Aloe Vera and Marigold Frozen Gel Cubes for Burns

THIS IS NOT EDIBLE. Aloe vera is without doubt the ultimate instant skin soother. You can simply snap off one of its squidgy gel-packed leaves, which work like living first-aid sachets, and apply it directly to the skin - no fuss necessary. But nature can be improved upon. These ice-cold aloe and marigold gel cubes are especially cooling for sunburned skin, helping to prevent scarring, inflammation and infection and to promote healing - though they can be used on any kind of burn.

Courtesy James Wong
Show: Grow Your Own Drugs Episode: Exotic Plants
TOTAL TIME: 4 hr 10 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 4 hr
Cook: --
YIELD:
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 2 mature fresh aloe vera leaves
  • 4 fresh marigold flower heads (Calendula officinalis)
  • 16 drops lavender essential oil (1 drop per ice cube)
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Directions

Peel the fresh aloe leaves to give you a gooey mass of gel. Put into a blender with the marigold flowers and whizz until smooth.

Pour the gel into ice-cube trays, adding a drop of lavender essential oil into each individual cube. Freeze until solid.

Apply a cube directly to the affected area as needed. The ice cubes melt quickly to produce masses of fragrant soothing gel.

Notes

Note: Don't forget to have a paper towel or cloth handy to mop up the melted gel; the goo has a habit of going everywhere!

The gel cubes will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.

The content of this program is for entertainment purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a professional healthcare provider before trying any form of therapy or if you have any questions or concerns about a medical condition. The use of natural products can be toxic if misused, and even when suitably used, certain individuals could have adverse reactions.

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