Minor burns are a fairly common occurrence. If you’re like most people, you have some sort of topical spray or salve that you got from the drug store. These are “modern conveniences” but – believe it or not – they aren’t better than what people have been using for many, many centuries.
Here are a few remedies you can make yourself. Most of the ingredients are excellent things to have on-hand in your house.
Essential Oils: Tea tree is a go-to at our home for cuts, scrapes, burns or bites. It’s an excellent general disinfectant. For minor burns, apply a few drops of straight lavender oil. Re-apply several times a day. It’ll help the skin heal quickly.
Plants: Most people know that aloe is awesome on burns, particularly sunburns. For minor skin burns at home, add a pinch of turmeric to fresh aloe gel. Mix it into a paste and apply it to the burn, then cover the area with a gauze pad. Re-apply every few hours. The turmeric will stain your skin, but that will off in a few days.
[NOTE ON ALOE: Buy an aloe gel that contains nothing but aloe. Just check the ingredients. Many companies, particularly drug stores, add a variety of chemicals to aloe, which turns a great natural product into just one more synthetic mess. Be choosy.]
You can also use fresh cilantro for burns. Combine enough cilantro and water in your blender to produce a paste. Apply liberally to the burn and cover with a gauze pad. Change 3 or 4 times a day.
Water: By far the easiest remedy is to run cold water over the burned area until the pain subsides. Then draw some warmer water into a bowl or other receptacle and keep the burn submerged until it feels better. If you do this immediately, the burn will heal very quickly. Follow up with one the other remedies above if necessary.
If you have a serious burn or any burn to a large portion of your body, you need to have it checked by a medical professional immediately. But even then, cold water or a quick poultice is a good idea while you’re on your way.