Growing easy-care Aloe Vera, nature’s burn ointment

By Melinda Myers

Grow your own burn ointment by adding Aloe vera to your indoor plant collection. This succulent has been used for centuries to treat superficial burns, cuts, sunburns, and more.

The gel inside the leaves is the medicinal part of the plant. Just cut away the outer part of the leaf and use just the gel on the problem areas. 

Make sure to remove the latex plant sap located between the outer layer (skin) of the leaf and the gel that can cause skin irritation. It is always best to test a small area of your skin first.

You may have read about Aloe vera being used in beverages and desserts. Properly prepare the aloe before consuming. 

Make sure to remove the latex and use only the gel to avoid cramps, diarrhea, and stomach upset.  eep Aloe vera plants out of the reach of children, cats, and dogs.

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