The Magic of the Aloe Vera Plant; Help for Treatment of Minor Burns

Updated on June 21, 2016


Severe burns always require medical attention. Always err on the side of caution and seek professional help when treating burns!

The Mature Aloe Vera Plant

My second generation Aloe Vera plant.
My second generation Aloe Vera plant. | Source

Why I Believe in Aloe Vera

The Aloe Vera has been used for centuries, dating back to the Egyptians. The Aloe Vera has been used for healing. It is truly an amazing plant. I always have one. Following are my first hand experiences with burns and the effect of using Aloe Vera to prevent blisters and scars. This plant is easy to find and economical to purchase; no home should be without one.

I believe every household should own a few Aloe Vera plants. Not only can they be lovely (that is mine pictured), but the Aloe Vera is my choice for treating contact burns. I have avoided many blisters with the help of this interesting plant.

The Aloe Vera is a beneficial plant and one of the best first aid remedies ever for the first response to contact burns. If a burn is so severe the skin is broken, a trip to emergency is required for professional advice and treatment from a doctor!

I am including first hand accounts of the benefits of Aloe Vera... after the precautions.

The gel from the Aloe Vera leaf is a complex mix of active ingredients that are still being studied.

  • ONLY the Aloe Vera plant should be used, there are many Aloes, some said to be toxic! The chemical composition for each type of aloe is different!
  • Some sensitive individuals are allergic to Aloe Vera.
  • Use only on unbroken skin as a topical treatment and NEVER use internally!
  • Various clinical studies are disagree on the benefits of Aloe Vera on burns. These are my own first person accounts of incidents.

Folk Remedy?

I have experienced excellent results using the juice of the leaf of the Aloe Vera (pictured) whenever I experienced such burns, as from from irons, oven doors and anything that I had accidentally touched and burned myself with. My late husband was skeptical and thought I had fallen prey to some old wives tales. Not so.

Aloe Vera Does Its Magic

My husband had a very unfortunate accident one morning while he was deep frying some batter. He was barefoot in the kitchen; flipped the batter he was frying, as a result splashing some of the sizzling fat on his bare toes! The reddening was instantaneous. We rushed to the bathroom to cool the wound with cold water. The wound was red and angry and sure to blister painfully…a huge problem with wearing shoes!

Did I mention my husband was diabetic? This is a serious injury for one with his condition. I had visions of his recovery being long with infection certainly setting in. I was very concerned for him.

I wondered if we should just rush to emergency, but we both reasoned, there was little they would do…the damage was done and the skin was still intact. It was going to blister! I reasoned the Aloe Vera would at least give him some relief from the scalding pain until we decided the best course of action.

First, we finished cooling down the burn with cool water, I asked him if I could try the Aloe Vera juice from the plant to give him some relief, promising to be gentle. He was wary and told me if it stung, he didn’t want it. I couldn’t guarantee the effect, but promised to stop if it felt it was aggravating his injury.

I sliced open a thick juicy stem and laid it, gently, juicy side down, on his red toes. There was a momentary gasp and I uttered a small prayer under my breath. I prayed, that if this worked, I would forever believe in the power of Aloe Vera for burns.

I actually didn’t think it would have any impact on such a burn. There would be painful blisters that needed attention for certain. Sizzling hot grease on skin is not pretty

I looked up and asked him if he wanted the Aloe Vera removed and though he was grimacing, he stated it was helping. At that moment, I had a faint glimmer of hope. I gently moved the juicy flesh to cover the entire reddened area and cut more fresh aloe as the pulp juices were absorbed into his skin.(the juice soaks into the burned area like a sponge) We sat there for awhile, me ministering to his foot, adding more Aloe Vera juice as it dried up. His skin seemed to soak it up. Finally, he seemed to get enough relief and we stopped and left the foot uncovered to observe what would develop.

I asked if we still should go to emergency anyway, but he told me to hold off since the pain seemed to have stopped. I was incredulous. Before long even the reddening paled and by evening it looked like he had never even experienced a burn. That made him a believer. He wore his shoes the next day with no irritation.

Aloe Vera to the Rescue More Than Once...

I have also had an intense burn, that "should have" blistered severely.

I accidentally lifted a hot cast iron pan with my bare hands one day when I wasn't paying attention.

I had lifted the offending frypan about six inches off the surface of the stove before instinct kicked in and I dropped it with a clatter. I immediately ran to the sink to cool my burned hand off with cold water (it stops further damage).

I reached for Aloe Vera once again. My palm had an instant red imprint from the pan handle. The imprint spanned my palm. The burn was on my right hand and I wondered how I could go to work with a blistered palm.

I immediately applied Aloe Vera juice and wondered what would happen. I felt skeptical of the results, since pressing flesh to hot cast iron is like branding!

Well. I am happy to report, not only was I able to go to work the next day, but I didn't have a blister; not one! I had some tenderness, but nothing I couldn't handle.

So get yourself an Aloe Vera plant, if you are prone to minor burns. Even if you are not prone to burns, accidents happen.

What always works for me is cold water to cool the burn and juice of the Aloe Vera gently laid on an unbroken skin. It prevents a painful blister and the subsequent scarring from ever happening. I forgot to mention that . The Aloe Vera helps prevent scarring, I have no marks to show I have ever picked up a hot cast-iron frypan with my bare hands!

Aloe Vera at various stages of growth

The latest little aloe vera begin their lives (third generation)
The latest little aloe vera begin their lives (third generation) | Source
This is the first set of aloe babies and big enough to use for burns (third generation)
This is the first set of aloe babies and big enough to use for burns (third generation) | Source
Up an coming little aloe vera from the same "mother" plant (third generation)
Up an coming little aloe vera from the same "mother" plant (third generation) | Source

Precaution Is Always Required...

  • Now in the case of a potentially bad burn like my husband’s , I would recommend everyone to take a trip to emergency clinic right away!
  • Any chemical burns are very serious and always require medical help! Chemical burns must be washed for a very, long time to remove all traces of chemicals. Therefore a doctor must always be consulted.
  • This Hub is not meant to replace any professional advice!
  • I know of one person with diabetes that is allergic to Aloe Vera…so this is something you should test before you ever have a burn or simply ask the person.
  • There are many products out there with Aloe Vera in their formulations and people usually know if they can tolerate Alow Vera.
  • However, for all the rest of us, an Aloe Vera is not only a beautiful plant, but also an indispensable first-aid plant!

Further Reading on Studies Done on Aloe Vera

"This study suggests further trials might prove Aloe Vera "might be beneficial on burn wounds".

Here is a study done on rats with induced burns:

This abstract cites that Aloe Vera extract is beneficial for healing burn wounds:,_Magic,_Witchcraft,_or_Fact__Aloe_vera.5.aspx

Growing Aloe Vera

I live in North America and my Aloe Vera is thriving and growing new babies at the moment. The big plant has produced 8 new plants which are in various stages of growth. I find the plant requires the sunniest window and at the very least a windowsill to prosper. It only needs watering sparingly no matter what the season is... but it can not be totally ignored.

The large plant probably would be the best to use for burns, but it is quite gorgeous right now, so i would tend to use the largest of the smaller plants pictured below. i have included pictures of all the offspring to show how prolific the plant is!


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    Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Thank you NP.QUEEN. The aloe Vera is a valuable plant, besides being interesting to look at!

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    NP.QUEEN 5 years ago from Dubai

    Very informative and interesting article. Thanks for sharing.

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    Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi aansh, The aloe vera works right away.(on unbroken skin)

    If it isn't working for you; you should be seeing a doctor.

    Your burn sounds like it is more serious and needs medical attention.

    Aloe vera works if the skin is intact (unbroken)...a minor burn before it blisters; anything else needs doctor's care. Please see a doctor!

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    aansh 5 years ago

    its my second day of using aloe vera,hope it gives better result in future.

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    Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi freelanceauthor1 Thanks for the vote! Care for those Aloe Veras...they can be pretty useful when you accidentally get a burn. They are absolutely the best remedy I have ever used on burns!

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    freelanceauthor 5 years ago

    Great tips here. I have some in my garden. Now I know their uses. Thanks. Voted up

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    Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi Dim Flaxenwick! you absolutely can grow it in northern climates, but only inside! Possibly outside when it is summer, but I have not tried...probably the rabbits,groundhogs, etc. would do it in!

    It does need a well-lit window but not necessarily a hot environment. The temperature in the room where this plant grows is sometimes 65 degrees fahrenheit, which is way below room temperature! It is thriving and currently has two babies!

    So give it a go and don't give uo, just move it around if it looks unhappy until you find the right location in your place!

    Good luck!

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    This was a brilliant read for me. Thank you so much. I had an enormous Aloe vera plant in my garden when I lived in a warm climate. It was constantly a saviour for people who didn´t realise how hot the sun beacame on our terrace.

    Since moving to a cold country I thought I would have to forget about a plant like that, but I notice you live in Canada.????Does it need to be indoors? I´d love to have one again. Thanks again for a helpful and interesting hub.

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    Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi Sherry! I did not know that use for aloe. The hot spots on dogs can get pretty irritated. Thanks for the comment. I always appreciate them! Cheers!

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    Sherry Duffy 5 years ago from Here. There. Everywhere. Currently: Portland, OR

    I love aloe and all of it's healing properties. I use it on my pup when she gets hot spots. It is also a great detox juice!

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    Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi Breakfastpop! I love your anecdote! Husbands are in a nice way though!

    The results of Aloe Vera on burns are amazing as you said. I can never quite believe that it can prevent a blister, but it always does exactly that!

    Thanks for commenting! Cheers!

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    breakfastpop 5 years ago

    I have used aloe on burns and the results have been amazing. I try to keep an aloe plant in my kitchen. Here's a funny anecdote. I burned myself and asked my husband to cut me a piece of aloe. He ran into the family room with a scissor and snipped a plant leaf to bring to me. Although I appreciated the effort, he had snipped a silk plant!

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    Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi Alicia! I have tried an Aloe Gel that is commercially produced by a company called Best Beauty Lines. I have no idea if it is still being produced. The product is claimed to be 100% natural( no ingredient list on the bottle). I keep it around in case something happens to my plants and I am without.

    I do feel the fresh leaf juice has some active ingredients that just would not work once removed from the plant for any length of time...but I have no evidence to back that up...just my opinion!

    I appreciate your comments. Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

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    Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Thank you for a very useful and interesting hub, and for all the precautions too. I've used Aloe Vera before, being careful to get the purest preparation that I could find. It's been helpful, but I'm sure that fresh juice from an Aloe Vera plant would work better, especially after reading about your interesting experiences.

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    Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi Reene! I wish I had known about Aloe Vera when I was a teenager!

    I appreciate hearing about this use and I am sure teenagers out there who read this would be grateful for a natural remedy to give them relief... and it is so inexpensive! Just be sure to check a small hidden area with just a little juice for allergies!

    Thanks again Reene! Cheers!

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    Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi Theastrology! I have read that Aloe Vera was used in Eygpt in ancient times as well. The fact that it was used in India,also, points to the fact this plant has so much potential!

    Ayurvedic medicine has much to offer in terms of many ancient remedies used throughout the ages.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments! Cheers!

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    theastrology 5 years ago from New Delhi

    In India, Aloe Vera has been used from Ancient times. Also Nowadays, It is used in so many ayurvedic medicines and cosmetics.

    By the way very good hub, also very interesting.!!

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    Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi kehussy! Thanks for commenting. It is great to get verification from others who also have benefited by using an Aloe Vera. Thanks again! Cheers!

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    kehussy 5 years ago from Houston, Texas, USA

    My wife has been using Aloe Vera for a long time and I can agree with the many benefits that this plant has.

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    Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi peramore! Yes, I was so relieved when my husband's foot burn didn't blister because I used the Aloe Vera to treat it. I have always had a plant since that day!

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Cheers!

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    Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi arusho, as long as you are not allergic and it sounds like your husband isn't, it is a great plant. The best part is the new shoots for starting new you can use the bigger plants for burns and have new plants to replace the ones you have used for burns!

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Cheers!

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    peramore20 5 years ago from Greensburg, PA

    I always grow at least one aloe vera plant. I find it comes in quite handy when you have a cut or a burn. I'm glad to hear how much it helped your husband. I used to be a med. tech and I took care of diabetics, so I know how severe a foot injury can be. Good hub, by the way!

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    arusho 5 years ago from University Place, Wa.

    Great information. My husband used the plant when he was a kid and got sunburns. I will have to get an Aloe Vera for my house. Great hub!

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    Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi Kristen! Thank you for your comments. I would not be without the Aloe Vera. I also like the pure gel from the leaves over any commercial preparation. Even the pure gel in a commercial product has alcohol.

    Thank you for stopping by. Cheers!

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    Kristen Haynie 5 years ago from Modesto, CA

    I always, ALWAYS use Aloe Vera to treat my sunburns. Nothing else seems to work quite as well as pure Aloe does. This is a great hub!