be heaven-sent because it doesn't necessarily need to go through the whole process.Very few ingredients can boast of the ability to be used directly on the skin and hair without any prior processing.

Aloe vera is indigenous to the Arabian peninsula and North Africa but grows freely in tropical climate across the world. As it stores water beneath its spiny surface, it is ideal to grow in hot, temperate weather. It is cultivated widely for its decorative purpose and is also popular for medicinal usage. The gel tissue that is found within the prickly stems of aloe vera can be used for a variety of beauty and medicinal purposes when freshly removed from the plant or in store-bought gel form.

Tips To Store And Keep Aloe Vera Gel Fresh

Once you have it, this is the best way to preserve aloe vera gel.

1. Pour the gel into an ice cube tray and freeze into smaller sized cubes for easy usage.

2. Pour into a zip-lock bag and freeze it.

3. When its gel is removed from the plant, enzymatic functions begin to take place and its active compounds reduce. Its exposure to oxygen can further affect the gel solution. Hence it's important to note that aloe vera should not be stored at room temperature, especially in hot and humid climates.

4. Freezing allows aloe vera gel to stay fresher for longer. When frozen in cube form or in a bag, it is recommended to be used for up to a week.

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