Rinse aloe vera leaves well, and cut of the serrated edges on either side, leaving as much of the leaf intact as possible.
Slide your knife down the leaves from the base of the leaf to the point, exposing the aloe gel inside.
Cut the leaf into pieces that will fit into your dehydrator. You can also dry this on the lowest heat convection setting of your oven, but it will take longer.
Dry the aloe leaf pieces until completely dry and brittle. At first they will appear dry, but will still be flexible. Continue to dry until brittle to ensure no moisture is left over that could cause bacterial growth in your oil.
Once fully dry, fill a glass jar with dried aloe vera leaves. Completely cover the pieces with the coconut oil (or other carrier oil of choice). Leave in a sunny spot for several weeks.
After several weeks in a warm spot, your oil should have a nice, clean aloe scent. It will also have taken up some of the color of the aloe leaves.
Strain the leaf pieces out of your oil. I place a strainer over a funnel, and pour the oil through the strainer into a storage bottle.
You are now ready to use your aloe oil!
You can speed up the infusion process by heating the oil with the aloe leaves. Be careful about not using too much oil, though, or it could affect the leaves and may lead to a bitter oil. I prefer to let the sun do its work gently over several weeks.
Recipe printed from Oh, The Things We'll Make! Blog. https://thethingswellmake.com/how-to-make-aloe-oil/