Let’s face it; even the smallest burns can feel excruciating. When they happen, you don’t want to have to think a lot about what to do; you just want the pain to stop, FAST.
Dealing with a burn is not the time to discover you’ve run out of the OTC ointment you keep in your first aid supplies.
Fortunately, there are several natural remedies you may already have around your home that will bring relief without having to run down to your local CVS.
First – Keep away from the ice!
Logic dictates that you’ll want to cool the affected area as quickly a possible and applying something that is frozen would seem like a good remedy. However, ice restricts blood flow to the skin. If this lack of blood flow is allowed to persist, it will cause even more tissue damage than what the burn has caused.
Instead, run cool water over the affected area to keep it from spreading. If running water isn’t an option, make a cool compress with a damp rag and if needed, just a few ice cubes. The key is not to let the tissues get too cold, just cool enough to stop the burn damage from progressing. Continue the cooling process for at least 20 minutes.
Aloe-vera is bottle form or directly from a houseplant will stop pain and reduce inflammation and swelling. The gel extracted from the plant also aids in skin repair and growth.
2. Coconut oil
Vitamin E has exceptional skin healing abilities. Coconut oil has a concentrated amount of this vitamin, making it a good choice for burn treatments.
Additionally, coconut oil contains fatty acids that act as a good anti-bacterial treatment that will help prevent infection of the burned area.
Not just for sore throats, honey has great natural antibiotic properties.
When applied in a thin layer over the burn, Honey will cool the area, help relieve the pain, and aid in the healing process while warding off infection.
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Milk’s protein and fat level soothe burns and aid in healing. Soak the affected area for at least 15 minutes. Full-fat, whole yogurt will also work.
5. Mint Toothpaste
There is a use for good old-fashioned minty toothpaste (not gel) than keeping your teeth clean and your breath fresh. After the initial cooling process, pat the area dry and cover with a layer of paste.
NOTE: Basic toothpaste is also good for treating mosquito and other bug bites.
6. Tea bags
A key ingredient of black tea is tannic acid. This compound draws the heat from the burn and makes it less painful. To treat an area, apply 2-3 cooled, wet tea bags on the burn. Wrap with gauze to hold them in place. Leave on for 20 minutes.
7. White Vinegar
A component of white vinegar is acetic acid, which is also found in aspirin. It will draw the heat from the burn, dulling the pain, while at the same time acting as an astringent to avoid infection. Soak a paper towel or clean cloth in diluted vinegar to make a compress. For smaller burned areas, dab the vinegar on with cotton swabs and let air dry.
Easy to Stock up on – Easy to Store
As you can see, just about all of these can easily be found at your local grocery store. Many of them you probably already keep around as a main staple of your pantry or fridge. All you’ll need to do is take a quick trip to your local Garden Center for an aloe plant, and you’ll have everything you would possibly want if a burn happens at home.