Aloe vera syn Aloe barbadensis Aloe Vulgaris
Aloe barbadensis Miller
Sinkle Bible, Barbados Aloe, Curacao Aloe, Indian Aloe, Jafarabad Aloe, burn plant, lily of the desert, elephant’s gall, aloin, aloe-emodin, barbaloin (English); Ghrit Kumari, Kanya (Bengali & Sanskrit); Kumarpathu, kunawar(Gujarati); Ghee-kanwar, ghi-kuvar(Hindi); Kolasoar, Komarika, Maulisara(Kanada); Kattavazha (Malayalam); Korphad (Marathi); Kumari, Mushaboro(Oriya); Bhottu-katrazhae, Chirukattalai, Kottaalai(Tamil); Kalabanda(Telagu)
Aloe vera is a powerful medicinal plant used by the Rastafarians and Maroons for treating many conditions. It is good to grow your own plant and have the fresh gel available to use as this is the most powerful. On the beach in Jamaica they give holiday makers chunks of the stem to rub on their sunburn as they lay on the beach. This plant likes perfect drainage otherwise it will rot and prefers hotter climates but can be grown in a pot and protected in the Winter in cooler zones. It also handles growing near the sea.
Aloe barbadensis was grown in the West Indies around the 16 th century. It also acts as a topical sedative and a skin moisturizer and is very beneficial in the healing of various diseases such as rashes, eczema, burns, redness, cancer and cold sores.
The leaf is the medicinal part. Leaf gel, leaf Juice, fresh as well as dry gel, obtained by breaking or slicing a leaf, is the principle part of the plant used in herbal medicine. The outer rind or skin of the plant is also used as a powerful stimulant laxative, but only in small amounts with prudent care.
Harvest them every 6 to 8 weeks by removing 3 to 4 leaves per plant. Then religiously use it as a nutritional health drink or tonic or applied it topically to skin and scalp as a cream and lotion. Make your own Aloe vera health drink to treat the flu or a cold. Slit the leaf and scoop out the bitter tasting get, then blend up with an egg white until fluffy and drink down.
It doesn’t like to be heat treated, filtered, concentrated or powdered; because such processes disturb its natural balance. The plant also requires very little care and attention, A tropical climate provides all the sun and water it needed.
Grannies in Jamaica not only kept aloe in the house as natural healing treatment but also to ward off evil spirits.
The latex of this plant is used for healing purposes and is grown in houses for curing various types of skin diseases. You should only use the pure gel by cutting the inner layer from the leaf which contains the yellow juice.
Aloe saponaria Soap Aloe
This specie of Aloe genus is mostly grown in sandy or gravel soils. It can survive without water for a long time and its leaves shrunken and curled in case of hot and dry climates. If the sufficient water is given to this plant, this will make the leaves fleshy and juicy. The leaves of this species are utilized as soap alternate and this plant is mainly grown around the seaside gardens.
This plant was grown in the 18 th century in many parts of Europe. This is the most famous species of Aloe which acquired its popularity in the world because of strong architectural features, beautiful flowers and simple growth.
The leaves of this plant are mainly dry and its stem is about 2m high. Aloe africana is extensively grown in subtropical and warm temperate regions of the world.
Now it is grown in hills and flats and also in the southeastern regions of South Africa which is located in the Eastern Cape . It is also widely grown in containers and pots and in the coastal gardens.
Aloe camperi was first grown in the parts of Ethiopia and its growth is very simple. It contains a small stem and beautiful flowers. The leaves are a dark green color containing some light spots on the stem. When the flowers of this plant open, they appear in different colors like orange, pink and yellow. This plant requires sufficient water and is fixed in a rich soil.