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06.03.10 / Home Remedy

Everett, our 2-year-old, got ate up by mosquitos or deer flies over the holiday weekend.  I swear his right ankle looked broken because the bite there was so swollen and purple.  And if any of you have (or know) a 2-year-old, you know that they can’t keep their hands off bug bites.  Everett had his bite looking raw after 1 night alone in his crib.  Sure there are the usual Benadryl and Cortaid creams to help with itching and redness…I should know, I’m a pharmacist by trade and we’re selling that stuff left and right this time of year…but for a 2-year-old who touches that spot 100 times a day then follows up by putting his hands in his mouth, I’m not keen on using medicinal antihistamine or steroid topical applications.  (Not that I haven’t done it in a bind.)  Instead, I turned to my practical aloe house plant.

I cut the end of a shoot off (yes, with a steak knife) and then spliced the skin away to reveal that miraculous gooey gel inside.

I smeared the gel over Everett’s bites and let it air dry.  After just 1 application, his bites were looking much better.  He’s not scratching them anymore either.  My boys always think it’s cool to see the sticky stuff inside our aloe plant.  Plus, it helps take their minds off whatever I’m about to slather it on…cuts, scratches, sunburns, etc.  Gotta love home remedies that really work and are safe for toddlers who’ll put anything in their mouths!

4 Comments

03.June.2010

Thanks for sharing! My girls get bug bites like crazy and you’re right trying to keep their hands off after applying the creams is almost impossible. Can’t wait to get my hands on an aloe plant! LOVE your blog! :)

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24.September.2010

It also works GREAT on sunburns. I love your blog and your wonderful ideas!

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06.June.2011

I got a NASTY burn on my wrist from my oven door, and a friend brought me some of her aloe leaves (is that what they’re called?). They worked like a charm, the pain was gone almost instantly!

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31.October.2012

New reader, late poster here! (Love your blog and ideas btw) Just a word of warning, not all aloe plants are alike! My big bro (24 at the time) was reduced to a 2 year old screaming in pain after smearing his face and arms with the gel from our aloe plant to fight a moderate sunburn. Actually had to be hospitalised overnight because of it. He never had any reaction to aloe-based commercial lotions, but there are many other compounds in natural aloe gel (probably varies with the different plants) and some can be a problem. He’s 43 now, still uses aloe vera for sunburns and such, but always out of a jar. Not saying you shouldn’t use actual plant gel, but “testing” your plant a few times on unbroken skin *before* you need to use it is a good idea.

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