When involved with household chores first degree burns i.e. burns that affect only the outer layer of the skin and cause redness and pain, are a common occurrence. This type of burns can be treated by using some home and kitchen ingredients that not only ease the pain, but can help keep blisters at bay. In time use of these handy ingredients can help you avoid chemical laden balms and salves – so take a look!
- Tea bags: Black tea is known to have tannic acid that draws out the heat from the burns. For surface burns, apply a couple of cold or wet tea bags onto the burn to get relief from pain. Tea bags also work effectively in case of sunburns. Alternatively, you could also try dipping a few tea bags into a concentration of black tea (add boiling water to 4-5 tea bags, let it sit for about 5 minutes, prior to removing the tea bags and discarding them). Dip the fresh tea bags into the black tea (make sure it isn’t hot/ warm) and apply on the affected area. Tip – consider keeping a couple of tea bags in the refrigerator for use at times like these.
- Honey: This golden liquid is known for its antiseptic and soothing properties. All you need to do is apply it topically to the burn to avoid any infection or bacterial growth. Applying honey will also soothe the pain from the burn.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple Cider Vinegar and White Vinegar, both of these are known to balance out the skin’s pH levels and thereby provide relief in cases of regular burns as well as sunburns. In addition to that, like Honey, they too have antiseptic properties, which keep infections at bay. All you need to do is mix one part of Apple Cider Vinegar to one part water and using a clean cloth, dip into this mixture and gently dab onto the affected surface. Alternatively, the mixture can be kept in a spray bottle and sprayed on the affected area.
- Banana Peel: The lutein (a yellow pigment) present in banana peels is known to soothe stings, inflammation and provide relief. Just dap the pithy (inside of the skin) side of the peel onto the affected area and keep it on till the peel blackens and the pain subsides.
- Aloe Vera: This one has tissue-healing properties, along with being a soother and pain reliever. Take the gel from the plant by breaking a part of the plant’s leaf into two. Apply this onto the burnt area.
- Potato: Raw potatoes sooth and reduce irritation from burns. All you need to do is either slice up the potato or grate a raw potato and apply it on the affected area. Once the juice has dried up, repeat using another slice.
- Baking Soda: Baking soda is antibacterial healing agent, which also helps manage the skin’s pH levels. Applying a paste of baking soda mixed with water on the burn is known to provide a cooling effect as it draws the heat out and thereby also provides relief.
- Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a good source of Vitamin E and also has antifungal and antibacterial properties making it great for burns. Apply it on burns to keep them from getting infected and for quick healing. Post a few days, if there’s a mark from the burn, then add a little lemon juice to coconut oil and then apply the mixture. The lemon juice will help lighten the scar.
- Milk: Milk contains enzymes that help quick healing, especially the full fat ones. Soak the affected area in milk or dab a fresh cloth in milk and apply to the affected area for relief
- Lavender essential oil: Essential oils have multiple properties and Lavender oil more so is known for its anti-fungal, ant-inflammatory properties. All you need to do is dilute a few drops of it with water and either spray it onto the affected area or dab a clean cloth into it and apply onto affected area.
- Wheat Flour: This one’s a tried and tested solution and though there are mixed views on this, it has worked effectively for us. Dip the area of burn into a bowlful of flour to keep it from both burning and leaving scars. Alternatively take a handful of the flour and put it onto the burnt surface. This works even better when the flour is cool, so ideally keep a bowlful of it in the refrigerator for use at such times.
Just remember, when dealing with burns, the first thing to do is always put the burn under cold running water and then follow up with one of the above. However, if the burn is severe, please do consult a doctor and never rub ice on a burn as this can further damage the burn.