Today’s Belize Photo of the Day is the Aloe Vera which is commonly known as The Medicinal Plant. Aloe Vera is a very short-stemmed plant that can grow up to 60-100 cm tall spreading by offsets. The Aloe Vera’s leaf is thick and fleshy to touch and has tiny prickles or spines around the perimeter.
The Aloe Vera plant can be frequently seen tropical areas of the world, including Belize where it can be seen very commonly at Chaa Creek’s 365-acre private nature preserve. The plant can be easily spotted while on the Rainforest Medicine Trail Tour with our naturalist guides.
Much of the Aloe Vera’s medicinal qualities are derived from the sap of the plant, which is bitter, slimy, and provides the body with over 80 essential minerals and vitamins. Its juice can also be used as an anti-inflammatory, pain reliever, or can be used to aid indigestion.
The Maya considered the juice from the Aloe Vera to be an excellent remedy for burns, sun burns, rashes, stubborn ulcers, bed sores, and to reduce scarring. To prevent hair loss, a fresh leaf is mashed and applied to the scalp for 7 to 10 days.
Submitted by naturalist guide: David Juarez