How to Make Herbal Aloe Vera Gel
This herbal aloe vera gel (technically a floral, herbal aloe vera gel) is a soothing way to pamper your skin. It is also a naturally powerful weapon to have in your skin care arsenal, because it is packed with skin healing herbs and flowers.
Aloe vera is a great skin soother that works wonders on burns, stings, and scrapes. The lavender in this recipe is great as a skin healer, and offers relaxation for your mind through aromatherapy. Add in the antiseptic qualities of calendula flowers, and the invigorating pain reliever, rosemary, and you have an amazing gel that will treat your skin like royalty!
¾ cup aloe vera gel
2 tablespoons dried lavender
(or 6 tablespoons freshly picked lavender)
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
(or 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary)
1 tablespoon dried calendula flowers
(or 3 tablespoons fresh calendula)
Putting it all together:
Step One: In a double boiler or oven safe container, mix together the aloe vera gel, lavender, rosemary, and calendula.
Step Two: Gently heat the mixture while stirring the ingredients together. I prefer to heat the mixture on the stove top in a double boiler. If you are more the microwave type, you can pop the oven safe, non-metallic container into the microwave, and heat the mixture for 30-90 seconds (depending on the strength of your microwave). However you choose to heat your mixture, keep a close eye on it at is heats so that it does not burn.
Step Three: If heating by stove top, turn off the burner. If heating by microwave, remove the container from the microwave, and set it on a heatproof surface. Cover the container, and let the mixture cool to room temperature.
Step Four: Pour the now infused aloe vera gel through a fine mesh strainer, and into a clean, dry container. You’ll want to get as much of the herbs and flowers out of the mixture as possible. Don’t worry, all of their scents and benefits are already in the gel.
Step Five: Store your herbal aloe vera gel in a cool, dark, dry place. Apply as needed. In the summer, I like to keep a small jar of this in the refrigerator. It feels amazing on sun scorched skin for those days when you forgot to reapply the sunscreen!
This recipe will make about 6 ounces of gel, so you should have enough to last you a while. Plus, you can always adjust the recipe amounts to better suit your family’s needs. Enjoy!