Botanical Namefamily

Aloe vera (L.)/4/oe barbadensls (Mill.) (family Aloeaceae) PLANT PARTS USED

The leaf, from which several different products are made; namely the exudate, gel, extract and juice. The exudate ('aloes' in older pharmacy texts) is a thick residue, yellow in colour and bitter in taste, that comes from the latex that oozes out when the leaf is cut. The 'gel' refers to the clear gel or mucilage produced by the inner parenchymal cells in the central part of the leaf. Diluted aloe gel is commonly known as'aloe vera extract' or'aloe juice'.

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