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  • Hoop

    Hi,

    I would like to know the difference between the two main types of aloe vera – one has green leaves with small white spots on the leaves and the other no spots, just plain green leaves.

    My understanding is that both types are OK for external application, but only one is safe and good for internal consumption – is that correct?
    If so, which is which?
    If not, what is the correct story?

    Thanks for your assistance!

    Hoop Arkwright

    • Hiya Hoop, There are over 400 species of Aloe Vera, but the species which has the magical internal & external healing qualities is ALOE VERA BARBADENSIS, which grows to about 1 metre tall. Small plants often have white marks on the leaf which disappear as the plant grows. The skin, or outer leaf is removed as it contains the latex sap, aloin, which is bitter & has a laxative & purgative effect. The more common, white spotted leaf Aloe vera var.chinensis is most often used externally. Hope this helps with your research. Toni (HealthPost)