In South Africa the ±155 species of aloe can be found in almost all vegetation types, from the arid to semi-arid regions of the Karoo, the winter rainfall fynbos region, succulent thickets, grassland and savanna, and even in comparatively high-rainfall forests.
Is Aloe vera from South Africa?
Aloe vera, the “true” or “medicinal” aloe, is indigenous to Africa and is abundant in the Western and Eastern Cape. … In South Africa indigenous peoples from the Khoi and San to various Nguni cultures have used the healing and regenerative powers of aloes for centuries.
Where does Aloe vera grow in South Africa?
Major production areas in South Africa
Aloe ferox or Cape aloe is found growing in abundance in the Albertinia area of the Southern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, particularly between the midlands and the coast in the Umkomaas and Umlaas river catchment areas.
Where is Aloe vera naturally found?
The botanical name of Aloe vera is Aloe barbadensis miller. It belongs to Asphodelaceae (Liliaceae) family, and is a shrubby or arborescent, perennial, xerophytic, succulent, pea- green color plant. It grows mainly in the dry regions of Africa, Asia, Europe and America.
Which part of Aloe vera is poisonous?
There are three poisonous Aloe species – Aloe ballyi, Aloe elata and Aloe ruspoliana. These species have leaf sap that gives off a strong ratty odour. Fortunately the first two species are relatively rare and not widespread but it is important to know your aloes before attempting to use them medicinally.
Are all aloes indigenous to South Africa?
Aloe africana (known as the Uitenhage Aloe) is an arborescent species of aloe plant, indigenous to the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.
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What diseases does Aloe vera cure?
The bioactive compounds from Aloe vera are claimed to be very effective in treatment of various ailments, such as burns, allergic reactions, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, acid indigestion, ulcers, diabetes, skin diseases, dysentery, diarrhea, piles and inflammatory conditions of the digestive system and other …
Is Aloe vera cancerous?
Recently, Aloe vera whole leaf extract has been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a possible human carcinogen (Group 2B), along with other natural products such as Ginkgo biloba extract and kava extract.