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Soothe sunburn with homemade aloe vera cream

Aloe vera can help soothe sunburn, insect bites, rashes, boils and more.

By Wendyl Nissen
With summer here, it is time to pay attention to your aloe vera plant as it is useful for burns of any sort, including sunburn. If you don’t have a plant, get one now. The gel found inside the leaves can also be applied to insect bites, rashes, boils, blister cuts and scratches. Simply slice a leaf at the base, then slit it open down the middle on the underside. Fold back the leaf to reveal the gel. Keep this cream on hand over summer – you can also use it as a face cream.
  • 80ml almond oil
  • 2 tbsp aloe vera gel
  • 25g lanolin*
  • 60ml rosewater
  1. Beat together the almond oil and aloe vera gel. In a double boiler**, melt the oil with the lanolin to combine. Remove from the heat and add the rosewater. Beat continuously until the mixture has cooled.
  2. Store cream in an airtight jar in a cool place. This will last for two months.
* You can buy lanolin from the chemist, but check that it is 100% lanolin without any additives.
** If you don’t have a double boiler, put a glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Be careful that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.

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