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Aloe vera - Ghritakumari

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Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a plant species of the genus Aloe. It grows wild in tropical climates around the world and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. Aloe is also used for decorative purposes and grows successfully indoors as a potted plant.


Asthma, Stomach ulcers, Depression, Diabetes, Skin eruptions, Blotches, Pimples, Inflamed skin, Indigestion, Liver disorders, Jaundice, Skin disease, Menstrual disturbance.[1]

Parts Used


Chemical Composition

Aloe vera includes amino acids, anthraquinones, enzymes, minerals, vitamins, lignins, monosaccharide, polysaccharides, salicylic acid, saponins, and sterols.[2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Lolesara
Hindi Gheekumari
Malayalam Kattar vazha
Tamil Kathalai
Telugu Kalabanda
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Ghritakumari
English Aloe vera


Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.



Tikta (Bitter)


Guru (heavy), Snigda (unctous)


Sheeta (cold)


Katu (Pungent)


Kapha, Vata






Kind Shape Feature
Simple Triangular The tissue in the center of the aloe-veraAloe leaf contains a gel which yields the aloe gel



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 2-4cm long Yellow 5-20 Flowers Season is June - August


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Triangular 7–10 mm The fruit is the triangular capsule containing numerous seeds Many {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

It is a perennial plant, growing to the hight of 1½ - 2½ ft. Its leaves are long and thick, juicy with a wheel like phylotaxy. The two sides of the leaves have thorny structure with a thorny tip.[4]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Temperate region, Waste fields.

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  1. Karnataka Aushadhiya Sasyagalu By Dr.Maagadi R Gurudeva, Page no:309
  2. Chemical constituents
  3. Plant description
  4. Practical palnts

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