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Aloe vera-Kumari

Scientific name: Aloe vera 

Name in different languages:-

English: Indian aloe

Sanskrit: Kumari, Ghrtakumari

Hindi: Kumari, Gritkumari

Malayalam: Kattarvazha കറ്റാർവാഴ, Kumari കുമാരി

Tamil: Sirukattali

Plant description

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

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Medicinal uses of Aloe vera-Kumari:

To treat skin disorders, to treat dandruff, arthritis, scalp, diabetics, high cholesterol, Wounds, cuts, liver, kidney bladder disorders.

Chemical content:

Mucopolicaride, Barbaloin, beta-barbaloin, capalo-resino-tannol combined with p-coumaric acid.

Medicinal Properties:

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.

Ayurveda properties

Rasa (Taste) Tikta (Bitter)
Guna (Physical Property) Guru, Snigdha, Pichhila (eavy, Unctuous, Sticky)
Virya (Potency) Sheeta (Cold)
Vipaka (Metabolic Property) Katu (Pungent)


Kumari is used as an ingredient in the Ayurvedic medicines like:-


Yakratankush Tablet

Asana Manishtadi Oil

Kumary Asavam

Manjishtadi Thailam




Vanga Bhasmam


Chukkumthippaliyadi Gulika 

Dainik Tablet


Mukkamukkutukadi Gulika

Normen Tablets

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