As close as your pantry or sunny window sill are effective, frugal, and natural remedies to help relief the pain of minor burns. In addition, they promote healing and are anti bacterial, lessening the risk of infection. If the burns are deep and severe, or cover a large portion of your body, be sure to seek medical help immediately. These natural recommendations are for small, minor burns only.
Honey has been used since ancient times to help treat minor burns. It is antibacterial and speeds the healing of burns and has been shown to be superior to conventional burn dressings containing silver sulfadiazine. It can’t be simpler to uses, just spread high-quality honey on a piece of sterile gauze large enough to cover the minor burn. Tape the edges of the gauze in place so the bandage is comfortable, not tight or restricting. After several hours, remove the dressing, gently rinse the skin, and reapply a fresh strip of honey-coated gauze.
Another burn treatment you may have in your pantry is tea. Tea compresses are a time-honored treatment for sunburns. Since tea is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and astringent, relief is on its way once applied. When compared to black tea, green tea has stronger antioxidant and antibacterial effects. An herbal version would be using German chamomile. It too is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and wound-healing.To make a tea compress, bring a cup of water to a boil. Pour the boiling water into a mug and submerge the tea bag of your choice (green, black or chamomile). Be sure to let it cool to room temperature. Dip a clean cloth into the tea and lay the cloth carefully on your burn until the pain subsides.
Aloe is an easy to grow succulent plant that can be found on many windowsills. It is easy to propagate and many greenhouses and plant departments carry the plants in stock. It too is good for minor burn treatment, as it is anti-inflammatory, promotes circulation, and inhibits bacterial and fungal growth. Studies have been shown that aloe speeds healing of burns and wounds. Keep an aloe plant on your windowsill so you can squeeze the fresh gel from a leaf, or look for a product that’s at least 90 percent pure aloe. Apply pure aloe gel to the burn, or blend 1 tablespoon of gel with 10 drops of lavender essential oil.
These inexpensive methods of burn relief can be used year around, for when you have slight kitchen accidents involving heat or when you have enjoyed a little too much time in the sun.