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How to use aloe vera to treat burns

You will be hard pressed to go into a drug store or supermarket and not see pictures of aloe vera leaves plastered on various toiletries. This is because aloe vera has been used as a home remedy for various aliments for centuries (at least). It has found its way into cosmetic and general hygiene products. Often these are products designed for your skin, as it is widely believe aloe vera is beneficial in repairing skin. This is why many people have traditionally used aloe vera as a cheap and natural alternative to heal burns. At oneHOWTO, we’re going to take a look at how to treat burns with aloe vera. In doing so, we’ll see which type of burns it might be suitable for or even if it is suitable at all.

  1. Using aloe vera on your skin
  2. Types of burn
  3. Aloe vera for minor burns

Using aloe vera on your skin

Aloe vera is a succulent plant, which means that it is able to hold a lot of water. This is because they are often found in arid areas like desserts, so they need to conserve as much as possible until they get an appropriate water source. For a plant like aloe vera, it means they have a durable outer skin which can stand the hot sun, but there is a fleshy interior which is full of nutrients designed to keep it safe during the dry periods.

While these qualities might be good for the plant, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are good for humans. Some sources claim that aloe vera is like a wonder drug which can cure all ailments. But there is insufficient evidence to suggest that it is highly effective at anything when it comes to skin conditions. This is particularly worrying as there are some unsubstantiated reports that it can help with cancer related problems.

It is even thought to be potentially toxic when applied to open skin, so we know it shouldn’t be used on severe burns.

However, given all of this, there is sufficient evidence that aloe vera might be helpful in treating minor burns. This isn’t just anecdotal evidence either. A study in 1995 from the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand [1] did a study to see recovery times for people who had burned themselves. Those who were treated healed almost 6 days quicker than those who were treated with Vaseline.

A similar study in 2007 from Burns: The Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries claimed “aloe vera might be an effective intervention used in burn wound healing for first to second degree burns” [2] . Both studies (in fact all which we came across) said that further research needed to be conducted. Although the conclusions should be treated with caution, the suggestion that a topical aloe vera treatment can be effective in healing burns seems to be valid. The effectiveness is not yet confirmed.

Anecdotally, there is a lot of evidence to support using aloe vera on burns. Many, if not most, people who put it on their skin feel feel an almost immediate cooling effect. There is also no evidence to support that putting aloe vera on a first or second degree burn is dangerous.

We will detail how to put aloe vera on minor burns below, but if you are unsure of how severe your burn might be (especially if there is risk of infection), you should seek professional medical advice immediately.

Types of burn

It is true that treating burns is one of the most common and practical uses of aloe, I have known people who have cracked off an aloe leaf and rubbed it directly on their skin just to feel its coolness. As we have said, aloe vera is only suitable for use on minor burns, so let’s take a look at the stages of burns:

  • First degree burn: these only affect the top layer of skin and are quick to heal. Sunburn is a very common type of first degree burn.
  • Second degree burn: this is when the burn goes through to the second layer of skin, usually causing a blister, but not immediately breaking the top layer of skin.
  • Third degree burn: This is when the burn goes all the way through the skin to the muscle. It can be very worrying and cause a great risk of infection.
  • Fourth degree burn: this is the worst type of burn as it does all the way through to the bone. It is so bad your skin will not be able to recover.

Aloe vera is only suitable for first and second degree burns. If the burn breaks the skin, it will need proper medical attention. Second degree burns are actually split into two categories – superficial and deep. If it is deep, then aloe vera may not be recommended either.

Aloe vera for minor burns

For minor burns we can use aloe or aloe to relieve the pain and moisturise the affected area. There are several ways to do this using this plant, but the most common is to directly take an aloe leaf, cut it with a knife, extract the pulp and apply it to the burn. This is why it is always a good idea to have an aloe vera plant at home for use in cases like these. To help you grow and maintain your own, here is an article on how to grow aloe vera.

Likewise, it is also possible to squeeze the leaf to access the sap of the plant directly and spread it over the burned area. It is also very important to know how to cut aloe vera leaves so as not to damage the plant.

How to use aloe vera to treat burns

Another good way of using aloe on burns is by using aloe vera gel. You can use either a home or a commercial preparation found in natural stores and supermarkets. In this case, all you have to do is apply the aloe vera gel to the burned area and spread it well so that the skin can absorb it.

If you want to know how to prepare this yourself at home, you just need to follow our steps found in the article: how to make aloe vera lotion. To keep it properly, you must put it in a sealed pot and keep it in the fridge.

If you want to find a way to store aloe vera after extracting it, you can use aloe vera ice cubes. Do not, however, put the aloe vera ice cube directly on the burn as putting frozen substances on a burn can make it worse.

Thaw the aloe vera ice cubes before you use them.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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Introduction: How to Treat a MINOR Burn With an Aloe Vera Plant!

How to use aloe vera to treat burns

How to use aloe vera to treat burns

How to use aloe vera to treat burns

OKAY LET ME MAKE THIS CLEAR, I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ADVERSE AFFECTS OF TREATING YOUR BURN I N THIS MANOR. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE USE YOUR COMMON SENSE AS I CAN NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS OR INACTIONS. FOR THE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICES (THE NHS OF THE UK) ADVICE ON BURN TREATMENTPLEASE GO TO THE FOLLOWING LINK! www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Burns-and-scalds/Pages/Treatment.aspx

Now we have the dreadful use of the CAPS lock key out of the way, please let me first appologise for its use, I loathe it. It makes my eyes want to explode, but I have to make sure i cover my bases. For the record I am a fully qualified HSE First Aider and am therefore qualified to administer emergency aid.

If you have the common sense to use this information without causing yourself injury . please read on to the next step.

Step 1: Sitting Comfortably? Then I’ll Begin

Let me explain this Instructable, The other night at Scouts, we where soldering an LED to some wires (I may make an Instructable of what we where making eventually) and I managed to drop the red hot soldering iron onto the back of my and burning my finger (see picture. I want sympathy dammit it hurt!). I did the usual trick of running it under a cold tap immediately, and despite stinging like hell I carried on like a trooper and after the meeting went home. I didn’t even swear infront of my Scouts, aint’cha proud? 😉 hehe

Knowing that I had only obtained a MINOR burn, I decided to treat it with Aloe Vera which has many medicinal properties. In burns it soothes the sting, cools the skin and speeds up recovery time (IN MY EXPERIENCE)

Over the next few steps I shall show you how to harvest the Aloe Vera and how to administer it. Apologies for the poor photo quality, as when I burnt my self I only had my cellphone on me, so where I have googled the images I have accredited them to the sites they rightly belong to.

Step 2: Step One: Harvesting!

So in the attached picture, you can see my much abused Aloe Vera Plant whome we have affectionatly called Brian, If you notice from the picture, Brian has had several of his leaves systematically amputated for the treatment of many Iron, Fryingpan, or Sunburn related Injurys.

All you need do, is feel your plant and without pressing too hard, squease the ‘leaves’, if they feel soft and ‘springy’ they are good to use, as thease leaves are full of a Gel which I LOVE to call Aloe Snot, and shall be refering to it as thus from here on in. Once you have found a nice thick bit, grab a knife or a pair of scissors and chop a peice off. This doesnt damage the plant. As you can see Brian is quite happy, eventually the severed end (thats still attached to the plant) will seal over and all will be well.

Don’t bother harvesting any thin/ hard bits, as you will get very little gel.

If you are cutting from a pre-existing leaf stump. you’ll only really need about an inch of leaf. depending on the size of your owwie

Step 3: Step Two: Aloe Vera Snot

Once you have harvested your piece of leaf, you must now put it on your owwie. You can EITHER squeeze it on ( this is VERY satisfying) or you can slice down one of the leafs edges and wrap it around your finger, I went for the squeeze

Just let the Aloe Vera soak into the skin and re-apply as/when you think you need to (generally if it starts hurting again)

Step 4: Well. Thats It Folks!

Hopefully you have found this informative, All I can say is I use Aloe Vera alot, we learnt about it when my mother burnt herself quite badly, and a nurse at the local hospital suggested keeping a plant of it in the house.

Stay safe, and if you have any doubts please PLEASE PLEASE go to see a doctor. ‘If in doubt check it out”

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How to use aloe vera to treat burns

Very good. I just broke a piece off of my plant today for my cracked lips.

How to use aloe vera to treat burns

Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

I accdentally got some Aloe Snot in my mouth when i burnt my finger. The thought of putting it on my lips doesnt seem right. it tasted foul. but if it works cudos 🙂

Even reading the title must have brought back some memory of when you were burned and were looking around frantically for something to soothe the burning sensation! Aloe vera is the perfect thing to have around at such times! Here’s how you can use aloe vera to treat burns.

How to use aloe vera to treat burns

Even reading the title must have brought back some memory of when you were burned and were looking around frantically for something to soothe the burning sensation! Aloe vera is the perfect thing to have around at such times! Here’s how you can use aloe vera to treat burns.

I am sure everyone of us must have been burnt at least once in life – the first time you tried to cook your mom a meal when she was unwell, that cold night you tried to light a fire in the fireplace, during the campfire on a school or college trip, or while doing something as simple as lighting a match stick or a candle! You look around, and almost NEVER is there anything within reach that you can quickly apply on the burn to soothe the pain! An aloe vera plant nearby could have done the trick though, did you know? These hardy plants can grow in almost any kind of soil and do not need any special care. Having a potted aloe vera plant on your kitchen window sill or in the balcony could be a good idea!

How to Use Aloe Vera to Treat Burns

► First and foremost – DO NOT PANIC if you get a burn! Most of the pain we feel is all in our heads!

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► Cut off a part of the aloe leaf with a sharp scissor. You can even simply break it off by hand, but scissors are better; especially if you have burnt your hand!

► Take a clean bowl and squeeze the leaf. The gooey aloe vera gel will come out of the leaf.

► Scoop the gel off the bowl and apply it on the burn site.

► Alternatively you can squeeze the aloe leaf gel directly onto the burn.

► Massage gently on the burn. Do not rub too hard. If it burns more on massaging, DO NOT PANIC! It is not because of the gel, but most probably because of the friction caused by rubbing.

If massaging causes the burning sensation to intensify, just gently dab the gel onto the burn. You can even blow over the burn, it helps.

Why Aloe Vera Works

Aloe vera is in fact the scientific name of the plant. It belongs to the genus Aloe and is referred to as true aloe or even medicinal aloe. There are many medicinal uses of aloe known to us. However, it would be rather surprising for some of you to know that there is no documented reference as to why aloe vera works, or what the mechanism of action of aloe vera gel is! However, sometimes experience teaches us more than a ‘documented reference’! Aloe vera is very commonly used in beauty products, incense and a lot of other things. Aloe juice is consumed as well! Those who actually consume it claim that there are indeed several benefits of this herbal juice and that it helps cure inflammatory diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, and even helps tackle diabetes.

With respect to burns, the fact that aloe vera is a succulent plant must be playing the major contributory role. Succulent plants are those that store a lot of water in their stems so that the stems become soft, thick, fleshy and full of water! The leaves eventually reduce to really, really small structures, or often adapt into thorns. The gel also shows almost no side effects since the components are all familiar to the body – water, vitamins, organic acids, steroids, sugars. Many of the medicinal properties of aloe gel are attributed to the presence of polysaccharides. Other components of the gel include amino acids and proteins.

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One of the reasons why natural substances work as medicines is because of the very fact that they are natural. Mother Nature nourishes and cares for all her creations, and so there are very few times when a medicine of natural origin will cause untoward or side-effects. I hope this article has inspired you to go buy an aloe vera plant for your house. It would indeed be a good decision, and you will bless yourself for it the next time you get burned!

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  • 1 Pharmacy Practice Unit, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand.
  • PMID: 17499928
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2006.10.384
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  • 1 Pharmacy Practice Unit, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand.
  • PMID: 17499928
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2006.10.384

Abstract

Aloe vera has been traditionally used for burn healing but clinical evidence remains unclear. We conducted a systematic review to determine the efficacy of topical aloe vera for the treatment of burn wounds. We electronically searched relevant studies in MEDLINE, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, HealthSTAR, DARE, South-East Asia Database, Chinese Databases, and several Thai local Databases (1918-June 2004). Only controlled clinical trials for burn healing were included. There were no restrictions on any language of publication. Two reviewers independently extracted data on study characteristics, patient characteristics, intervention, and outcome measure. Four studies with a total of 371 patients were included in this review. Based on a meta-analysis using duration of wound healing as an outcome measure, the summary weighted mean difference in healing time of the aloe vera group was 8.79 days shorter than those in the control group (P=0.006). Due to the differences of products and outcome measures, there is paucity to draw a specific conclusion regarding the effect of aloe vera for burn wound healing. However, cumulative evidence tends to support that aloe vera might be an effective interventions used in burn wound healing for first to second degree burns. Further, well-designed trials with sufficient details of the contents of aloe vera products should be carried out to determine the effectiveness of aloe vera.

  • How to use aloe vera to treat burns

No one is immune to sunburns. Even though getting that vitamin D from the sun is healthy, exposing the skin to the damaging sun rays for too long, and especially during the summer months, can cause the skin to burn, peel, and show clear signs of irritation. Throughout history, people have used Aloe Vera for treating various skin conditions, which also includes sunburns. This plant contains aloin , which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, moisturizes the skin to prevent peeling, and ultimately, speeds up the recovery and healing process. Actually, Aloe Vera has been considered such an effective sunburn treatment that it’s become known as the “burn plant”.

How to Use Aloe Vera for Burns?

The simplest go-to practice for treating sunburns with Aloe Vera is to use the pure gel from the plant’s leaf and spread it across the affected area of the skin. It’s easy enough to extract the gel from the Aloe Vera plant one may be growing at home and even easier to buy it online or from the store.

Ideally, the 100% pure Aloe Vera gel should be kept in a refrigerator. That way, the coolness of the gel will also help soothe the burnt skin. It’s recommended to apply a layer of the gel a couple of times a day to get the best healing results. However, if the burn can be categorized as very severe and the so-called sun poisoning, it’s imperative to see a doctor as soon as possible before trying any remedies on your own.

Different Ways to Use Aloe Vera

Raw Plant Gel

If you’re wondering what to put on burns, you simply can’t go wrong with raw Aloe Vera gel. In case you have the Aloe Vera plant at home or can get one easily, simply break a piece of its leaf. Inside the leaf, you’ll see its pure gel. You can apply it like that straight on the burn to soothe the irritation and promote healing.

How to use aloe vera to treat burns

Store-Bought Gel

Just because you may not have the plant at home or a way to get one doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from the Aloe Vera gel. The key is to look for commercial products that clearly state the gel is 100% pure Aloe Vera. Once you purchase the gel, simply apply a layer on the sunburn as many times as necessary.

Aloe Vera Lotion

Aloe Vera lotions are generally popular as a body skincare solution. If you want to use a lotion to treat sunburn, make sure to choose one that has the highest content of Aloe Vera and has no artificial colors or perfumes. Keep in mind though that Aloe Vera pure gel is still a better option for sunburn treatment as the percentage of Aloe Vera in the lotion should be higher than 70% in order to provide true benefits, which is not easy to find.

Ingesting Raw Aloe

Consuming raw Aloe gel orally also has notable health benefits. It’s especially helpful when it comes to soothing and reducing inflammations inside the body. In that sense, this might be a great way to deal with the inner turmoil following the sunburn. However, oral consumption won’t actually soothe the irritated skin.

In case you plan to consume raw Aloe Vera gel orally, make sure to wash it well so that you remove every last bit of latex as it can cause gut problems. Gels marketed as skincare products should never be ingested. The safest bet, in this case, would be to purchase Aloe Vera extract from reputable sellers such as A.M.P. Floracel with plenty of positive feedback from other satisfied users.

Why Do Sunburns Occur?

Essentially, ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) can penetrate the skin and cause damage to DNA on a cellular level. UV rays can come both from the sun and artificial sources such as tanning beds. This leads to the cells dying off, which triggers the immune system to react. The body tries to bring immune cells to the damaged area by dilating the blood vessels. It’s this process that turns the skin painful, irritated, and red.

There are different levels of (sun)burns, depending on the severity of the damage:

  • First-degree burns – only the surface skin layer is affected, which causes relatively mild swelling and irritation.
  • Second-degree burns – deeper skin levels are affected, causing blisters and the skin to appear shiny-like.
  • Third-degree burns – all layers of the skin are affected, causing severe pain and irritation with blisters.
  • Fourth-degree burns – not only is the skin damaged on all levels, but the burn may affect bones and joints as well.

In case one suffers from third- and fourth-degree burns, they have to seek medical assistance as soon as possible. These have to be dealt with at the hospital so don’t attempt to treat them on your own with Aloe Vera or anything else.

If the burn-in question is a first- or second-degree burn, it’s possible to begin the treatment at home. The best course of action involves taking a cold shower or soothing the burnt area with a cool compress. Common, over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin and ibuprofen can help deal with the pain while Aloe Vera gel applied directly to the burn can speed up the process of healing, reduce inflammation, and keep the area moisturized. Make sure to drink plenty of water and never pop the blisters if they do appear.

How Long Does Sunburn Last?

Mild sunburns can last anywhere between three and five days. The skin may start to peel once the healing is almost over. Applying Aloe Vera gel can speed up the healing and even prevent the peeling altogether.

Moderate sunburns tend to be more painful and inflamed, which is why they also last longer. These often take about a week to heal properly, with swelling, skin hardening, and redness present rather often.

Severe sunburns require a trip to the hospital and are treated as a medical emergency. Accompanied by severe reddening of the skin and blisters, it typically takes about two weeks for severe burns to heal properly.

Potential Risks of Using Aloe Vera to Treat Sunburns

The chances of experiencing an allergic reaction to Aloe Vera gel is extremely small. In general, be careful if you have a known allergy to onions, garlic, and tulips. Just to be on the safe side, you can do a patch test; apply some gel on a small area of the skin, and wait for about two hours. If there’s no reaction at all, you can use it to treat the burn as well.

How to use aloe vera to treat burns

There are plenty of ways you can use aloe vera, both topically and internally.

  1. Heals burns

Due to its soothing, moisturizing, and cooling properties, aloe vera is often used to treat burns.

A 2013 study with 50 participants found that people who used aloe vera gel to treat superficial and partial thickness burns showed better results than the group that used a 1 percent silver sulfadiazine cream.

The aloe vera group showed earlier wound healing and pain relief. Plus, aloe vera had the benefit of being inexpensive.

More research is needed, but the available evidence suggests that aloe gel can be beneficial for burn wound healing.

If you have a sunburn or another mild burn, apply aloe vera a few times a day to the area. If you have a severe burn, seek medical help before applying aloe.

  1. Improves digestive health

Consuming aloe vera may benefit your digestive tract and help to soothe and cure stomach ailments, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

A 2018 review looked at three studies with 151 people. Results from the studies showed that aloe vera significantly improved symptoms of IBS when compared to a placebo. No adverse effects were reported, though more research is needed using a larger study size.

Additionally, aloe vera may help inhibit the growth of H. pylori bacteria, which is found in your digestive tract and can lead to ulcers.

Keep in mind that this advice is for aloe vera only. Other aloe plants may be poisonous and should not be taken internally.

  1. Promotes oral health

Aloe vera toothpaste and mouthwash are natural options for improving oral hygiene and reducing plaque.

Results of a 2017 study found that people who used an aloe vera toothpaste showed significant improvements to their oral health.

The study included 40 adolescents who were divided into two groups. Each group used either an aloe vera toothpaste or a traditional toothpaste containing triclosan twice daily.

After 30 days, the aloe toothpaste was found to be more effective than the triclosan toothpaste in lowering levels of candida, plaque, and gingivitis.

People who used the aloe vera toothpaste showed better overall oral health without experiencing any adverse effects.

  1. Clears acne

Using fresh aloe on your face may help clear up acne. You can also purchase aloe products designed for acne, including cleansers, toners, and creams. These may have the extra benefit of containing other effective ingredients, too.

Acne products made with aloe may be less irritating to the skin than traditional acne treatments.

A small 2014 study found that a cream combining conventional acne medication with aloe vera gel was significantly more effective than acne medication alone or a placebo in treating mild to moderate acne.

In this study, improvements were seen in lower levels of inflammation and fewer lesions in the group who used the combination cream over a period of eight weeks.