If there’s a plant, with a wide range of health related benefits, it must be the Aloe Vera plant.
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant that has been used since ancient times (4.000 b.c.) by Sumerians and Egyptians. Aloe Vera was thought to be the holy grail of plants, the sacred plant – Egyptians used the Aloe Vera plant for health purposes, beauty care, and believed it to be the plant of immortality.
Both Cleopatra and Nefretete, used Aloe Vera for its health & beauty related benefits. Sources claim, that the secret behind Cleopatra’s beauty was strongly connected to her daily usage of Aloe Vera, and that she also used aloe herb for medicinal purposes. While to this day Nefretete is still known as the most beautiful woman who ever lived, there are records showing that her beauty care recipe was based on Aloe Vera. The Bible mentions removing Christ from the cross and wrapping his body in aloes and myrrh (John 19:39).
There are numerous historical records that talk highly of Aloe Vera and attribute great value to medicinal properties it displays.
There are over 400 species of Aloe grown around the world, but it is the Aloe Barbadensis Miller (Aloe Vera or “True Aloe”) plant which has been of most use to mankind due to its medicinal properties and health benefits.
PS: If you would like to go directly to the recipe on how to make the Aloe Vera lube at home, you may skip some of the following content.
PPS: Here is an amazing Aloe guide written by Britt Brandon on 301 pages – Discover the Natural Healing Power of Aloe Vera (get it from Amazon), which I highly recommend to anyone interested in DIY Aloe Vera solutions.
Can Aloe Vera Gel Be Used As A Personal Lube?
Yes, Aloe Vera works great as a personal lube. It’s healthy, it can be used orally, anally and it’s also safe for vaginal use. It is safe to use in combination with all types of materials (condoms, toys), plus it’s edible.
But, Aloe Vera is water-based lube, meaning it absorbs faster than silicone-based and oil-based lubricants. Although the absorption of aloe is very healthy for your body and skin, it does tend to dry out faster – and due to this reason, you’ll need to reapply it a couple of times during one single sexual intercourse.
The good thing is aloe lube becomes smooth and starts running nicely back again when in contact with water. So you don’t actually have to reapply the lube, you can just apply some water to the part of skin where you initially applied the lube. Therefore, it is a good idea to have some water prepped right by your side.
If what you want is a long-lasting lube that does not dry out, Aloe Vera might not be the perfect choice. For that we recommend you see our article on making a homemade extra virgin coconut oil as your personal lube, which lasts for forever.
Personally I use aloe as a lube frequently. It makes skin on my private parts feel smooth, more delicate to touch, overall it makes me feel good and increases my sex drive. My girlfriend also loves it, when I massage her with Aloe Vera. She says her skin feels a lot softer after aloe massage. We never had any problems or complications, which in fact did occur with some of the commercial lubes we tried.
Why You Should Make Your Own Homemade Aloe Vera Lube?
When we’ve written about Aloe Vera being edible, we meant just that – the Aloe Vera gel is safe to eat and has positive effect to your digestion, but only the aloe vera – In most modern products, if you read the label, there are other (unhealthy) ingredients included.
Buying an aloe product, usually means there are preservatives included and possible other ingredients that might not be natural, and also not edible. For this reason, making your own aloe vera lube from aloe leaf gel, might be the safest way to make sure your “product” is 100% natural. There are of course natural lubricants available on the market, but they are hard to find and you are never entirely 100% sure of their origin and how they were made. The best way to do it, is to do it yourself (DIY).
Phytochemistry of Aloe Vera gel has revealed the presence of more than 200 bioactive chemicals. Single one of them is crucial for obtaining the medicinal value and health benefits of aloe. Adding other chemicals, preservatives and possible heat exposure, will alter the original molecular structure, destroying the biochemical balance of the Aloe Vera gel.
Looking at the label of a random Aloe Vera commercially sold gel, we can find additional ingredients listed, which are described below.
- Function: pH balancer
- Scientific description: An amine produced by reacting ethylene oxide (considered highly toxic) with ammonia (another known toxin). [source: truthinaging.com]
DMDM Hydantoin C7H12N2O4
- Function: preservative
- Scientific description: Carcinogen formaldehyde. It actually works as a preservative by releasing formaldehyde. It is also a strong skin, eye, and lung irritant. It has also been known to trigger an immune response that can include burning, itching, blistering, or scaling of skin. [source: chemicaloftheday]
Tetrasodium EDTA C10H16N2O8
- Function: chelating agent
- Scientific description: Tetrasodium EDTA side effects include a number of potential problems. In some individuals, this chemical has been known to cause skin irritation. Other studies suggest that Tetrasodium EDTA may contribute to the development of cancer. [source: thedermreview.com]
Diazolidinyl Urea C8H14N4O7
- Function: preservative
- Scientific description: An antimicrobial preservative that works by forming formaldehyde in cosmetic products. People exposed to such formaldehyde-releasing ingredients may develop a formaldehyde allergy or an allergy to the ingredient itself. [source: ewg.org]
If we return to the origins of Aloe Vera usage, I don’t believe Cleopatra and Nefretete were using aloe with modern additives, formaldehyde releasers and artificial preservatives. People used aloe through the entire history the way it was. Only recently the modern culture started adding chemicals in all types of products we are either eating or applying to our bodies. And the effect of such works will show in near future.
Therefore, the main reasons to make your own homemade Aloe Vera lube, are:
- You can be positive of its origins.
- You know the procedure of how it was made.
- You know that the ingredients that were used were all natural.
- And if you go as far as to growing your own Aloe Vera plant, you may even be sure that it’s organic.
Yes, in order to make completely natural and organic Aloe Vera personal lube, you should grow your own aloe plant. Of course if you know someone and trust that he was organically growing the Aloe plant, go for it.
But otherwise, most of the Aloe Vera plants available on the market are subjected to pesticides. Some farms do use natural or so called “organic pesticides”, but are those really any better from synthetic pesticides? See this article and find the conclusion that half of the “natural chemicals” that are used daily by organic farms have been proven as cancerogenic.
In continuation of this article, we are going to cover two crucial parts of making 100% natural aloe lube:
- 1st – How to organically grow your own Aloe plant.
- 2nd – How to create true natural and organic lube from Aloe Vera gel.
Grow Your Own Aloe Vera Plant Organically
For making the purest, 100% natural and organic aloe lube, we do recommend growing your own aloe plant without the use of any chemicals. There are basically 2 ways of growing an aloe plant:
- a) You can grow Aloe Vera from seeds, or
- b) you can grow your aloe from a younger plant (aka babies or pups).
We are going to cover in this article, how to grow your Aloe Vera from a younger plant. If you are interested about how to grow aloe from seeds, we recommend visiting this site.
And if you are wondering: No, you cannot grow Aloe Vera by cutting and planting its leaves. This might be unusual, since most of succulent plants are able to propagate from cuttings. Well, Aloe Vera isn’t, and will not grow from cuttings in like 95%.
Now, let’s learn this natural step-by-step process of growing your own Aloe Vera Plant (organically)
First, you need to get a fully matured Aloe Vera plant. I was lucky enough while visiting Croatia, there I came across lots of aloe plants growing around this town near sea. Every grown aloe plant had masses of baby plants attached to it. It is the babies you need to separate from a grown plant in order to start growing your own Aloe Vera.
How do you separate Aloe Vera puppies from the mother?
First thing that is crucial for starting an organic growth of your own aloe plant, is successfully separating aloe puppies from the mother plant. In the above picture you can see how the pups propagated around the mother.
Size of the pup you want to split from the mother plant should be around 3 to 4 inches (ca. 7 to 10 cm). Separating smaller pup increases the risk of its survival.
To start with, you need to take the plant out of its pot or dig it out from where it’s growing. Be careful when digging to not hurt aloes rooting system – roots of aloe tend to grow more wide than deep. Cleaning the soil form the rooting system is you next task, so brush it carefully. You want to see the roots clearly, with as little amount of dirt as possible.
To divide baby from the parent plant, try pulling it gently first, to see if it will separate with ease. If it doesn’t give up, you need to use sharp knife for the separation process. Important thing is: baby plant has to have roots once separated from the mother (no roots = no growth).
When to do the separation of aloe pups from mother plant?
What you should also consider is the time of the year when you are doing the separation. Summer is not the greatest time for splitting the plants, because at that time the plants are growing the most. You should pick the time when the growth is slow.
Best time to divide aloe pups from the mother plant is at late fall, winter or early spring. Doing it at that time will contribute to minimum shock for the plant itself. But since aloe plants are quite strong and not as sensitive as other succulents, they will probably still live even if you separate them in summer.
Healing aloes wounds you’ve made during separation process (callusing succulents)
Before planting the Aloe Vera pups it’s necessary that you first leave them to rest for a few days (about 4 to 5 days).
This step is obligatory: the aloes need to heal their “wounds”. Healing means, that the areas where you’ve made cuts, when doing separation, need to dry out (callus). This applies for all succulents not just the Aloe Vera plants. The wounds have to callus over before you put your Aloe Vera back into the soil.
You should put your aloe to rest in a dry and cool place. There should be no direct sun light to your plant at that time. But it’s also not good to be completely dark. Just sort your aloe pups over a dry paper towel and let them sit inside your house – somewhere where direct sunlight can’t touch them.
How do you plant an Aloe Vera puppy?
Once the cuts have dried out and callusing is finished, you may plant your aloe pups inside a pot. Callus is going to make sure that the roots will not rot once inside the soil. You should use a small pot, and when the plant will over-grow it, you will replant it in a bigger pot (or outside the house, directly into the ground).
The optimal pot size to use for planting aloe pups: Pot should be just slightly bigger compared to the size of pup, about 4 inches in diameter (ca. 10 cm). The pot should also have good amount of drainage holes, in order to ensure dry conditions.
The best soil to plant your Aloe Vera pups in: Aloe Vera grows best in dry conditions. Therefore you should prepare mix of regular quality soil and building sand. You can also put in the mix some natural compost. My personal soil mix: I use soil from a nearby forest (no chemicals in the ground there), I add the compost I get from grass trimming, and mix in some building sand… that’s it… Do not use artificial fertilizers, aloes don’t need those anyway. I add some round stones on top of the soil once my aloe is potted.
How to pot the aloe pup: Once you have the soil inside the pot, create a small hole in the middle with your fingers. Take your Aloe Vera pup and insert the roots inside the hole you just made. Gently squeeze the soil back in. Basically the roots have to be buried under the soil, while aloe leaves have to be outside the soil.
Growing and caring for your new Aloe Vera plant
Many people make mistake of over-watering the Aloe plant. Aloes don’t need much water and are used to live in dry environments. In my case, when I found Aloe Vera near Croatian seas, there’s usually very warm and dry weather (the point being, they didn’t get a lot of water there). So, during the first 4 weeks water your aloe pup once per 10 days. Later you can reduce the frequency of watering to once per 25 days.
My first Aloe Vera died from deficit of sunlight. When I came home from my prolonged summer vacation my first aloe was looking terrible and I never managed to heal it. You really need to be careful where you place your aloe plant. It needs about 6 to 8 hours of sunlight daily (mine had zero since I placed it in a random corner inside the house). The best indoor (and outdoor) lightning conditions you can create for your Aloe Vera plant is by facing it into the south-west direction (it’s going to get all the sunlight in the afternoon).
Re-pot once it gets too big for the initially used pot. Your aloe plant will grow and once it overgrows the 4 inch pot you used initially for planting it, you need to find her a bigger home. If you want to keep it inside, just transplant it to a bigger pot. When enough time will pass, there will be new pups around your matured aloe plant, you can split those from parent plant and repeat the process, thus propagating your organically grown Aloe Vera plant.
Through the entire time of growing your aloes, please avoid any chemicals or stuff from stores that are supposed to be “good for your plant”. All you need is water and a quality soil. Avoid any artificial chemicals to ensure organic growth of your aloe plant.
You will need the leaves of fully grown Aloe Vera plant for creating your lube. If you wonder how the Aloe Vera natural water-based lubricant is made, continue to the next chapter.
Making A Natural Lubricant From Aloe Vera Gel
Making a personal lubricant from Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) gel is pretty easy and a quick done process. It’s nothing compared to creating a lube like cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil, where the creation process spans over a couple of days. You will have your aloe lube done in a matter of minutes, 1 hour tops.
How come natural aloe vera lubricant is so hard to get if you claim that the proces of creation is easy?
○ Lifetime: Unlike lubes made on an oil-base (coconut, almond, …) which are natural preservatives by themselves, lube from Aloe Vera gel goes bad pretty soon. Expiration time of natural & organic aloe lube is somewhere around one month. None of the manufacturers can afford their products being expired after one month – It would mean great risk and cost to them. Thus, commercial products are 99% of times added preservatives to prolong product lifetime.
○ Quantity over Quality: Many modern producers of lubes, gels, plants, etc… focus primarily on quantity. For example: I talked to a guy who owns a big farm and has plenty of crops. Discussion somehow led to “organic” topics. He told, he wished to produce 100% organic crops, but risk for him of losing entire crop due to possible infestation is just to big. For this reason he systematically sprays pesticides all over to keep his crops safe. I understand him completely, but… the fact is, modern society uses unnatural methods (which include adding toxins), with the purpose of creating more of what they’re producing, instead of focusing on adding value through improving quality.
Even though we told that the DIY Aloe Vera lube process is fairly easy, there are some critical points:
- Not getting the gel out at the proper age of the aloe plant. Do not try to make lube from a plant that is still too young. Waste of plant and the quality of gel isn’t as good as in old aloe plants. You have to get the gel from a grown aloe plant.
- Only stirring the aloe gel, will not provide you with the best lube. Some people take out the gel, stir it, and store it. They believe that’s it, but it’s not optimal. If you do it this way, your aloe lube going to dry out after the application very fast.
- Making a big amount of lube at once. Please don’t. Your homemade Aloe Vera will expire (go bad) after about 4 weeks. Make smaller batch size, use it. When you’re empty just repeat the process of making your aloe vera lubricant – It’s easy and quick.
- Mixing other stuff with your Aloe Vera gel. By this, I am pointing to the use of preservatives, or other artificial products, which clearly ruin the natural beauty (and bio-chemical structure) of the aloe vera gel. Some even mix aloe with sunscreen (???) – I fail to understand logic behind this. Aloe won’t protect you from sun in a preventive sense, it merely heals the sun burns. A good way to get sun burns is by mixing your sunscreen with a 3rd party ingredient.
Step-by-step how to make aloe personal lube from Aloe Vera gel (video tutorial included)
Below you can find a step-by-step DIY process for making your homemade 100% natural water-based lubricant from Aloe Vera gel. You may help yourself with this great video made by a YouTuber “Alicia P.” We believe this method will provide you with what we call Natural and Organic Lube, having the most beneficial properties to your health and the best experience for your sensitive skin.
Step 1 | Get your ingredients – Get freshly cut leaves from organically grown Aloe Vera plant (if we may advise, our preferred type is Aloe Barbadensis Miller).
Step 2 | Prepare your tools – For successfully completing the process you will need: a sieve (strainer), a nice glass container, bottle of soft water, a knife and a spoon.
Step 3 | Cutting aloe leaves – Cut the aloe vera leaves longitudinally, with the main goal of removing (peeling off) the top layer and getting to the aloe vera gel (which is hidden inside).
Step 4 | Scraping off the Aloe Vera gel – Once you have aloe leaves cut longitudinally, use the spoon to scrape the gel off. Put the gel inside the sieve.
Step 5 | Pouring water over the gel – When your sieve has a decent amount of gel inside, pour over some cold soft water (do it above the sink).
Step 6 | Stirring the gel inside the sieve – Wait for water to stop flowing, and then start stirring aloe gel inside the sieve with a spoon. Gel will start extending through the sieve.
Step 7 | Putting your lube inside a container – Put the gel extending through the sieve inside a container of your choice. If some water goes in together with the gel, is not a problem… after all it is a water-based lube.
Repeat steps 5 to 7, until there is no more gel in a sieve (all of it should be inside your container).
And that’s it! There you have your own 100% pure homemade Aloe Vera personal lube made from a natural Aloe Vera gel. Go ahead and use it for:
- face care and body care;
- sexual acts (vaginal, anal, oral);
- solo action;
- for a sensual massage;
- for treating sunburns;
- for treating skin rashes and irritations;
- and basically for all skin related issues.
Store your Aloe Vera lube in a sealable glass container inside the fridge. Low temperatures will maximize the lifetime of your newly made “product” to 3-4 weeks. We hope you enjoyed our article titled Homemade 100% Natural Water-Based Lubricant | Aloe Vera, and we recommend you come back every week, since we are surely gonna have something new waiting for you. Thank you and good bye.