How do I extract and store aloe?

How do I extract and store the aloe from my aloe plant for use in treating burns?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

It's best to harvest leaves fresh for use on burns. Simply slice off a full, plump leaf and squeeze the sap out of the leaf onto the burn. I've not experimented with trying to store the aloe sap, but I suspect that it would need to be refrigerated or molds and bacteria would start growing in it. As long as you have a healthy, growing plant, though, you can get a fresh supply as you need it.


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