Aloe Vera is best known for its use as a gentle sunburn treatment, but the truth is that aloe vera is a very valuable ingredient in many different cosmetic products. Thanks to aloe’s moisturising and invigorating properties, it can improve the look and feel of skin and hair. Incorporated into lotions, shampoos, conditioners, and even makeup, this makes aloe vera powder a powerful ingredient to add to cosmetic formulations.
We all are aware of aloe vera gel’s many uses in our daily skincare and haircare routine. But one more way we can include aloe vera in our daily regime is Aloe Vera in Powder form.
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..
First,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 them 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:
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
we can add this aloe powder in our;
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.
HOW IS ALOE VERA POWDER OBTAINED?
Aloe vera is actually one of 420 species of the aloe plant. It is a low-maintenance plant that can be grown in Southwestern U.S, Mexico, Central America, and Southeast Asia. The aloe vera plant is composed of three main parts: the hardy green leaf, and the gel and juice held within the leaf. Aloe vera gel is the most commonly known component of aloe vera because it offers so many healing properties. The juice, on the other hand, has a bitter taste and acts like a laxative in high quantities.
Aloe vera powder is obtained when the gel is rinsed to remove remnants of the juice, dehydrated, and ground into a fine powder. This makes the powder very concentrated, like Aromatic Ingredient’s aloe vera powder with a 200:1 concentration. Only a small amount of aloe vera powder is needed to make a big impact.
WHAT ARE THE PROPERTIES OF ALOE VERA POWDER?
The healing properties of aloe vera are legendary and have been used since ancient times. An Egyptian text from 1550 BC describes aloe vera’s internal and external medicinal purposes, and it was first mentioned in the English language in 1655. By 1830, the U.S Pharmacopeia suggested that aloe be used to protect the skin, and today it has gained prominence as a superfood and healing tonic.
In fact, aloe vera is composed of 75 active components like vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that fight disease and support the body’s overall wellness. On a cosmetic level, aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities can help to alleviate skin ailments like psoriasis, itchy rashes, sunburn, and dryness. The polysaccharides found in aloe vera gel and powder even encourage regeneration of skin tissue.
HOW CAN ALOE VERA POWDER BE USED TO DEVELOP COSMETICS?
When aloe vera powder is dissolved into water, it creates a solution that can be easily added to cosmetic formulas, but the concentrated nature of the powder makes it possible to add directly into formulations at very low doses. A mere 1 percent addition of aloe vera powder to a product, which equates to about 1 gram, creates the same potency as pure aloe juice squeezed from a fresh plant. Since aloe powder has a considerably longer shelf life than aloe vera gel, it is easier to maintain.
Aloe vera’s versatile nature and many beneficial properties makes it a valuable addition to most cosmetics and self-care products. Toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, hand sanitiser, skin salve, face scrub, and makeup are just a few of the most popular uses for aloe vera powder. Aloe’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent oral health tool, it has both soothing and hydrating properties to revive dull hair and help relieve dandruff. When blended with essential oils, witch hazel, and other natural ingredients, aloe can act as a powerful remedy within most topical products.