Cape Aloe Ferox – Aloe ferox (known as the Cape Aloe or Bitter Aloe), is a specie of aloe indigenous to southern Africa. It is one of several Aloe species used to make bitter aloes, a purgative medication, and also yields a non-bitter gel that can be used in cosmetics.
Aloe Ferox Extracts is used for various purposes. Aloe ferox is used for skin care products, health drinks, medicinal purposes etc. The infusion of the dried leaves boiled in water can be taken for arthritis, eczema, toothache, sinusitis, conjunctivitis, hypertension, stress and stomach pains. Aloe bitters is widely used as a laxative and is taken in many ways. The bitter extract/leaf extract is applied to relieve skin irritations, burns and bruises. It is known for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities. It is processed into juice and gel to be used in cosmetics. – Cape Aloe Ferox
The gel from the leaves has been used in South Africa to make a jam that tastes like watermelon jam. It is also gaining importance as a refreshing and nutritive ingredient in food and drinks. Dry leaves are harvested and crushed, after which a decoction is used to make a herbal tea. The flowers are sucked for their sweet nectar. – Cape Aloe Ferox
In southern Africa the thickened, red leaf exudate, called ‘Cape aloe‘, is used as a purgative in human and veterinary medicine and fresh exudate is applied in cases of ophthalmia and syphilis. It is also used in the treatment of arthritis. The gel from the core of the leaves has a similar use as the gel from the leaves of Aloe vera, and is used to treat skin afflictions (burns, wounds, abrasions, irritations), and is applied as a poultice on contusions or as a general refrigerant. It is furthermore used as a hair wash to promote hair growth and against dandruff. The distinctive constituents in Aloe leaves are phenolic compounds, including chromone, anthraquinone or anthrone derivatives. Some of the compounds are found in many species, whereas others occur in only a few. – Cape Aloe Ferox
Other Uses: The gel from the core of the leaves has a similar use as the gel from the leaves of Aloe vera, and is used as a hair wash to promote hair growth and against dandruff and as a cosmetic to improve the complexion and to smooth the skin. Aloe gel is also widely used as a hydrating and skin-protecting agent in creams and liquids such as sun lotion, shaving cream, lip balm and healing ointments. The leaf ash is used as an insect repellent. In South Africa Aloe ferox is planted as a live fence. – Cape Aloe Ferox