Burn Cures

Last Modified on Dec 12, 2014

Aluminum Foil, Raw Honey   2  0   

Posted by Gean (Salina, KS) on 07/20/2009

[YEA]  Today I got a second degree burn (immediate blistering) on my finger when I accidentally touched the heating element in my oven. I immediately wrapped it in aluminum foil (no cold water rinse - our water takes forever to get even semi-cold). I kept the foil on for a couple of hours. Then I applied raw honey and a band-aid. There were moments here and there when it hurt a bit during the first couple hours, but hardly at all. After I put the honey on, I don't remember any more pain. Kept the honey on for a couple hours. There is still a blister, but no pain.

Replied by Todd Jacques
San Diego, Ca
[YEA]   I found that the foil worked well, while also soaking in ice water. After about an hour I took my hand out of the water, it stung for just a bit but way less intense than at first, I'd say 20% of initial pain. I've had the foil on for about 2 hours now and I am barely aware that I even burned my hand at all. It works!
Replied by Cole
Cali, Valle Del Cauca, Colombia
Here's a new one. I burned the palm of my hand deeply while cooking. The only thing I had on hand was Manzanillia in an eye wash solution and ice cubes. Pain was gone completly in 5 minutes. Three weeks later no scarring.

I live in Cali, Colombia and I bought some snail oil, which is oil made from snails y dissolving them with mineral salts, coca leaves and other things. While Bar-b-queing one day I burned my wrist lowering the top on the pit. Very bad and deep, about the width of a pencil and 1.5 inches in length. I know never put oil on a burn, but I did and pain was relieved after a few hours. It did not blister and I kept applying the oil until it was better. This was 7 years ago and I have no scar on my fore arm. Heck I can't remember which arm it was on.

Apple Cider Vinegar   3  0   

Posted by Tea Dropper (Prince George, BC, Canada) on 07/17/2013

[YEA]  Hi, So my sister and I just tried this apple cider vinegar from b____. We had it sitting in the back of our cupboard and one day we decided, what the heck, mine as well try it out! She had a really bad burn on her leg, so we thought we would try it on externally. Within a day, her burn was minimal compared to what we are sure it would have been!

So anyone who decides to spill hot tea all over their legs, apple cider vinegar poured onto a damp cloth and placed over top of the burn helps majorly!

Tea Dropper.

Posted by Felicia (Ellensburg, WA) on 03/09/2009

[YEA]  I once saw years ago a mention in an article that ACV was good for burns. I remember my mother putting it on me when I was young and dumb and got a sunburn. But I don't remember it ever doing much. Strangely though several years ago I got a fairly bad burn on several of my finger tips taking chicken out of the oven. At the time all I could think was that I had to get some ACV, don't ask me why but I did, especially since my experience so far wasn't good. But I got it out (not even the good natural, unfiltered kind) and I soaked my three fingers in ACV for about 45 minutes which was about how long it took for the fingers to quit throbbing. Instead of getting blisters all that happened was about a week after the incident a small patch of dry skin appeared on the finger where I received the worst of the burn. So the skin was still damaged and I still lost it, but there was no blister or lingering pain or tenderness. Same exact thing happened when my young son burned the palm of his hand on a light bulb. When he did it he immediately said through his tears, "Oh, no, not the stinky stuff, Mom!" I had him soak it for about 45 minutes and he experienced the same result I did, just a small patch of dry dead skin about a week after the incident. I now know that ACV isn't very good for sunburns because you would need a vat of the stuff to soak in, but for everything else burn related, I swear by Apple Cider Vinegar. It works miracles!

Replied by Marissa
South Carolina
I got steam burnt, does it work for that too? And when you soak it, is it supposed to burn a little?

Posted by Tan Koon Peng (Singapore) on 06/27/2008

[YEA]  If you are burned by fire immediately pour ACV over the wound, there will be no pain or scar. Try it and be amazed.

Replied by Cured
Niceville, Fl
[WARNING!]   Warning - I have recently began using ACV for just about everything from cleaning the house to hygene/health. A few weeks ago I got a blister from trying to pull start a leaf blower. The skin was already gone from the blister/burn. I think I waited a day or two and it started healing somewhat on its own. I then applied ACV full strength (grocery store brand) to the burn a few times. I quit cause it seemed to make it worse. Maybe my result would have been better had I don't it immediatly or there was a no no with the exposed skin. Who knows so I probably won't try it for that again but just about anything else it has worked amazingly.
Replied by Tried It
Plano, Tx
it's possible the ACVdoesn't work well for those with sensitive skin. I personally have had great success with ACV on burns and so has my eldest daughter. My youngest has many allergies and sensitive skin (eczema, etc. ) and she does not experience the same results. It seems to make her worse. So, I stick to good old aloe for her. Not quite as great as the ACV for me, but pretty good nonetheless.

Baking Soda   22  1   

Posted by Paul (Ohio) on 07/13/2013

[YEA]  It worked pretty well for my burnt thumb :)

Posted by Natalie (Minnesota) on 06/21/2013

[YEA]  WOW!!!!! My mom burned her finger on the stove yesterday and was in incredible pain. She kept her finger in ice water all night. When it was time for bed she couldn't handle the pain because she had to take her finger out of the water. I found this site and applied the baking soda paste to her finger. The pain stopped within 5 mins and she was able to fall asleep. When she woke up the pain was gone and also was the wound / blister. She slept with the baking soda on her finger and it healed it completely. Her burn was really bad, so please give it a try if you are in pain because of a burn. We are soo amazed at what baking soda can do!! :)

Posted by Jordy (Glendale, Oregon And United States) on 09/27/2012

This afternoon wile making fried bread I splatterd my whole foot with oil it hurt so bad I couldnt stand it I tried every thing from cold water to tooth paste and honey nothing worked so I foud the baking soda paste and it worked instantly. I cant believe it thank you a zillion earth clinic this is the only burn remidy I will ever use now.

Replied by Chelsea
Duluth, Mn
[YEA]   THIS STUFF IS AMAZING! I always knew that baking soda was a neutralizer (it's amazing in paste form when it comes to stings too).

Today I was making soup for dinner and it splashed up onto my hand. My dad being the LPN here at my house told me to run it under cold water for a while then ice it and put it under more cold water. That helped, butwheneer you take it out of the water and it HURTS! Then I happened upon this site looking for ways to stop the burn, and I discovered, you can use baking soda as a burn remedy. But I do have one caution and that is when you first put it on the burn, it does hurt... A lot... Like you just got the burn again. But I put on a decent sized glob every 15-20 minutes and it's just fine. =D

Posted by Angelina (Keller, Tx) on 07/05/2010

[YEA]  Baking soda for burns...I reached into a 500F oven and touched the inside of my forearm on the door. It was an obvious 2nd degree burn, just over 1" by 2" with the the center area raised and white, and bright red around it. It hurt worse than any burn that I remember, so I immediately came to Earth Clinic. I tried the egg white first, which probably would have worked if I had stuck with it, but I found that every time the egg white would warm up on my arm, the pain was extreme. So I switched to baking soda paste (equal parts baking soda and water mixed until it forms a thin paste) and the results were remarkable. At first I had the same experience when it would warm on my arm...more pain. But then I read some comments about reapplying every few minutes, so I did just that. Apparently, this is the key! After 6 or 7 applications (each time it would dry and begin to crack off I would rinse it and reapply) the pain was completely gone and did not return. And the white area was now pink and flat. Really, I am astounded by this remedy! I never had to take a painkiller to sleep, as I initially thought I would, as the pain never returned. I bandaged it with more paste to sleep, mostly as a precaution and so that I didn't rub it on the sheets. This morning I have a red area on my arm but no other indication that I had experienced such a nasty burn. I HIGHLY recommend this remedy!

Replied by Dmakepiece
Philadelphia, Pa, Usa
[YEA]   I burned my hand very, very painfully when I accidentally poured boiling water on it. If I took it out of cool running water for a few seconds it would feel like I could die from the pain. I tried the aluminum foil fix, which didn't work for me. The baking soda paste did work, but it took a few times changing the baking soda and water mix. After about 3 times I felt good enough to leave it on my hand covered with a paper towel and inside a plastic bag. When I went to sleep I made a new paste and put my hand, the paper towel, and the plastic bag inside a sock. This morning there was slight redness and only a small area hurt.
Replied by Lorik24
Walden, Ny, Usa
[YEA]   I have used EC as a reference for the past 3 years. GREAT site!!

Last Christmas eve I had burned my hand/finger just hours before leaving for a large family event. I tried ACV, and cold/cool water. Neither helped. So I came to EC and read about the baking soda paste remedy. I applied the paste about 4-6 times in a hour. Pain relief was almost immediate. After the final application it was time to shower and get ready to leave. You know how after you've gotten a burn, and you get that area wet, or are showering how it brings that burn feeling right back. Well after the baking soda paste remedy, I showered and had no pain at all. The next morning I expected not only pain, but swelling and/or blistering. I got neither. About 3 weeks after all of this I did get a blister (I had to think to remember 'why' I would even get a blister). This popped, peeled and was gone in about 2 days. I never had any issues or scarring... Baking soda paste is the only burn remedy I will ever use now.

THANKS Earth Clinic once again!!!

Posted by Starfish1967 (Montville, Nj) on 07/05/2010

[YEA]  My 3-yr. old daughter burned her fingertip on a hot burner and it immediately blistered. for hours, she could not take her finger out of cool water for 2 seconds without crying. I tried the baking soda paste with a plastic baggie over it at bedtime and she fell asleep right away and woke up in the morning without even remembering the burn! It was a lifesaver.

Replied by Jackie
Baltimore, Md
Egg whites that's the way to go but you have to elevate it to lol but it works.

Posted by Phyllis (Calumet City, Il) on 01/29/2010

[YEA]  I burned my hand with boiling water while attempting to pour my water for tea and completely covered my hand. Well the pain was unbearable. My first thought was let it pain pass. That did not work so I was advised to run it over cold water (I only did that for a minute or so). Not wanting to stand over the sink I made the worst mistake I put a ice bag on it. This calmed it for a moment and then it began to hurt even more. After I removed the ice pack the pain was more intense. I tried then to put it in room temp water. However, the nerves in my hand had become so sensitive that even laying a towel over it hurt. So, I pulled up this site in an effort to stop the pain and I tried the Baking Soda...

AWWWW wet my hand with cold water very quickly and then put a nice then layer of baking soda on it and it was like putting on a fire....

Thank you so much for the advise.

Posted by Blanche (New Iberia, La) on 01/29/2010

[YEA]  I was straining an almost boiling liquid this morning and some spilled on my hand. I remembered reading the baking soda remedy on this site, and as I had some right on the counter, I ran my hand under cold water and patted it on thickly. It stayed on pretty well and I just left it and went on my business. The skin on my hands is pretty thin and I usually get an ugly blister. Then it breaks and the skin stays brown looking for weeks. Here it is tonight and there is no trace of burn at all. I am amazed. I would have never believed it.

Posted by Rhonda (Rockwood, Tn) on 10/08/2009

[YEA]  I had read about this at Earth Clinic and finally thought to try it. It works so well! I burned my hand taking a pan out of the oven. I ran cold water over it and, without drying it off, sprinkled baking soda over the wet burn. The first two burns I tried this on the pain went away immediately and I never had to reapply. The third burn was more severe (grease popped out on my hand) and I had to reapply the baking soda several times.

Replied by Danni
Elko, Nevada
[YEA]   I burnt my hand grabbing a hot cast iron pan, The potholder slipped, anyways I've had ice on it for about 5hrs and it would just hurt as soon as I took it off, so I googled to see how i could make it stop hurting so I could sleep and saw baking soda. I truthfully didnt think it would work but it has! yay so I recommend everyone to use this method

Posted by Latoya (Dallas, Texas) on 06/23/2009

[YEA]  baking soda relief: My one year old burned her hand on an iron. Nothing could relieve her pain and she cried for an hour. I googled pain relief for burns and found your site. It was a lifesaver!!!! My daughter's crying subsided within five minutes and she immediately fell asleep. She is now still sleeping peacefully:)

Replied by Bret
Sweet Home, Oregon
I burned my hand just earlier today on a hot lawn mower engine (long story, don't ask) I've had my fingers ((RT. Middle and ring finger)) in ice water the better part of 3 hours. I can take the ring finger out for maybe half a minute before the pain flares back up. I have a bowl of baking soda paste in front of me, and while the relief is there, it doesn't last that long. Am I doing something wrong?
Replied by Lisa
Lafayette, La
Brett, it might be a little late, unless your fingers are still in ice water this morning, but I always have success with Vick's Vapor Rub on my burns, paper cuts, small abrasions that throb with the sound of your heartbeat (ouch! ). Try that. Good luck, hope your fingers are better and your lawn looks good.

Posted by Elaine (Chicago, Illinois) on 01/22/2009

[YEA]  Baking Soda Paste stopped the pain in my severe burn.

Tonight I picked up a very very hot pot without a pot holder. I badly burnt half of the palm of my hand. It hurt really badly. I put ice on it and that did not help. I remembered seeing something on Earth Clinic about baking soda paste to stop the burn.My daughter made a paste using baking soda and water.There really is not a measurement here; just combine both ingredients until it is pasty. I applied the paste to thickly to the entire affected area. I used the person's advice above and covered it with a baggy and put a sock over it. I fell asleep on the sofa and woke six hours later; took it off...not one bit of pain or blistering. You would not even know there was a burn there!! I am amazed and thrilled!! I would love to know how that works!!

Thank you once again Earth Clinic for saving the day!!

Replied by Fireyv
Chicago, IL
[YEA]   Baking Soda Paste cured burn. I was baking a cake for my women's small group at church. I had a bad fall on Friday, 3 days earlier & injured my left hand so my 12yr old son was trying to help me by taking the cake out of the oven while I rested. He burned his middle finger on the oven rack. It had already started to swell & turn red. I had heard something about putting a cut potato on burns...but that didn't work at all & he was complaining about the pain. So I googled burn remedies & this site came up. I scrolled down & red the reviews about the baking soda & water paste. I mix what seemed to be 3-4 table spoons of water to about an eighth of a cup of baking soda. I made it so that it was very thick. I saturated his entire finger with the paste, wrapped it in a piece of paper towel, then wrapped it in saran wrap.Within about 10-15 minutes, the pain was gone. Who knew? Thank you. Yv

Posted by Christine (Saint Paul, MN) on 11/25/2008

[YEA]  I burnt 2 of my fingers with my flat iron. As I soaked them in cool water, I went online. I found this site & some remedies. I tried the baking soda & water. It feels much better now. Thanks.

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