Whether you’re grilling, baking or hair straightening, minor burns here and there are bound to happen. Luckily, if you have the right natural remedy they will not ruin your night. There are a great many natural remedies for burns on the market, the most reputable one being a plant that many of you are familiar with: Aloe Vera.

Aloe Vera is an old household remedy used for years by indigenous cultures and medical practitioners. More commonly used to treat first degree burns, aloe gel from a plant or a store-bought tube can cool the affected burnt area and prevent any further skin damage. The gel compound in Aloe Vera works to repair the skin directly at the base of the burn. It contains a naturally occurring antiseptic that helps seal the wound and serves as a natural band-aid for your skin.

Used on old scars or fresh burns, Aloe Vera is one of the oldest tricks in the book when it comes to healing the skin. Not only is it used topically, but I have even seen it in bottles at the store—you can drink it too! I have been using it for years because it is a great, natural way to heal your skin and keep it looking great. While it is used in many beauty products these days, you can just as easily purchase an Aloe Vera plant and apply it directly to your skin for healthier and faster results. In fact, I recommend purchasing the plant over a chemical product—plants do not come with fine print!