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How to Make a Simple Healing Burn Gel

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Everyone had experienced burns at least once in their lives, whether it be while making tea, touching the stove or stray frying oil.

Therefore in case of an accident, this simple DIY burn gel comes handy and should be an essential part of any natural first aid kit. It calms the pain down immediately and consequently promotes the skin’s natural repair system.

Depending on the severity of burns, one must decide whether to treat it at home or need medical attention. While red and painful first-degree burns tend to swell slightly the second-degree burns are very painful and produce blisters. Severe burns can destroy all layers of the skin thus causing very little pain due to damaged nerves and tissues. These require immediate medical attention

In cases of mild burns – red skin, blisters, sunburns, and inflammation natural remedies can help heal the wounds and reduce the pain.

This healing gel for burns and sunburns is an immediate natural relief treatment for burned skin. The combination of calendula, aloe vera and lavender essential oil speed up healing of first and second-degree burns and soothes the pain.

ice cubes of healing burn gel with aloe and calendula petals

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Know your Ingredients:

Aloe vera – the number one plant to treat burns, sunburns, irritations or inflammations. The gel that fills the leaves of aloe vera is full of valuable and healthy beneficial substances like vitamins (B and C), minerals and enzymes known for its healing properties, anti-inflammatory as well as a moisturizing effect on the skin. ls contains amino acids and saponins that are effective against various infections. [1] This all made it an ideal ingredient for burns and sunburns. I always have one potted aloe plant in my kitchen and I recommend you do the same. This easy to grow plant works miracles when it comes to healing and can also hydrate and cleanse the skin. It is very often used in homemade skincare.

Calendula petals –  excellent healing power and capability to clean wounds make calendula a number one choice for herbal healers. Calendula is used mainly for healing wounds, scars, burns and bruises. [2]

Similarly works also salve made of st john’s wort infused oil and calendula oil that heals wounds and soothes various skin conditions.

aloe vera and calendula gel for burns
aloe vera and calendula gel for burns

Lavender essential oil – is very versatile essential oil used as an antioxidant and stress reliever. However, it’s healing power and ability to heal skin surface as well as promote collagen synthesis enable lavender oil to be used as the number one essential oil for healing burns and wounds. [3]

The main effect of our healing gel (aloe vera – calendula – lavender essential oil gel)

  • Soothe by rapidly cooling the skin tissues to relieve discomfort
  • Reduce the redness of inflamed skin
  • Hydrate the surface layers of the skin to promote the skin’s natural repair system

Any of the ingredients mentioned above also act alone, thus can be used on their own

Aloe vera – just cut a leaf and apply the transparent gel directly on the affected area. Repeat several times per day. If needed cover with gauze. Alternatively, you can buy ready-made aloe vera gel in a pharmacy and apply. Just check the ingredients and try to avoid buying any products with synthetic additives.

Lavender essential oil – helps you relieve burns or wounds if applied directly on the skin. Mix 4 drops of oil with 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil and apply on the affected area.

Calendula petals are best used in the form of calendula-infused oil.

aloe vera calendula gel with calendula flower
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Other natural remedies used for mild burns and sunburns:

Honey – as per the research conducted by Jundishapur Journal of Natural Pharmaceutical Products: “The use of honey leads to improved wound healing in acute cases, pain relief in burn patients and decreased inflammatory response in such patients.” As per the study, honey has almost equal or slightly superior effects when compared with conventional treatments for acute wounds and superficial partial thickness burns. [4]

cutting aloe vera leaf to get the gel

Make your honey sunburn balm by mixing 1 part honey to 3 parts of your favorite natural body lotion, face cream or hand cream, and apply liberally to sunburnt areas on your skin. It should help you calm the red hot skin, repair damaged skin faster, and soothe and moisturize the burned spot.

pouring the gel into tray cubes to freeze it

Coconut oil – speed up the rate of healing, reduce scarring and soothe pain and inflammation. its ability to reduce scars and promote collagen regrowth makes coconut oil suitable for burns and sunburns.[5]  Just simply apply coconut oil to the affected areas as often as you can. You can improve its healing effect by adding a few drops of lavender essential oil or tea tree essential oil to the mixture.

Turmeric  (Curcuma) it has been used topically mainly in India to heal wounds including ulcers. When applied topically It exhibits higher antioxidant activity and faster wound reduction. [6]

Vinegar – made of acetic acid that is an effective antiseptic, vinegar keeps your wounds (burns) clean and reduces infection. Apply diluted vinegar onto your burn using a gentle cloth.

Preserving Your Burn Gel

frozen cubes of healing burn gel can stay in your ice cube tray for several weeks. If you want to extend their shelf life up to 6 months keep them in airtight bags. So just simply pop out the frozen cubes from the tray and put them in the airtight bag.

Another option is to add preservatives such as 1,600 IU Vitamin E and 2,000 mg of VItamin C. Simply crush the tablets into fine powder and stir the powder into the gel. That way you can extend their shelf life up to 8 months.

Aloe vera and calendula gel - pinterest
Yield: 4 ice cubes

Simple Healing burn gel recipe

aloe vera calendula gel with calendula flower

This healing gel for burns and sunburns is an immediate natural relief treatment for burned skin. The combination of calendula, aloe vera and lavender essential oil speed up healing of first and second-degree burns and soothes the pain.

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy



  1. Always cut the lower large leaf from the aloe.
  2. Carefully remove the upper skin of the leaf. Use a sharp knife and/or a vegetable scraper.
  3. Cut the flesh into smaller pieces and blend together with the marigold petals.
  4. Pour the liquid into ice molds and add lavender oil to each part. Store in freezer.

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Vladka Merva on April 29th, 2019

4 Comments on “How to Make a Simple Healing Burn Gel”

  1. Thanks for sharing! I’m clumsy so I have kitchen accidents more often than I’d like to admit… this will come in handy 🙂

  2. I’ve been using a helichrysum hydrofoil for burns lately but this recipe sounds like it would be fantastic at soothing a burn! Love calendula and aloe for sunburns but I never considered freezing cubes with all that goodness! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Just in time for warmer weather (I hope!). Unfortunately, my aloe vera plant just died, but once I replace it, I’m definitely going to stock the freezer with these!

    • You can buy big aloe leaves from certain grocery stores in the produce section. I have found it in Kroger, Walmart, and Food Lion. I don’t like to cut my plants, lol.


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