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  • Botanical: Aloe succotrina
  • Family: Asphodelaceae
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Aloe

Botanical

Aloe succotrina

Family

Asphodelaceae

Known as

Aloe, Aloe succotrina, Aloe bardadensis, Aloe capensis, Aloe Fynbos, Wüstenlilie, Aloe vera, Aloe vera, Synonyme: Aloe barbadensis, Aloe perfoliata, Aloe vulgaris, Aloe indica, Aloe chinensis,

Old Use

medicinal

Parts Used

juice, leaves, resin

Aroma

balsamic

Medicinal

abscess, acne, allergies, antiseptic, athlete's foot, bleeding, bruises, burns, cancer, colds, coughs, dermatitis, diabetes, digestion, eczema, gingivitis, gum bleeding, hay fever, heartburn, herpes, laxative, immunity, itching, insect bites, psoriasis, skin rashes, sunburn, ulcers, wounds, hay fever

Heart & Circulation

bleeding, swollen feet

Infection & Inflammation

fever, flu, gingivitis, gum bleeding, immunity, mouth inflammation, mouth sores, throat infections

Muscle & Joints

arthritis

Respiratory System

allergies, asthma, colds, cough

Skin & Hair

abscess, allergies, burns, dermatitis, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, stretch marks

Properties

antibacterial, antiseptic, antiseborrheic, anti inflammatory, restoring, revitalizing

Description

The Aloe succotrina plant forms clusters of between 1–2 metres (3.3–6.6 ft) diameter, with its leaves forming dense rosettes. In winter when it flowers it produces a tall raceme, bearing shiny red flowers that are pollinated by sunbirds.

Properties & Uses

The gel in the leaves, the resin from the yellow juice. Of finished products, sometimes the whole leaf is used. Then, the agent and the resin (aloin) which is strong laxative.

Cautions

Resin - inside (Note: slightly toxic!

Distribution

Aloe succotrina is naturally found on the Cape Peninsula, and as far as Mossel Bay to the east. This aloe is common in Peninsula Sandstone Fynbos vegetation, and typically grows high up on cliff faces and rocky outcrops where seasonal fires do not reach it. It is one of the few Aloes that naturally occur in Fynbos habitats - along with the Fan Aloe and Aloe commixta of Table Mountain.

Constituents

Water, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, enzymes, glycoproteins, anthraquinone and anthracene derivatives, only in the leaf resin: aloin - a glycoside

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