Aloe Vera is well known for its soothing qualities for skin and burns, but did you know that you can also use Aloe for eyes and ears?
Pain and itchiness can be especially irritating and difficult to treat when it occurs in the eyes and ears. Some groups are more susceptible to ear trouble than others. Swimmers and young children also have more frequent earaches. Abnormalities in the ear can cause more frequent irritation. Drops can help restore the pH balance, calming and soothing the inflammation or swelling of the inner ear tissue. Aloe works similarly on eyes. I sometimes find myself temporarily blinded after cooking with hot peppers by the oil left on my fingers. Scrub your hands well after mincing jalepenos! Immediately! It’s a lesson I don’t seem to be able to learn. Fortunately, Aloe takes gets rid of the burn quickly.
Why does Aloe Vera work?
The gel in the aloe vera plant has healing properties that work to deflate swelling tissue. Anyone who has used Aloe Vera gel on sunburn knows how the gel can soothe the burning pain. When itching is the issue, the skin in the inner ear or eye might be mildly inflamed but not so much that it is painful. All the same, the irritation might be so annoying that it is unbearable, and if that’s the case then a little Aloe Vera might be in order. Aloe is safe for any age, which makes it a great home remedy for children who swim more frequently and have earaches in the summertime.
Aloe Vera plants are common and fairly inexpensive. Even young plants are effective, but for the most potency it is better to buy the largest plant you can afford. They’re easy to care for- check out our article on the subject. Once you’ve got your Aloe, there are a couple of ways to harvest the gel. Some sources suggest squeezing it out, much like toothpaste from a tube. Starting with the top of the cut leaf, squeeze downward to push the gel out. You can also cut the leaf open and scrape the gel out with a spoon. Partially harvested leaves can be wrapped in aluminum foil and stored in the fridge for several days. If making your own drops is not your thing, eye and ear drops with Aloe Vera are readily available for purchase.
Application is even easier than the preparation. For ears, use medicine dropper to collect some of the stored gel. Tip the head to the side and drop 3-5 drops in the ear. For children, it might be easier to apply the gel drops if the child is lying on their side. To keep the medicine in the ear, consider keeping a cotton ball on the ear for several minutes following application. For the eyes, apply some of the gel to a tissue and wipe the aloe vera on the eyelids. The burning should stop almost immediately.
Because the eyes and ears are so delicate, it is a good idea to check with your doctor first before using Aloe Vera. This is especially true if the issues are accompanied by other symptoms, which could signify a greater problem. If in doubt, call the doctor first. When used with the approval of your family physician, Aloe Vera can help keep your family happy and healthy.