The gel from the fleshy leaves of the aloe vera plant is ideal for soothing and speeding the healing of sunburn and other minor wounds. This gentle preparation, applied topically, can be used on children, too.
1/2 cup sesame oil
1 tsp beeswax
2 tsp emulsifying wax
½ cup aloe vera gel
1 tsp vitamin C powder
1. Finely grate the carrot and cucumber and place in a large pan with the sesame oil. Heat very gently for 20 to 30 minutes. Strain, then return the liquid to the pan.
2. Add the beeswax and emulsifying wax to the pan, and stir while they melt. Whisk in the aloe vera and vitamin C powder. Keep whisking until the mixture becomes creamy and smooth.
3. Pour into a wide-mouthed jar, and let cool. The cream will thicken while cooling.
USE: Apply liberally to any sunburned or sore areas 2 or 3 times a day.
STORAGE: Keeps for up to 2 months in the refrigerator.
Recipe courtesy of Grow Your Own Drugs, by James Wong (Readers Digest Books, 2009 Silver River Productions Limited. All rights reserved.)
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