Kitchen Tip: Aloe Plant

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I’m not very good with plants.  At one time I told people I have a black thumb.  I could never seem to keep house plants alive and had no interest in gardening.

Thankfully, that’s changed a little.  I have successfully kept about ten house plants for at least 6 years, and have had a small garden for several years.


photo credit: veggiefrog

One of my favorite house plants is an aloe plant.  My mom gave it to me potted in sandy soil, and it has been impossible to kill.

Aloe does need water to keep the leaves full of their useful “gel.”  It’s that gel, or juice, that makes them handy to have near your kitchen.  Aloe is great for treating burns, and the kitchen is one place where burns often occur.

If I burn myself, I immediately run cold water over it, then I reach for the aloe plant, break off a small leaf and squeeze some juice onto the burn.  If it’s a bad burn, I reapply the aloe every hour or so.

I also use my aloe plant to treat sunburn.  My kids really don’t like the feel of it, but they put up with it if they get burned.  (With two red headed boys that does happen occasionally.)

About Linda Etherton

Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. FYI for burns you’re not supposed to run cold water on them, it’s supposed to be lukewarm. Just thought I’d give you a tip too :)

  2. Aloe plants are all over my house. They are serious life savers. Last Thanksgiving, I made a roasted lentil stew and not thinking, I grabbed the handle on the pot after it had been in the oven. Immediately, Tony put aloe on it and after keeping a good amount of aloe on it for a couple of days, it was good as new. Great tip Linda!

  3. I love aloe plants — they’re so attractive, as well as useful! Thanks for this good reminder.

  4. I love my aloe – it’s been impossible to kill for years!

  5. My grandma always kept an aloe plant by the kitchen door. I’ve had them too, but I think I used them too often. I’ve always been a klutz. For now I buy my aloe in a tube, but may try growing one again.

  6. Not enough light or counter space near the light there is in my kitchen for aloe, but aloe is the only house plant I have. It’s in our guest bedroom. It’s saved us on burns many times.


  7. I always used to have an Aloe Vera plant, but haven’t for awhile. I also would mix the gel with vitamin E, so it wouldn’t have to be applied so often. I do use cold water for a burn. I have for years. I think warm water might make it hurt worse. Have you heard about Manuka Honey? Some doctors are using it in areas that don’t heal with regular methods. I bought some from Amazon, and it’s Wedderspoon 100% Raw Honey. It’s expensive, and I think it was $16.00 for 17.6 oz. I stuck the tip of a scissor in my finger yesterday, and then I put the honey on with a q-tip, and it’s okay today. Don’t taste the honey like I did. Yuk!

  8. Courtney says:

    I just got an aloe plant from my mom this weekend; she rooted some babies off of hers for me. I’ve got six little babies in a pot, and they’re growing like crazy!

  9. Aloe also works on mosquito and other bug bites. Stops itching. However, not impossible to kill. I put mine out on the deck too early this year and it has frostbite. I am planning to cut it back and hope for the best.

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