CAPE ALOE (Aloe ferox). Cape aloe is a common tree-type aloe which is an impressive desert accent plant credited for its medicinal qualities. The Cape aloe can reach a height up to ten feet or more, with a three- to four-foot spread. It forms a dense clump of bluish-green, fleshy, succulent leaves. The leaves are pointed at the tip and edged with sharp teeth along the margins. Cape Aloe is a fast-growing plant that develops whorls of new foliage from its center. The older leaves of the cape aloe when they dry, they may leave a petticoat of growth on the stem. In late winter to early spring, it produces a large, candelabra-like, exquisite flower head. Each spike of the cape aloe plant has a colorful orange to red or yellow blossoms. The blooms attract birds, bees, and butterflies. The skin of the cape aloe has a yellow, bitter juice. This aloe juice has been used for laxative purposes and for helping treat arthritis. The gel-like flesh of the cape aloe leaves has properties good for the skin which is why its commonly used in cosmetic products.
Research has also uncovered aloe ferox gel’s ability to ward off tumors and strengthen the immune system; it has also been found to have antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
When made into juice and taken orally, Cape aloe can help treat common colds and flu. It can also help regulate blood pressure and control blood sugar levels. There is also evidence that the juice can soothe stomach ulcers, heartburn, indigestion, and improve liver function. The topical form of cape aloe provides natural relief for acne, sunburn, dry skin, rashes, insect bites, dermatitis, skin allergies and even frost bites and varicose veins because of its capability to improve local blood circulation. Topical application of Cape aloe is considered safe except for occasional local irritation because of allergic reaction. It is natural, non-toxic and has no undesirable side effects. It is now famous for its detoxifying properties and that it also helps in losing weight naturally. However, taking cape aloe with other herbs must be guided by a health professional to avoid unwanted interactions. – Cape Aloe 450 mg