Rich in nutrients, the succulent proves a versatile and effective salve against a host of conditions.
As the largest organ of the human body—and an external organ at that—our skin serves as a protective armor against harsh and harmful elements.
As such, it is the first to take a beating. From the scrapes, cuts, and bruises we accidentally incur while engaging in sports to the stinging sunburn we feel after a day on the beach, and even the pimples that appear when we forget to wash our face the night before, our skin goes through so much, it’s high time we give better thought to the kind of care it deserves.
The next time you have an issue with your skin—or just want to improve the way you look after it—try turning to a natural source for a gentle yet potent solution.
Besides emitting oxygen that we need to live (and taking in the carbon dioxide we release for their own survival), plants are our source of food, clothing, and shelter. Their presence in homes and offices improves our mood, productivity, creativity, and wellbeing. Science and medicine also rely on plant extracts for their natural curative properties.
One such plant that helps address a wide range of health conditions is aloe ferox. Otherwise known as cape aloe and bitter aloe, this plant native to South Africa is a large, single-stemmed succulent noted for the dark brown spines found along the edges of its leaves. This explains the word “ferox” attached to its name; it’s Latin for “fierce.”
Bright, red-orange tubular flowers grow on the center of this showy plant, making it an attractive addition to any garden.
But the real beauty of aloe ferox is found in its rich contents—130 biological active compounds, to be exact. With 20 times more nutrients than aloe vera, the aloe ferox leaf is abundant in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, polysaccharides, glycosides and sterols, saponins, and other plant chemicals.
Long recognized by ancient civilization as both an anti-cancer agent and laxative, the plant has been used to treat a host of ailments—from conjunctivitis, sinusitis, and arthritis, to malaria, internal parasites, sexually transmitted diseases, and everything in between.
Slathered on the skin, aloe ferox proves a versatile and effective remedy against numerous conditions.
If you have a wound, aloe ferox can help hasten its healing. Experiments show that the whole leaf juice of aloe ferox promotes faster wound closure and prevents microbial growth. Eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis—conditions marked by itchy, dry, swollen, and reddish skin—also benefit from regular topical applications of aloe ferox.
If you have acne, benzoyl peroxide is the go-to medicine to clear unsightly breakouts. But it can also leave your skin dry and flaky. A blend of benzoyl peroxide and aloe gel provides the best of both worlds: pimple-free skin minus any irritation.
If you have hyperpigmentation—that is, your skin appears patchy in color due to the overproduction of the pigment melanin, aloe ferox can help inhibit trynosynase, an enzyme that triggers the production of melanin.
If you have sunburn, aloe ferox’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties can help soothe the stinging sensation and reduce skin redness.
Aloe ferox is the chief ingredient of Sekaya Botanicare Skin Care Repair Gel. It is used to help moisturize dry skin and improve skin conditions caused by sunburn, acne, scars, and stretch marks.