Aloe Vera for Burns and Wounds

In this article I will delve into the benefits of aloe vera for burns and wounds and also, we will discover if it really is the miracle plant that everyone says it is.

Specifically, we want to learn more about how aloe vera treats burns and reduces scars that result from those burns , so read to the end to discover a clinically proven and effective alternative to burn and scar therapy.

Properties of aloe vera for burns and wounds

It is curious how there is not great scientific evidence in clinical studies carried out with aloe vera, however, it is well known popularly for the care of burns and wounds. Aloe vera is often known as the “burn plant . Studies show evidence that aloe vera is effective in healing first to second degree burns. Aloe is anti-inflammatory, promotes circulation, and inhibits the growth of bacteria.

Aloe vera anti-inflammatory 

Aloe Vera has an action similar to that of steroids, since it deflates the tissues and provides a calming effect, reduces secretions from the wound, inflammation.

Aloe vera coagulant

Thanks to its calcium, potassium and cellulose content, Aloe Vera causes in the lesions the formation of a network of fibers that secure the blood platelets, facilitating and accelerating both coagulation and healing.

Healing aloe vera

Aloe vera accelerates wound healing by up to 8 times due to its ability to shed dead skin cells and rapidly produce epidermal turnover.

Aloe vera antibiotic

The bacteriostatic, bactericidal and fungicidal (antiviral) capacity of Aloe Vera eliminates a wide spectrum of bacteria.

Aloe Vera as a cell regenerator

Aloe Vera has a hormone that accelerates the formation and growth of new cells, induces cell proliferation, increasing the rate of wound closure, blood vessel counts, and collagen fiber density.

Energetic and nourishing Aloe vera 

Aloe Vera contains 19 essential amino acids, necessary for the formation and structuring of proteins, which are the basis of cells.

Aloe vera as a tonic and restorative

Depending on the great flow of nutrients provided by the juice of the Aloe Vera plant, it can be used only as a tonic and restorative.

Moisturizing aloe vera for burn marks and wounds

Aloe Vera is a perfect humidifier for the skin, on the one hand thanks to its ability to transport nutrients and on the other the action of polysaccharides, which exert a barrier effect, preventing the loss of natural water from the skin. Aloe allows faster healing and without keloids, as it rebuilds the tissues, without preventing oxygen from reaching the wound.

Immunostimulating Aloe vera 

Aloe Vera is a powerful regenerator of the immune system by stimulating the concentration of interferons.

Aloe for different types of burns

By definition, a burn is an injury to the skin caused by a thermal, chemical, electrical or ionizing radiation agent, but the most common are those of a thermal nature.

We can find a classification according to the depth of penetration:

Aloe for first degree burns

A first degree burn is also called a superficial burn or wound. It is an injury that affects the first layer of your skin, the outermost layer called the epidermis. First degree burns are one of the mildest forms of skin lesions and generally do not require medical treatment. However, some superficial burns can be quite large or painful with redness, heat, inflammation, and may require a trip to your doctor.

Aloe vera has long been recognized as a valuable medicinal plant for treating burns. Extensive studies have described its anti-inflammatory, healing and related activities. Aloe vera gel is applied immediately to first degree burns delaying progressive damage and speeding up the healing rate more effectively than many medications. Aloe Vera prevents further damage to the skin and the formation of dead epidermis will be less than controlled with chemical medications

Aloe for second degree burns

When it affects the dermis. The signs are pain, redness, swelling, and soreness.

For second degree burns, the healing rate will improve with aloe vera crystal. You will see less inflammation in the areas treated with aloe vera gel than in the untreated or drug-treated areas.

Aloe for third degree burn (DO NOT TREAT)

The use of aloe vera for the care of burns and wounds is recommended for all burns but in the case of third degree burns, treatment should be directed by a doctor.

There is a misconception that third degree burns are the most painful. However, with these types of burns, the damage is so extensive that there may be no pain due to nerve damage.

Depending on the cause, symptoms that may present third degree burns include:

  • Waxy and white color
  • Char
  • Dark brown color
  • High and leathery texture
  • Blisters that do not develop

Never try to treat yourself with a third degree burn. Call 911 immediately . While waiting for medical treatment, elevate the injury above your heart. Don’t undress, but make sure no clothing is stuck to the burn.

In any case, for third degree burns, the efficacy of aloe vera gel could not be assessed due to infection. It would be observed that aloe improves epithelialization but would not show anti-inflammatory activity.

Treating a burn or wound with aloe vera

Refresh the wound. Once you’ve assessed the condition of the burn and moved away from that damaging situation, you can begin to refresh your wound. This helps to draw heat out of the wound and soothe it before applying Aloe Vera. Turn on the faucet for 10 to 15 minutes of cold water as soon as possible after you’ve burned yourself.

  • If the tap or shower water doesn’t reach the burned area, soak a washcloth in cold water and place it on the burn for 20 minutes. Change the cloth to a freshly soaked cloth as the temperature rises.
  • If you can, wash the burned area with cold water for at least 5 minutes. You can soak the area in a sink or a bowl of cold water

Clean the wound.  Once you have cooled the wound, you should clean it. Take some soap and rub it on your hands. Rub the soap into the burned area gently, cleaning it. Rinse the area with cold water to remove the suds. Pat yourself dry with a towel.

  • Do not rub the wound because you can irritate the skin even more or the skin can become sore if it is sensitive or if blisters are starting to appear.

Remove aloe from a plant. If you have an Aloe Vera plant at home or near the place where you burned, you can use it to get a fresh Aloe Vera. Pick out a few consistent leaves near the bottom of the plant. Cut the leaves in half and remove what is inside with a knife. This will pull the Aloe Vera out of the leaves. Place the aloe vera on a plate.

Alternative – Use aloe vera that is sold in stores.  If you don’t have an aloe vera plant, you can use an aloe vera gel or cream that is sold without a prescription. You can get it in most stores, pharmacies and supermarkets. When buying a brand, make sure the cream or gel is 100% aloe vera or as close to that percentage as possible. Some products have more aloe vera than others, but you should get one with as much aloe vera as possible.

  • Look at the ingredient list for the gel you buy. Some of the ones that claim to be gels made with pure aloe vera actually only have 10% aloe vera.

Put a generous amount of aloe vera on your wound. Take the aloe vera extracted from the plant or pour a generous amount of gel on your hands. Rub it into the burned area, making sure not to scrub the affected area or rub it too hard. Repeat this process 2 or 3 times a day until the burn no longer hurts.

  • You only need to cover the wound after you have applied the aloe vera if it is in a place that could rub against something or hurt yourself if it does not have a protective covering. In this case, use a bandage or gauze that will not leave any residue after you remove it.
  • If the burn hurts more, becomes swollen, has pus, or if you get a fever, you may have an infection and should see a doctor.
  • You should see a doctor immediately if you are infected, if you have breathing problems, if your body temperature is low, or if you have a bone or joint problem at the site of the burn.

Aloe vera for sunburn

Sunburn is damage to the skin caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays. It usually makes the skin red, sore, warm, tender, and occasionally itchy for about a week.

Usually the skin will start to flake and flake after a few days and will usually heal completely within seven days.

While sunburns are often short-lived and mild, it’s important to try to avoid them, as it can increase your chances of developing serious health problems, such as skin cancer, in the future.

It’s easy to underestimate your sun exposure when you’re outside, as the redness usually doesn’t develop for several hours. Breezes and humidity (such as getting in and out of the sea) can cool your skin, so you don’t realize you’re burning.

You should always be aware of the risk of sunburn if you are outside in strong sun and watch your skin get hot.

If you or your child have sunburn, you should get out of the sun as soon as possible – go indoors or in a shady area.

How to use aloe vera on sunburn:

  • Refresh the skin with a sponge with cold water or take a cold bath or shower; Applying a cold compress, such as a cold flannel, to the affected area may also help.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to cool yourself down and prevent dehydration.
  • Apply a water-based emollient and Aloe Vera to keep your skin fresh and moist. You can also drink Aloe Vera juice to relieve pain and inflammation.
  • Try to avoid all sunlight, even through windows, by covering the affected areas of the skin until the skin has completely healed.

How to make aloe vera cream for burns


  • Fresh aloe vera leaves (1/4 cup gel)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
  • Grapefruit essential oil (or other organic essential oil; optional)


  • Spoon
  • Jug or container
  • Food processor


Step 1: Wash the dirt off the aloe leaves and pat them dry. If you don’t have access to an aloe vera plant.

Step 2: If you want, you can cut the spines with a knife. Then peel off the skin on one side of each leaf.

Step 3: Use a spoon to scoop the gel from the leaves into a container.

Step 4: Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and a few drops of essential oil, if desired, for aromatherapy (and to mask the smell of aloe vera). I use grapefruit essential oil. Blend the ingredients in a food processor or beat with a fork.

Step 5: Store the aloe vera gel in a container and refrigerate. Coconut oil hardens when refrigerated, so you may need to mix the gel before applying it. One batch will keep for about a month in the refrigerator.

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