Updated: Sep 27, 2019
Aloe vera has around 250 species, of which some are grown for their health benefits. Aloe vera is often called the “plant of immortality” because it can live and bloom without soil.
Today I will talk about non-bitter Aloe vera plant. The customer of RAGARDEN, that repeatedly ordered this plant from us, shared his story:
“ My Wife and I would like to Thank Marina at RAGARDEN for the wonderful care her company always take when shipping our Zebra Aloe plants we order. We have ordered them many times and we wanted to share a picture of them and inform those who may read this of the Health Benefits of the Zebra Aloe. There around 5 Aloes that are edible, but you must peel them to get to the gel inside, with the Zebra Aloe you just wash it and trim the thorns and eat it with the skin. My wife is a Cancer Patient and has a lot of stomach and digestive issues from chemo and radiation treatment. Our hope is someone will benefit from this review.”
I am greatfull for this testimony that has open a new approach for Aloe Vera use. I went further to research different cultural experiences with this Aloe specie.
The Aloe Maculata (synonym Aloe saponaria; commonly known as the soap aloe or zebra aloe) is a Southern African species of aloe, native to Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. The other sources call this specie Japanese Aloe Vera. My guess is for the reason of geographical location of the author and the plant itself. But all of the plants look a like and mainly have one common property. The leaves are not bitter. The leaves of his specie of Aloe plant contains copious amounts of healing mucilage, which is not BITTER. The bitter aspect of the other Aloe Vera spices would of course be indicative of aloe emodin, which normally resides in the under-layer of the skin, and is a stomachic and laxative of great repute if not washed away before consumption. The mucilaginous aspect is watery mucilage, soothing, full of immune potentiating polysaccharides, aloe “gel” if you will. Really only good when used fresh from the plant. I can only imagine how many lives the plant has saved in the deserts of Africa, as all one needs to do to receive a life giving draught of neutral, watery mucilage is to pick a leaf, press it gently between the fingers, then suck it dry through the largest and most convenient orifice. Excellent medicinal for acid stomach, ulcers, acid reflux, chemotherapy.
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