Used since ancient times as a healing salve, aloe (Aloe vera) is still considered the most effective folk remedy for minor cuts, burns and skin abrasions. It produces spiky, succulentlike leaves that grow from a central rosette. The center growing point continues to expand outward, producing offshoots, until the aloe eventually outgrows its pot. These off-shoots can be rooted in sandy potting soil to increase your supply.
Cut a medium- to large-size leaf. Make the cut from close to the base of the plant using a sharp knife.
Slice the leaf lengthwise from end to end.
Split open the cut, gently with your fingers, to expose the gel inside.
Lay the aloe leaf's cut side on the burn, cut or abrasion you wish to heal. Gently rub the aloe gel into the skin.
Remove the aloe leaf.
Massage the remaining gel into the affected area of skin.
Repeat the process every two to three hours as needed to reduce pain and inflammation.