Today I burned myself 🙂 It’s small, thankfully nothing like when my brother poured a pot of boiling water all over his arm!
1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree… burns are a painful part of life.
If when you get burned, you should never use butter or oil. It may feel soothing, but it forms a barrier over the skin that traps the heat inside… been there, done that. Use cold water, but never put ice directly on a burn.
Here are some natural remedies you might consider using for mild burns that do not require professional medical care:
Aloe Vera Gel
If you have an Aloe plant, cut one of the leaves and use the extract. Otherwise, some Aloe Vera Gel from a health food store will work well. It’s soothing and pain-relieving, promotes the growth of new skin cells, and speeds up the healing time.
Lavender Essential Oil
A few drops of good-quality Pure Lavender Essential Oil are very effective for soothing and relieving pain. This will also aid in quick healing and recovery, without scarring. This is one of the only essential oils that can be applied neat (undiluted) on a burn, along with tea tree. I would advise that you try a small amount first though.
You can make a cold herbal tea to soak the burn, or soak a cloth or paper towel with the tea and place on the burned area. Use any combination of herbs such as Plantain, Lavender, Chamomile, Calendula, Witch Hazel, St. John’s Wort, Comfrey, Chickweed… these are all herbs that soothe and relieve pain, repair damaged skin, and bring speedy healing. You can also make a poultice from the herbs to place on the burned area.
I’ve heard of other things like egg whites, vinegar or honey… but never tried them personally.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, and my products are not approved by the FDA. This information is based on my own research, study, and personal experience. This information is not intended (and should not be used) to diagnose, treat, or take the place of medical treatment prescribed by a doctor or medical professional.
I would not advise this treatment for 3rd degree or other serious burns.