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  • Botanical: Aloe succotrina
  • Family: Asphodelaceae
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Aloe succotrina



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


Parts Used

juice, leaves, resin




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


Respiratory System

allergies, asthma, colds, cough

Skin & Hair

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


antibacterial, 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

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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