Effective Natural Remedies for Burns

| Modified on Feb 21, 2022

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 02/20/2022
5 out of 5 stars

I called a friend of mine and at that very moment his mother-in-law (she suffers from Alzheimer's) had just put her hand on the stove burner from the tips of her fingers to the palm of her hand and she is freaking out and screaming in pain. They were going to take her to the emergency room at the hospital. So, I told him to get a washcloth, put it into a bowl and soak it in apple cider vinegar and wrap it around her hand. Then secure it in place so it won't dry out to fast with plastic wrap so they did.

I told him to call me from the hospital once she has been seen by a doctor. Well, about one hour later, he called me to tell me that he had explained to the doctor that “a friend” had suggested they wrap the hand in vinegar. Her pain had disappeared about 15 minutes after that.

The doctor removed the plastic wrap and the vinegar cloth and discovered her hand was completely normal with no signs of a burn or blistering. He touched and poked the parts of the hand that were burnt and his mother-in-law said “no pain at all”. The doctor told them he really did not know of anything else to do the hand but keep a watch on it. Doctor also said your friend was pretty smart for thinking of this remedy. It saved her from a 2nd degree burn.


Lavender Oil
Posted by Sunny (Ca) on 09/05/2021
5 out of 5 stars

Lavender Oil is the Winner for Burns!

I'll explain why. I believe it is antibacterial and anti inflammatory. It's easy and clean to apply and doesn't get in the way like foil would. I use essential quality lavender oil. I like now foods brand. I just apply a sufficient amount on the burn. But first I ran my burn in cold water or ice water. Reapply if it still hurts.

I really feel this is the best remedy of all for burns, but hey if you don't have it, maybe you have foil use that. If you have a serious burn please go to the Dr. I ask that you donate to this site if you have been helped by a remedy, any little help. God is love - Sunny


Castor Oil
Posted by Sharon (Redding, California) on 08/26/2008
5 out of 5 stars

My daughter sunburned the shins on both legs. They had 3rd-degree burns. Big yellow blisters. She could walk for about 3 days. I was told by an elderly man to soak gauze in Castor Oil and wrap her legs with the gauze and leave it for 3 days. The next day my daughter was able to walk. The 3rd day I removed the gauze and she was healed. Blisters gone. Her legs we just a shade pink. It left no scars. Awesome stuff.


Severe Facial Burn Remedies
Posted by Laura (TS) on 02/19/2021
5 out of 5 stars

I had an accident with a fork that I had placed directly over the fire (mixed it with my eating fork) and ended up with severe burns on my lips and mouth. Due to covid-19 I didn't want to go to the doctor, so thinking it wasn't serious I applied a wet cloth for 10 minutes and then a baking soda paste. Both were really bad ideas. I didn't have any pain before, but after the baking soda I was about to cry.

I'm allergic to NSAIDs so I couldn't take any of that either. The next day and for the next month my lips and half of my face remained swollen. I couldn't eat or speak.
A week later I drank some ginger tea with honey, thinking it would help and well, it only made the inflammation worse and more painful.

I'll share with you what finally helped and what I think could've made everything better from the beginning.

1. Rinse with water. Water has to be lukewarm, never cold of freezing as it can compromise circulation. Just tilt your head and let the stream flow over the injury for several minutes.

2. Do not apply oils or any other substance. I used Vicco Turmeric Cream cream around the lips but never on the injury. The turmeric cream completely subsided the pain.

3. I didn't brush my teeth with toothpaste as it made it worse, I just rinsed with water or with water and a bit of salt, to prevent an infection. If your toothpaste is not strong, I'm sure it's better to use that. If you do use water with salt, rinse with plain water after a few minutes, otherwise it'll dry the skin of your lips.

4. After 2 weeks of little improvement and once the wounds were healed, I began placing my lips under the running water of the faucet. This time the water was as cold as possible. This reduced the inflammation greatly.

5. One month after the burn, seeing the inflammation didn't subside, I used an anti-inflammatory cream meant for muscle injuries, I applied an amount smaller than a pea along the sides of my face, almost next to the ears. This finally reduced the inflammation in about a week.

I hope this helps somebody.


Coconut Oil
Posted by Ethnie (Florida) on 12/15/2020

After the burn heals, can you share what can be used to prevent scarring? Thanks


Aloe Vera
Posted by Pamaley (Sacramento. CA) on 11/13/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Aloe Vera [AV] is miraculous for burns but I think it's in the plants skin. It should be a standard household item just for burns. It may save a life and definitely prevent the agony and suffering of a burn.... yet it's not even listed in the First Aid at the Mayo Clinic website...sad how money weighs more than lives.

Anyhow, I have included some pics of my burn as proof of AV's incredible healing power.

On my left hand I had a burn so severe that it had a double blister. It only took 6 days to heal thanks to AV.

My right hand finger had a small burn, that I didn't really feel so it got no AV. Notice the pic with both hands. The small burn was still healing while my left finger was completely healed. I cannot imagine how bad it would've been or the pain if I had no AV.

It's best to put the leaf on asap to better heal it. This burn hurt so bad I was putting a new leaf every 5 mins, thn 10, thn 20...until it no longer hurt and I left a leaf on. Thereafter I changed leaf 3xs a day...til it healed. Its important to have it on constantly, especially the first 2 days. If you leave it off the burn may com back, that's how I got a double blister. I thot it was healed but it wasnt and developed another blister.

I love my AV plant. The older the plant, the more powerful and lower leaves are the oldest....so get an AV plant today..




Cornstarch
Posted by Rosemary (Ontario, Canada) on 07/19/2020

I've had success using flour: immediately scoop some flour onto the burn.

Result: absolutely no blisters, ever and pain gone in 10-15 minutes or sooner.

This said, I haven't tried this on a burn that the skin sloughed off at the moment of burn.

Also, delaying application of flour to the burn area, is less effective.

I'll try the cornstarch the next time I have a burn. It's handy to keep a little bowl of flour by the stove; this is where most of my burns occur.


Butter
Posted by Art (California) on 07/18/2020 1232 posts

Juanita,

I agree, my parents always used butter or tomatoes for burns, but I always remember those two not being very effective for the purpose.

What I find works very well for me now is colloidal silver (AgNPs) sprayed on to the burn right away and several times within the first 30 minutes after getting a burn. For minor burns the burn seems to be completely gone in an hour or so. Obviously more critical burns will take longer. I use either 20 or 30 parts per million AgNPs which I usually have on hand. Gelatin capped AgNPs are shown to be even more effective than uncapped, but uncapped works fine in my experience.

Another effective burn remedy is lavender essential oil (LEO) If you don't mind the smell of LEO. LEO application with AgNPs are likely to be synergistic!

Art


Rubbing Alcohol
Posted by Marion (South Carolina) on 07/18/2020

Zinc oxide should help dry out and heal that blistered area.
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Butter
Posted by Juanita (Fl) on 07/16/2020
1 out of 5 stars

Butter is what my father always used and it NEVER worked, just made it burn worse. Ice water stops the burn but you have to use it until the pain stops.


Cornstarch
Posted by Orh (Ten Mile, Tn) on 07/15/2020

William, ORH here, for some reason, I don't buy your line, but I will try it if I get a burn. Lots of gamesmen on EC and I can spot em. D knows I have this power. Many years ago, she thought I was a kook. She has learned better.

====ORH====


Cornstarch
Posted by William (Michigan) on 07/13/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Here's a good one if you have any burn from Heat or chemical or road rash:

if you apply dry cornstarch to the burn and leave it for 10 minutes the burn will never hurt again. It won't sting, it won't pang, it won't ache. You will still have a hole in the skin and a sensitive area but no pain after 10 minutes.

It's a miracle. I've used it 50 times, even on third degree burns over my whole back when my shirt caught on fire at the stove and it was polyester and melted to my back.

It also works on chemical burns when I spilled turpentine down the front of me.

Colloidal Silver Gel
Posted by Mama to Many (TN) on 04/08/2020
5 out of 5 stars

I burned the tip of my middle finger last night when it went through a potholder hole and touched the oven rack at 375*. I immediately held it under running cool water to remove the heat and make it feel better. Several minutes. Then I applied a drop of lavender essential oil. I topped it off with a dab of colloidal silver gel. This was the best thing I think I have done to help a kitchen burn. I was able to do dishes without any pain last night. Today I can see and feel the charred skin, but I have zero pain and have done nothing else since my initial treatment. Three steps - cool the burn, lavender essential oil, colloidal silver gel. ~Mama to Many~


Colloidal Silver Gel
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 11/26/2018
5 out of 5 stars

A friend had told me about a burn she had that nothing worked for until someone gave her some colloidal silver gel to try on it. Apparently that worked very well.

I bought some to keep on hand. (Silver Shield is the brand she told me about.)

My daughter and I have both used it for kitchen burns and have been very impressed! It stops pain for hours and then can be reapplied. I love that it is so easy. I tend to get a kitchen burn when rushing around the kitchen and don't have time to trouble with anything complicated at the moment.

~Mama to Many~


Flour
Posted by Gert (Alabama) on 09/06/2018
5 out of 5 stars

When I was 4, I severely burned my hand on an open oven door. My grandma immediately put my hand down in the crock of flour--it was cool, no air could touch it. She made me keep it there for hours (seemed like it, anyway). No blistering at all. By the time my dad got home with the car to head for the hospital, I was ok enough to not need the trip.


Cornstarch
Posted by Bill (Michigan) on 09/01/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Cornstarch​

If my skin is ever burned by flame or heat all I have to do is cool it off with water dry it off and put cornstarch on it dry and just leave it on for 10 minutes dry cornstarch in for 10 minutes. All pain of the burn no matter if they are third degree or just little light burns you'll never be in any pain from the burn ever after you put cornstarch on it and just leave it dry for 10 minutes. I've been using it for 30 years.


Yogurt
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 08/31/2018
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I dealing with a bunch of jalapeno peppers. My daughter was helping me, but not touching the peppers. (I had gloves on.) Somehow she got some of the pepper oil onto her hand and touched her eye. Her eye instantly began to burn. The first thing we tried was plain yogurt. It relieved the burning fast and the pain never returned.

Usually my first thought would have been coconut oil, to dilute the jalapeno oil, but this daughter doesn't do well with coconut oil externally.

~Mama to Many~


Vitamin E
Posted by Rw (Southwestern Virginia) on 05/03/2018

I know this is a very old post so you probably won't see this but I would love to know what kind or brand of natural vitamin E you used.


Rubbing Alcohol
Posted by Hs (Fl) on 01/14/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Boiling water on my thumb, first-degree burn. First ice, then tried the aluminum foil cure for the pain but it ended up holding in the heat instead of drawing it out. Then got rubbing alcohol and dabbed the area gently. When the pain returned I dab it again. Eventually (about 45 minutes later) the pain was totally gone and never returned. The next day I have a blister, so now I'm figuring out how to keep it healthy... But zero pain!

Comfrey Burn Paste
Posted by Green (Wa) on 09/21/2017
5 out of 5 stars

For burns, 1st degree to severe 3rd degree, mix into a paste equal parts of wheat germ oil and liquid honey, and add comfrey leaf or comfrey root (chopped fresh or dried powder). Mix into heavy spreadable paste, and spread 1/2 inch or more over whole burned area, and cover lightly with gauze bandage. Over next several days, add more paste to areas where it has been absorbed into the skin to retain 1/2 inch of paste over all burned areas. Don't remove paste, just add more as needed. This comfrey paste keeps well for months in tightly covered glass jar at room temp.


Colloidal Silver
Posted by Littlewing (Boston) on 06/12/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Colloidal Silver for Burns

So glad I read this - no kidding, burned my thumb yesterday (bacon grease spatter). Hurt like heck, a small bubble formed.... had that underlying "burn" pain for quite some time. I put colloidal silver on it, took the pain away immediately. Waiting a bit, dabbed some more on then put a band-aid on it. Six hours later I had already forgotten about it. No pain, a small red circle where the bubble was, but other than that - NOTHING. No pain, no general redness, you wouldn't even know there was a burn. BRILLIANT!!!


Ice
Posted by Judith (Columbia, Sc) on 03/16/2017

I burned my thumb on a hot potholder while taking a tray out of broiler very painful soaked in water with ice pack then I read not to use ice came across this site so far the pain is lessening I have a blister forming but it was the pain that was so bad .I am glad I found this site before I went to the ER.


Alcohol
Posted by Someone (Somewhereville) on 10/11/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Yes rubbing alcohol. It worked for me.


Flour
Posted by Gottaloveit (Montgomery, Al) on 07/28/2016
5 out of 5 stars

OK so I burned my hand taking a skillet out of the oven set on 400 degrees around seven pm...it is now 1130 pm...and I've had to constantly keep ice on it to numb the pain...it has already blistered....I couldn't sleep because once the ice melted the pain immediately came back..so I started browsing the web for a remedy...in a new apartment and didn't have access to baking soda so I randomly tried flour instead...can't compare to baking soda but it most definitely has made the burn much more bearable...I can actually sleep with this mild discomfort...although the burn i's on the palm of my hand...I filled a bag with the flour paste and put a sock over it


Lavender Oil
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 07/07/2016

Dear Sharon,

Even diluted, essential oils should never be used in or close to the eyes.

Honey, however, is safe for use in the eyes, though it may sting. And honey is excellent for burns. A raw and local honey would be the best.

~Mama to Many~


Lavender Oil
Posted by Sharon ( Utah) on 07/07/2016

I splashed paint stripper in and around my eyes. I flushed with ice water for several hours yesterday. This morning the burn is mostly gone and I can see though my eyes feel sunburnt plus the burns on upper and lower lids are tender and discolored. My question is, have you used lavender oil in your eyes? Perhaps with a carrier oil? And also, what brand of lavender oil you use. Thank you!



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