Natural Remedies for Burns
Burns can be very painful, the most serious of which often require immediate medical attention. Some burns, however, are much milder and benign.
Despite the nagging pain and itch these burns can cause, many minor burns can be effectively treated from the comfort of your own home.
To illustrate this, below we have compiled several proven home remedies for burns.
Teabags, especially those containing black tea, have several restorative properties. They are also recommended as one of the best home remedies for burns.
Tea contains a substance known as tannic acid. This acid helps to soothe burned skin by drawing the heat from it.
- Brew cup of tea.
- Allow cooling.
- Gently dab the tea directly onto the wound and surrounding tissue using a cotton ball.
You can also place the brewed tea bag directly on the burn and secure it in place with a strip of sterile gauze.
Another home remedy for burns is vinegar, a product found in most household cupboards and pantries. The dual-acting properties of vinegar allow it to work as both an astringent and antiseptic.
These properties enable vinegar to soothe hot and irritated skin while simultaneously preventing infection.
- Combine 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water
- Soak a cotton rag in the liquid.
- Apply it to your burned skin.
Are you experiencing itching with your minor burn? This is very common. After a burn, the human body works overtime to heal the wound from the inside out.
As a result, you may develop an itching sensation in and around the affected area. Naturally, scratching that itch can be very detrimental to the healing process. This is where oatmeal comes in handy as an effective treatment.
The consistency of oatmeal can help calm that pesky itch so that your wound can heal properly.
- Measure a cup of crumbled oatmeal and sprinkle the oats into a lukewarm tub.
- Soak in the tub for 10-15 minutes.
- After getting out, allow your body to air dry.
- Don’t use a towel.
The thin layer of oatmeal that remains on your skin will act as a barrier. This barrier will protect your burn and stop that irritating itch in its tracks.
For many centuries now, honey has served as an effective topical ointment in the treatment of minor burns. Much like honey attracts bees; the substance also attracts water.
Honey draws water from deep inside the skin’s tissue and upwards towards the surface of the burn. This process helps to irrigate and clean the painful wound region. It accelerates the healing process as well.
Even better, is the way honey will treat your skin during the process. By using honey in the treatment of burns it will significantly reduce the likelihood of unsightly scarring.
People’s first reactions after getting a burn are to put their skin under a faucet set to cold. This is helpful, what must be avoided is icy cold water. Ice water can kill your body’s cells.
Putting your wound in milk is also a helpful option. Just make sure to wipe the milk off with water as milk leaves a smell.