Aloe Vera Gel - Organic
(organic - grown without the use of pesticides or chemicals; aloin-free)
(Aloe barbadensis with natural preservatives: 0.1% potassium sorbate as a preservative to counteract bacteria, citric acid as a preservative and xanthan gum for slight thickening)
Grown and produced in the USA. The inner leaf is ground and cold pressed for a smooth, silky texture that is not at all sticky once it is completely rubbed in.
Shelf life is up to 2 years if refrigerated
Refrigeration will extend shelf life. Allow to come to room temperature before using.
Oxygen is a big enemy to shelf life. Keep caps snug.
Write the date of purchase on the label in permanent marker.
Avoid contaminating the Aloe Vera with fingers or pipettes inserted into the bottle. Unsterilized items such as fingers, cotton balls and pipettes that come into contact with the oils will potentially contaminate them. Pour off the quantity you will need into a smaller container or bottle and work from that.
According to research shared by Robert Tisserand in his Skin Care series, using a gel base (such as aloe vera gel) allows essential oil constituents to absorb more than 20x better than a carrier oil.
Aloe Vera may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function:
Antiseptic - inhibits bacteria, fungi, viruses
Digestive - heartburn, laxative
Skin - anti-aging, astringent, increase elasticity, increase softness, protect from radiation
Wounds - minor abrasions, irritations
Linda's Favorite Hand Sanitizer Gel
2 oz spray or flip-top bottle (60 ml)
54 ml pure aloe gel
6 ml essential oils - there are about 30 drops per ml. (Citrus Quench is our favorite blend)
1 drop GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract) optional
(Refrigerate when not in use to increase shelf life)
*If you feel to add alcohol, Vodka works well, but Everclear does not, as the proof is too high and causes clumping issues with the aloe vera.
We figure that you need roughly 10% essential oil for an effective antibacterial sanitizer with no alcohol content, although that might vary depending on the essential oil used. This is not a recommendation nor is it a scientifically derived estimate. I can't remember where I originally read this information, but if I find it, I'll be sure to post it!
1. I just discovered a 'deodorant' that really works for me. I use Lymphatic Cleanse and Aloe Vera gel. I squirt some gel into my palm, add several drops of Lymphatic Cleanse blend, mix and coat my underarms and other lymph areas. This is very comfortable on large areas of skin. I let the gel dry before dressing. I'm so happy for a cheap, simple and beneficial deodorant that really works! - Cynthia
2. Yesterday we were at the park, and when we weren't looking, our 2 year old took his shoes off. All of a sudden we heard horrific screams coming from him. He had walked onto the "safety mat" on the playground and his feet were being burned. He couldn't figure out how to get off of the mat. His big sister ran over and picked him up. We quickly put his feet in some very cold water for about 20-30 minutes. I put some Lavender on as soon as we got in the car, but he screamed the whole 45 minutes home. He had first and second degree burns over the bottoms of both feet. As soon as we got home, we put Aloe Vera gel on his feet and covered them with non-stick pads. We changed the dressing several times last night and did one final dressing before bedtime. This morning the blisters had drained and the first degree burns were mostly healed up. We dressed it again with Aloe Vera and non stick pads, and he was able to take a few steps. It has been amazing to see how fast he has healed. I am so thankful to the Lord that we have been given the resources to help our bodies heal. - RaShell
Potassium sorbate has been generally recognized as safe for use in foods and personal care products. It has been cleared as a food preservative by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration based on extensive testing. Potassium sorbate is well-tolerated in most people, being easily metabolized. Allergic reactions are rare.
Caution about preservatives found in some aloe vera gels:
Some Aloe Vera Gels claim to be "100% Natural" but contain the following as preservatives (These are not our Aloe Vera):
TRETHLANOLAMINE - Cancer, allergies/immunotoxicity, organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), contamination concerns: nitrosamines
TOCOPHERYL ACETATE - Cancer, allergies/immunotoxicity, ecotoxicology, contamination concerns: hydroquinone
CARBOMER - none identified
TETRASOMIUM EDTA - Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), enhanced absorption, occupational hazards
DMDM HYDANTOIN - allergies/immunotoxicity, irritation (skin, eyes or lungs), contamination concerns: formaldehyde.
DIAZOLIDNYL UREA - allergies/immunotoxicity, contamination concerns: formaldehyde
HDPE is an inert plastic that is considered safe under normal use and is deemed not to leach harmful materials into its contents. HDPE has been used for 20 years and has undergone rigorous testing under FDA guidelines to ensure its safety as a food and beverage container suitable for storage and reuse. We select HDPE packaging because, as plastics go, it is considered safe, recyclable and convenient. While the FDA considers this plastic to be safe, you should error on the side of safety. Never put hot liquids into these plastics or leave them out in the sun.