It’s pretty rare when a particular remedy is widely used by both those who subscribe to conventional medicine and to more natural healing methods. But as rare as it may be, that is certainly the case for the aloe vera plant, which reigns supreme as the choice of treatment for burns, including sunburns.
The earliest civilizations revered this botanical for its healing properties and its’ uses have been passed down through time. Its leaves are full of a “gel” that contains numerous beneficial compounds including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants.
In addition to soothing and healing sunburns, aloe vera’s skin-loving properties also make it a great choice for other common summertime skin conditions, including rashes, chafing, and insect bites!
Combine it with two other natural remedies that are great for these skin conditions, Lavender essential oil & ice, and you have a powerhouse treatment for troubled skin.
So I decided to do just that! These frozen aloe vera cubes are a breeze to make, and will become your new go-to remedy for summertime skin woes.
Frozen Aloe Vera Cubes
- 6 oz. pure aloe vera gel (You can find aloe vera with minimal additives at most health food stores.)
- 20 drops Lavender essential oil
- an ice cube tray or freezable silicone mold
- a squeeze bottle (optional, but it makes filling the mold a lot easier!)
I started by filling a squeeze bottle with aloe vera gel, and then adding 20 drops of Lavender. I placed the cap on the squeeze bottle, and shook it to mix the gel and oil together. Then I used the squeeze bottle to fill the square cells of my silicone mold.
Once the cells were filled, I used a skewer to level the surface of each cell and to minimize any air bubbles. Then I placed the mold into the freezer for about an hour.
That’s really all there is to it! You can then remove your frozen aloe vera cubes from the mold, place them in a freezer bag, and store them in the freezer to use as needed. Make sure to label your container or bag clearly so no one mistakes them for regular ice cubes. ;-)
When summer skin conditions like bug bites, rashes, and sunburns inevitably arise, or if you burn yourself in the kitchen, you’ll be ready to tackle them with ease!