Aloe vera

Names

Names

Scientific: Aloe vera

English: Aloe

Portuguese: Aloe

Origins

Origins

Family: Asfodelaceae

Origin: East Africa and South Asia

Life Cycle: Perennial

Properties

Properties

Aroma
Medicinal
Edibility

Parts Used

Parts Used

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Scientific NameAloe vera
English NameAloe
Portuguese NameAloe, aloés-da-Caraçau; erva-babosa, aloés, babosa, cacto-dos-aflitos, cura-cancros, uva-que-arde, planta-dos-milagres, planta-mistério, planta-que-cura.
German NameEchte Aloe
FamilyAsfodelaceae
OriginEast Africa and South Asia.
HabitatGrows in any soil but adapts better to light and sandy, hot and humid, sub - tropical and coastal areas.
Life CyclePerennial
Preferences CultivationHot and humid climate.
Method of propagationSeeds or seedlings produced from basal shoots .
Ornamental CharacteristicsFlowering from May to June . H : 1m, Ø 1m.
Description of smells and flavorsThe taste is slightly bitter.
Properties MedicinalVarious dermatological affections: skin diseases, dehydrated skin, burns, wounds, eczema in the desquamative stage, psoriasis and ichthyosis. Antioxidant, moisturizing, anti - inflammatory, healing, antibacterial, antiviral and laxative. At low doses, increases the production and secretion of bile, in yields higher doses musoca intestinal irritation, causing an increased secretion of mucus and stimulation of peristalsis, parallel to inhibit the reabsorption of water and antivirals. The German Commission E approved the medicinal use of the plant to treat constipation.
Properties EdibilityNone
Properties OtherNone
Contraindications / Side Effects / CommentsContraindications: should avoid the consumption of concentrated and dried juice to relieve gastrointestinal obstruction of any origin, pregnancy, breastfeeding and chidren under ten years. The simultaneous use of diuretics and corticosteroids increase the possibility of desccompensações. Cardiac patients should avoid consuming this plant because it can cause arrhythmias. Side effects: prolonged contact with the gel parenchyma may cause dermatitis.
Pests and diseases & how to fight themUnknown
How and When to harvest and / or pruning and which parts used. How many cuts per year?Parts used: Aerial parts of the plant. Pruning: Cut the leaves ensures a continuation of young leaves and prevents flowering.
Can be used in intercropping ( repellent / attractive ) or is biopesticide?Unknown
Curiosity / Personal ExperiencesAloe vera comes from the Arabic " alloeh " ( bitter substance and bright ) and the Latin " vera " ( true ). Jews and Muslims believed that Aloe vera is a protection for all ills and therefore used it hung at the entrance of the house. Alexander the Great had conquered the islands of Socotra or Socotra century. BC - small archipelago consists of four islands in the Indian Ocean , across the Horn of Africa - because there was an aloe that produced a violet ink coast. However, some believe that the real reason is that the Great knew the healing powers, working to heal their soldiers in battles. Another curiosity is that one of the beauty secrets of Cleopatra, is aloe vera which occupied the prominent place and is still a major ingredient of many cosmetics.

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