5 Home Remedies for Burns

30 May 2014 3:02 PM | KOA Owners Association (Administrator)

5 Home Remedies for Burns

1. Cold Water

You can stop a burn from spreading by running cold water over the burn area for several minutes within seconds of being burned. You can also place a cold compress over the affected area. Repeat the remedy every few hours to relieve pain. Do not use ice as it can restrict blood flow, which can eventually cause damage to the delicate tissues. You can use cold whole milk instead of water.

2. Raw Potato

Raw potato can treat minor skin burns due to its anti-irritating and soothing properties. It will alleviate the pain and reduce the chance of having blisters. Simply cut a slice of raw potato and rub it on the burn, making sure the juice from the potato is releasing over the area. Use this remedy soon after the burn occurs for best results.

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has painkilling, astringent and tissue-healing properties that can help in healing burns.

  1. Rinse the affected area with cold water or vinegar.
  2. Cut a small piece of the aloe vera leaf and apply the fresh gel directly on the burn.

If you do not have an aloe vera plant, you can apply a cream that has aloe vera as an ingredient.

4. Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice

Coconut oil and lemon juice both can help to treat minor burn. Coconut oil is rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids such as lauric acid, myristic acid and capric acid that offer anti-fungal, anti-oxidizing and anti-bacterial properties. Lemon juice has acidic properties that naturally lighten the scars. For scalds due to burns, take coconut oil and add some some lemon juice to it. Mix it properly and apply it on the scalds to facilitate healing.

5. Honey

Honey can effectively disinfect wounds and help heal burns. When applied to a burn, honey draws fluids out of the tissues and thus cleans the burned area.

  1. Spread honey on a gauze bandage and put it directly on the burn.
  2. Change the bandage three to four times a day.

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