Wild sourced - This has been called "a pharmacy in a plant". It has been part of the traditional healing practices of the KhoiSan peoples of Southern Africa for centuries. It is found only in the Cape Province of South Africa. A gel that drains from the leaves when cut provides countless benefits including:
In the treatment of burn wounds it relieves pain and increases blood supply by inhibiting the synthesis of thromboxane A2, a potent vasoconstrictor. It delays the inflammatory response and speeds up recovery time. Primary constituents: glucomannoglycan polysaccharides containing acetylated monosaccharides, acemannan and glucomannan, amino acids, salicylic acid, lignin, saponins and sterols, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), enzymes, vitamins and minerals.
Scientific tests comparing Aloe ferox and Aloe vera were performed at the Kirstenbosch Botanical research laboratories in Cape Town, South Africa. These showed:
Aloe ferox is bactericidal to a variety of common wound infecting bacteria. It has been shown to be fungicidal to Candida albicans responsible for yeast infections of the mucous membranes and for infections such as athlete's foot and candidiasis (thrush).
Aloe ferox penetrates through the surface of the skin thus hydrating it whilst forming a cover preventing the escape of moisture. It also increases oxygen supply as a result of increased blood flow and stimulates fibroblast activity and collagen proliferation essential for skin tissue regeneration.
Aloe ferox reduces photo aging by restoring the activity of epidermal cells reduced by UV exposure.
Aloe ferox grows wild and no pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers are used. The leaves are harvested sustainably. The plant is not harmed or destroyed and the cycle of growth begins again from the original plant.
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