most people think of burns, fire and heat usually come
to mind. While it is true that heat is the leading cause
of tissue damage known as "burns", such damage can also
be caused by sunburn and other radiation, friction,
electricity, or chemicals. Most burns other than the
most severe ones can be treated safely and effectively
with natural home remedies.
Burns are characterized by degree, based on the severity
of the tissue damage. First-degree burns cause redness
and swelling in the epidermis (the outermost layers of
skin). Second-degree burns also involve redness and
swelling as well as blistering and the damage may extend
beneath the epidermis to the deeper layers of skin (the
dermis). Third-degree burns destroy the entire depth of
skin, usually result in scarring, and the damage may
extend to underlying fat, muscle, or bone.
The wonderful Aloe Vera plant is a top choice for
healing and soothing burns. Although available in gel
form, the inner filets of a live plant best.. Fresh Aloe
Vera can quickly soothe painful burns and often heals
even fairly serious burns with little or no scarring.
Lavender essential oil is a very effective antiseptic
that also reduces pain and promotes rapid healing. In
addition, lavender reduces scarring. When lavender oil
is applied to a burn very quickly, the burn may heal it
with no scarring at all. For larger burns, pour lavender
oil onto a gauze or cloth and apply to the burn every
A wonderful and widely available household first aid
item for healing and soothing burns is diluted vinegar.
Cover the burn area with a cloth soaked in diluted
vinegar. Refresh the vinegar compress as often as
needed, especially if the pain becomes stronger again.
Another good household item is honey, especially raw
honey, which has wonderful antiseptic and healing
properties. Researchers in India found, that burns
dressed with honey healed faster and with less pain and
The Indian Yunani Cotton-Ash Paste burn remedy has been
used for centuries to treat even severe burns. Take a
large piece of cotton wool (or any kind of pure, white
cotton fabric) and burn it (perhaps in a metal pot). Use
the ash of the burned cotton and mix with olive oil to
get a thick paste. Spread this black paste on the burned
skin and cover with a cling film.
Reportedly, the pain disappears in seconds and even the
accompanied shock ameliorates. If the pain comes back
again refresh the poultice, use fresh paste on the
wound. Use the paste for a week or so, depending on the
severity of the burns.
Another age old remedy is potato peels. Potato peels
provide moisture and they also have anti-bacterial
properties that help in healing. Doctors have found that
potato peel bandages work better for minor burns than
An effective home remedy for burns can be made by
combining equal portions of barley, turmeric and yogurt.
Apply the resulting paste over the affected areas for
pain relief and healing.
Calendula infused oil or calendula ointment is also a
good burn remedy.
Vitamins A, C, and E aid in the healing process for
burns and other wounds. Zinc can help with healthier
skin after the burn as well as quicker recovery time.
Last, but far from least, is colloidal silver. Colloidal
silver has wonderful antiseptic and healing properties
and helps damaged tissue regenerate. Major hospital burn
units use colloidal silver bandages and ointments.
Severe burns often heal with little or no scarring.
Note: In the case of any severe burn, seek professional
medical care immediately.
Flame burn treatment
: To put out the fire, roll the victim on the ground
and wrap with rugs, blankets or a coat.
treatment: Wash thoroughly the burnt area under
running tap water for at least 30 minutes till the
Electric burn first
aid : Switch off the main electric switch.
Cut the clothing away
from the burnt area, if it adheres to the burnt
area, do not try to peel it loose.
contamination of burn wound
Apply ice pack or
cloth soaked in ice water and change them constantly
Do not use cotton
directly on burns as it adheres to it
Do not apply Ink,
Mercurochrome, greases or baking soda over burnt
area, do not try to peel it loose
In the case of any
severe burn, seek professional medical care
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