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A tale of burns and aloe or, Farenheit five-oh-oh [Oct. 14th, 2016|12:28 pm]
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You know what's scary? That moment when you realize you've grabbed the handle of a copper pan just out of a 500 degree (Farenheit) oven, just before you start to feel the burn.

I let it go awfully fast, so that only my fore-finger and, to a lesser extent, my thumb, sizzled. But even so, I knew it was going to hurt. I went immediately to the freezer and pulled out a bag of frozen corn and held it tight for some minutes, even as we ate.

The conversation, as it will, turned to the wound, which pulsed with pain every time I took it away from the icy kernels. I wondered if I could try analgesic I'd bought for a sore tooth a couple of months ago, and Raven wondered whether there was some sort of natural remedy I might try.

And that question turned on the proverbial light-bulb: Aloe!.

Raven has been carrying for an aloe plant longer than I've known her, and so she made her way upstairs and snipped off a bit for me to try.

And ladies and gentlemen and fair folk (hmm ... does that last term work?), let me tell you, it worked like a fucking wonder. The sap went on cool and soothed the burns instantly. Within an hour, the pain had vanished almost entirely. This morning, the dead skin is dry to the touch, but it doesn't hurt.

Kids! If you don't have an aloe plant in the house, get one! They don't take a lot of care. As Raven pointed out last night, it doesn't like a lot of water and she never fertilizes it, and yet it grows and it grows and it grows. Just keep it away from frost. And when you need it, snip a little off and apply liberally until the pain goes away.

A tale of burns and aloe: photo shows burned finger with aloe plant in background

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[User Picture]From: sabotabby
2016-10-15 12:25 am (UTC)
I really like fair folk as a gender-neutral collective noun.

And ouch, sympathies. I have certainly done that sort of thing. I have an aloe plant but it's little, and I have aloe-based afterburn gel. It never occurs to me to use it though.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2016-10-15 05:15 am (UTC)

Huzzah!

I really like fair folk as a gender-neutral collective noun.

I wondered whether it sounded a little twee. And y'know, as a (basically) straight, white, cis male of a A Certain Age, I certainly hesitate to put my oar into those waters. So thank you! I'll keep using it and see if it flies. :)

/end use of smileys on LJ/

I have an aloe plant but it's little, and I have aloe-based afterburn gel. It never occurs to me to use it though.

I've used aloe-based thingies before (and I've used aloe before, too, come to think of it), but none of the Products have ever worked nearly so well as the real thing. Treat your plant well, and remember it in times of need!
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