Using Aloe Vera Plants For Healing Wounds & Ailments

Thinking about introducing a new houseplant to your abode? The Aloe Vera succulent offers a wealth of benefits since it gives and gives, then gives some more!

Here is a large list of notes for first aid and home remedies to benefit from, find more information here for growing your own and some tips for working with it.

Determining Allergies

Before applying any treatment, test to see if you have an allergy to it…results experienced may be opposite to what you were hoping for.

Here’s how to quickly find out:

  • Dab a small amount on the inside of arm or behind ears. If a rash appears or a stinging sensation is experienced within a few minutes, do not use for first aid.

Tending To A Wound

  • Clean gash thoroughly
  • Smear pulp in the wound
  • Wrap tightly with a bandage
  • Keep bandage soaked in the plant’s juice

The injury should quickly mend with little or no scarring, bandages will remove easily. There is also a much reduced risk of infection.

For minor scar removal, keep slathering gel morning and night (daily). This might take several months to see significant results (around six or so).

For painful scrapes and abrasions, gently slide a split leaf over the area and reapply several times during the next 24 hours.

Burns & Sunburns

Digestive Problems

  • Three times daily consume 1 to 2 TBS of juice/gel. This will act like a general tonic and mild regulator of the bowels.

Sap Extraction For Bowel Regulation

The sap is a yellow bitter fluid that flows between the skin and the pulp acts as a laxative.

  • Place green peelings of a leaf in a jar of water and refrigerate. The more in the vessel, the stronger the tonic will be.
  • Take a few sips once or twice a week to help regulate bowels. Top up the container with fresh pieces as needed.

Scalp & Hair

This succulent’s liquid adds lustre, richness and manageability to hair as well as alleviate some scalp abrasions and diseases:

  • Before bedtime wet hair thoroughly with juice and allow to dry. Rinse thoroughly in the morning (might suds up a tad).

Poison Ivy, Poison Oak & Allergies

May be beneficial as a pain inhibitor and effectively reduces itchiness, also enhances healing of rashes and sores:

  • For relief apply liquid directly to area that is irritated.

Pregnancy Stretch Marks

  • Smear topically on skin while pregnant, after birth keep applying to encourage healing.

Insect Bites, Jellyfish Stings, Etc.

Bees, mosquitoes, ants, wasps, yellow jackets, scorpions, centipedes and other insects Also see these remedies for mosquito bites.

  • As soon as the sting occurs, split open a leaf and slather it directly to the affected area.


  • Dice up leaves and place pieces in a jar of water, refrigerate. Drink 4 Tablespoons per day and top up water in the jar as consumed. The drink can be bitter but it does go away over time. Some may find it works right away, many don’t experience positive results until a couple months later. Make a fresh jar of leaves as needed.
  • For aching joints and muscles, deeply rub in Aloe Vera, comfort should be experienced within a few minutes and can be repeated as necessary.

Age Spots

  • Dab gel to the spots twice a day, will be reduced or completely gone after several months of treatment.


  • Give face a good cleansing morning and night. Smear topically from the leaf. Can also dab on pimples and other sores.
  • For getting rid of old acne scars, slather on a little morning and night until the marks are gone. This might take several months. If skin is dry, combine with a moisturizing cream.


  • Boil leaves in a pan of water and breathe in the vapor.

Did You Know

  • After removing a piece to treat a burn or cut, it can be refrigerated and will keep for 2 to 3 weeks.
  • It’s an astringent and may cause skin to dry. Baby oil or other lubricant along with the aloe can be applied to help prevent dryness.
  • What leaf is best to use in first aid? The lowest leaves (closest to the ground) should be selected. These are older and larger so they have more liquid and greater potency.

Caution For Diabetics:

Drinking the juice might enable the pancreas to increase production of its own insulin. Before taking internally, diabetics should have their physician monitor their need for extra insulin since too much is dangerous.

Source – Much of this information is found in the booklet:

The Ancient Egyptian Medicine Plant Aloe Vera Hand Book
Author: Max B. Skousen

Note: Please remember this is not professional medical advice, use due diligence and speak to your doctor before implementing any of these home remedies.

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    • L aura K.

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I am constantly getting little
    burns in my kitchen. You’d think I’d learn! What I HAVE learned is
    that in the event of these little burns, which can be surprisingly
    and annoyingly painful, smear some mustard on the burn. Either that
    or slice an onion and rub it on. Nasty, I know, but they both take
    the sting out really quick!

    • Kiersten

    my aloe vera plant smells kinda foul after i cut a leaf off and spread the juice on my sunburn, although it used to not smell. Is this normal?

      • JO

      That’s the sap of the plant. It is commonly used as a digestion promoter and although it does stink can also aid in healing. If you’ll notice the sap quickly forms a “band-aid” for the plant and heals the plant. It does the same for us. I usually wipe the sap off, slice open the leaf and use the gel. The gel is bitter and has only a slight odor.

        • Jay Lane

        JO is absolutely correct. You should definitely use the inner leaf gel, the membrane of the leaf contains the aloin and there is some debate on the toxicity of this. There has been a withdrawal of some products that use aloin in recent years.

    • zaeven

    All the remedies mentioned here are perfect. I am already using aloe vera for these purposes since 20 years.There are even hundreds more in our tradition and I’ve experienced them many times and the results were always 90%.

    • Bjorg

    I have brought back the juices of some aloe vera leaves. Can you please tell me what I can do with it (apart from burns). I thought maybe put it in my body lotion or face cream? What do you think and how long will it last for if I blend it in with creams?

      • Tess

      I saw a Korean woman, while she was sitted in front of what she was selling in a store, massage her face with the gel or juice inside the aloe vera plant. She cuts a small portion of the leaf and squeezed it in her hand and put it all over her face. I asked what it is for and she said that she is using it as her face “moisturizing lotion”. I have been doing the same thing for years. I put it in my face everynight and it will feel like a mask that compress your face a little bit, like the mask that they use in the beauty parlor. When it’s dry, you can sleep with it and it won’t stain anything. When you take a shower in the morning, you will feel that your skin is so smooth like you just had a spa therapy in the parlor.

        • patrice

        awesome thanks

    • lili man

    I am visiting family in Glendale Ca,recently I used Aloe for some kind of allergic skin condition,I find it soothing & effective.
    I will most certainly get a plant when I get home (UK).

    • kay

    Aloe Vera plants are wonderful, my son crusched his right leg and had a very large open wound, the doctors and there ways weren’t doing so good, went to his grandmothers and used her plants to help heal his wound and it did, so much faster than what the doctors were doing and it healed without much scaring. It’s a wonder plant sent to us by God.

      • Megan


    • jacky

    i have over 20 years scars there s a posibility remove my scars in my hips?i use more expensive scar removal but it cant help plz.hope it true thanks

    • Peter Loh

    Every times when I washed my hair. It keep falling off. I went to see a doctor and was given some medicine to control my hair from falling. After 6 months still the same. So, I checked in the internet and found “ALOE VERA”. I applied “ALOE VERA” gel on my hair for 3 months. Now my hair starts growing.

      • Olympia

      Could u pls tell me how did u apply Aloe Vera on your hair? Your hair were wet or dry and for how long Thank u

    • Vivian

    I have acid problem, aloe vera is a natural antacid. How should I take the aloe vera gel inside the leaf? Should I swallow some of the gel as an antacid? How much should I take and how often a day until the acid is gone.

    • Shelly

    My son was bitten by a dog yesterday, well I figured if Aloe Vera was good for insect bites and poison ivy and among other things,,I was kind of curious if I could use Aloe Vera on his hand where the dog bit him

    • Mary

    Do you know if some form of Aloe Vera has been used to help
    out cancer patients?

    • Megan

    I woke this morning with my foot scorching hot. I have been treating my athlete’s foot with “Miracle of Aloe” but since I ran out I never made the time to purchase any. I was lying down for a while trying with every inch in my body to not cratch but it was easier said then done. Then I remembered the Aloe Vera plants in my room. I went over, took a piece off the end and applied it to my athlete’s foot…I couldn’t be more grateful for having those miraculous plants around. I can now get a few more hours of sleep without being absolutely miserable.

    • Mick

    My wife used the gel inside the leaves on areas she received radiation on for her recent breast cancer treatment. She never received the burns usually experienced during treatment. The doctors were amazed at the condition of her skin. Cut thorns of sides with potatoe peeler, separated large leaves with sharp knive then scraped gel sheets out with bout knife. Left on breast for several hours. Warning use an old bra, aloe Vera stains.

    • Mick

    Friend being treated for throat cancer swallowed small amounts of aloe gel for instant relief from treatment pains. Check with your doctor first.

    • Aliyah

    I have a cut on my leg that is open. I have a dance performance in one week, if I apply the aloe Vera gel to the wound 2x daily how long will it take to heal?

    • Rosila


    Good evening, does anyone who can explain it to me…Why I got redness on my stretch marks after putting aloe vera leaves, I leave it on my skin for the rest of the day and this it the result, itchy and got redness skin on it. please tell me if just only a reaction of my skin or I have an allergy on it.


    • Semaj

    Sounds like you are allergic to Aloe Vera leaf or chemicals which might have been sprayed on the leaf.I am not a Doctor. But I do suffer with many allergies. I tried everything to get rid of stretch marks nothing worked. I didn’t try warm Olive Oil perhaps that might help, massage it all over stretch marks morning and evening. I hope it helps you.

    • Wanda Graham

    I have some scalp sores an was wondering if aloe will help

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