A sweet couple from my church gave me a huge aloe plant about a month ago. Even though I am a known to have a brown thumb with indoor houseplants, she assured me that it would be almost impossible to kill it. Here instructions were, “Make sure it has sun light and water it very little.”
A plant that requires very little water and attention? Now we’re talking! This might be the one plant that I can neglect on purpose and still grow a healthy plant. I feel like this aloe plant was made for lazy people like me! Truthfully it’s made to survive drought like conditions and thrives in well drained soil where it gets very little water. Think of a cactus. It thrives in the desert and is full of water! The aloe plant works the same way.
I had gone on my merry way for almost an entire month without using my aloe plant, just waiting for someone in my family to burn themselves so I could try out my trusty aloe plant. Then one day this week, I did it. I picked up my hot crockpot and the fleshy part of my palm bumped the hot outer cover. Ouch! Wouldn’t you know it, I wasn’t home! When I did get home, my husband walked me through the process of how to use an aloe plant to treat burns.
First cut the end of one of the leaves. Cut as much as you need. There’s a lot of gel in a small amount of small amount of plant and a little goes a long way.
Next simply squeeze the leaf. It is firm, but the gel squeezes out very easily.
A clear stringy, snot like gel comes out. It’s very cool and soothing to a burn.
Gently rub it in to the affected area. It will absorb fairly quickly.
That’s it! The cut area will kind of seal back up and you can continue to cut from that leaf again and again or you can cut from another leaf.
If your plant gets too big, you can divide it and re-plant the other half in another pot. Now you have two plants, and you can give one to a friend.
I have read that aloe is good for not only burns and sunburns, but also for constipation, stretch marks, wounds, and fever blisters. I have not tried any of those remedies, so I can’t vouch for their effectiveness. I do know that I’m excited about using my new aloe plant as a new addition to my natural first aid kit.
Do you have an aloe plant? How do you use it?