Aloe

d0088Whenever you see something interesting at the side of the road, and it looks perfectly safe, stop.

Although South Africa does have a lot of franchises too, many shops are totally unique and the thought of “another time” is misplaced at a road trip. The opportunity to discover something nice and new won’t come again.

The Aloe Vera shop on the Garden route close to Plettenberg is very unique and its products beautiful.

So what is aloe ferox, anyway?

Aloe Ferox is a plant native to South Africa.  It’s similar to Aloe Vera, but has many times more nutritional and medicinal value than aloe vera.

Over 130 biological active compounds of the aloe ferox have so far been reported.  The Aloe ferox leaf contains substances such as amino
acids, minerals, vitamins, polysaccharides, glycoproteins, anthraquinones, enzymes, lignin, chlorophyll, saponins, sterols and other plant chemicals
with numerous medicinal activities.

d0090The human body was designed with all the mechanisms to heal itself. Aloe ferox and many other herbs enhance the body’s own mechanisms for healing!

Numerous scientific studies on aloe gel are demonstrating its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, wound healing, immune modulating and anti-tumour activities as well as antiviral, anti-bacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. The aloe juice has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides while demonstrating anti-diabetic activity. Aloe’s medicinal properties can be attributed to the synergistic effect of the combined nutritional elements producing a more powerful effect than the individual components. Aloes are members of the Liliaceae family and are mainly succulents. The nearly 420 species of Aloe are confined mainly to Africa with Aloe ferox among the tallest. Aloe ferox occurs naturally in a broad belt along the southern and eastern coast of South Africa. Aloe ferox is a robust, single stemmed, plant usually 2m (80”) high, but up to 5m (200”) tall in older specimens. They have broad, fleshy leaves that are dull green to greyish green with brown spines along the edges. The dry leaves are persistent on the lower portion of the stem. Bright red or orange flowers appear from May to August and are arranged in erect, candle-shaped clusters (Van Wyk 2003).
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