Today we will discuss some home remedies for minor burns. Minor burns are part of common daily life. At one point or another, each one of has suffered from a minor burn be it from cooking, electric appliances or even hot plastic, liquids and cold temperature burns. It is for this very reason first aid training and box includes things required to swiftly treat minor burns.
Minor burns are basically first degree burns. They damage the top layer of the skin and often referred to as superficial burns therefore treatable via first aid. Any contact with something superhot can cause a minor burn depending on the sensitivity of your skin. The symptoms for minor burns include the area getting red and painful. If left untreated for some time, painful blisters tend to develop around the burnt area. Most minor burns can take up to a few days to three weeks to heal depending on how much you take care of it.
The following natural home remedies help with the pain and promote faster healing.
1. Cold Water
The first and foremost thing you need to do when you get burned by something hot is to immediately pour cold water over the burnt area for several minutes. This stops the burn from spreading further.
- In case flowing cold water is not available, you can press a cold compress to the affected area. Unlike cold running water, you need to cold compress the burnt area every few hours to relieve the discomfort.
- Use of ice is not recommended because it tends to stop the blood flow to the burnt area which may damage the delicate tissues rather than provide relief.
2. Raw Potato
Raw potatoes contain within them soothing and anti-irritating properties. Using raw potato for treating minor burns not only reduces the pain but also reduces the chances of blisters developing on the burnt area.
- Cut a small slice of the raw potato and gently rub it over the burn. Make sure the slice is fresh and releasing its juice else it won’t be much effective.
- You can also grate the raw potato and rub it on the burn for 15 minutes (again the grated potato should not be too dry).
- The sooner you use this remedy for the burn, the better the effect would be.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has natural tissue healing and astringent properties. For burns, this makes it highly effective.
- Best results come from the fresh leaf of the aloe vera plant. Take a fresh leaf and remove the thick top layer.
- Apply the gel inside over the burn.
- You can also scoop the gel from the leaf and crush it, making it slightly more watery. Keep applying this to the burnt area every half hour initially and then every few hours. (This is tried and tested and highly effective. I stand by this remedy. It prevented blisters and even reduced the burn to almost invisible within a week of continuous use.)
- You can mix a teaspoon each of aloe vera and turmeric and apply it to the burn.
- In case you do not have the plant or fresh aloe leaf, you can apply a cream, gel or lotion with aloe vera as an ingredient.
4. Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice
Coconut oil and lemon juice remedy is more effective on the minor burn once it has cooled down. The coconut oil is rich in Vitamin E and has fatty acids such as lauric acid, myristic acid and caprylic acid. All of these offer anti-fungal, anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial benefits for healing the burn. The acidic properties of lemon juice are famous for naturally lightening the skin and scars.
- Simply take some coconut oil and add some fresh lemon juice to it. Apply this to the burn to help with faster healing.
Honey is another top most remedy for treating minor burns due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Honey also effectively disinfects the wounds preventing it from getting affected.
- Spread some pure honey on a gauze or clean, very light cotton cloth. Cover the burn area with this.
- Repeat and change the bandage3-4 time a day.
6. Black Tea Bags
Black tea bags are another remedy for treating burns due to the tannic acid present in it, reducing the pain.
- Steep 2-3 tea bags in a litre of warm water for a few mintes.
- Allow the water to cool down.
- Dip a clean cotton cloth in the water and apply to affected area. Repeat if required.
- Cold, wet tea bags can also be applied to the burn.
The vinegar contains anti-septic and astringent properties which helps in treating minor burns.
- Mix equal amounts each of white or apple cider vinegar and water.
- Use this solution on the burn.
- After some time cover the area with a clean cloth soaked in diluted mirror.
- Replace the cloth every 2-3 hours.
8. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil also has anti-septic and painkilling properties. The oil also helps in reducing the risk of scarring.
- In 2 cups of water, add approx.. 5 drops of lavender oil.
- Soak a cold compress or clean cloth in it and use it as a compress on the burn.
- Lavender oil can also directly be applied to the area but using such oil without dilution is not recommended.
- A few drops of Lavender oil mixed with 2 teaspoons of honey can also be acting like a salve on the affected area. Can be repeated on the burnt areas few times a day.
9. Plantain Leaves
This is also popular home remedy for treating minor burns. The leaves contain rich anti-inflammatrory and anti- microbial propertied.
- Take some fresh plantain leaves and crush them.
- Spread on the affected area, covering it with clean cloth.
- Reapply with fresh poultice once the plantain dries outs.
10. Onion Juice
Onions are known to contain some sulfur compounds and quercetin that can relieve pain, help heal the burn and reduce the chance of blistering.
- Cut some fresh onion and apply its juice to the affected area.
- The onions should be fresh since they lose their medicinal properties within the first few minutes of being exposed.
- Repeat this several times a day.