Last Modified on Aug 13, 2015
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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[YEA] So I was cooking soup on the stove, and I accidentally touched the burner and that was the most exrutiating pain in my entire life!!! I tried ice but as soon as I took my finger off of it I burned again so I tried alcohol and it really worked so it didn't burn anymore!!!!! ;))))))
[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%.
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Houston, Tx, Usa
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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.
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Wales, United Kingdom, Wales
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Port Huron, Michigan, United States Of America
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Sherwood, Oregon, Us
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[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.
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[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.
[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.
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[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.
Aluminum Foil Treatment for Burns
First, place the burn under cold, running water to dissipate the heat. Then, apply the shiny side of ordinary aluminum foil to the area of burned skin and prepare to be amazed! The pain may increase briefly, but then should subside and may be completely gone within half an hour.
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[YEA] The date today is 7/5, so you can tell how I burned myself...
But anyways, to impress my younger brother and mother, I went brought out some of those snake like fireworks, where you light one and it starts to grow? But anyways... It was windy, so the only way to actually light the silly things, I had to use a sparkler... Not a good idea by the way...
But I lit it up too close to my hands and it was able to turn the thumb, and index finger pure white on my right hand, flipping out from pain and the fact I could've lost my hand I quickly went back inside and washed the white powder off, only to see that I burned my whole index finger.. Now standing in the kitchen with nothing but ice and water, I ran my hands under the water, it felt fine. but as soon as I pulled it out it started to burn again, so gritting my teeth I went back to my room, and started to google Burn/Fire Cures... and I found this website.
At first I tried the usual water, ice, and the egg white.. they would work if it was touching the burn and stuff, but once I took it away from my hand, the horrible pain came back, so when I found the Aluminum Foil, I thought it was the silliest thing I've ever seen in my whole life. I didn't want to have to walk around, looking like a cyborg. But I remembered I had agreed to a date on Monday night and I didn't want to look stupid trying to hold his hand with my less dominant hand...
So I tried it and my goodness, you are a life saver! I walked around with my index finger, and thumb wrapped in Aluminum Foil, and at first I felt stupid because my mother, brother, and my mother's boyfriend, kept calling me a dork and whatever, and within 15 minutes it worked, And I was so happy! I left it on for the rest of the holiday, and I watched fireworks and whatnot.
And today on the 5th of July, my little burn doesn't hurt any longer, and tomorrow night my date will go fine! Yay!
Thank you so much for sharing this little secret, I was so scared that I would be in pain all night last night, and I wasn't, thanks again!
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[YEA] Foil works! It sounds crazy but try it! I grabbed the handled of a pan that came straight out of a 400 degree oven. Had my hand in ice water for 2 hour and every time I took my hand out it would hurt so bad tears would stream down my face. I was googling anything that would help with pain and saw this. I was desperate and thought well this couldn't get much worse it's worth a try. I wrapped my whole hand in foil and rubbed ice over top of the foil for the first 10 minutes. After that the pain lessened and after and hour was completely gone!!! I slept with it on because I was scared it would start hurting again if I did. I woke up this morning and took the foil off and the skin is still a little sensitive but have no pain, no blister, no redness!!!
[YEA] I burnt my hand with a cigarette tried cold water, freeze spray, mustard, holding cold drinks, potatoes, then googled what helped saw aluminum foil, thought it was crazy but worth a shot. It helped within an hour. Shocked but loved the relief. (:
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[YEA] I grabbed a pan handle with my bare hand after taking it out of the 300 degree oven. I put it down quickly, but my fingertips and palm were already red and starting to swell. After running cool water over my hand for 10 minutes, my fingertips had begun to blister with ugly little bubbles over my fingerprints. I slathered raw organic honey on the burns, let it sit for 10 minutes, rinsed it off, then did the same with organic virgin coconut oil. The burn looked less red but the blisters were still there. I saw all the positive reviews of aluminum foil. It sounded stupid, but I decided to try it. I've had a foil "glove" on for about two hours. The pain has been very mild and lessening. I peeked under the foil a few minutes ago and the blisters are gone! This is awesome! I've experienced kitchen burns before and they ALWAYS looked and felt worse as the hours passed. I can't believe this has worked so quickly to help the burns look and feel better. I showed my husband and he could barely tell where the burns were. The burns are still tender and sting if I grip something, but no biggie. I'm keeping the glove on!
[YEA] I burned my hand pretty badly last night on the handle of a stainless skillet, fresh out of a 425 degree oven!! My hubby chokes that our house is the place where plants come to die...yep...I kill 'em, so no Aloe plant in sight. It immediately started blistering up 3 fingers and the across the palm of my hand, turning white. Yea, I got it good. It hurt like nothing I have ever had!! I had one hand on an ice pack and the other typing into google, with tears streaming!
I stumbled here.
Aluminum Foil - Huh?? Well, I was desperate! I had my hubby help me make a "glove" out of aluminum foil, shinny side down. I placed my hand on the ice pack for about 10-15 more minutes. The pain started subsiding after about 10 minutes...not gone, but bearable! I slept for part of the night with the foil glove on until I got up when my youngest Lab had to go out. I took it off at that point and went back to sleep without a thought...This morning...NO blisters, 3 tiny spots of redness, and a slight sting when I forget and try and lift something or grip with that hand. I mean, it hurt SO bad and looked awful...we almost went to the ER last night....I stand amazed!!!! And no doctor's bills or creams, ointments, etc!!
This website is now bookmarked!!!
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[YEA] When I was very young I pulled a table cloth off a table trying to stand up I guess. There was a hot liquid on the table which I pulled onto myself. My mom called the doctor with a screaming baby in her arms (me). He said to wrap it in aluminum foil - that's what they used in WWII for burn victims.
My mom swears that I soon stopped crying and I know I don't have any burn marks from the scalding.
[YEA] Aluminum Foil for Burns
When I found this remedy I was at my wits end. I had taken a bowl out of the microwave and the steam from it hit the top of my hand. I have never felt such excreciating pain.
I tried putting my hand in cold water but every time I took it out the pain would be back. I also tried neosporin but that didn't work either.
When I saw the idea of aluminum foil I really did think it was crazy. But I decided to try it after reading all of the positive responses. I would say that it does really hurt for the first few minutes. But I stuck it out and after about 20 minutes...it felt much better. I started at about 9pm and by 10pm the pain is pretty much gone. My fingers are still a bit red and if I do feel a bit of soreness if I touch my fingers. But I am AMAZED at how much better I feel. I am also relieved since that pain was unlike any other pain I have EVER felt.
I highly recommend trying it.
[YEA] I was using the glue gun and thought I was using the low temp one...I wasn't! I got high temp hot glue on my thumb and pointer finger to the point of white blisters asap. Two and half hours of cool water, advil, meditation and still throbbing. I found your site!!!!!!!! I put it on the worst one, the thumb and within 5 minutes the pain has gone, the blisters don't look as bad.!!! MAGIC! WOW! I was about tot go to the ER...now will go back to my planned day! I also tried the potato trick nothing....... this tin foil as I call it from my youth is amazing!!!