Aloe vera powder is made from dried aloe vera leaves that are ground into a powder consistency. It is an easy way to increase the longevity of aloe vera leaves to use them later to enhance our skin, hair, or plate.
Powdered aloe vera
While there are many aloe vera powders available on the market, one should be able to distinguish the difference between their color and price. Once you decide to make it homemade you will understand where the differences come from.
Aloe vera leaf consists of three parts - the outer green skin, transparent gel inside, and yellowish latex that is between the skin and gel. The latex is toxic and you don’t want to have it in the aloe powder.
Now there are two types of aloe vera powder on the market - one is green and is made of outer green leaves and inner gel.
The white color aloe powder is made of gel only so the outer green skin with latex is carefully removed. This type of aloe powder is the most expensive one and depends on how well the leaf is skinned. You will also need more preferably larger leaves to make the sufficient quantity of the powder.
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Aloe vera powder benefits
Aloe vera has been used in ancient Egypt, Cleopatra called it the “plant of mortality”
The form of powder allows us to use the power of Aloe vera to enhance our skin, hair, or plate.
Aloe vera powder is considered a natural laxative that aids digestion and eases constipation(1).
Thanks to its water-dense structure, aloe vera helps keep you hydrated. Moreover, it reduces the level of blood sugar, therefore, aloe vera is very suitable for people suffering from diabetes.
Aloe vera powder for skin
Aloe powder contains moisturizing and soothing properties that boost collagen and helps fight bacteria. When added to cream it can help you heal mild burns and sunburns (2)
Aloe vera is known as a great moisturizer that heals scars and marks (3)When added to creams or lotions, aloe powder can help with eczema, psoriasis or acne mainly due to its anti-inflammatory properties (4)
It also acts as an antiseptic agent that helps reduce pain, swelling, and itching, which make it a very popular solution for mosquito bites.
Aloe vera powder for hair
Aloe vera powder can be added to hair products to strengthen your hair and make your scalp healthy.
Its cleansing ability allows aloe to cleanse the hair shaft leaving the hair softer and shinier.
Lately, aloe has become a very popular addition to hair care products for hair growth. It contains Vitamin B12 and folic acid that contribute to cell turnover and keep your hair from falling out.
Using Aloe vera powder
Aloe powder is a concentrated aloe vera juice with all its benefits and nutrients.
- Drink it as aloe vera juice
You can add 1 teaspoon of aloe powder into 1 cup of water to get fresh aloe juice. stir well to avoid clumping.
Aloe powder tastes like a combination of peas, grass and honeydew melon. If you don’t like its taste add it to a juice of your choice
- Add it to smoothies
- I like to add the powder to my morning porridge or sprinkle on top of your yogurt
For healing purposes add aloe vera powder for the following formulas:
enhance these cosmetic products with ½ - 1 teaspoon aloe powder to help with acne
to ease burns and sunburns
- mix aloe powder with water to create a paste that can be directly applied to mild burns or sunburns
- Add it to the bug bite cream
to restore nutrients to your strands and scalp and strengthen the roots add 1 teaspoon of aloe powder into your existing products such as:
- Hair growing oil
- make a Hair mask for the itchy scalp - stir 1 teaspoon of aloe powder into 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and put it on your scalp. Start with the roots and work it through the rest of your hair. Leave it on your hair for 15 minutes and rinse it with water afterward. Apply twice a week.
- make a hair paste for itchy scalp treatment - mix 2 tablespoons of this powder with 2 table spoons of chamomile or nettle tea. Apply to your scalp and leave it there for 10 minutes. Rinse it with lukewarm water for irritating and itchy scalp
Aloe vera powder to stimulate plant growth
In addition to human-use, we can apply the stellar properties of aloe vera to benefit other plants – like those in your garden! Aloe contains plant hormones that help stimulate new root growth, aid in seed germination, and can ease or prevent transplant shock
½ Teaspoon of this particular Aloe Powder weighs just over 1 Gram. That means that ½ teaspoon is good to use for 4-5 gallons of water. If you are mixing less, then just use less. I would use ⅛ teaspoon for 1 gallon of water. Don't be scared if you use a little too much, it won't hurt, it will just be a slight waste.
How to make aloe vera powder
- Methods - making outer aloe leaf powder
Wash the cut leaves thoroughly. Leave them upside down for 20 minutes allowing the yellow latex to drop off.
Wash them again and start with cutting the spiky edges on the sides. Using a sharp knife cut the leaves into thin slices
Spread the pieces on parchment paper in a dry place for 1 week until dried completely.
To speed up the process you can use a dehydrator or oven. Just make sure not to use a higher temperature than 50 C (122F) to keep as many valuable substances as possible.
Use a powerful blender to ground the dried leaves into a fine powder.
- Method - making inner aloe vera leaf powder (produced from pure Aloe Vera pulp)
In this method, we will cut the entire outer green leaf and keep just the transparent gel that we will dry later.
Is the same as in the first method.
With a sharp knife or scissors remove the thorny parts on both sides
Use the same knife to remove one side of the outer leaf.
Scrape the gel using a knife or spoon.
The gel inside should be white or clear in color free of any yellow latex
Wash it thoroughly to remove any residual latex.
Cut the gel into small pieces to make the drying process faster.
Place the gel on the tray and set it to dry. Please note that due to the oxidation process the dried aloe vera pulp turns dark and is not white as in the store-bought aloe vera powder. As I learned In factories they use the decolorization process that is important to make the final powder a light color. For me it turned more into brown than green.
If you decide to use the dryer, set the temperature to 50 C (122 F) for 78 hours.
Make the gelatin mixture first with 1 teaspoon of gelatin for 1 cup of water. Stir the gelatin powder in the ½ cup of cold water. Once mixed properly, add it to the ½ cup of hot water. Mix it well. Stir in 1 teaspoon of aloe vera powder to make aloe vera gel.
That is a very smart and simple way to do. You can use it for sunburns or just to moisturize your face or hair Just add 1 teaspoon of powder into 1 cup of distilled water or herbal tea (calendula or chamomile) . Place it into a spray bottle and use it every time you want to moisturize or refresh your face.