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1. Find Aloe Vera

You can either buy or plant an Aloe Vera plant, or check around your neighborhood, at parks, and ask friends and family if they know where any Aloe Vera plants are located. Aloe is plentiful and very easy to find — and while most species are edible, double-check your finds (as some types of Aloe Vera have laxative effects).

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2. Gather The Ingredients

  • 3 tsp. of aloe vera gel
  • 5 tsp. of baking soda
  • 5 tsp. of vegetable glycerin
  • freshly chopped mint

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3. Cut the Aloe Vera

First things first: cut off the spikes and open through the fleshy leaf with a sharp knife.

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4. Get The Gel

Scrape the gel with a spoon or knife.

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5. Smash The Gel

Use a knife to chop the Aloe Vera gel into small juicy bits.

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6. Chop the Mint

Chop a bit of mint very finely for flavor, or you can add 10 drops of eucalyptus, peppermint, cinnamon or spearmint oil.

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7. Mix everything

Mix the Aloe Vera gel with the mint, add 5 tsp. of baking soda and 5 tsp. of vegetable glycerin, mix again.

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8. Pack it

You could reuse an empty cream pot or buy one that you like, glass is preferable for purity, but plastic is better for traveling with the Aloe Vera toothpaste you made yourself.

Note: The beautiful ceramic bowls seen above are handmade by Victoria Watson.

Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitots