How to Cut an Aloe Plant


Aloe Vera (Aloe vulgaris) has been used for thousands of years to treat burns, rashes, and other skin ailments, and is even reupted to have been used in Egyptian embalming ceremonies. According to the Mayo Clinic, preliminary studies suggest aloe is effective for treating psoriasis, dandruff, canker sores, and skin burns. Studies also suggest that aloe vera taken internally can act as a natural laxative, boost the immune system and even reduce the risk of developing lung cancer. The plant, native to eastern and southern Africa, grows in warm climates or indoors. The thick succulent leaves are filled with a healing gel.

Step 1

Tear a 2- to 3-inch portion off of the top of a leaf. Use care because the leaves are thick and spiny.

Step 2

Cut the leaf open lengthwise with a knife to expose the gel.

Step 3

Rub the gel on irritated skin. Discard the leaf after use, because the gel quickly loses effectiveness.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife


  • Mayo Clinic: Aloe Vera
  • HealthLine: Aloe

Who Can Help

  • University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Backyard Gardener: Growing Aloe Vera
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Julie Christensen has been writing professionally since 2001. She is a full-time freelance writer and former teacher with writing credits from several regional and national publications, such as Colorado Parent and LDS Living. She specializes in parenting, education and gardening topics. Christensen studied early childhood education at Ricks College, and spent 20 years as a teacher and director in university and public school settings.