Alright now we are going to show you guys how to filet an Aloe Vera properly.
Now Ihave seen many people do it and before today I wouldn’t do it the best way possible.
I am glad to share with you guys the best way to filet the Aloe so you guys don’tget any of the green or the yellow sap, the aloenin, that smells like B.
and is a laxativeso if you eat too much of that stuff it can upset your stomach and it will not be goodfor you.
What you do want to eat is the clear gel on the inside.
Furthermore what we aregoing to do to ensure we get all that aloenin off is we are actually going to soak the aloein water after we cut it.
We have 2 different 1 gallon pitchers of water to ensure thatwe don’t get any of that stuff on it.
The tools you will simply need are #1 a knifeand #2 this is like a cake spreader thing, so there is no sharp blade on here and thisis literally just going to separate the green from the gel on the inside.
First step isyou are going to take your knife here and just cut off the ends.
So as you can see assoon as we cut off one end it is instantly going to start bleeding that yellow stuff.
The next we’re going to do is just cut off that second end.
Next we are going to cutoff the spines on the edges.
Also when we do this do you see how it is flat on thisside and this side is curved up? We’re going to want to cut off these spines, but at thesame time we are going to want to take the blade kind of diagonally to cut off some ofthe green as well.
So we are going to just carefully, cutting away from myself, cut offall the spines at a diagonal.
There we go that how it looks once we do that.
Now we’regoing to do the other side.
Alright and as you guys can see it is literally drippingthis yellow ooze this is stuff you do not want to consume.
This is going to be bleedingfor a while so what we are going to do is just dunk it in our water and try to get itfully submerged, I am going to cut it off here so that it can be fully submerged anddunk it in the water.
What this is going to do is get some of that yellow aloenin offand actually get it pulled out of the Aloe Vera so that when we eat our filet we arenot getting any of that stuff.
Many Aloe Vera juice products and other products that aremade and sold in health food stores are not prepared in this way and may have high aloenincontent which means you will not be able to drink as much of it.
In addition because alot of them are heat processed a lot of the nutrients may be diminished.
So I always encourageyou guys to process all your foods out of your garden at your home and eat the freshestfoods possible.
There is literally no processing in here, we are just cutting it off, soakingit in water probably for about 5 minutes.
While this one is soaking I am probably goingto cut up a few more so I can have a super bomb drink we are going to make in the Vitamixblender in just a few minutes.
Alright so I cut a few more Aloe, they have been sittingin there for just a little bit.
Next I am going to go ahead and show you guys how tofilet it.
We are going to go ahead and do a close up on the cutting board so you guyscan see the specific way to do it.
Let’s go ahead and take out the one that has beensoaking the longest here, we’ll let some of the water drip off.
And if you look asit here you should see very little of the yellow aloenin on there.
I am still seeinga little bit here so what I might want to do is cut a little more off, or dunk it alittle more.
Alright so it has been about 5 minutes so we are going to take this oneout here we are going to let some of the water drain off.
The yellow stuff has been oozingout because Aloe kind of bleeds yellow, like you bleed red.
We got this guy out now solet’s do the close up shot.
We’ll show you how to use this cake spatula thing tofilet the Aloe.
So we are going to take our little cake spatula thing and we’re goingto take the Aloe here and you can see it is curved up so we are going to push it all theway flat against the cutting board here.
We’re going to take this and carefully slide itright in between the green part and the clear gel.
You don’t even really have to use acutting motion I am basically just pulling this along.
Once again this doesn’t havea blade on it this is just really super easy to pull along here.
Keep this parallel withthe cutting board pull it along and it comes right out.
As you can see here we did leavea little bit on here I could have cut it a little closer .
If I did this again I wouldprobably go back in there and try to pull things along and get to at the exact bottomso I could have the most gel.
This is the most healing part of the Aloe here.
So nowwe flip this piece over and we are going to do the exact same thing, we’re going totake the cake spatula spreader thing to the bottom of the Aloe once again we’re goingto get it right in there and just pull it right along.
Try to keep this parallel tothe cutting board so we’re getting the maximum amount of the Aloe gel out without gettingany of the green stuff.
No green stuff allowed! Alright so here we go this stuff is reallysuper slimy, check it out.
We’ve got a nice clear Aloe bit.
Looks like I left a littlebit on there I was a bad boy, we’re going to take the knife here and cut that littlebit off here.
We don’t want any of that stuff.
Now once we’ve got this cut and ithas all this clear goo, we’re going to take this other pitcher and just dunk this rightin here to get off any of the residual yellow coloring, the aloenin, which is the irritantwhich is not good for us.
So once again we do not want to eat that stuff.
Once we rinsethis stuff off, go ahead and pull it out, it is all ready to eat.
Check it out thisstuff is so gooey, it’s going to go right in the Vitamix and we’re going to blendthat bad boy up! Now we’re going to go ahead and pull that second piece out .
I want youguys to take a look, I mean you guys saw what this water looked like before I dropped thesein there it mean it was totally clear.
Afterwards it is totally a yellow color.
You know thisis the stuff you do not want to be eating, that is why we are soaking it.
Never beforehave we learned this method of soaking and actually double soaking.
This is for the especialgermophobes like I am to make sure there is no contamination of that yellow stuff.
Soyou get the highest levels of the best nutrients without the anti-nutrients.
So we are goingto go ahead and use the same technique on this guy once again we are putting cake spatularight down thru just ripping this right across goes really simple and really easy this isnot really any cutting this is really nice soft and gelatinous comes right thru, realsimple, and real easy.
Go ahead and flip this bad boy over were going to go ahead and dothe back side by cutting thru the backside real simple, real easy.
I am definitely gettingbetter at it.
Alright here you go one nice Aloe.
This is some ooey gooey stuff.
Don’twatch this if you are high it will trip you out.
Alright so we are going to go ahead anddunk that guy in there.
I’ve got one more to do and then we are going to dump this stuffin the blender and I am going to have some delicious Aloe Vera, sugarcane juice.
I havenever had this before and I definitely can’t wait.
Alright we’re going to go ahead andpull this last piece that was soaking out and take it and transfer it over right inthe blender.
So we have a whole bunch of pieces now of the Aloe Vera Miller Stockton varietythat we are going to blend up.
Now you could blend this up plain and it would actuallytaste very neutral now that you took all the bitter components out.
You can see we gota lot of it out in the first dunk, not so much in the second, I’m sure we got a littlebit more out just to make sure that we got it super clean and smooth.
If you have everbought Aloe Vera juice in the store it has a really watery taste because they literallyprocess it really hardcore with things like diatomaceous earth and charcoal which in myopinion may be pulling out a lot of the beneficial nutrients plus it is heated to a high temperature.
This way we are taking out all the bitter components and leaving all the delicious goodstuff.
The downside is that is going to be a little bit thick.
We are going to want toreduce that down so what we are going to do today is add one of my favorites, we’regoing to add some sugar cane juice.
What they do is they take sugar cane and run it througha juicer and you get sugar cane juice.
I drank most of this bottle, hopefully I have enoughto blend up with my Aloe to make a delicious, rich sugar cane Aloe Vera drink.
I just can’twait.
If you have never had sugar cane juice you have to come to south Florida or any othertropical area to try it.
It is actually quite good.
It is better than drinking a soda becauseyou get that sweetness but it is mellowed out by the stalk, the green or red of thesugar cane because it is juiced with the stalk and all.
It has a nice kind of sugary butkind of mild taste but not sugary like a soda.
If you want to take it up a notch you cantake the sugar cane juice and some sparkling mineral water and a squeeze of lime.
Anyways this guy is ready to blend up and I am actually quite thirsty aftermy hard day’s work.
Start the blender on low, one thing I recommend is not to overblend it.
You want to blend just enough to get to the consistency desired.
The longeryou blend the less nutrition you are going to have because with every revolution it iscausing further oxidation to your juice.
Alright hopefully that is blended up enough to mixall that stuff up.
Let’s go ahead and pull these guys off the blender here and see whatwe’ve got.
This looks really nice and thick, check out this consistency.
Wow it is fairlythick.
I have juiced Aloe Vera before and it is quick thick.
Let’s see how it cameout with just the filet only no bitterness.
Wow to me that tastes just like watered downsugar cane juice, no bitter, no astringent, no weird flavor.
It’s a bit frothy and justa little bit thick because it is gelatinous.
But some of the properties in the gelatinoussubstance are the best for us.
So I have to clean up this mess here and then I want toshare with you guys the expert on Aloe Vera, that is why he is growing all these Aloe Veraplants here.
He’s researched it and he has learned that it is one of the most healingplants in the world.
In addition he has a company that offers raw, unpasteurized, pulpjust like I have done today sent to you directly.
More importantly since I don’t want youguys buying things in packages, bottles, and jars and stuff I want you growing this athome.
So I have arranged with him to have a special deal with you guys to buy some ofthe pups so that you guys can start growing some of this special variety of Aloe Vera,the Miller Stockton in your own yard.
Now if you don’t have a yard, don’t worryyou can still order delicious Aloe Vera juice from him directly so you can derive all itsbenefits.
So next we’re going to go ahead and talk to Dr.
Mike, the expert on Aloe Vera.
John: So now we are here with Dr.
Michael Haley and this guy let me tell you he knowsa lot about Aloe.
Hope you guys enjoyed checking out his place and the demonstration I didwith the Aloe.
A lot of people are not aware of the healing benefits of Aloe and why youshould include it, I think, on a regular basis.
Mike who should someone regularly includeAloe in their life? Dr.
Haley: That is a great question John.
The first thing I want to mention about that is a lot of people know that Aloe is goodon their skin.
They know that if you put it on your skin it will heal things faster.
Therehas been research done that shows that when you put it on your skin things heal about2x faster.
Well I like to think of the skin and the gut as one organ.
So if you thinkabout it they actually make patched of medicine that you put on your skin (transdermal).
Sothe skin will actually absorb things whether it is essential oils, drugs, medications,or whatever you are putting it goes into the skin.
Things also come out of your skin.
Itis the same thing with your gut.
You put food in your body and it goes in your gut, technicallyit is not in your body yet it has to pass through that wall to get into your blood stream.
It works just like the skin things kind of go back and forth through the gut wall.
SoI like to think of these as one organ.
So we know that Aloe heals the skin and it seemsto do the same thing to the gut.
I don’t have the research done yet, but we know itis working because that is why people are drinking it.
People have things like acidreflux, irritable bowel disease, now you don’t need these things to benefit from Aloe, butif it helping people with these conditions how healthy can it be for your gut.
We knowit works on the skin and it seems to work wonders on the gut and that is probably thenumber one reason why people are drinking Aloe Vera.
John: Wow so it works for the skin and it works for the gut I guess.
Haley: Yea and that is just the beginning of things.
People talk about Aloe Vera forso many other things other than just gut conditions whether it be crohn’s disease, irritablebowel disease, or acid reflux.
They are also using it because it seems to lower and stabilizeblood sugar levels for people with elevated blood sugar levels.
Happens to be one of thosesuper foods that is beneficial for that.
And then there is another real neat thing aboutit is the immune system.
Everyone wants a better functioning immune system.
We eat alot of fruits and vegetables and a lot of things that are beneficial to our bodies sothat our immune system can be at optimum levels.
Aloe actually has one particular nutrientin it called Acemannan and if you look up Acemannan you will actually see that it willraise your body’s tumor necrosis factor.
That is actually one of the benefits to yourimmune system.
Tumor necrosis factor, what is that? Bid fancy word, tumor sounds a littlelike cancer and necrosis is a fancy word that means death to, so tumor necrosis or deathto cancer factor, that factor in your body that kills cancer cells.
John: Naturally, because the Aloe doesn’t do it, it just makes your body more efficient?Dr.
Haley: It just has a nutrient in it that causes your body to raise those tumor necrosisfactor levels.
Everybody has cancer cells in their body or mutated cells.
So it is thepart of the immune system that is constantly working to get rid of those bad cells in ourbody and viruses of courses.
The immune stimulant properties are another reason why people drinkAloe Vera gel.
I mean that is amazing.
I meanit sounds like Aloe Vera can help with so many things.
After all Aloe Vera is a greenleafy vegetable and my channel is called growing your greens because I want you guys to beeating your greens every day! But don’t eat the greens of Aloe as we learned a littlebit earlier, eat the inside gel.
I am going to be including it in my diet, as fast asI can grow it I am going to be eating it! So Mike how did you find out about Aloe andwhy are you so interested in it these days? Dr.
Haley: You know I am a chiropractor andI’m not a sailor, that is important because my wife asked me to go sailing with her oneday and we got on this sailboat and it was for a race.
I am really kind of sailboat notsmart.
So the captain said go ahead and pull up the sails, so I start pulling up theseropes and I get the sail all the way to the top and I say, “Now what?” and he says,“Now what?! Lock it down!” By then it was too late, the sail had filled up and therope started ripping through my hands.
I’m trying to hold onto it and figure out howthis lock works and within the matter of about a second both of my hands were melted shut.
It was pretty bad and as a chiropractor my hands are my living.
I kind of didn’t knowwhat to do.
One of my patients was this guy, Rodney Stockton, he had always been tellingme about his Aloe Vera gel and when he heard what happened to my hands he said, “Youhave to use this lotion on your hands.
” And I’m thinking, “Really? On bloody,blistered, melted skin?” So I put it on there and 3 days later I remember showingmy wife and said, “Look at my hands, they look better than they did before the burns.
”And it was amazing to me, I was looking at my hands thinking they look better.
So ifit can do this to your skin, what can it do to your gut? And that is how I found out aboutAloe and we started drinking it then.
Not because we had any sickness and we neededto feel better, but we just realized if it does this much good on my skin then what canit do inside my body.
And we already knew people from Rodney that had been drinkingit for serious health issues and gotten better and it just made sense.
John: Wow I mean that’s why I eat a diet with leafy green vegetables, that is richin fruits and vegetables and now I am going to start including Aloe in my regular dietbecause who knows what it does but if it makes me healthier I’m all for it.
So Mike AloeVera sounds like things “cure all” thing like it will cure all you ails is that true?Dr.
Haley: John it is funny that you ask that.
I will use it to get people’s attentionthat have serious health problems because, believe it or not, what you put in your body,what you eat, can make a significant difference in the way your body works.
But just becauseit might make you feel better doesn’t make it a “cure all.
” We want you to make positive,healthy dietary changes for the rest of your life.
You know it is not a magic bullet, it’snot a cure for cancer, it’s not a cure of diabetes, though it might help with thosethings but ultimately if you are someone who has one of those conditions you need to makesome serious lifestyle changes.
So we tell people how to lead a healthy life by tellingpeople not only what they should eat, but also what they should avoid which can sometimescan be more important sometimes.
Is it a “cure all?” it is pretty darn good.
Got to changesome lives! John: Once again you guys are doing one ofthe healthiest things, you guys could be doing if you are already growing a garden and eatingthe food out of it.
So speaking about growing food, Dr.
Mike actually sells those pups,so if you want some of the pups to grow, some of the special Miller Stockton variety.
Thevariety that I drank in that smoothie earlier that was so delicious! I can’t wait to makeit again.
He is going to offer them to you guys at a very special price of 3 for theprice of 1 which is a super amazing deal so you guys can start growing this stuff andstart eating this stuff as soon as possible.
So one of the questions that has come up is,“John, I have these pups now what do I do with them?” So Dr.
Mike what does somebodydo with the pups once they get them in the mail, they come priority mail, get them reallyquick, what do they do with them? Dr.
Haley: That depends where you live, wheredo you live? Somewhere cold right? Is there snow there?John: There’s no snow but it is definitely freezing there outside.
So I am glad to behere in south Florida in the nice warm weather.
Haley: Aloe Vera does not do well in thecold, it will do ok above freezing, but if you drop below freezing it is as good as dead.
So you may as well put it in a little pot and grow it inside.
You don’t need a deeppot but Aloe tends to like a wide pot.
And then if you have a good place outdoors andyou are in the warm weather feel free to stick it in the ground if it is not going to freeze.
It probably won’t do much until it gets some nice tropical weather, come spring timethese things just start growing like gangbusters.
One other thing when you put it in the groundor put it in the pot, expect it to look a little red and look like it is dying for thefirst month or so and in the winter a little longer, but after that it just comes to lifebeautifully.
If you kill my Aloe plant it is quite a feat because they are really quitehearty.
John: I’ve had people email me before andsay, “John I killed an Aloe plant.
” Well that is probably because you over wateredit.
So how much water do these plants need? What about the potting soil medium? Shouldthey just use dirt out of the garden, sand, potting soil from Home Depot or some otherbig box store, or some organic potting soil, some compost from their backyard with somerock dust? What do they use Dr.
Haley: You know a lot of people think,“I’m going to get the best organic soil and that is going to be awesome.
” Not necessarily,Aloe doesn’t like a lot of water and it like to be able to drain.
So if you have somepotting soil, go ahead and mix it with some sandy soil.
Florida soil does great and ifyou have some of that lime rock soil you get lots of that mineral rich soil like they getin South Florida that stuff is great.
If you have something like Georgia clay or yea youshould definitely get some sand in the mix.
John: Ok, co how much should somebody waterAloe? Should I be like every day I love my plants! I want to give them more water!Dr.
Haley: It is easy to drown them and you will see them start to turn black a littlebit under the leaves if they are getting too much water, but if don’t give them enoughwater you probably won’t kill them.
They have this gel inside and they will actuallydrink from their own leaves.
So you are actually better off giving them less water and seehow they do.
Now if they start to look like they are drying out and dying, then give themsome water.
It’s easier to err on the side of too little than too much.
I had one thatI neglected for probably about 6 months, didn’t give it any water and it was in a pot underneaththe lip so it didn’t get any rain and it was outside here in Florida.
And it startedto look a little rough, and finally about a week ago I gave it some water and withina day it went from this dried up looking to thick beautiful green leaves, well hydrated.
I was amazed at how fast it came back.
You are better off cautioning on less water ratherthan more.
John: So it sounds like something everyoneshould grow if they haven’t, it sounds really easy to keep alive.
You know like Dr.
Mikesaid you can grow it inside for now if you are in a place that’s really cold in a littlepot, I grew Aloe in my bathroom for years.
So one thing you can do is grow it insideuntil it warms up and then in the spring transplant it outside, and then before it gets cold againdig it up and bring it inside, separate out the pups and have babies! And spread themaround, I want to spread some babies around.
Haley: Oh, I have to get this out there,when you are drinking the Aloe, vitamin content, and mineral content, this is survival food,this is beautiful survival food.
One thing we need is hydration, you are getting plentyof hydration, lots of electrolyte minerals, lots of Amino Acids, it is an excellent foodsource, and you can live on this stuff and survive on this stuff.
Grow your own Aloe!John: I know that Aloe is so good and if people buy 3 or 6 plant starts honestly aren’tgoing to have much Aloe to eat any time soon.
Right? How long will people have to wait ifthey order 3 or 6 pups to be able to drink a decent amount of Aloe?Dr.
Haley: If you go in the stores where they have fruits and vegetables, you will see littleAloe leaves that are often times only 1 or 2 years old.
I don’t recommend those toeat, there isn’t enough nutrients in them.
They really do best after about 5 years orso you are able to get a lot more gel out of them.
So it is probably going to be atleast 3 or 4 years before you want to start to harvest them and 5 years would be optimal.
Take off 3 leaves off at a time, you don’t want to strip the whole thing down to nothing,unless you have so many leaves you have let it get really overgrown.
In fact I think youfound one today that was really over grown that we hadn’t pulled any leaves off ina while.
We pulled probably a dozen leaves off of it.
But if you are consuming from thatplant regularly you are going to take 3 leaves every 6 weeks or so.
That is what you canexpect to get from a plant after about 4 or 5 years.
John: So it is definitely going to take while to get your production up, if you want tostart consuming it.
Mike sells one of the best Aloe Vera gels that is never heatprocessed, it is completely raw and sold frozen.
What makes your gel different than some otherson the market? Dr.
Haley: It is tremendously different, Ican say this comfortably, and confidently without being arrogant I know we have thebest Aloe.
It is just a matter of fact.
It is unprocessed, it is hand fileted, it isrun through a grinder it is put into the bottles and it is frozen.
That is what we do to it,we don’t heat it, and we don’t use things like activated carbon or diatomaceous earthto filter out the green outer leaf.
We have a clean hand filet process, it is the wholefood nothing is taken out, and nothing is added.
And it is just being frozen.
We havetested it before freezing and after freezing for the nutrient contents and it is practicallythe same Aloe after freezing.
A lot of people think that Aloe once it freezes it is bad,No! The plants die, but the gel is ok.
The best thing is right from the leaf, we havethe next best thing, it’s been frozen, and it’s shipped to your door.
You can haveunlimited quantity that way so you don’t have to wait for your plants to grow.
Oh bythe way, after about 2 years you start having lots of babies, you can have a farm in justa few years.
John: Your own Aloe Vera farm! Ok Dr.
Mikethank you for sharing with us! Actually my mom has been having some digestive issue stuffso I’m going to have to get some for her and hopefully it helps her.
Maybe I can gether to start growing an Aloe Vera farm in her front yard too.
That would be really cool!Dr.
Haley: You know if you make a shake like you made today, with a few ingredients, Idon’t think you are going to have any problem getting her to drink that Aloe, it is delicious.
John: I could probably live off that it was absolutely delicious! You guys should tryit too, you have to get some Aloe and Sugar Cane juice.
So anyways Dr.
Mike is going tooffer that amazing deal that is basically 3 babies for the price of 1 and I will putthat link below.
This is an amazing deal, you literally can’t even buy the unnamedvarieties of Aloe at the grocery store or nursery for this cheap and you are going toget the best quality that I have ever discovered.
In addition you can also use the 15% off couponcode to get even a further discount for the 3 for 1 deal or use it on the regular gelthat he offers if you want to try it as well.
So once again I will put the link down belowthe video with the code GYG for the 15% off and I hope you enjoyed learning more aboutAloe why I am going to start including it and why it is another green leafy vegetablethat I think should be included in their diet.
Once again I’m John from growingyourgreens.
comand remember keep growing.