Aloe Vera – For Your First Aid Kit


The Aloe Vera plant is a great supplement item to have in addition to your first aid kit. It has been used since centuries ago during Cleopatra’s time when Aloe was used to treat burns. The healing properties of Aloe Vera as well as the moisturizing properties of Aloe Vera helped it to become widely used. Centuries ago, Aloe Vera was first brought over from places like Barbados, Aruba, the Dutch West Indies and even Africa. Today, you can grow an Aloe Vera plant in your own home or your yard if your climate suites.

We always have an Aloe Vera plant in our home. Not only do they look great, but they serve a function as part of our overall first aid kit. Primarily, Aloe is used as an analgesic (pain reducer) for burns, sunburns, insect bites  and scrapes or cuts. Although you can buy products, that ‘contain’ Aloe, to treat sunburn and scrapes, nothing works better than the gel or mucus from inside the Aloe Vera plant.

All you have to do is cut off one of the Aloe plant’s leaves. Right away, you will notice some of the gel coming out of the bottom of the leaf you just cut. If this gel is not enough to cover your area in need of treatment, then cut about an inch or two of the leaf off and slice those pieces in half. You should see plenty of the plant’s gel. Simply apply it right onto the burned or scraped area of skin. You should instantly start to feel relief.

Aloe Vera has recently become a subject of scientific study in treating inflammation and wound healing. So far, the results are promising. Results so far are showing that Aloe Vera seems to speed up wound healing by increasing the availability of oxygen and collagen. One research group in Pennsylvania is using the Aloe Vera gel to treat radiation burns. They have significantly found the Aloe Vera gel to be the most effective treatment for minor radiation burns.

Studies are still being done, but so far, Aloe Vera is looking like a very effective, safe and inexpensive way to treat burns and wounds. If we hear any further study results, we’ll pass them along!

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  1. Aloe vera is also used to make drink tonics which you can find easily in health foods stores and many grocers nowadays. It is very useful for any ailments of the stomach and digestive tract, with its soothing and healing properties. Don’t bother to buy those if you have a plant in your home. Just take a good-sized leaf and use a sharp paring knife to strip away the thorny edges. Then remove the tough outer skin the same way using the “filet” method. Best to work over a sink or cutting board because it does get a little messy. Throw this into a blender and add frozen fruits according to how much you want to make (about 1/2-3/4 cup of frozen fruit per person). Add ice cold water to barely cover the mixture, or more if you don’t want it too thick, and a little bit of sweetener, if desired-a tablespoon or so, (we like agave nectar). Then blend until smooth. It is a refreshing drink with healing properties. We use it medicinally rather than on a maintenance basis, and have found good results to soothe an upset stomach.

  2. Aloe Vera has been used for burns for scores of years !!!!!!!!!! The refueling piers in San Diego Claifornia have LARGE PLANTERS full of them back from the dock/piers – Think fire from an accident. Someone had the foresight to have them planted there – for LOOKS ? I think not !

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