How to Extract Aloe Vera From the Plant

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Extracting Aloe Vera from a plant requires special care and considerations. Extract Aloe Vera from the plant with help from a landscape designer and horticulture writer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Marci Degman, The Aspiring Gardener, and today we're going to talk about extracting Aloe Vera from the plant. Now here I've got a cluster of Aloe Vera and if you're careful and you just cut a little bit from each part at a time it won't hurt the plant at all and it will continue to produce more and more. Now this is kind of crowded, if I take these plants and plant them into a larger pot, they will individually turn into larger plants which is really nice if you're going to be using it for the extract. so the first thing I'm going to do is take a nice fleshy leaf, you can tell that it's full of juices and I'm just going to cut it down at the core of the plant. Now the first thing you want to do is turn it upside down in a bowl or a jar and if there's any really really thin sap, that will come out right away and this one is pretty thick so I'm not seeing too much but you want to do that because if it's really running out you're going to lose that. So the first thing you do is let it sit in a cup or something for a little bit. Then you're going to take the leaf and you're going to split it lengthwise all the way down. Okay, so I've got a big chunk off here and you can see that it's very wet inside if it's full of gel and what you're going to do is you're literally going to scrape that gel into your jar or your bowl. Now it's going to take a little while to get a lot but that's how you do it, there's really no other way. You just scrap it out until you've got all the liquid into the dish. Now the reason you would do this is usually because it's great for cosmetic purposes, it's really good for sunburn, burns, just any kind of a skin irritation, itching skin, all the skin ailments that you can think of, this is good for. It's perfectly safe. The other thing you can do is if you have a wound or a burn, you can take and you can split that leaf open and you can lay that right on it and it is cool, just the cool of it right now feels soothing and cool. If you ever burn yourself and you go right over and you get an Aloe Vera leaf, it's just instantly cool. It's very good. If you've got a sunburn, you can just rub that right onto your skin wherever it's burned. There's a lot in there still. So probably, you know if you can get down and just kind of get the thicker stuff see that, give you more of an idea. See that wasn't very much scraping and I got a lot of gel, see there's a lot in there. So get all of it and if you get it, store it in your jar. It can stay in the refrigerator for six months. So if that's better for you, extract it, have it handy. You could add it to shampoos, add it to lotions, use it on burns or if you'd rather you can take it out, cut it open, put it directly on the wound. Either way, it's wonderful stuff and that's how you extract gel from an Aloe Vera plant.

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