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.
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.)