Do you know most of the aloe vera beauty products available in the market is made from aloe vera powder?
Aloe vera powder forms an essential ingredient in several aloe vera based creams, shampoos, makeup etc.
Aloe vera powder is thus without a doubt not only one of the most efficient way to store aloe vera for a longer period of time but also an important part of several natural beauty products.
Also, as aloe vera powder has a longer shelf life than aloe vera gel, the former is easier to maintain.
Where Does Aloe Vera Powder Come From?
Aloe vera powder is obtained from the versatile aloe vera plant. However, it is to note that aloe vera powder is usually of two types:
– Leaf Powder – Aloe vera powder made from aloe vera leaf
– Inner Leaf Powder – Aloe vera powder made from aloe vera gel
So what’s the difference between the above two powders?
The aloe vera leaf powder is formed from the entire aloe vera leaf, which means that it will also include the yellow coloured substance called the aloin or the aloe latex.
Products made from this type of aloe vera powder are prohibited from use is severe countries and are usually cheaper in cost.
Inner Leaf powder is formed from the aloe vera gel which is extracted from the aloe vera leaf after removing the skin. This type of powder is mainly used in making aloe vera products.
How To Make Aloe Vera Powder?
As mentioned earlier, we all are aware of aloe vera gel’s many uses in our daily skincare and haircare routine and one more way we can include aloe vera in our daily regime is Aloe Vera in Powder form.
I have shown 5 methods of preserving Aloe vera gel after extracting it from the leaf. Click here to watch
Making aloe vera powder is one more method to keep the goodness of Aloe Vera intact and preserve it for several months without refrigeration.
Making aloe vera powder at home is very easy and quick.
In this article, I have experimented with 2 methods to prepare homemade aloe vera powder.
So let’s talk about them.
Wash the aloe vera leaf thoroughly.
Cut the bottom part which contains ‘aloin’ or latex and put it in a bowl at 45 to 90 degrees for half an hour to drain the Aloin completely. After half an hour, wash again and cut the aloe vera leaf in pieces.
Cut down the thorny edges and keep these pieces in water for another half an hour to clean them thoroughly.
After half an hour you will see the water will become light yellowish.
Drain the water and clean aloe vera pieces one more time with fresh water.
Now, cut aloe vera in thin slices like these:
Method 1 – Drying Aloe Vera in Sunlight
I have tried to dry aloe vera on 2 surfaces.
One is aluminium foil (Place the aloe vera slices at a certain distance like this so that they don’t stick with each other)
And another one is cheesecloth.
Let the aloe vera slices get completely dried out.
And keep checking and shifting them wherever you get proper sunlight.
(Where I’m staying right now, the maximum temperature is 38 degrees. So it is a hot and dry climate. It took 2 days for these slices to get completely dry)
Out of both of the surfaces, I found cheesecloth the best one as you can easily scrape out the pieces, while they get stuck on the aluminium foil and it is a bit messy to scrape them.
Method 2 – Drying aloe vera in an oven
This method is for those who don’t get proper sunlight and don’t have the patience to wait for 2-3 days.
In this method, place these aloe vera slices on the aluminium plate like this.
And heat them in the oven until dry. It took 20-25 minutes on 140 degrees for me.
As you can see, they will stick to the plate. Scrape them using a spoon or spatula and store these dry pieces in an airtight container.
I would always prefer drying aloe vera slices in the sun than in the oven as you can see the colour difference between sun-dried aloe vera pieces and oven-dried ones.
Sun-dried aloe vera pieces are in their natural green colour while the oven-dried aloe vera pieces become brownish.
Also, drying in sunlight keeps the important vitamins and minerals intact.
To make the powder out of these dried aloe vera pieces you can use either of these methods:
1. Make a powder using mortar and pestle (this requires a lot of patience but this is the best way to keep all the vitamins and minerals intact)
2. Grind the aloe pieces using a grinder.
(grind and strain the powder using a strainer to get a fine consistency powder)
Take out the residue.
You can regrind the residue and strain again or use mortar and pestle and make fine powder or use it in your scrub.
Transfer the fine aloe vera powder in an airtight container, label the container with date and name and our homemade aloe Vera powder is ready! ☺️
You can store this aloe vera powder in a cool dark place for 1 to 1 and a half years.
Aloe Powder Uses And Benefits
We can add this aloe powder in our:
- Face packs
- Face scrubs
- Face wash powder
- Hair packs and
- We can make aloe vera oil using this aloe powder.
Aloe vera is known for its anti-inflammatory and cooling properties. It is the best solution for sunburns. Make your own body scrubs and face scrubs using aloe vera powder.
Aloe vera is rich in vitamin C, E and Beta Carotene. Which lightens the scars and have anti-ageing properties. Include aloe vera powder in your face packs and weekly scrubs to maximize its skin benefits.
Aloe Vera contains all the necessary vitamins, minerals and enzymes necessary for healthy hair growth so it is advisable to make weekly hair masks using aloe vera powder along with other ingredients such as fenugreek powder, curry leaves powder, hibiscus powder and curd.
Do give it a try to make your own aloe vera powder and let me know how it goes.
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