Posted by Ethne~
You all have used aloe gel when you’ve gotten sunburns, yeah? Trust me, this pale-a$$ skin of mine has been lobstery numerous times. PAIN!
Well, how many of you have real aloe plants? Naturally I didn’t till Thrifty Nana (my mom) got one and shared it with me. It’s a succulent, and doesn’t grow outdoors in MN through all the seasons, but is a great house plant. Hers grows well all year; she recently gave me a start of my own and it’s growing in my house that gets virtually no plant-friendly light whatsoever.
But the real key is its usefulness.
If you get a burn, cut or scratch, cut a piece off, open the ‘leaf’ in half, and spread it on your wound. Easy peasy.
Thankfully, it was on hand recently when I was over at TN’s and her cat (Stuart) got into a tiff with her dog (Bella) – they haven’t quite gotten used to each other yet, though I’m pretty sure that Stuart will be the alpha animal.
Baby Stewie was not about to pose for a picture.
The tiff involved me – right in the middle! I was holding Stuart (or Baby Stewie as I call him) and Bella got really jealous and started jumping at my leg. No cat reacts well to a dog barking and jumping at it. I got a healthy scratch on my arm in the scuffle.
Since the scratch was from either a cat or dog claw, I cleaned it with alcohol first. No infections for this chica.
Next, TN cut a piece of the aloe plant and rubbed it on my scratch. It’s a natural gel that provides a cooling feel, as well as has healing properties. My scratch felt better instantly and has healed remarkably well.
|TN's gentle application
|Look closely and you can see the aloe gel
coming out of the green slice
|All doctored up by my mom;
you're never too old to let your mom take
care of you!
Check your local plant store, or check online for a start of the plant. If you’re a WOM, you’ll love having it on hand. And think, how THRIFTY to have a healing plant that regenerates itself with no effort on your part! That’s FREE and FABULOUS, Friends!