Home Remedies for Burns
1. Cold Water
You can also press a cool compress over the affected area.
- Repeat every other hour to relieve the discomfort
- NO ice! Ice can restrict the blood flow which can eventually cause damage to the delicate tissues.
2. Raw Potato
- Cut a slice of raw potato
- Rub on the area of burn - make sure the juice from the potato is releasing over the area!
- Grate a raw potato
- Apply on affected area for approximately 15 minutes
3. Aloe Vera
- Cut a small piece of the aloe plant leaf off
- Apply its fresh gel directly and gently to the burn
- You could also mix one tsp. each of the aloe vera gel and turmeric and then appy
4. Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice
- Take coconut oil and add lemon juice to it
- Mix it properly
- Apply to affected area
- Spread honey on a gauze bandage and put it directly on the burn
- Change the bandage three to four times a day
6. Black Tea Bags
- Steep three tea bags in a pitcher filled with warm water for a few minutes.
- Allow the solution to cool
- Soak a clean cloth in it and place it on the affected area
- Re-apply as needed.
- You can also put cold, wet tea bags directly on the burn
The astringent and antiseptic properties in vinegar can be very helpful in treating minor burns and preventing infection.
- Dilute white vinegar or apple cider vinegar in an equal amount of water
- Use the solution to rinse the burned area
- Later, cover the injured area with a cloth soaked in diluted vinegar
- Replace the cloth with a fresh one every two to three hours
8. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil has both antiseptic and painkilling properties. The oil will also reduce the risk of scarring.
- Add five drops of lavender oil to two cups of water
- Soak a clean cloth in it and use it as a compress several times
- You can also apply lavender oil directly but using essential oils without diluting them is usually not recommended.
- Another option is to mix a few drops of lavender essential oil in two teaspoons of honey apply it on the affected area few times a day.
9. Plantain Leaves
Plantain leaves is a popular remedy for treating burns. Plantain leaves are rich in anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
- Crush some fresh plantain leaves to make a paste
- Spread it on the affected area and cover with a cotton cloth
- Reapply a fresh poultice when the plantain dries out
10. Onion Juice
Onion juice has components like sulfur compounds and quercetin that can relieve pain, help heal the burn and reduce the chance of blistering.
- Cut a fresh onion and apply the juice onto the burn. Only use freshly cut onions because after a few minutes onions lose their medicinal properties
- Repeat the process several times a day