Home Remedies for Burns

Liz Pautz

1. Cold Water

To stop a burn from spreading, you can run cold water over the burn area for several minutes within seconds of being burned. Make sure, however, that the water isn't ice cold; it has to be just between a warm and cold temperature.

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.
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2. Raw Potato

A raw potato can treat minor skin burns due to its anti-irritating and soothing properties. It will lessen the pain and reduce the chance of having blisters.
  1. Cut a slice of raw potato
  2. Rub on the area of burn - make sure the juice from the potato is releasing over the area!

OR

  1. Grate a raw potato
  2. Apply on affected area for approximately 15 minutes
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3. Aloe Vera

This plant has astringent and tissue-healing properties that can help in healing burns. This remedy comes in a plant form and also a gel form.
  1. Cut a small piece of the aloe plant leaf off
  2. Apply its fresh gel directly and gently to the burn

OR

  • You could also mix one tsp. each of the aloe vera gel and turmeric and then appy
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4. Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice

Both of these can help treat a burn when it has cooled and dried. Lemon juice has acidic properties that naturally lighten the scars while coconut oil is rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids (lauric acid, myistic acid, caprylic acid) that offer anti-fungal, antioxidant, and anti-bacterial benefits.
  1. Take coconut oil and add lemon juice to it
  2. Mix it properly
  3. Apply to affected area
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5. Honey

This can help in disinfecting the wounds and heal burns as it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also reduces the chances of developing hypertrophic scars.
  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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6. Black Tea Bags

Black tea has tannic acids that can help draw out heat from the burn and thus reduce the pain.
  1. Steep three tea bags in a pitcher filled with warm water for a few minutes.
  2. Allow the solution to cool
  3. Soak a clean cloth in it and place it on the affected area
  4. Re-apply as needed.

OR

  • You can also put cold, wet tea bags directly on the burn
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7. Vinegar

The astringent and antiseptic properties in vinegar can be very helpful in treating minor burns and preventing infection.

  1. Dilute white vinegar or apple cider vinegar in an equal amount of water
  2. Use the solution to rinse the burned area
  3. Later, cover the injured area with a cloth soaked in diluted vinegar
  4. Replace the cloth with a fresh one every two to three hours
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8. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil has both antiseptic and painkilling properties. The oil will also reduce the risk of scarring.

  1. Add five drops of lavender oil to two cups of water
  2. Soak a clean cloth in it and use it as a compress several times
  3. You can also apply lavender oil directly but using essential oils without diluting them is usually not recommended.
OR
  • 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.
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9. Plantain Leaves

Plantain leaves is a popular remedy for treating burns. Plantain leaves are rich in anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

  1. Crush some fresh plantain leaves to make a paste
  2. Spread it on the affected area and cover with a cotton cloth
  3. Reapply a fresh poultice when the plantain dries out
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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.

  1. 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
  2. Repeat the process several times a day
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Works Cited

"Home Remedies for Minor Burns - Page 3 of 3 | Top 10 Home Remedies." Top 10 Home Remedies. N.p., 22 Nov. 2012. Web. 27 May 2015. <http://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-minor-burns.html/3>.