Aloe vera is popular among the natural health community for a number of uses, but tends to be expensive. Why pay an arm and a leg? Aloe is easy to grow and once the leaves are big enough, you can make your own aloe vera gel for free!
Most people use aloe simply by cutting off a piece of leaf and squeezing the liquid onto their skin. This works, but it wastes the inner gel, which is the most potent part of the plant. To use the gel, you’ll need to “fillet” the leaves rather than merely squeezing them. The filleting process also reaps much more aloe gel/juice. When properly prepared and refrigerated, this final product can last a year or more!