This potted plant is going to be your new best friend.
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Do you ever stop to think of how dangerous your kitchen really is? A potholder or oven mitt can sometimes be the only thing standing between you and a scalding pan. And anyone who’s ever been burned knows how quickly the accidental slip of a hand can turn into a frantic Internet search for burn relief.

Thankfully, there’s a solution for kitchen burns that’s inexpensive, functional, and visually appealing—a potted aloe vera plant.

Aloe vera is a natural remedy for minor burns and wounds. According to a study published by the University of Michigan, it's full of active compounds that can help reduce pain and inflammation and aid in the repair of burned skin.

Aloe vera juice is also hydrating, meaning there’s a good chance you’ll see improved elasticity in your skin after regular application—one study even showed that, on average, minor burns were healed up to nine days faster when patients applied the plant’s gel to their wounds.

To harvest the aloe vera gel, gently squeeze the leaves to find one with ample gel inside. Then, use sharp scissors to cut the aloe leaf from the rest of the plant. Snip open the tip of the leaf and squeeze the aloe onto your skin. You may feel inclined to wipe or rinse the sticky residue off your skin, but don’t—your burn will soak up the nutrients over the next few hours.