Schibuna Aloe is a South African company involved in the Aloe business since 1971. We supply local and international markets. We believe in supplying a product of high quality.
Aloe ferox, also known as Cape Aloe, Bitter Aloe, Red Aloe and Tap Aloe, is a species of aloe indigenous to South Africa's Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces.
|Aloe ferox can grow to 3m (10 feet) in height, and can be found on rocky hills, in grassy fynbos and on the edges of the Karoo. The plants may differ physically from area to area due to local conditions. Its leaves are thick and fleshy, arranged in rosettes, and have reddish-brown spines on the margins with smaller spines on the upper and lower surfaces. Its flowers are orange or red, and stand between 0.6 and 1.2m (2 and 4 feet) above the leaves.|
|Two distinct parts of the aloe plant are used medicinally. Firstly the yellow exudate (better known as the bitter sap), which occurs in tiny capillaries situated between the outer green skin of the leaf and the white, inner flesh that is made up of a mucilaginous gel. The aloe bitter is best known for its use as a laxative. However, in addition to the purgative effect the anthraquinone (bitter) substance is also an antioxidant, antiviral and effective for cancer prevention. Numerous scientific studies on aloe gel are demonstrating its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, wound healing, immune modulating and anti-tumour activities as well as antiviral, anti-bacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. The aloe juice has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides while demonstrating anti-diabetic activity.|
|The traditional method of harvesting the leaves is still performed as practiced for more than 200 years. Once a year, only the lower leaves of a mature aloe plant are removed, enabling the plant to continue to grow.|
|The harvesters then place these leaves in a circle around a plastic-lined hollow in the ground, with the cut end towards the centre of the circle, allowing the yellow bitter sap to drain out of the leaf. The bitter sap is then collected and boiled to remove excess water to produce the “aloe lump” or “aloe crystal”. The rest of the leaf is processed into aloe gel and juice.|