Botanical Name: Aloe ferox
- English: Aloe, Capealoe, Aloecape
- aka: Cape aloe, Bitter aloe, Red aloe, Tap aloe
Habitat: South Africa’s Western cape, Eastern cape, Free state, KwaZulu- Natal and Lesotho.
Origin: South Africa
Harvested: Cultivated, As a farm corp
Parts Used: Leaves
It is one of several Aloe species used to make bitter aloes, purgative medication and yields a non-bitter gel that can be used in cosmetics. Aloe ferox is a tall, single-stemmed aloe, that can grow to 10 feet height. Its leaves are thick and fleshy, arranged in rosettes, and have reddish-brown spines on the margins with smaller spines on the upper and lower surfaces. The leaf surfaces of young plants are covered in spines, however, as they get taller and less vulnerable to grazing, the leaves begin to lose most of their spines except for those along the leaf margins. Its flowers are orange or red, and stand between two and 2 and 4 feet above the leaves, in multi-branched inflorescences. It is a variable species, and plants may differ physically from area to area, due to local conditions.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herb to any super food herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herb with honey or glycerin to make paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, gives you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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