Sun Burn Remedy: Aloe Plant

Summer is here, and we will be spending hours on the beach or at the pool.  Aloe plants hold the perfect remedy for sunburned skin.  The gel inside the plant cools sunburn on contact, and has been found to penetrate the skin 500% better than water.

Applying the gel is easy, just break off a stalk and squeeze the gel directly onto the burn.  The Aloe plant above was growing on the Chenay Bay Beach in St. Croix, VI.  It’s the biggest Aloe plant that I’ve ever seen.  

I’ve been growing Aloe plants at home for years.  I use it for burns when I’m working in the kitchen.  The best thing about Aloe plants is that the stalks will grow back so don’t be afraid of destroying the plant if you break off a piece. 

sunburn remedy

If you’re heading to the beach for a week and take it with you.  If I’m only going for a few days, I break off a few stalks and wrap them in a wet paper towel. I place the wet towel & stalks into a plastic bag and keep them moist during my stay.  

Aloe is easy to grow. Purchase a small plant and place it in your kitchen window.  Stick them in a sunny spot and water it once a week.  They’re very forgiving, there are times when I forget to water mine for weeks.  They look great outside in the summer, just remember to bring it in once winter sets in.

The best way to prevent sunburn is to use plenty of sunblock and to wear a hat while relaxing on the beach or at the pool.  Playing in the sun can be great, but it can also be dangerous if we don’t protect ourselves.  If all else fails, put your aloe plant to use.