We get burned pretty often around here because we like to cook at home everyday, so me and V. will get the usual oil splash, burning water spill, hot pan handles, and suffer from invisible oven-mitt paradox (where you can’t find yours and you use a tea towel and get burned after 3 secs.)
One day, V. got his finger burned really bad from a splash of hot oil in the kitchen, so I googled what I could do to give him some relief. I saw that a lot of articles were talking about aloe vera for sunburns, and we happened to have aloe vera leafs at home (I wanted to try it on my hair) so I decided to try it on his finger. I didn’t really know how to use it so I simply cut it open and rubbed it on his burn, and I was surprised to find out that the gel inside the leaf gets really cold as soon as it comes out. It felt refreshing on his skin and he used it for the rest of the day, rubbing it on his burn every hour or so.
The next day his burn was doing a lot better and it didn’t hurt at all, so I put some coconut oil on it to help it heal. And it was the perfect combo. His finger was healed completely in a couple days! He was super impressed and I felt like I had magical healing powers. After a while, I came across an article about how coconut oil can help heal burns and I realised that with the aloe vera it would be a great combo for a homemade cream.
I already use coconut oil with vitamin E as eye cream and it works perfectly, so when V. got burned again after a few months (he really needs to train his reflexes), I bought an aloe vera leaf and made a cream by mixing the gel with coconut oil, vitamin E and lemon essential oil for a fresh smelling scent and antiseptic properties. I felt like I could wear a lab coat.
And guess what? His burn was starting to get brown because he didn’t use anything during the first two days, and after he started using the cream it was totally healed within a few days! I was so impressed with it that I decided to share. This cream can work for burns, scarns, spots, etc. Just keep in mind this cream is not that powerful as a moisturizer in case you have extremely dry and flaky skin. Maybe after I run out I’ll try to make it again with shea butter to see how that can work out. If you have any ideas, let me know!
Why these ingredients?
Lemon oil is astringent and detoxifying in nature, and its antiseptic properties help in treating pimples and various skin disorders. Lemon also reduces excessive oil on the skin and helps to brighten it up. It also smells great!
The lauric acid helps the skin to heal from dark spots, help burns heal faster (scientifically proven), and moisturizes the skin.
Vitamin E is widely touted as a salve that helps speed healing and reduce scarring.
Lessens the visibility of stretch marks, acts as a moisturizer, treats sunburns and other burns, fights aging, and has a very cooling effect that seems like magic!
What you’ll need
– 1x Aloe vera leaf (I got it at stafette for about 2 euros, it needs to be about this size)
– About 3-4 heaping tablespoons of Coconut oil
– 3 vitamin E capsules D-alpha tocopherol (I got it at the Vitamin Store)
– Lemon essential oil (get it here or here)
– Hand blender
– Small pot with lid (preferably a dark one)
It’s very important that the type of the vitamin E is the correct one, I’ve talked about this on my post for DIY eye cream.
1. Start by cutting open your aloe vera leaf and harvest the gel
Learn how to do it properly here, or you can do it like me and cut into pieces then remove the skin out