How To Use Aloe Vera

I've not done a How-To video in a looong while... apologies!

Today, my video is about how to use fresh aloe vera straight from a plant. I've only just started adding Aloe to my diet ( i have an aloe drink every 2 or 3 days)... so I'll keep you updated on how it works out...

Aloe Vera contains numerous vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, natural sugars and agents which are anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.

I bought my aloe plant at a nursery for S$8. So far so good... I hope it doesn't die! My pink rose plant is doing ok so far... I got it 4 months ago and it's still blooming. Too bad I hate soil.. I would have made a good Gardener. lol


Also check out my short interview with SocialPR.


And... any of you girls ( and boys too) interested in joining cooking classes?? No, not me teaching! But I'm thinking of organising them... (for Peranakan food etc). Let me know, cos I need to gauge the response before seeing if it's feasible.


"Guppy" Honaker said…
Hey Holly:

I just saw your "how to" for using aloe vera. I have to say, I think you did a fabulous job.

Keep up the good work on you blog. - David

Aloe Vera 101
Jasmine said…
Hi Holly,

I am a big fan of Aloe Vera, so much so i read aloe vera books and studied the nature of the aloe vera plant.

Aloe vera is good for skin and body, but no all species of aloe vera can be eaten. Only 5 of the species can be eaten and the most potent one is Aloe barbadensis miller species.

Aloe vera have a lot of vitamins. minerals and eight essential amino acids which our body needs. However, for a aloe vera plants to have all these vitamins, minerals and amino acids, the aloe vera have to be at least 3 to 5 years old. These minerals cannot be found in small baby aloe vera plants.

Because the aloe vera need to get the nutrients from the soil, garden soil in a small pot often do not give enough nutrients to the plant.

What's left behind is only the fiber (the gel part). :)

Just sharing some facts..

hope you don't mind,

thank you. :)
Holly Jean said…
thanks for the info jasmine...

I've been reading up on aloe too, but I've never come across anything that says the plant has to be 3 yrs+ old to be beneficial. I know tht u shldn't use the shoots, and youngest leaves because they're not mature yet and hence don't have the necessary vitamins etc.

I've seen huge aloe leaves sold at the supermarket. but i also read tht once cut frm the plant, they start losing the beneficial properties after 2 hrs. I'm guessing the leaves sold at the supermarket have been off the plant for at least 1 whole day...

And bottled aloe (even though it states tht it's 90% aloe or whatever, isn't actually any good? is ths true?

What wld u suggest? ( I don't want to take it in tablet or capsule form though)

Thanks :)
Anonymous said…
The way you cut is damn dangerous. Please teach your readers the right thing.
tommy said…
you are talking with a slight british accent. this is not the way u speak on s factor? LOL.
Joey Anna said…
Peranakan cooking class sounds good. I am game if you're organizing and the timing is suitable. Will we get emailed if it takes place?
Holly Jean said…
response isn't great at the moment. buut will def shout out on my blog if and when i do organise it :)
Sam said…
Yea stumbled upon your videos on youtube... you really try to put on a british accent which sometimes falter and you sound all Singaporean and then back to being 'British' again... Weird. I like you but that was just plain..awkward.
Anonymous said…
can be eaten straight after washing without the lime juice? if too much and side effect??? the sticky suff can be consume too?
Holly Jean said…
yes, can be eaten without lime juice.

it has no taste. don't eat the sticky stuff! That's sap. its bitter and will upset ur tummy (won't die)

BTW. I've stopped obsessing over aloe v. cant be bothered to harvest it everyday.
Anonymous said…
Hey Holly, I just saw your video on how to curl your hair with rags. It seems like you did it with damp hair before you sleep. Wouldn't your hair (and pillow) stink when you wake up?
Holly Jean said…
nope.. never stunk !
Anonymous said…
Haha good to hear that! Cos sometimes when I sleep with damp hair for 2 or 3 consecutive nights, I find that my pillow has an irritating stench! Eew!!