I’ve always been clumsy & as a child can remember my dad always joking that I should never, ever get a job in a dynamite factory! So I didn’t, but I’m still accident prone & today I burnt myself cooking. I was preparing Leek & Potato soup – perhaps should’ve included a photo of the soup too – it was really tasty. Anyway, I splashed my hand with hot oil & immediately reached for this:
The Aloe Vera plant that I have on my kitchen window sill. Aloe is absolutely brilliant for burns as it cools immediately & quickly promotes healing. Administering it is easy, just break off a juicy leaf, split it & use the concentrated gel, pure & straight from the plant is much better than the creams & lotions now available. It’s also an excellent remedy for sun burn.
The plants are very easy to grow – as you can see from the picture, there are many off-shoots growing in the pot, all which will have their own root tendrils, so just carefully split apart & plant! I’ve found that they don’t like direct sunlight & live quite happily on a north facing sill. Water well, but then leave to completely dry out in-between – simple 🙂
I’m a fan of herbs & natural remedies & would also recommend pure Lavender essential oil for burns which is gentle enough to be applied neat. I make up my own after-sun cream using unperfumed, lanolin free base lotion & add Peppermint oil to cool (& you can really feel it taking the heat out of hot, burnt skin) with Lavender to encourage cell re-generation & healing.
Ahh, there’s a dream, hot sun…… Roll-on summer.