Tricky, Tricky, Tricky! An Easy Way to Extract Aloe Vera Gel from the Plant

What is your first step when making any kind of medicinal skin cream, juice, dessert that includes aloe vera gel? A difficult one! Before you can do anything else, you have to extract that slimy, fleshy gel from the inside of the plant’s leaves, which can be complicated, time-consuming, and intimating–especially to aloe newbie’s! But don’t let a little difficulty keep you from benefiting from one of the world’s most medicinal plants! Here’s a cool tip that should help you tackle even the most tricky aloe vera leaf. Be discouraged no more! Go get that aloe vera gel!

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Bon Appétit! Aloe in Healthy Salad Dressings

Is making an aloe salad dressing even a culinary possibility? Well, let’s evaluate the taste and find out. Is aloe vera sweet or savory? Seems like it should be an easy question, right? However, pinpointing the unique flavor of the jelly-like substance hidden between the leaves of the aloe plant can be tricky. It is more than meets the taste buds!

Because aloe gel is seen in dinner recipes as well as desserts, you might find yourself flip-flopping between the taste of the aloe plant (and therefore doubting its place on salads). But here’s how aloe can be in so many places in the food world at once: the pungent, bitter taste of pure aloe gel is often diluted and enhanced by other ingredients: it is a shape-shifter, absorbing  the flavor of the foods around it.

Due to its versatile nature, aloe gel can be either sweet or savory–and thus perfect as the base for a salad dressing! You heard me right: that stuff you put on salads to give it a boost in the taste department can be made with aloe. And you can create a healthy salad dressing with aloe, at that! Next time you are digging through your fridge looking for that perfect complement to your lunch salad, forget all of them and make yourself some aloe salad dressing. You can maintain your healthy lifestyle by adding it to your lunch salads at the office, or serve it in the salad centerpiece of your family dinner to keep the whole crew happy and healthy!

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Are There Really Aloe Dessert Options?

The initial response to a mouthful of aloe vera? Quick, cover that taste up! If you have ever had aloe vera-inspired juice, you know that aloe vera has your taste buds going crazy in all the wrong way. Definitely an acquired taste, am I right? To mellow it out in the juice world, many look for other, sweeter ingredients to mask or dilute the pungent flavor of this medicinal plant and fool the tongue. So, when I say dessert time with aloe vera, you might think I am crazy. But I kid you not: aloe vera is for dessert today!

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Spa Day! Make Your Own Aloe Vera Oil for Hair!

Treating yourself to a spa day at home? Be sure to add aloe vera oil for hair to your regiment! Even if you are not setting aside a day to pamper yourself, your hair deserves the royal treatment every once in a while–especially if you subject it to high heat from that daily blow-drying and hair straightening or curling! Massaging your scalp with aloe vera oil can do just that!  By using aloe vera oil for your hair every other day, you can reap this plant’s hair advantages:

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Take Care of Your Hair! A Recipe for Aloe Conditioner

Aloe can leave your skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom, there’s no doubt about that! As a wonder face cream, aloe has proven its clarifying and healing abilities. So when I introduce aloe conditioner, it should not seem like too wild of an idea–and indeed it isn’t! The gel of an aloe leaf has a similar chemical composition of keratin, which is a protein found naturally in hair cells. Also containing lignins, found in the cellulose, aloe is easily absorbed into the skin, especially our more absorbent scalps. Aloe also contains about 20 amino acids (the building blocks of our hair), giving its gel-like substance even more power to strengthen your dry, wilting hair. Sleek and shiny locks are not far away if you start using aloe conditioner today!

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