Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a plant that is used for its juice, meat, and even the leaves. It has been known to heal burns, calm stomach aches, and can be used in hair and skin care. However, it has to be properly prepared in order to make it as beneficial as possible.

Parts of an aloe leaf and how to use them

The aloe leaf contains three main parts: the outer leaf, gel, and meat.

Outer leaf

People (on the internet) say you can eat it, for example in salsa. I tried that and it’s not for me. It’s crunchy, a bit slimy, and has the bitter taste of aloe. Granted, I did just take a bite out of it to see what it was like, but I wouldn’t eat this in any way, shape, or form.


This is the stringy liquid that gets strained off the meat. This can be consumed just like the meat can, but can also be used in skin and hair care. I use it as a leave-in moisturizer on my face and hair, and put it on any burn or cut that I get.


Aloe meat is the chunks that don’t strain out; this part of the plant is for consumption. Unlike the gel, this is not very useful for skin or hair care, as it is chunky and doesn’t dissolve. I use this in smoothies or my morning oatmeal, as it blends into the texture and is not noticeable.

Aloe vera at Woodman's

Aloe vera

Yield: 1 aloe vera leaf
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Instructions on how extract aloe vera gel and remove the bitterness.


  • 1 aloe vera leaf
  • Water


  1. Wash outside of aloe leaf. Cut off bottom white part and spiky sides, then cut down the middle of the meat to separate the leaf in half.
  2. Use a spoon to scoop out the meat into a bowl. Cover with water and allow to soak for 10-30 minutes, then drain.
  3. Place drained meat into a blender. Blend until as smooth as possible.
  4. Strain into a bowl. (The solid part is the meat and the liquid part is the gel.) Store separately in the fridge.


The bottom white part can be soaked and processed to aid with constipation.

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