Of the many memories of our amazing road trip along the Garden Route in South Africa, the one that I’m bringing you today is that of the giant Aloe tree that we saw at the House of Aloes—the original aloe factory, that was set up in 1986 with the co-operation of local farmers in Albertinia, South Africa. The quick stopover was not only great to stretch ourselves during our long drive back, but also to witness first-hand a working aloe factory and get to know more about the Cape Aloe or the Aloe Ferox.
This variety of Aloe grows wild on many South African farms— free from pesticides and artificial fertilisers, and with the highest concentration of beneficial substances available. The sheer size and the scale of this plant took us by surprise, as we had never imagined it to be this huge!
The Aloe, we learnt, is nothing short of a miracle plant. You could even call them true superheroes—and why not? They have so much magic that they can heal you if you are sick; soothe if you are burnt, disinfect your wounds, and even rejuvenate you if you are tired. The aloe is in fact, a therapeutic warrior that has been known to protect South African tribes ever since it was absorbed as a symbol of wellness on the cave walls years ago when the first humans roamed around the land.
Back home in India, we know how popular aloe is, given the multitudes of health benefits it offers, the but I’m not going into that. That will be the subject of my post another day.
Joining Parul today for #thursdaytreelove which is a photo feature on Parul’s blog where you get to see beautiful trees from different places. If you’d like to join in, do visit her blog to know more.