The Healthy Hack

Minor burns only affects the outer layer of the skin (epidermis) with accompanying inflammation, pain and redness. It’s also known as first degree burns from touching scorching objects or liquids, steam, sunburn, electric shock and many others.

Most of the burns heal on its own but there are burns, if left untreated immediately, agonizing blisters will develop. There are organic, alternative cures that will help heal and relieve pain.

Here are some home remedies for minor burns that when applied regularly, scars will fade away.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has a lot of healthy properties including healing. It alleviate pain, swelling, repair the damaged skin and efficiently fading the scar away.

Collect the fresh extract of aloe vera

Mildy and directly apply it to the affected area

Reapply multiple times within the day  in a timely manner until relief is felt.

Alternative:

As a variation, mix 1 tsp each of aloe vera gel and turmeric powder to stop the pain and redness. Apply it using cotton ball. If fresh aloe vera is unavailable, use cream where it’s the main ingredient.

Raw Potato

With natural comforting property, potato diminishes the chance of having blisters and pain relief.

Grate a chilled raw potato and apply to the burned area for best results. In about 15-30 minutes, leave it and gently clean it off. Repeat until it feels right.

Alternative:

Cut the raw potato and rub around the affected area, ensuring that the juices are released; or pureé the potato and apply. Cucumber is an alternative too.

Black Tea Bags

It has tannic acid that sucks up the heat of the burned skin which relieves the pain.

In a big jar, steep 3-4 bags of black tea for 3-4 minutes and let it cool down. Soak a clean cloth and squeeze out the water then place it on the affected area and repeat.

Alternative:

Use cold and wet tea bag and place in the burned area.

Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice

Coconut oil is renowned for healing burns because it is packed with Vitamin E and fatty acids that promotes anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-microbial properties. As for lemon juice, its acidic property promotes fading away of scar.

Mix the coconut oil and lemon juice, 2-3 teaspoons and few drops, respectively. Stir, apply and let it stay for a few minutes then wipe off using a cotton ball gently. Repeat until it’s relieved.

Honey

Honey, like the coconut oil’s properties, it lessens the possibility of having hypertrophic scar.

Put raw honey directly to the burn. Wrap around a bandage gently for a few minutes and replace 3-4 times every day. Or put the honey in the gauze then cover the burn.

Vinegar

Vinegar has germicidal and astringent properties that relieves pain, discomfort, irritation and prevents skin from more damages.

In a bowl, mix a well-proportionate water and apple cider vinegar. Wash the burn with this mixture and soak a clean cloth using that concoction too. Use it to cover-up the affected area then repeat the process every 2-3 hours.

Plantain Leaves

This is an ancient cure to burns because of its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory characteristics.

Crush the leaves until its pasty texture comes out. Apply to the affected area and cover with cotton cloth as a bandage. When the plantain bandage dries out, repeat.

Lavender Essential Oil

Not only it has a fragrant smell, it also have healing properties that helps relieve pain from a burn and formation of scars.

Drop a few essence of lavender oil in a water and stir well. Soak a clean cotton cloth to the mixture and apply to the affected area. Do it again until pain has dissipated.

Alternative:

Mix honey with a few drops of lavender oil and overlay to the burn thrice or four times a day.

Onion Juice

Due to its sulfur and quercitine properties, onion can relieve pain and heal burn decreasing the chance of having blisters.

Blend chopped onions and use the extracts on the affected skin and leave it. Make sure to use only fresh onions because the medicinal properties disappears after a few minutes.

Oatmeal

It’s healthy enough to eat but to use it as an alternative remedy for a burn is not a far-fetched idea. It greatly helps with itchiness and soreness.

In a bath water, pour in a cup of oats and soak into the mixture for 20-30 minutes. Air dry the irritated skin and do it again until relieved. It’ll soothe the skin and will prevent itching and irritation.

Tips and Safety Measure

  • Run a cold water for several minutes. Apply cold compress to the affected area.
  • Do not put ice directly to the burn. It restricts the blood flow and might cause further damage to the tissues.
  • Use white toothpaste. Avoid using petroleum jelly, oils, butter or egg because it traps the heat.
  • Leave the blisters alone. Give it time to heal. Breaking it will delay its healing process.
  • Use non-adhesive dressing to prevent uneven coloring of skin and re-injuring.
  • Vanilla extract can be used to cool and heal the burn. It alleviates pain and irritation.
  • Milk, yogurt and rosewater are also alternatives. Soak the affected area to any of these for about 15-20 minutes and be relieved quickly.
  • Eat foods rich in Vitamins C and E. Vitamin C promotes healing faster and increases collagen production. Vitamin E repairs and protects the skin. Oils from either Vitamin C or E enriched capsules can also be applied directly to avoid scarring.
  • Visit your doctor, if any of these did not work, for better and accurate treatment.