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Going Green: Aloe Vera Plants and Sunburns

The benefits of aloe vera for your skin isn't just for sunburns. KTAB's Angela Schilling explains.
During the summer season sunburns come with the hot weather here in Texas. Aloe Vera gel has been used for a number of years to help with the inflammation. We all know that being out in the sun for long periods of time can have painful and dangerous effects on the skin. Most people use gels and lotions when they get sunburns. Turns out you can use the plant itself.

"Just break off the leaf and rub it on,” says gardener Tricia Henry.

Aesthetician Shay Fisher agrees. "The plant itself has lots of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that have healing properties for the skin,” says Fisher.

Open up a leaf and let it soak in warm water. Eventually you'll get a gel concoction. The more leaves the more gel you'll be able to use.

"People come in just expecting to be able to break off a leaf and rub it all over themselves for a sunburn but you need a lot of leaves to get the full coverage,” adds Henry.

"Usually the juice from one leaf is good for one area depending on how big of an area you are covering,” says Fisher.

The plant is good for other things too.

"It's excellent for cuts and scrapes, and it's good for insect bites,” says Fisher.

The plant works by reducing redness and grows well here in Texas.

"It's definitely a summer plant, loves the heat. When it gets cold it can cause scaring, so you either have to protect it somehow or you'll loose it,” says Henry.

Having fun outside while taking advantage of your summer plants.



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