If you are even remotely accident prone in the kitchen, as I am, you need to get yourself an aloe vera plant.
For starters, they are very low-maintenance. They require little attention & are hard to kill. So you can’t say you just can’t keep a plant alive. You can keep this plant alive. Just give it water every now & then, and keep it out of the freezing weather. Simple as that.
Here’s why I think everyone should have one of these: I burned myself last week…twice…in the same night…cooking the same meal. Because, that’s how I roll.
Now here’s the thing: The first burn wasn’t so bad. It was one of those you get on your arm when you pull a pan from the oven. It hurt, but wasn’t a big deal, BUT then came the second burn. I had pulled a different pan out, set it on the stove, & when I went to adjust its placement, my hot pad slipped out of place & I burned the shenanigans out of my thumb. It was the kind of pain where you just suck your breath in & you can’t talk.
The Hubs knew that since I couldn’t talk, that I had yet again injured myself in the kitchen. (He has a way of knowing that if his wife is suddenly not chatty that a) He’s in trouble or b) I’ve injured myself-which is usually contained to kitchen work.) He jumped into action & dissected a stem of his Granny’s aloe vera plant that was in our window. I’m not going to tell you it instantly felt better. It didn’t. But coupled with a cold rag wrapped around my thumb, it was somewhat soothed. By the next day, the severe burn was only a little tender & swollen. By the third day, it didn’t hurt at all. By day five, I noticed how much better my harsher burn looked than the more minor burn that I didn’t bother to rub down in aloe vera.
The first minor burn on my forearm…5 days after it happened. Yucky, right?
The harsher, more painful burn on my thumb, immediately treated with aloe vera…5 days after.
See the difference?
The bad burn actually looks better than the minor one!
Aloe vera is awesome.
Go see your granny & ask for a stem of hers.
If you don’t have a granny, or she tells you no, go out & buy some for goodness sakes!
It’ll save your skin.