There’s More Than One Species of Aloe?

How much do you know about aloe vera? You may already know about its healing benefits, especially for burns and skin conditions. But did you know that although the aloe vera plant gets the most press, there are actually more than 400 aloe species, many of which have unique health benefits? Let's look at some of aloe vera's beneficial cousins.

Aloe Aristata

This plant has traditional healing benefits and plays a role in Ayurvedic protocols, especially for wound healing. Do not confuse the aloe aristata with the haworthia. Although distant cousins, it is part of the aloe family of plants. Its saw-toothed leaves have white speckles on the green background. Because of its appearance, it has earned the nicknames lace aloe and guinea-fowl aloe. When it blossoms, large orange flowers arise to attract the attention of insects, bees and humans alike.

Aloe Ferox

Oils made from the seed can help to rejuvenate the skin, especially when incorporated into skin care products. Additionally, plant extracts have been shown to provide benefit against constipation thanks to the laxative properties, a traditional use of the plant by those living in South Africa. The aloe ferox species primarily grows in southern Africa. Growing as high as 10 feet, these plants have red flowers that can add another two to four feet in height as they tower above the leaves. Like its aloe vera cousin, aloe ferox contains stearic acid, oleic fatty acid and linoleic acid.

Aloe Striata

Similar to aloe vera and other aloe species, the aloe striata may benefit digestion. You will find the aloe striata plant in harsh conditions. It has a large capacity for storing water, allowing it to survive and thrive in very hot and dry environments. This aloe species is small without any stems. Unlike many aloe species, which have spiky projections on the leaves, the aloe striata species has wide, smooth leaves. The leaves are tinted with pink, giving it the name "coral aloe."

Aloe Arborescens

Studies have found that this aloe plant can stimulate wound healing in animals, including fighting against harmful bacteria and other organisms. Additionally, it has the potential to stimulate the immune system when used as a supplement. Aloe arborescens plants are beautiful to look at, towering up to 10 feet tall with beautiful cylindrical red-orange flowers rising from the leaves.

​Aloe Marlothii

Recent studies have demonstrated that aloe marlothii have similar skin health benefits to aloe vera. Therefore, it has the potential to be incorporated into skin care products to moisturize, protect and heal the skin. Aloe marlothii plants would tower over many of the other aloe species, as they grow as high as 20 feet. Due to their enormous height, they are often referred to as "mountain aloe." The flowers are orange, yellow and red. Their leaves can grow as long as five feet, and they arise out of a central head of the plant.

These are just five of the more than 400 aloe species beyond aloe vera. Of course, you can never go wrong with the traditional aloe vera, which has been used for thousands of years. If you are looking for natural skin care incorporating high-quality ingredients, including aloe vera, then reach for Cocoili.