Burn Cures

Last Modified on Oct 07, 2014

Natural Burn Cures

Over the years, we've received reports of many natural remedies for burns from our readers. As careful as we are, it is still relatively easy to get burned. Since so many everyday substances can cause a burn, it's important to be aware of potential risks. If you find yourself with a minor burn caused by one of those everyday substances, we have a variety of natural cures that should have you feeling better in no time. A few of our favorite home cures are aluminum foil, egg whites, and aloe vera.

What Causes a Burn?

A burn is an injury that actually destroys the different layers of the skin. Depending on the severity of the burn, it can damage the different skin structures as well, including sweat glands, oil glands, and hair follicles. Typically a burn is caused by a heat source, but skin damage can also be caused by extremely cold substances too. Some of the most common causes of burns are fire, hot liquid or steam, hot metal or other objects, electrical currents, radiation, sunlight, ultraviolet light from a sunlamp, and chemicals.

How Do I Treat a Burn?

Immediate treatment is key for preventing a more severe burn. To begin treatment, first cool the burn and then apply a selected treatment for burn and pain maintenance. You can cool the burn by running cold water over it or applying an ice pack.

What Natural Burn Remedies Should I Use?

While more severe burns need medical treatment, most common burns respond well to natural treatment methods. We’ve discovered an assortment of common treatments including vinegar, toothpaste, honey, and a variety of others. However, our favorite treatments are aluminum foil, egg whites, and aloe.

1. Aluminum Foil

As unusual as it sounds, aluminum foil is one of the best remedies for a minor burn. After cooling the burn, wrap it in aluminum foil and leave it wrapped for several hours. This treatment functions in a number of ways including keeping the burn cool, protecting it from additional damage, and delivering restorative minerals as foil contains aluminum and other regenerative minerals.

2. Egg Whites

Again, egg whites should be applied following the immediate cooling of the burn. This treatment creates a protective coating over the burn that prevents further damage. It also restores important proteins in the skin to begin the rejuvenation process.

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe is one of those remedies you can apply immediately to prevent further damage and to treat the burn. Aloe naturally cools and heals the burn as it is an anti-inflammatory and anesthetic agent.

The next time you get burned, remember these easy home cures and apply one immediately to prevent a more severe burn and to initiate treatment. Continue below to read feedback from hundreds of our readers who have healed burns using a number of interesting remedies! Let us know what treatment you tried.

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Most Popular Remedies:

Aluminum Foil148 YEAS
Egg Whites47 YEAS
Baking Soda22 YEAS
Toothpaste11 YEAS
Vinegar11 YEAS
Honey10 YEAS
Mustard8 YEAS
Alcohol7 YEAS

User Reviews

Alcohol   7  1   

Posted by Jenna (Phoenix, Arizona) on 04/19/2012

[YEA]  As a healthcare provider I have learned what works and doesn't, don't use butter! I burned myself on a iron skillet nothing has burned me worse before. All I had around was hand sanitizer which was a high percentage of alcohol. Reccomended 100%.

Posted by Charlena
Brent, Al
[YEA]   Hot grease splattered on my hand.. The pain was awful. After keeping it in cold water about 2 hours I searched and found these remedies. Tried alcohol first... Wow! Alot of relief with alcohol but the pain kept returing in one small area so I tried the foil method. I was not impressed with it at all. Moved on to the toothpaste. Its been 15-20 mins, I have rinsed it off now and am pain free! Absolutely amazing! Alcohol and toothpaste win!

When you say alcohol, do you mean rubbing alcohol?
Posted by Tiffany
Old Windsor, England
Can it be any toothpaste because usually they all stick to a certain one?
Posted by Mikbethnz
Auckland, New Zealand
[YEA]   I used hand sanitizer which is all I had in the cupboards and it soothed the burns on my fingers instantly. The pain returned within minutes so I applied more hand sanitizer (small drops) and each time the pain lessened! The pain was minimised to the point where I didn't even notice it! It was gone within an HOUR!! I returned to playing the piano without pain yay! Thank you Earth Clinic!
Posted by Kdo090578
Houston, Tx, Usa
[YEA]   I used hand sanitizer on a burn from a curling iron and now a couple of hours later after constant reapplying the burn is pretty much gone. The burning sensation was also relieved immediately from each application.
Posted by Senamon
Jacksonville, Il
[NAY]   I burnt my finger bad earlier, and I remember a friend telling me that if you have a burn that you can rub on your ears, it will take the sting out, I have tried hand sanitiizer all day but the burn comes back, I rubbed my finger on my ear and the burning has subsided. Apparantly, there is a substance our bodies produce that comes out of our ears that remedies burns...

Posted by Kallie (Berlin, Germany) on 01/16/2011

i was baking cookies and when I went to go get them out I burnt myself on the rack in the oven and I jumped and ran over to the sink to put cold water on it and then I went to the computer found this website and herd that alcohol works so I took an alcoholic pad swiped the burn and imidialely it stoped hurting. it really works.

Posted by Clarinetgirl55
Mt. Sterling, Kentucky/united States
[YEA]   I burnt my pinky finger and ring finger really bad this morning while straightening my hair. I put alcohol on my fingers and the bubble that had formed on my pinky automatically started to go down and my fingers stopped hurting!
Posted by Carri
Wales, United Kingdom, Wales
I was in work when one of the pieces of the griddle flew off and I instinctively caught it. And burnt the tips of my fingers and palms. My boss administered first aid and applied a burn patch which just made it worse, so I took that home and carried a cold can of red bull around for the rest of my shift. I came home and have just came on here to look for a rememdy. I applied alcohol but it only subsided for about 3 minutes. After summing the guts up I have wrapped my fingers in foil and already the pain is a lot less than it was. Still hurting but a lot less. It is very daunting wrapping your fingers up when you know it's going to hurt but I put my hand under the tap and wrapped one finger at a time.
Posted by Symone
Port Huron, Michigan, United States Of America
My left fingers BURN so bad because I made hot fudge in the microwave and I made a mistake and spilled it. Right now I have a bunch of ice cubes and a big bowl of water for my hand. It has been hurting for hours now : what should I do?
Posted by Rebekah
Sherwood, Oregon, Us
Water usually only gets rid of the pain for a few minutes. I have found that if it's cold outside and you go out it takes the pain of the burn away. Once I burnt my ear straightening my hair and it hurt so bad and I didn't know what to do so I left it. Soon after that it stopped hurting. I know it sounds dumb but it really works! I also heard tea helps- anybody know what tea?
Posted by Trinity
Pelham, Canada
I was baking cookies when my cooking glove fell off and the pan burned my hand. I put it under cold water and after about 10 seconds and put a alcohol swab on it- the pain was instanly gone.

Posted by Josh (Joilet) on 02/19/2007

[YEA]  put a little alcohol in your burns and it will go away. It will burn for a moment but it will get much better. I tried it and it worked.

Posted by Denise
Bridgewater, Canada
[YEA]   I burned myself on tim hortans green tea, i went to the hospial and got bandages on it than a teaspoon of alcohol on my burns, it works! baking soda didnt work for me though. but my burn was big all around my leg, wait for your tea to cool off completely, dont even take the bag out, i was wearing shorts!!! be careful after all the cup does say hot!!!

Aloe and Vanilla Extract   1  0   

Posted by Jenny (Austin, TX) on 07/25/2006

[YEA]  when i was little and got badly sunburned my dad would always mix pure aloe with some vanilla extract, and it always makes the pain stop and keeps me from peeling.

Aloe Vera   1  0   

Posted by Stella (Cleveland, Ohio) on 04/20/2008

[YEA]  Dear All -- If you don't already own an Aloe Vera plant then please go buy one! My husband had a bad accident over the weekend, he was lighting a gas smoker grill and it blew up, burnt his whole arm and hand it was pretty severe, he was in a lot of pain. We looked on earth clinic and tried the ACV & ice water, unfortunately it didn't relieve the pain enough, he tried the store bought stuff and nothing worked at all. Mind you he was hoping to not have to go the emergency room since we don't have medical insurance. Finally a friend brought over an Aloe Vera plant and squeezed the juice of a leaf on to his arm, it Immediately soothed the pain. He has been applying it 3X a day the pain has stayed away, the redness is almost gone and there is minimal blistering that is healing Fast. We already went to the health food store to buy our plant I myself have also been using it on my face and hands and it is wonderful!! Thank God for the Awesome Gifts of Nature that he has given us.

Aloe Vera and Egg Whites   1  0   

Posted by Montene (Wichita Falls, Texas) on 11/20/2008

[YEA]  YEA, YEA!!!! Egg Whites & Aloe Vera

Today while trying to soften some glue I heated it in the microwave. When I picked it up it had melted a hole in the side of bottle. Hot, hot glue went all in the palm of my right hand. Tried the cold water thing but it didn't help. Got computer going and found out about egg whites and aloe vera. Layed a piece of gauze over burned area and with a large eye dropper alternated egg white and aloe vera. Kept the gauze wet all the time but still must have taken over an hour for all the pain to stop. That has been 4 hours ago ....... the palm is red but there are no blisters and is only sensitive in the worst part of burn. This is first time I have heard of this remedy and thankfully it has worked.

Posted by J
Toronto, On
I saw you comment, the egg white provides a barrier when dry, the gauze on top of the wound scared me a bit ( will stick to the wound ) and real aloe is a great repairer, running under cold water is to relieve pain but mostly to negate or stop the continuance of the actual burn , like putting a fire out, egg whites are only good for 1st and very small area 2nd degree burns... And wash the outside of the egg first as well as make sure they are within the fresh date code... salmonella is what we want to stay away from when applying to a wound.

Aluminum Foil   148  4   

Posted by Pfletch (Boulder, CO) on 09/08/2014

[YEA]  WOW the tin foil wrapped around my badly burned hand worked!!!! It was still throbbing after icing it for 2 hours.I couldn't believe it! After foil treatment, pain gone. The burn actually looks really pretty good, I also put egg whites on it before putting it in foil.Left foil on for about an hour.Thank you so much for the information; now I can sleep well and not have a throbbing hand!

Posted by Lindsey (Alabama, US) on 09/04/2014

[YEA]  I read on earthclinic.com about the use of tin foil for burns.

I dumped boiling water on my hand and man did it hurt! I tried the toothpaste method (NEVER AGAIN! ), then I went through about 6 sandwich bags of ice, and then I decided to try the tin foil method.

The moment I wrapped my hand in foil (shiny side out), I felt IMMEDIATE relief. My hand got warm but it wasn't uncomfortable. I couldn't believe it. Tin foil? Really?

It's amazing. I slept with it on my hand all night and by morning the pain was gone. My hand was still red, but not hurting.

I definitely recommend the tin foil method to anyone with a minor burn like mine.

Posted by Grateful2bhealed (Sacramento, California) on 05/05/2014

[YEA]  I thank God and Earthclinic for the aloe vera and aluminum foil remedy. I burned my finger on a pan. After icing for 3 hours and taking a pain pill, the pain continued as intensely as at the onset. After reading Earthclinic's suggestion and all the testimonies, I cut a piece off of our Aloe Vera plant and squeezed the juice on my burn, then I wrapped my finger in foil. The pain subsided within minutes. I thank God for His providence through plants and minerals and the ingenuity to figure out how to use them!

Posted by Cc (Atlanta, Ga) on 02/08/2014

[YEA]  I was cooking last night, and burned myself. As is my 1st line of defense (or offense, I would say)...I always check earthclinic. I discovered and tried the Aluminum Foil. It worked within 10 minutes! I had run cold water, and held ice cubes on the burn, and it was still burning like crazy! I wrapped the foil around my wrist; and had my daughter tape it in place...and kept preparing dinner. The pain was gone immediately! It's now the next morning, and still no pain. As always, thanks to this website, I found a natural and inexpensive remedy!

Posted by Glutenfree (Chicago) on 12/28/2013

[YEA]  OMG. I tried aluminum foil for a burn with gr8 skepticism. It worked in 20 min after 4 hours of excruciating pain trying everything else first.

Posted by Kelly (Stoke On Trent England) on 12/19/2013

[YEA]  It works set fire to my hand while trying to refill a BBQ lighter. In agony. Every time I took my hand out of cold water. After an hour if trying to make it stop hurting and out of desperation I applied petroleum jelly and foil. It got worse at first but then stopped! My husband thinks it is very funny that I'm sitting with a tin foil glove but I don't care I'm just glad it's stopped!

Posted by Alex (Montreal, Qc, Canada) on 11/13/2013

[YEA]  Accidentally placed my hand on hot element today, not realizing my sister had turned on the stove.. Immediately put it under cold water for about 10 minutes and then resorted to applying toothpaste on my 3 burnt fingers. This worked for about 15 minutes, until the pain came back and I had rinse it off and reapply. By the third time I got fed up and decided to ice it. 5 icecubes later (2 or so hours), I thought the pain had gone away. Little did I know that within two minutes of taking off the ice, the pain would be back, worse than ever. I thought maybe I got frostbite I went oand began to panic. Went on the google and landed on this page. I must say I was relieved to find out that people had the same reaction to ice I did. However, I remained skeptical about the aluminum foil. After reading what was probably 30 comments, I decided to give it a try. The pain got worse for about 5 minutes but it is now completely gone! How have I never heard about this remedy before? Thanks for posting your stories everyone! THIS WORKS!!!

Posted by Prioris
If one has DMSO on hand, that is what to use ASAP for burns. It prevents further internal damage from occurring so faster recovery time. Studies have shown this to be true.

Posted by Lois (Michigan) on 10/24/2013

[YEA]  I have to admit even after reading others testimonies about aluminum foil for a burn I was still skeptical, but like the others who posted I was desperate for some relief. After ice for 2 hours I started looking on the web for relief because as soon as I stopped icing the pain returned within seconds. I had burnt my finger on a fuse in my truck that I tried to wiggle because my power windows wouldn't roll up. It instantly left a white square layer of burnt skin on my finger. Anyway I found this website, slathered on a huge amount of aloe, wrapped my fingerip in foil. The burning continued so I would occasionally lay my finger on a damp wssh cloth to stop the pain. Now maybe 20 minutes or so later, I haven't used the washcloth to stop the pain and can barely feel the burn anymore. AMAZING!! TY SO MUCH TO THOSE OF U WHO POSTED ABOUT THIS!!

Posted by Lynn
Florence Al
[YEA]   This works thanks

Posted by Miracles (Santa Monica, Ca, United States) on 07/11/2013

[YEA]  After discovering Earth Clinic and sharing all the wonderful remedies I was reading about, I thought perhaps did I create this to test out one of them? LOL! So I'm cooking and forget to put my mitts on when taking a ceramic pot out of the oven (which I use on the stove and never use the mitts)! Anyway, my palm was bright red and hurt badly. I read on Earth Clinic about using the shiny part of the foil to dissipate the pain and putting on aloe vera gel so I immediately put both on and wrapped it like a mitt - and voila, the pain disappeared - and I totally forgot about it all day. A day or two later, there was no evidence of the burn! Thank you to Earth Clinic and everybody who writes in to share their incredible stories of healing!

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