Aloe Lotion To Safely Use When Poison Ivy Catches You
Written by: Kirsten Cowart
Aloe vera is an incredible healing plant that is a must-have during the hot summer months. Not only is it great for helping sunburns, but it can also help you recover from poison ivy and poison oak.
Aloe vera is an easy-to-grow succulent that can thrive indoors or in a shady part of your garden. I have even started to see aloe vera leaves for sale in the produce section of my local grocery store. Sometimes you can obtain the raw leaf and other times it comes in a gel form. Either way, the remedying power of the aloe plant is always welcome in my home.
The Remedying Power Of Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a wonderful agent to use on both minor and serious burns (1st to 3rd degree). You can apply the gel contained inside the leaves thickly to the topical area and it pulls the heat right out. It also acts as a natural pain reliever when applied to cuts where it also promotes new tissue growth and speeds up recovery.
On your skin, aloe can help with annoying insect bites, blisters, acne, rashes and eczema. It can even help to reduce scarring. The soothing pulp or gel found inside of the leaves has also been used to ease the effects of arthritis and bursitis. Aloe is packed with vitamins B and E, fiber and enzymes that make it a powerful and all-natural medicinal substance.
How To Prepare Your Aloe Vera Gel
For helping to sooth burns, wounds and skin irritations, nothing beats fresh aloe vera gel.
Step 1: Gut a large, firm leaf from your aloe plant. Then slice it open – it is best to do this on a plate because as soon as you start to cut into the aloe, it will begin to ooze out its gel.
Step 2: Next you will want to use a tablespoon and scoop out the inner gel. If you want a smoother gel (which is optional), just puree it in a blender.
Step 3: Once you have scooped out the gel, store it in a small bottle in the refrigerator, where you will be able to keep if for at least several weeks (according to The Illustrated Herb Encyclopedia by Kathi Keville, to help extend the aloe gel’s shelf life, add 500 IU of vitamin C per each cup of gel).
How To Use Your Gel
This part is quite easy! Just apply the gel directly to a burn, wound, or skin irritation. It will feel cool and even soothing while it begins to immediately repair and even mend damaged tissue.
As the aloe dries, it will begin to pull and tighten your skin. This is all part of the magic process, but if it winds up becoming too uncomfortable or bothersome, just gently rinse the aloe off.
Repeat the application of the gel several times a day until healing is completed.
Growing up, we always made sure to keep aloe vera growing around our home. If someone received an injury, someone else would go out and take a meaty leaf off of the plant. We would sometimes just cut the tip of the leaf off and, like trying to get the last bit of toothpaste out of a tube, would squeeze out the gel unto our boo-boos.
What great experiences have you had with aloe vera? We would love to hear all about them in the comments below!
Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs 2012 pgs. 102-106
Kirsten Cowart is a writer and researcher that has worked in the spiritual, mental health and medical fields.Kirsten enjoys studying and experiencing the benefits of yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbalism, organic gardening and alternative health.She worked hard in 2014 losing over 40 lbs. and has since maintained a healthy lifestyle.Follow her to learn more about her journey on Twitter, Facebook & Youtube!
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