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Now that I bring you at the tip of my favourite herb of all time call Aloe Vera which is one of the incredible plants with many unique scientific names.
Aloe Vera Definition:
Aloe vera is also known as medicinal aloe, and its common names are Lily of the Desert, Burn Plant, and Elephant’s Gall. It belongs to the family of succulent plants in the genus ‘Aloe’.
The origin of this burn plant is believed to be in Sudan and has been used for more than 6,000 years.
The species has a number of synonyms.
A. A.barbadensis Mill.
B. Aloe indica Royle.
C. Aloe perfoliata L. var. vera. &;
D. A. vulgaris Lam.
Common names include Chinese Aloe, Indian Aloe, True Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Burn Aloe, First Aid Plant.
Surprising Aloe Vera Benefits
- Soothes Rashes and Skin Irritations.
- Treats Burns.
- Heals Cold Sores.
- Moisturizes Hair and Scalp.
- Treats Constipation.
- Helps with Digestion.
- Boosts the Immune System.
- Provides Antioxidants and Reduces Inflammation.
The species epithet vera means “true” or “genuine”.
Remember, there are over 400 species of aloe with each plant providing unique health benefits. But I have decided to identify only few types at least first 7 common ones with their health benefits to human life.
The aloe vera plant has compounds such as mannans, polysaccharides, lectins, and anthraquinones that are extremely beneficial for human health.
Type #1. Aloe Arborescens.
(Common name “candelabra aloe”)
Aloe arborescens (krantz aloe, candelabra aloe) is a species of flowering succulent perennial plant that belongs to the Aloe genus. Aloe Arborescens can grow tall up to 10 feet as in the second-right picture above. The Aloe arborescens species has been known several thousand years to support immune system functionality and have broad-based health benefits. Arborescens is 200% higher in phytonutrient compounds than Aloe Vera, and promotes great general health and well-being. Juice plays vital detoxification role to human body.
Aloe arborescens aids in the healing of wounds in animals and shows action against harmful organisms and
supports the immune system.
Type #2. Aloe Ferox.
Aloe ferox is also known as “cape aloe”, “red aloe” or “tap aloe”. Another tree-like aloe plant that can reach 10 feet in height, its red flowers grow 2 to 4 feet above its leaves. Do you know that aloe ferox is the highest plant among all the aloe species? It is a miraculous succulent and has the highest rank among other aloes because it produces 20 times more therapeutic juice with high nutrient concentration. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and can even be used for prevention of cancer.
The aloe gel, extracted from the inner portion of the leaves, is used in health drinks and for skin care.
- Laxative. The most common use of aloe ferox is for laxative purposes. …
- Allergies. …
- Wound Healing.
Aloe ferox has been used for centuries in Africa with great benefits for colon health. It has even been reported to promote wound healing and treat arthritis. The aloe gel, extracted from the inner portion of the leaves, is used in health drinks and for skin care.Laxative. The most common use of aloe ferox is for laxative purposes. Allergies. Wound Healing. The antioxidant properties it has go hand-in-hand with its anti-ageing benefits and more. Oil from the seeds contains high levels of linoleic, stearic and oleic fatty acids used in many cosmetics and may offer a natural way to nourish and rejuvenate the skin.
Type #3. Aloe Striata.
Aloe striata (Coral Aloe) is a beautiful succulent up to 18 inches (45 cm) tall and up to 2 feet (60 cm) wide. Aloe striata have wide, smooth leaves. This is a far cry from the “teeth”, or small spiky-projections, found in many aloe varieties. This particular species survives in hot, dry environments and is well-known for its ability to store large amounts of water.
Aloe striata is a good source of antioxidant that may support digestion and bowel movements . Wonderful plant also serves as healthier breathing agent. Aloe striata plant also lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, improves cardiovascular functions, alleviates joint and muscle pain, enhances lifespan, and cures gum diseases. It has been used for ages to alleviate pain since it has excellent anti-inflammatory properties.
Important Source of Food For Sunbirds as well.
Type #4. Aloe Aristata.
The stemless aloe, also called “lace aloe” and “guinea-fowl” aloe, is known for its deep green, sawtoothed leaves and their unique white speckles. Its nectar-rich, tubular orange flowers have a tendency to entice birds, bees, as well as wasps effortlessly. Aloe aristata requires minimal care and thrives in warm and cool climates.
Aloe aristata abundantly has 18 amino acids that work in association with other compounds of the human body to deliver numerous health benefits. It is best known for the healing of skin, wounds, and other skin issues. However, it also has other benefits like curing heart diseases, diabetes, asthma, and arthritis. The aloe aristata also has therapeutic roots, as it is used it for wound healing in Ayurveda.
Type #5. Aloe aculeata
Aloe aculeata is an Aloe species that is native to the Limpopo valley and Mpumalanga in South Africa along with southern and central Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It grows on rocky outcrops in grassland and dry bushveld.Aloe aculeata common names include ngopanie sekope red hot poker aloe is an Aloe species that is native to the Limpopo valley and Mpumalanga in South Africa.
Its nectar-rich, tubular orange flowers have a tendency to entice birds, bees, as well as wasps effortlessly.The adaptogenic properties of aloe vera are beneficial for a proper digestion. It ensures better nutrient absorption and also eliminates harmful elements through smooth excretion. A healthy digestive process positively affects your thoughts and actions, thus promoting overall health. It cures irritable bowel syndrome and keeps constipation, piles, and other gastrointestinal conditions from damaging your system which has got enormous health advantages since it includes minerals, vitamins, proteins, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharides, lectins, etc. as a non-toxic without negative effects on human health. It is well-known because of its therapeutic qualities,as its gel assists and increases defense mechanisms at function whilst destroying cancer tumors.
It is funny can you see! Can even grow taller to the height of shrubs or tropical trees. Aloidendron dichotomum, formerly Aloe dichotoma, the quiver tree or kokerboom, is a tall, branching species of succulent plant, indigenous to Southern Africa, specifically in the Northern Cape region of South Africa, and parts of Southern Namibia.
Aloe dichotoma is an extremely tough tree that may reach an age of over 80 years and a height of approximately 23 feet (7 m).
The Quiver Tree (Aloe dichotoma) is one of the best known desert plant species of southern Africa. Reaching heights of up to 10 metres, it is a conspicuous and striking component of the native landscape. Quiver Trees grow in arid regions of South Africa and Namibia. Within these two countries, the species is found predominantly in the west, and occurs throughout much of the Succulent Karoo Biodiversity Hotspot.
Health Benefits :
Aloe dichotoma, or the “quiver tree”, is a tall aloe species that grows tall and branches out like a tree. Once frequently used in landscaping to provide support for its the surrounding environment, this aloe was labeled “critically endangered” in 2011.
Type #7. Aloe Plicatilis
Aloe plicatilis, most protected for its uniqueness from other species has been around for a while and used as a decoration ornament. Aloe plicatilis is known for its fan-like leaves that inspired its common name “fan aloe”. This particular species can grow to be over 10 feet tall. Today, this plant is protected from common uses, such as becoming an ingredient in cosmetic or therapeutic products. May due to the that aloe plicatilis is already regarded as an endangered species that is why I encourage conservation when it’s in your backyard or in the botanical gardens.
This particular Aloe together with other species contains what called proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp. It also acts as a great conditioner and leaves your hair all smooth and shiny. It promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair. It also has beauty ingredient which helps keep your skin healthy and repairs damaged one with its healing properties. The good thing about aloe vera is that it can be used by people of different skin types.
Don’t forget the fact that there over 400 species of aloe types with each plant providing unique health benefits and been around for years most seemed rare to many countries. But that’s not a rare case at least you are familiar with the herb mostly found around the world is the type number two ‘Aloe Ferox’ mentioned above.
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