Soothe sunburn the natural way

Slather a protective doze of aloe vera on your skin

Apr 30, 2017 |


3 big aloe vera leaves

1/4 cup petroleum jelly

1 tbsp. cold-pressed virgin coconut oil

Drops of lavender essential oil (optional)

Jar with a lid

Garden gloves for protection

Small whisk

Small sharp knife or sharp scissors



  1. Pick out three big leaves from your aloe vera plant and carefully cut them neatly (close to the soil) using a knife or scissors.
  2. Allow the resin (the yellow substance that oozes from the cut leaf) to drain, and then discard it.
  3. Cut each leaf into segments and then cut each segment open. Scoop out the gel using a spoon until you have about 1/4 of a cup.
  4. Add the petroleum jelly, coconut oil, and lavender essential oil. Whisk until everything is incorporated.
  5. Place the gel in a jar and store in the refrigerator to cool.


Note: Do not use on open wounds, and only keep for a week.

This story was originally published in Northern Living, May 2015.

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