Can you freeze aloe vera? 

In this brief guide, we’ll address the query: “Can you freeze aloe vera?” Also, we’ll explore how aloe vera can be frozen, how to store aloe vera, what are the uses of aloe vera, and what are the contraindications of aloe vera? 

Can you freeze aloe vera

Yes, aloe vera can be frozen, most commonly, in its gel form, although leaves and juice can be frozen too. 

When the gel is extracted from the plant, it is susceptible to oxidation, and this can alter its color, consistency, and the benefits it supplies users with. 

Freezing slows the oxidation process (which is temperature-sensitive) and allows aloe vera gel to retain some of its original properties.

Below, we’ll discuss a few outlines that can help users preserve aloe vera and reap a majority of benefits. 

How can I freeze aloe vera

Aloe vera can be frozen in its leaves, once the gel has been extracted, or in the form of juice. 

Aloe leaves can be frozen by placing them inside a freeze-resistant container that seals shut, or by placing them in a quality freezer bag that can have all the air pushed out. Frozen leaves can be stored for up to eight months without any burns and at peak freshness. 

Aloe gel can be preserved by extracting it into clean, tight-sealing containers, or by freezing it into a mold (such as ice cube trays), then placing the solidified gel in a plastic freezer bag and drawing out the excess air. 

Frozen, aloe vera gel can keep for up to six months and is ideally portioned before freezing, as defrosting speeds up oxidation and breakdown of its components. 

Aloe vera that has not been thawed can be placed back in the freezer, and it can be defrosted by leaving it overnight in the fridge, or by taking it out and leaving it on the countertop for a few minutes. 

If the latter, aloe gel should be used in its entirety immediately after, as it will begin to denature and won’t offer the same benefits. 

Aloe juice can be stored in a tight-sealing bottle with enough space for it to expand into. 

How can aloe vera be stored? 

Aloe vera is best used fresh, and sometimes maintaining a supply in the shape of healthy plants is the best storage option. This is because once the gel has been extracted, or once the leaves have been pruned, the breakdown process is inevitable, though it can be delayed.  

Refrigerating and freezing are feasible storage alternatives for the short and long term, respectively. 

Commercial formulations of aloe gel are made with antioxidants and other preservatives that allow it to keep for prolonged periods, and these can be stored at room temperature, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. 

What are the uses of aloe vera

Aloe vera can provide many benefits, and notably, treats many skin conditions, including superficial burns, acne, shallow cuts and scratches, psoriasis, sores, dandruff lesions, and others. 

Also, it has been linked to digestive health, although the exact benefits and their extent are still being debated, if not completely revised.

Aloe vera can also be indicated as a treatment for type II diabetes patients, as it has been associated with decreases in blood glucose levels. 

Additionally, aloe vera is reputed to be useful in maintaining oral hygiene, and it may be useful in treating breast cancer, though more studies are currently needed to confirm or refute the latter claim. 

What are the contraindications of aloe vera

Despite its many benefits, ingesting aloe vera is not recommended to patients that are receiving medication for kidney disease, obstruction in the digestive tract (intestinal), heart disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, among others. 

Aloe vera may interact with prescribed medications such as anticoagulants, corticosteroids, laxatives, diuretics, and analgesics, by reducing their absorption and by extension, their efficacy. 

Patients that have been prescribed one or more medications of the types listed above should consult with their doctors if aloe vera is right for them and does not antagonize their treatment. 

Skin conditions in diabetic patients and those that are immunocompromised should not be treated with aloe, but rather, should be tended to by a medical professional, lest the lesions evolve into a more serious condition such as sepsis.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we’ve addressed the query: “Can you freeze aloe vera?” Also, we’ve explored how aloe vera can be frozen, how to store aloe vera, what are the uses of aloe vera and what are the contraindications of aloe vera?  

References

https://www.webmd.com/diet/supplement-guide-aloe-vera

https://www.healthline.com/health/7-amazing-uses-aloe-vera

https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-use-aloe-vera-plant

https://www.everydayhealth.com/alternative-health/potential-health-benefits-of-aloe-vera/

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/12361-sepsis

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/aloe-vera-for-face

https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/aloe-vera-for-face

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