- Botanical: Aloe succotrina
- Family: Asphodelaceae
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Known asAloe, Aloe succotrina, Aloe bardadensis, Aloe capensis, Aloe Fynbos, Wüstenlilie, Aloe vera, Aloe vera, Synonyme: Aloe barbadensis, Aloe perfoliata, Aloe vulgaris, Aloe indica, Aloe chinensis,
Parts Usedjuice, leaves, resin
Medicinalabscess, 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 & Circulationbleeding, swollen feet
Infection & Inflammationfever, flu, gingivitis, gum bleeding, immunity, mouth inflammation, mouth sores, throat infections
Muscle & Jointsarthritis
Respiratory Systemallergies, asthma, colds, cough
Skin & Hairabscess, allergies, burns, dermatitis, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, stretch marks
Propertiesantibacterial, antiseptic, antiseborrheic, anti inflammatory, restoring, revitalizing
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.
Resin - inside (Note: slightly toxic!
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.
Water, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, enzymes, glycoproteins, anthraquinone and anthracene derivatives, only in the leaf resin: aloin - a glycoside