treat minor burns

Minor burns happen quite frequently at home when you touch a hot stove, hot vessel, while pressing clothes, microwave or hot water. We panic when we feel the burn and it takes some time to cure. There are many ways by using simple tricks at home to reduce the irritation and cure the burn.

You need to be sure that you don’t use Ice to reduce the burning sensation on the skin. If you place ice on the burn, it is going to increase the irritation.

You can use ice to reduce the burn if you hurt your tongue by drinking something very hot.

Use a tea bag

First easy and handy thing to use on a burn, is a tea bag! Tea contains Tannic acid that can help to reduce the burning sensation and cool the skin.

How to use:

Method 1

  • Place a tea bag in cool water.
  • Once the tea bag becomes little soggy, place the tea bag on the affected area.

Method 2

  • You can also place the tea bag in cool water for 5 minutes and take the tea extract.
  • You can dab the extract on the burnt spot with a cotton piece.

Teabag

You can use tea bags many times a day to find relief from the irritation and pain.

Aloe Vera Gel

The next best remedy is to use the most natural coolant Aloe Vera on the affected area. It can reduce pain, swelling and stimulate the growth of new skin.

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How to use:

  1. Take a fresh aloe vera leaf.
  2. Cut open the leaf and extract the gel from it.
  3. Apply the gel on the affected area.
  4. You can leave the gel on the skin and do not rinse it.

You can also use packed aloe vera gel that is available in the market.

Honey

Honey is something that comes in handy in every kitchen. Honey can soothe your skin and reduce irritation and pain. The natural anti-biotic can prevent your skin from getting infected.

How to use:

  1. Take required amount of honey.
  2. Apply it on the affected area.
  3. Leave it on the skin and do not rinse.
  4. If you need to rinse it off, leave it on the skin for 20 minutes before washing.
Honey
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Vinegar

Vinegar has astringent and anti-septic properties that prevent infections on the burnt area. It can provide immediate relief from burning sensation and heals the wound rapidly.

How to use:

  1. Dab the vinegar by soaking it in a cotton ball on the affected area
  2. You need not rinse the affected area after applying vinegar

This process can be done many times a day.

Coconut oil

The fatty acids in coconut oil, works as a good wound healer and soother. It also helps keeps the skin hydrated and reduces the itching.

How to use:

  1. Dab the coconut oil with a cotton ball on the affected area
  2. It is better to leave it overnight for better results

You can apply coconut oil many times a day.

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Lavender oil and tea tree oil

Both the oils are aromatic by nature and also many curing effects on burns. They also facilitate quick wound healing.

How to apply:

  1. Mix one spoon of lavender oil with one spoon of tea tree oil
  2. Dab the oil in the affected area with a cotton ball
  3. Leave it overnight or do not rinse off

This oil can be applied 2 times a day. You can also add coconut oil to this mix. Click here to know more about Lavender oil.

Lavender oil

Potato

Potato has properties that can soothe the skin and lighten the affected area. They also reduce blisters that might come up.

How to use:

Method 1

  1. You can slice raw potato and place it on the burnt area.
  2. Leave in on the skin for 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with cool water.

Method 2

  1. You can grate raw potato and place it on the affected area.
  2. Leave it on the skin for 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with cool water.

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Method 3

  1. You can grind raw potato in a mixer.
  2. Extract the juice by squeezing the potato paste.
  3. Dab the extract on the affected area with a cotton ball.
  4. Leave the juice in the skin for 20 minutes.
  5. Rinse it off with cool water.

 Any of the method can be followed according to your convenience. You can apply potato once a day. Click here to know more about potato.

You can also apply mint tooth paste or white toothpaste to find relief. Petroleum jelly, egg white, butter and milk can also provide relief.

Word of caution: These remedies can be used only for minor or first degree burns. For severe burns and wounds, you need to consult a doctor immediately and undergo necessary treatment. If a baby/child is affected, do consult a doctor before proceeding with any of the home remedies.

Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.