It was many years ago that I purchased my first aloe plant. I didn’t buy it because of all the good it can do – I actually purchased it just because I thought it was pretty cool. The spikes offer an interesting texture that my other houseplants just don’t provide.

It wasn’t long after that purchase that I burned myself pretty bad on the stove. I didn’t have any burn cream but I knew the aloe would help so I cut off a piece and applied it to my hand. I was surprised by how quickly it worked.

That first time I harvested fresh aloe I had no idea what I was doing. I just cut a stem off the plant and squeezed until the aloe came out. Although this method works – I’ve learned over the years that I can get so much more out of each stem by following a few simple steps.

1.Cut off a stem. I just use a regular pair of scissors from the junk drawer that are sharp.

2.Use a sharp knife (be careful here) and slice down either side of the aloe so you can separate one side from the other.

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3.Get out an old Chinese food container or any other small container with a lid.

4.Run the knife firmly over each piece of the aloe and then scoop the clear substance (aloe) into your container.

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5.The aloe keeps for at least two weeks in the refrigerator. When I feel it’s almost time to throw it away I smear whatever is left on my arms and legs or anywhere I may have sunburn. Waste not, want not!

Super easy, fun and your aloe plant will continue to grow new shoots producing more aloe. So the next time you have a sunburn, or burn yourself on the stove – reach for an Aloe Plant!

*Please keep in mind that aloe is for small, first degree burns. Large burns or burns that break the skin should be assessed by a medical professional.