Aloe Magic

Aloe MagicI read long ago that aloe juice was good for the skin and especially burns. Ho hum - there are so many claims for healing this and that - I never paid attention.

Then, I got burned.

I'm not even sure how it happened. I lifted the lid off some steaming vegetables and yikes - a blast of hot steam blew right across my hand. I knew immediately that it was badder than bad.

Cold water was my first idea, but then what? I could see my large aloe plant across the room, beckoning. Ok, I thought - I'll give you a try.

I sliced off the lowest leaf at the stem and rubbed the juicy end over the burn. Kind of stingy, but cool. Then I went back to fixing dinner, expecting to have a painful hand for a long time. Oddly enough, I got busy and completely forgot the burn, since it stopped hurting.

I applied the aloe juice several times that evening. In the morning there was a huge blister. But it didn't hurt as long as it was covered in aloe. 

Over the next few days the blister broke and things began to look really nasty and oozy. Is it time to go to a doctor? Will I end up with an infection, the dreaded MRSA, laid up in a hospital with an IV?

Since I didn't really have time to go through all that, I just kept slathering on the aloe.

Well, the ooze dried up, followed by a big ugly scab, and after a day or so, that peeled off and voila - perfectly good-as-new slightly pink skin.

How odd that the juice from the leaves of this mysterious desert plant, when spread upon damaged human skin would work such magic. There is no reason this should happen. It may sound silly, but I like to think it's just the kindness  of the plant. Burned hand

 Healed hand