Seasonal Recipes: Aloe vera ice cube soothers for children – with added dinosaurs

Aloe vera ice cube soothers for children – with added dinosaurs

The inspiration for freezing aloe vera comes from James Wong’s natural home remedy book Grow Your Own Drugs. I have greatly diluted it (so it is less messy to use with kids) and added little frozen toys, to cheer children and keep their interest in continuously cooling burns, bumps and bites over a few minutes.  I’ve also switched out the relaxing lavender scent for May Cheng, which smells like fizzy lemon sherbet – because the aim here is to cheer and distract, rather than relax.  I’ve also experimented with adding flowers and leaves to the cubes, for a more natural addition, and this works well too.

*These cubes are not for eating, but for soothing burns and bumps, like a cool pack.*


Boiled, cooled water (enough to make 6 large ice cubes)

The gel from 1-2 medium aloe vera leaves or otherwise approx 60ml shop-bought pure aloe vera gel (look in the aftersun/sun burn section of a supermarket or pharmacy)

6 drops essential oil (we use May Cheng)

6 small freezable plastic toys or flower petals



Knife and cutting board (if slicing aloe vera leaves for the gel)


Large ice cube tray


Skewer or cocktail stick


Fill each ice cube compartment 1/2 full of the boiled, cooled water.

Carefully harvest the gel from the aloe vera leaves using a sharp knife (be really careful, as this gets very slippy; there are lots of online tutorials if you are unsure.).  Add the aloe vera gel to each compartment

Add one drop of essential oil to each compartment

Stir slowly with a skewer to combine and disperse the ingredients

Gently drop a toy or petal into each cube

Place in the freezer and use whenever needed

Run each of the cubes under a warm tap for a few seconds before use and they are best placed on a tray for a child to push around and build with.  We keep a towel next to the tray, for warming and cleaning hands.




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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Laurie Graves says:

    What a great idea!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Laurie! 🙂


  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Adding toys is brilliant!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you! Always looking for a way of kiddifying natural remedies 🙂

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  3. What a great idea !

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  4. desivegankia says:

    Good Idea this is exactly what I needed

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh fab! Let me know how you get on! – the dinosaurs were the final addition, after the ice cubes worked great, but I couldn’t get my kiddies to stay interested in them for long. Now they like to help the dinosaurs “hatch” 🙂


  5. I can imagine children purposely injuring themselves to use this and get the toy because they look so great! Or wanting them daily for every little knock.

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    1. You’re not wrong! 🙂 We just found yesterday that they work really well on sore hands from gardening too – so I’m going to try a more “grown up” version with frozen petals in 🙂

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