How to Dry Aloe Vera Leaves

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Things You'll Need

  • Paring knife

  • Small baking sheet

  • Large paper grocery bag

  • Dehumidifier or dehydrator

Tip

Knock the powder into an airtight jar and refrigerate until you need it.

Aloe vera is a natural remedy against dry skin.

Aloe vera has long been touted as a skin moisturizer and a soothing remedy for burns, scrapes and bug bites. When you make your own skin lotions and astringents at home, drying the leaves of aloe allows you the ability to use the powdery extract in a myriad of creations. Drying dry aloe vera leaves takes time and patience, but not a lot of skill.

Step 1

Peel one of the layers of thick, green skin from the aloe leaves by slicing it off with the paring knife. Flip the sliced skins with the slimy side up on a small baking sheet.

Step 2

Place pulpy aloe leaves, pulp up, on the sheet as well.

Step 3

Slide the baking sheet into the grocery sack. Roll the opened end closed.

Step 4

Turn on your dehumidifier (dehydrator) in a bathroom or closet in your home. A small one is suitable for this project when turned on its highest setting. Place the bagged sheet of leaves on into the dehydrator.

Step 5

Check on the leaves in 48 hours. They should be dried and shriveled by this time. The aloe gel converts to a crumbly white powder.

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Chelsea Hoffman

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