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Scientific name: Aloe vera
Name in different languages:-
English: Indian aloe
Sanskrit: Kumari, Ghrtakumari
Hindi: Kumari, Gritkumari
Malayalam: Kattarvazha കറ്റാർവാഴ, Kumari കുമാരി
Aloe vera, commonly known as Kumari or Kattarvazha is a stemless, perennial, Acaulescent herbs, with the short stem and shallow root system. Leaves radical, 30-60 cm long, fleshy, in rosettes, sessile, glaucous-green, often crowded with horny prickles on margins, narrowed from base to apex, surface pale green color with irregular white blotches, inside of the leaf contain a white jelly-like substance. Inflorescence 90-135 cm long, simple or few branched, racemes terminal, up to 40 cm long. The flowers are yellow or orange, about 2.5 cm long, produced on a spike up to 90 cm tall. Fruits loculicidal capsules, 1.5x1.0 cm, cylindrical or ellipsoid-oblong.
Dried pulp of leaves(Eliyo) - 'Angady' medicine is available in the market named 'Chenninayakam-ചെന്നിനായകം' which can be used instead of fresh leaves, which is a bitter taste, black in color when dried. this is medically important in Ayurvedic treatments.
Useful plant parts:
Whole Plant, Leaf, Leaf juice, Elio-dried gum
Medicinal uses of Aloe vera-Kumari:
To treat skin disorders, to treat dandruff, arthritis, scalp, diabetics, high cholesterol, Wounds, cuts, liver, kidney bladder disorders.
Mucopolicaride, Barbaloin, beta-barbaloin, capalo-resino-tannol combined with p-coumaric acid.
Anti-aging, Anti-Inflammatory, Anthelmintic, purgative, carminative, hair tonic, hepatoprotective, diuretic, ophthalmic, uterine tonic, antidermatitic
How to prepare medicines
Dandruff - Apply jelly of aloe vera leaves on the head and keep it for half an hour and washed out, repeat this for three days.
Wounds - Juice of leaves are mixed with turmeric powder and applied on wounds.
Leucorrhea - to treat white discharge of women- take leaf juice with cow milk or goat milk.
|Rasa (Taste)||Tikta (Bitter)|
|Guna (Physical Property)||Guru, Snigdha, Pichhila (eavy, Unctuous, Sticky)|
|Virya (Potency)||Sheeta (Cold)|
|Vipaka (Metabolic Property)||Katu (Pungent)|