Burn Cures

Last Modified on Feb 17, 2015

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 Burns Remedies:

Aluminum Foil156
Egg Whites48
Baking Soda22
Apple Cider Vinegar3
Cool Water3

User Reviews

Alcohol   8  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%.

Replied 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?
Replied 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!
Replied 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.
Replied 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...
Replied by Karen

[YEA]   I tried what Charlena said and wow it worked great. I burned it on hot oil, too, so the rubbing alcohol immediately helped with the pain, then put white arm and hammer baking soda toothpaste on it and that reduced the pain from a 10 down to about a 1 now. Good luck everyone. :)
Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn.

HI U KAREN , , , , , , , , , , don't want to rain on your parade, but you need to read what Hulda Clark says about isopropyl alcohol. Her tests show that all cancers contains isopropyl alcohol, and guess what she says to substitute. Yep, vodka . Wild and strange, huh. This woman was light years ahead of our modern day MD's.

If you appreciate intelligence then study this woman. She makes our Pulitzer prize winners look like nerds.


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.

Replied 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!
Replied 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.
Replied 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?
Replied 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?
Replied 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.

Replied 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.

Replied 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   156  4   

Posted by Howard (Toms River, Nj) on 02/17/2015

[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.

Posted by Ncrules (North Carolina, US) on 02/08/2015

[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.

Replied by Timh

Thanx for the report Nc:

Seeing so many positive reports on Aluminum foil for minor burns, it makes me wonder about major or severe burns. Those horrible burns of the 9/11 WTC victims!

I am not privy to the modern medical protocols used in emergency or long term care for burn victims, but I would bet a paycheck that the mineral Zinc is not used at least orally simply because it's not a pharmaceutical drug. Maybe lucky to have some zinc in topical ointments.

Anyway, from what little research I've encountered, Zinc is critical for surviving severe burns for two reasons. One, in traumas like major burns, the body rapidly mobilizes zinc stores and fuels the immune system which is in hyperdrive. After the acute phase, Zinc plays another critical role in healing of the damaged tissues.

Maybe a combination of Aluminum Foil and 50-100mg Zinc would make a difference for those in the 2nd degree category. Below normal 70 degree room temps, maybe like 50-60 degrees would help level the immune response and prevent shock or coma (acquire stability).

Posted by Amy (California, US) on 02/01/2015

[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!!!

Posted by Debby B (Australia) on 01/03/2015

[YEA]  I am amazed, pulled a burning hot rack out of preheated oven, pain was unbelievable, searched net and found this, fingers and hand looked red raw, I picked a stick of aloe vera I had growing and smothered my hand in the gel, placed aluminium foil over that, and rubbed ice over foil, 20 mins and I had some relief, this morning my hand is like it never happened and no pain, thank you, I keep looking at my hand. I find it unbelievable...... They should be doing this in hospitals....!!!

Posted by Softball_429 (Home) on 12/22/2014

[YEA]  I burned my hand on the oven rack. immediately put water, then aloe. It still burned so came on here and tried the foil. It's only been 10 min. and the pain is gone!

Posted by Jimmy O. (New York, NY) on 12/12/2014

[YEA]  Hard to type - foil on fingers. Aloe too. Works! Oh God why did I wait 4 hours to come into Earth Clinic?? Thank you all so much. God Bless.

Posted by Christina (Connecticut, US) on 11/17/2014

[YEA]  I can't believe it but this really works!!! I burnt my index finger on the stove tonight really bad. It had big blisters and everything. I had soaked it in ice water for 4 hours. I tried pain spray, soaking in milk, aloe Vera, even tea bags. I then searched some more and found this site. I figured it can't hurt to try. If I took my finger out of the ice water for 30 seconds I was in excruciating pain. When I first put the foil on my finger I thought I was going to die it hurt so bad so I laid the foil wrapped finger on a ice cube for the first ten minutes and that help a lot. When I took it off the ice after 10 minutes I couldn't believe it the pain had lessened. I have had it on now for about 40 minutes no more ice and the pain is down to practically nothing. This is an amazing cure and I thank all you people for posting to help people like me who thought the pain would never go away and was worrying about how I was going to sleep. Thanks again!!!

Posted by Paula (Ohio, US) on 11/10/2014

[YEA]  I used retinol cream on my neck and chest. After the third day I noticed some tingling sensation. By that night the damage was done. My neck and chest were red and throbbing with pain. I took probably more pain pills than I should, and still searing pain. Would put aloe (we have a plant), bactine, Aquafor, anything. NOTHING. I was pacing the floor at 3 a.m. with no relief. I googled a burn and started reading about the foil. How stupid. Being as desperate as I am...(thinking of going to E.R.) I'll try it. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? It worked. I am sitting here with minor bearable pain. I can't believe it. I have never wrote on a site for review but I am speechless.

Posted by Bc (India) on 11/02/2014

[YEA]  Absolutely brilliant. Thanks so much for the tip and to everyone who took the time to write on here and convince me (I'm returning the favour now, for the next sceptic! )

I scalded my whole thigh with a pan of boiling water (my dress got caught on the cooker as I was taking the pan to the sink and I got jerked back - ouch! ) - I put it under running cold water for nearly an hour and was in too much pain when I tried to take it out, so I googled and came across this.

I have no aloe vera, so I just went for the foil. Yes it hurt tons for the first five minutes but that subsided and it just felt better and better. The redness has gone down loads after two hours now, as has the pain. I was completey sceptical, but figured I had nothing to lose. So glad I know this works now. (Please always do the cold running water for 20-30 mins part first as that is medically-proven to be efficacious and don't use ice as that can damage skin).

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