Twisted Succulent: Spiral Aloe (Polyphylla)

Twisted Succulent Spiral Aloe Polyphylla

Stunning, breathtaking, show-stopping – all words that spring to mind when referring to the Spiral Aloe (Polyphylla). While most succulents have their origins in Latin America, this succulent is from the mountains of Lesotho in Southern Africa.  This succulent is so revered, it is known as the national flower of Lesotho. It thrives in cooler areas that are sloped. These plants are exceptionally hardy, able to grow well in the hot summers and stay alive in snowy winters.

Twisted Succulent Spiral Aloe Polyphylla
Amazing Polyphylla @mmming65

Features of The Spiral Aloe

These succulents feature tightly packed leaves that grow in a fascinating rosette spiral pattern. These leaves grow in a total of five rows. Each plant will have around 150 leaves.

They need to grow at least 8 inches in diameter to begin spiraling. When fully grown, they reach a diameter of up to 2 feet.

The leaves have pointed tips and are grey-green in color. Along the edges, there are green spines. These are probably nature’s way of stopping people from constantly touching this plant. Birds and bees do find the flowers and nectar of this plant attractive.

Like other aloe succulents, this is an evergreen plant that flowers once a year at the end of spring, going into the beginning of summer. The flowers come in several shades, including red, pink, and even yellow. It is an excellent addition to any decorative container.

Check out some benefits of the Aloe Vera in “How the Aloe Vera Succulent can Help with Eczema“.

Twisted Succulent Spiral Aloe Polyphylla
The Spiral Aloe Characteristics @flowers.cactus

How Does This Succulent Differ from Other Aloes?

Aloe, particularly the highly popular Aloe Vera, features long, thin leaves that shoot upwards. The Spiral Aloe does not have a stem or long thing leaves. Rather than simply growing upwards, the leaves form a delicate and distinct spiral. They are shorter, similar to the size you would find on Echeveria succulents. The leaves can grow both clockwise and anti-clockwise.

Learn more about a different type of Aloe by checking out “Aloe Aristata— the Torch Plant“.

Why This Succulent is Awesome

There is another reason that this plant is so highly regarded. The challenge is to find and keep one, as well as to cultivate it. Indeed, they are rare. The plants and seeds are restricted to their natural habitat in Lesotho, where the succulent’s removal is a criminal offence. There are horticultural societies around the world that have been specially selected to cultivate this plant.

When grown outside of its native habitat, this succulent can reach its full size within 6 years. Its natural conditions need to be replicated as close as possible to ensure that the plant will survive.

Need more tips on growing your Aloe Vera? Be sure to check out “How to Grow Aloe Vera” for more info.

Tips to Keep a Spiral Aloe Alive

For survival, this plant requires:

  • Light shade for protection from high temperatures
  • Areas where there are cool nights for elevated growth
  • Moderate watering in spring and early autumn
  • Liquid fertilizer during the growing season, at least twice.
  • Course, sandy soil
  • An ideal daily temperature of 23 degree Celsius


Twisted Succulent Spiral Aloe Polyphylla
Keep Your Spiral Aloe Alive @the_west_coast_plants

Succulents typically thrive through propagation, though this one can be grown with some seeds. It must be noted though that germination could take several months.

Serious succulent growers appreciate the ornamental beauty of this plant. It is best suited for beds and borders, decorative containers, sloped gardens, and rock gardens.

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Definitive Newbie Guide to Aloe Vera Detox

Definitive Guide to Aloe Vera Detox

The medicinal properties of Aloe Vera date back as far as 6000 years ago. Eczema, sunburn, acne – name it. All these are conditions that can be addressed by the aloe. But did you know that this same plant can also be used to detox?

That’s right. An Aloe Vera detox is a perfect solution to the harmful thingies roaming in your body system. You can say there aren’t limits to what the aloe can do.

Wish to know more about this important process – detoxification – and the specific role played by Aloe Vera? You’ll have more than enough answers once you’re through with this post.

Let’s get it!


Definitive Guide to Aloe Vera Detox
Aloe vera plants @xylemandphloem_

Detoxification – What it is?

Simply put, detoxification is the process by which you rid the body system of harmful substances – toxins if you like. Usually, the liver is the body organ that takes care of the process, either by way of neutralizing or ejecting the unwanted materials altogether.

But this is not always the case. Despite the fact of the liver being upbeat and executing its mandate, the efforts might fall short of eliminating the accumulating toxins. And that’s when you’ll have to enlist another way of staying safe from metabolic poisons.

But how do you know it’s time to go this route? Well, it’s not like the liver will send an alert that it’s experiencing problems, at least not directly.

When the body is overwhelmed with cleansing itself, toxins are going to accumulate, which is not always bad as long as they don’t go over a certain threshold. They can stay in the body for long without causing any deviations to your wellbeing.

But you’ll know it as soon as the body can’t take any more of them. And that’s the time to act.

When to Detox

The following signs are an indication of too much toxin accumulation:

1. Bad odor

Not just bad odor, your breath also.

A persistent bad smell on your part is a sure indication of too much dirt inside of you, and your body is working overtime to remove it. You’ll have to step in since the body hasn’t had much success.

2. Reversed body rhythm

What do you know about alertness in relation to the time of the day?

It’s a general rule – morning hours are periods of high alert, and we have a better chance at plowing through most tasks with ease. But with an increased toxin load, the reverse is true.

You’ll find yourself being generally less alert in the morning. The situation improves as time goes by through to the evening. In such a case, sleep becomes almost non-existent.

The solution is not sleeping pills. It’s time to flash out some spoilt goods.

3. Digestive problems

A couple of things can manifest here:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloat
  • Gas

The absence of a bowel movement means that the toxins that would have otherwise been eliminated, join your circulatory system — bad news.

Better add a few anti-oxidants to your diet – beans, tea, fish, etc. and lots of water.

4. Brain fog

It’s normal, for a more significant part, to forget that ‘important’ concept you learned in 5th grade. But drawing a blank so often is not.

Couple that with the inability to focus for considerable stretches (for no reason), and you have a huge toxins problem. The (toxins) impair oxidation of the brain, which leads to an inability to think stuff through clearly – AKA fog.

5. Constant exhaustion

Call it adrenal fatigue in fancy terms. Usually, enough hours of sleep per day are enough to wash off any exhaustion of the day.

Are you getting this dose of sleep, yet you still feel groggy? If yes, then that’s a problem – a toxic one. And taking a nap in the middle of the day (can you?) is not the solution. It’s time to flush your pipes.

6. Headaches out of the blue

Headaches are usually attributable to something – like an alcohol fest the previous day. But feeling like your head is going to burst the next few seconds for no reason?

Better start looking at what you’re consuming. Good deals of toxins – found in your food – can induce headaches.

7. Weight gain

Packing on a few pounds is not always an indication of toxicity. Considering the conditions of the gain is what will clear stuff up.

If you’re looking and doing every right thing to lose weight, an opposite outcome could mean you’re in the red with the number of toxic substances coursing through you. Why so?

The substances are kept in body fat. So as they keep building up, the body keeps on synthesizing more fat cells to store them. As you can guess, the reading on the scales can only go higher.

8. Skin problems

Toxins that can’t be eliminated from the body via other organs are flushed out through the skin. But then the whole process doesn’t go smoothly.

The skin reacts with the toxins leading to a host of skin conditions such as eczema, acne, rashes, etc.

Detoxification is a must if you see any of these signs. And as already mentioned, an Aloe Vera detox can do the job quite well.

Be sure to read up on all the benefits that Aloe Vera could bring. Check out “How the Aloe Vera Succulent can Help with Eczema” for more on benefits.

Definitive Guide to Aloe Vera Detox
Indoor-placed aloe vera @collette0783

Aloe Vera Detox

Why Aloe Vera?

The Aloe vera has been proven to contain a host of components, all of which play a role in the detoxification process.

But perhaps its alkaline nature makes it even more ideal to be used as a detox. The Aloe vera neutralizes the acidity in which the toxins thrive best, technically hindering their survival. All these components are just as important, though.

The components of Aloe Vera:

1. Enzymes

The most useful Aloe vera components include lipase, amylase, and Bradykinase. The first two help in the digestion of sugars and fats while Bradykinase alleviates inflammation.

2. Vitamins

Aloe Vera is rife with vitamins. The vitamins A, C, and E help in anti-oxidation. On the other hand, the B group vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, and B9) combined with choline play a role in amino acid metabolism.

Also, vitamin B12 is present, which helps in the synthesis of red blood cells.

Check out our article on “How to Grow Aloe Vera” to see how you can grow this amazing Aloe vera plant.

3. Amino acids

Salicylic acid, for instance, is both anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.

4. Minerals

There are nearly 20 minerals available in Aloe Vera. They are essential in the optimal functioning of enzyme metabolic pathways. Select essential ones like zinc act as anti-oxidants.

5. Polysaccharides

The Aloe vera plant has approximately 200 Aloe mucilaginous polysaccharides (AMP). These complex sugars are anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial. They promote healing.

They also provide a significant boost to the body’s immune system.

Looking to get more of these plants indoors? Check out “10 Cute Mini Succulents for Indoors” for a fun list of succulents you can include indoors.

Definitive Guide to Aloe Vera Detox
Three planters with aloe vera @bitkidunyasix_

How to Use an Aloe Vera Detox

Aloe Vera can be used in combination with other equally essential ingredients in detoxification. They include mango, orange juice, water, and honey.

Common aloe vera combinations in detox

1. Mango and aloe vera

The key component of concern here is the fiber in the mango pulp. It is an essential addition to alleviating constipation.

2. Aloe vera, water, and honey

Honey is both a prebiotic and anti-inflammatory. Perfectly complements the various properties of aloe components.

3. Orange juice and aloe vera

Just as with the mango above, orange juice contains fiber, which ensures smooth digestion.

Alternatively, you can use Aloe Vera without necessarily adding it to anything. Just purchase the Aloe extract from a trusted dealer and start over your detox with small doses. Typically, small here means 25ml once to twice daily.

Try these commercial Aloe Vera Juices that we know you’ll love!

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Definitive Guide to Aloe Vera Detox
Aloe vera in a planter @themiracleplantksa

Even though Aloe Vera is quite an asset in detoxification, there are a few warning signs about it to heed:

Pregnant women should avoid any Aloe Vera products. The Aloe vera plant contains compounds able to trigger uterine contractions.

Also, do not use the raw Aloe Vera gel. In this state, it contains a compound called aloin, which is bad news in so many ways. Ingestion of this chemical has been found to cause hypoproteinemia (low protein in the blood) and low red blood cell count.

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How the Aloe Vera Succulent can Help with Eczema

How Aloe Vera is a Remedy for Eczema

The medicinal properties of aloe vera are indisputable and numerous!

From the ancient times to this modern era, it’s a proven fact that the aloe can combat quite a number of health conditions, eczema being one of them.

The olden days’ inhabitants of Egypt and China turned to aloe vera whenever they were faced with fever, burns or wounds. How’d they even know?

These have carried on into the modern world, and some more discovered. They include lowering blood sugar levels, curing athlete’s foot, reducing dandruff, etc.– this list goes on.

And, of course, treating (or rather toning down) eczema.

Honestly, it’s so easy to get carried away with spelling out the many uses of this super awesome succulent, but that’s beside the point.

For now, let’s have a look at eczema and what aloe vera can do for you.

how aloe vera helps eczema
aloe vera remedies

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition that causes parts of it to be itchy and irritated. Usually, it is manifested during childhood and quells as you grow up.

That is to say, rarely will an adult exhibit signs of eczema even though he/she might have suffered the same when young. But the skin of such a person remains dry for a larger part and is easily irritated unfortunately.

The condition comes about as a result of the skin being unable to fend off bacterial infections; usually due to a tweak in the genetic composition of an individual. It could be triggered or made intense by factors such as harsh soaps and detergents, cold weather and low humidity.

how aloe vera helps with eczema
planted aloe vera @ainhoa.artesanias

Signs and Symptoms of Eczema

Signs and symptoms of eczema vary from an individual to another. Generally, they include some of the following…

  • A very sensitive skin.
  • Red to brownish-grey skin patches on various parts of the body like feet, ankles, upper chest and wrists.
  • Dry skin.
  • Itching. It can become worse over time especially during the night.
  • Small swellings on the skin. These leak and form crusts when scratched.
  • A thickened scaly skin that is cracked.

Unfortunately, eczema treatment hasn’t been worked out yet. The available options are just remedies to reduce the severity of this condition, not completely rid of it.

And the good old aloe vera features are prominent in decreasing the severity and uncomfortable effects of eczema.

how aloe vera helps with eczema
spiky aloe @grin.succulents

How Aloe Vera can Help with Eczema

Aloe vera possesses very specific properties that have made it a darling in soothing and rejuvenating the skin. And these come into play big time in dealing with the damage left behind by eczema.

First off is the antimicrobial property that averts any bacterial and fungal infections. See, with the skin being all broken, it is very much vulnerable to attacks from bacteria and fungi. But aloe vera serves to eliminate these organisms before they can initiate any further problems to an already troubled individual.

Secondly, there is a wound-healing property that is particularly vital in an eczema situation. There is broken skin on lots of places as mentioned above. And those are lots of wounds, patches that need to be repaired. Aloe vera contains polysaccharides that boost skin growth– hence, healing!

Finally, the antioxidant content in aloe vera is a great addition to your body’s immunity. This prevents any further infections due to the skin that could occur when your skin is already vulnerable.


how aloe vera helps with eczema
bloomin’ aloe vera @post_karoo

How to Use Aloe Vera on Eczema

Toning down eczema using aloe vera is actually a very simple process!

Start by washing the affected area using a regular bar of soap and water. Apply aloe vera gel generously. Shortly after, allow some time for the gel to dry up before getting dressed.

Yeah, it’s that simple!

And extracting the gel direct from the succulent plant will do just fine. This method is even better because you’re sure of the purest form there is, without any additives or artificial ingredients attached.

But you can as well purchase the gel from drug stores if the above option isn’t exactly your go to solution. Be sure to go for products with the highest quantity of aloe vera gel and (very important) avoid scented ones or those with alcohol. Some fragrances and alcohol cause more irritation, we definitely don’t want to have that!

Some precaution though: despite the fact that aloe vera is generally safe to use, allergic reactions can and do occur. So, don’t go all in with it at first. Test it out on a small patch of skin and observe it for a full day. If there is no burning or itching, proceed as indicated above.

You can always consult a professional as well if you’d like.

how aloe vera helps with eczema
soaking up the sun @nicoleriverox3

Combining Aloe Vera with Other Natural Treatments for Enhanced Results

A combo of aloe vera and a different natural treatment can go a long way. The treatments that can be used alongside the aloe are coconut oil, turmeric and olive oil. The precaution above still holds. Test out these remedies on a small part to see how the skin will react before going in widely.

Here is how to go about it.

Aloe Vera & Coconut oil

Prepare a third of a cup of aloe vera and mix it with about half of a cup of coconut oil in a glass container. Apply a few drops of the mixture twice a day. Be sure to observe the effects during this time.

how aloe vera can help with eczema
big, pink aloe plant @cw_design_landscaping

Aloe Vera & Olive oil

Add three drops of olive oil to a tablespoonful of aloe vera and stir thoroughly to obtain a thick paste. Apply the paste once a day. Once again, observe the effects of the mixture to ensure no allergic reactions will occur when applying this mixture of aloe vera and olive oil in a broader portion of your skin.

Aloe Vera & Turmeric

Mix 1 spoon of aloe vera gel with an equal amount of turmeric powder. Be sure to stir thoroughly until there are no lumps left.

Apply to the affected area and wash the paste off after 20 minutes using clean water only. Do this twice a week for up to 8 weeks. And again! Observe the effects your skin has with this mixture.

how aloe vera helps with eczema
spiky aloe vera @kazunori_0417

When to Seek Professional Medical Assistance

If the remedies above turn out to be of little use as far as your condition is concerned, arrange an appointment with a doctor, pronto!

Whether you were planning to use aloe vera or otherwise, see a doctor if you note the following signs of infection

  • Yellow scabs
  • More intense redness
  • Pus
how aloe vera helps with eczema
giant spiral aloe plant @escosuccs

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