Effective Natural Remedies for Burns

Hold Ear Lobe

Posted by Abe (Salmon Arm, B.c. Canada) on 07/19/2011
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I have a remedy for minor burns that my father taught me. It may sound hokey but it worked for him and it works fror me. I am a welder by trade and I have burned myself many times. Especially my fingers. My Dad told me whenever I burned my finger to immediately grab my ear lobe and hold the burned area on the ear lobe and within 20 minutes the pain is gone. This works fo me every time. Somebody might say I'm nuts but I gaurantee it does work.

Honey and Flour Paste

Posted by Janis In Nyc (New York, Ny) on 07/26/2012
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Cooking a piece of salmon tonight, with a honey mustard topping. As I was removing it from the pan to the table some of the hot honey mustard dripped on my finger, and immediately started to blister. I sat and ate dinner with my finger in a glass of ice water, changing it as soon as the ice melted. This was great until I removed my finger from the water. Then it would immediately start to burn again. I went to the Internet... And read page after page of home remedies until I spotted one that looked interesting. Honey mixed with flour to form a paste.

I mixed it in a small empty pharmacy pill bottle and dipped my finger in it. It burned for about 3-5 minutes more. Then stopped. I wiped off the gritty excess and left the mixture just on the blister. I now have a band-aid covering it, and it no longer burns. As a matter of fact, I'm typing this using the burned digit.

Can't tell you what a relief it is to know I'll be able to sleep tonight without attempting to keep my finger in a glass of ice water.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Posted by Zathadady (Gas City, Indiana) on 08/13/2012
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Sorry folks, I tried all of the other remedies on here, but the last 2 times I burt my phalangies I used white vinegar and a tad of the baking soda. As long as it roiled, it felt good. Same with alcohol, as long as I left it in soak and the rubbing alcohol stayed cool; it was ok. 30 minutes of soaking was too much, I was getting sick on the fumes.

Last night I burnt my left thumb and pointing finger on a super heated baking sheet (aluminum-very hot)

I ran the cool water for what seemed like hours(it was only 4-5 minutes) as soon as I took out the affected fingys, I hurt BADLY!!!

I decided to try a peroxide soak. It burt me for a second next to the cuticle and where the blister was, but after only 5 minutes, the pain was gone enough to wrap it loosly in guaze and try not to bump it all night! Please try it when you're ready to skip the pain! God Bless!


Posted by Toni (Columbus, Ohio) on 07/04/2015
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I have burned my three fingers on a stove, and it says mustard, honey, cold water and toothpaste all work to help the burning go down, all that did was make it worse. I suggest an Icepack for that is the only thing helping so far.

Replied by K

I have seen a testimonial for using aluminum foil to treat pain from burns somewhere on earth clinic. Don't remember if it needed to be immediate or if using it a day later would be as effective. Hope it helps you.

Replied by Sam

The very best thing I swear by is applying moist baking soda and keeping it moist until pain is subsided. Most of the time you won't even have any trace of a burn afterward or blisters. The trick is to keep the burn covered with baking soda, as it tends to dry off fast and when you water it it washes off. But you can figure it out.

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile , Tn.

HI U SAM, , , , , , , , good post, as I've not seen that anywhere. The Bogalusa DMSO plant supervisor had lots of great stories about how DMSO worked on burns his employees got from steam lines, etc. I know personally that foil works as posted here on EC.


Replied by Judith
Columbia, Sc

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.

Replied by Freman
Baltimore, Maryland
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ice is the most dangerous of all to put on a burn. r u serious. u will damage the tissue by using it.

Replied by Grannykeeperpdx
Portland, Or
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I have used ice and ice water for burns for years, but there are a few tricks. First, you have to leave the burn in contact with ice until it stops hurting, but you want to put it in a tea towel (thin dish towel or rag - not terry cloth). The trick is to leave it in contact with the burned area until it stops burning, about 20 minutes or so. This is for a minor burn. Once it becomes numb, take off the ice. If it starts to burn again, you need more time.

This said, you must know the risks of shock. Dumping a cup of hot tea in your lap and burning your genitals can easily put you into shock. This happened to a friend of mine and they put ice water packs on her (rags soaked in ice water) for quite a long time. I was there to see it. They sent her home with ointment of some kind. Cold stops the tissue from cooking, but you can also freeze the tissue and damage it. So, you have to use common sense. If you leave ice directly on skin for too long, it will freeze it like anything else. Check it often. If you can't take the ice, use ice water or rags soaked in ice water.

Know the symptoms and risks of shock. If you are alone and you are at risk of going into shock, call 911. Do not try to treat yourself. Do your homework, and use common sense.

Posted by Anonymous (USA) on 07/16/2006
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NEVER use ice on the burn! I was scalded and the EMS came and they said that is dangerous, you can cause frostbite on the burn. Cold water is the accepted remedy. Aloe (prefer fresh) works wonders.

Replied by Bigbob1
Brooksville, Fl
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ice is the worst thing you could use for a burn. it can cause nerve damage and will cause more pain.

Posted by Emily (Naples FL)
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Ice really helps, i burned my thumb on a tray and put it in a small bowl of ice, if you have nothing else to put on, ice is your best option.


Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 10/08/2013
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Iodine - the regular Betadine - applied to a kitchen type burn a few times over a few days, really works fast, thank G-d!!

Posted by Carolyn (Woodlawn, IL) on 03/08/2006
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I got a large burn from a motorcycle exhaust. I did not blister or scar with iodine on it. I keep a bottle in the kitchen by the stove, and in bathroom for curling iron burn. And ammonia for insect bites, stings.

Lavender Oil

Posted by Connie (Boston, Ma) on 03/31/2015
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I have been extremely successful with using 100% essential Lavender Oil for any type of burns. Just apply liberally and don't cover. I continue applying it for a few hours and get immediate results with no burning or blistering, just a little tenderness. My bottle is stationed in my kitchen so it is handy.

I was as surprised as you will be.

Replied by Pasqualina
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Lavender Oil is the fastest of all pain relief methods of all the applications I have tried from this site so far! It also stopped the development of the blister, and promoted extremely fast healing.

After picking up a searing hot metal frypan from a 350 degree oven, I knew I had a severe burn forming on my fingers and palm of hand. Extremely painful!

I immediately applied lavender oil that I had nearby, and the pain subsided almost instantly. I reapplied it again in a few minutes when I could feel a very small amount of pain starting up. I applied it again in about 20 minutes when I was heading out to the door for a meeting but no pain at that time. No need for bandages, although I was concerned earlier that I would be in too much pain to drive a car. But nothing.

The burns never developed into blistering, but the next day there only a few light reddish flat areas like a burned area would look weeks out after the skin had peeled. Only 1 spot peeled in a matter of a day or two, and it was completely healed underneath.

I applied the lavender a couple of times in the next day just for good healing. But I don't know if that was necessary.

I know this works and is not psychosomatic because it was tried on my toddler grandson who burnt his fingers and nothing could instantly stop his howls without truly working. Instant quiet and no burns.

Gattefossé, a French scientist, discovered and recorded his success with lavender essential oil after using it for a severe personal burn in the lab. This remedy led to his interest in how essential oils work.

Other EARTH CLINIC remedies tried that work:

I also have used egg whites remedy from this site which also works very nicely. I had a huge burn the size of a silver dollar and depth of blister about 1/3" on my inner lower arm. The egg white removed the pain although I had to keep applying it and healed it within 24 hours: The blister was gone before the next day (dehydration of the fluid?) and there was no scarring. Beautiful remedy.

The mushrooms remedy which are recommended on this site also works for pain and healing, but it smells of mushroom and is messy under the bandages. The healing process is fairly rapid within a couple of days, however, I found the skin color to be quite dark in the healing process and to be more rigid and maybe more susceptible to being broken. I used to keep raw mushrooms in the freezer.

Posted by Evelina (United Kingdom) on 01/26/2014
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I badly burnt the back of my right hand when putting the top back onto the coffee percolator, my hand going into the pot of hot coffee, in my panic to get my hand out I forgot to make my hand small enough to exit the narrow top of the pot. A blister the size of my hand appeared immediately. A & E ran my hand under the cold tap and applied cream. My hand was frying with this cream. They told me to come back in a few days and I may need a skin graft. In agony that night I took out my natural remedy book. LAVENDER it said. Grabbing the lavender from the bedside cabinet I saturated my hand, within minutes the pain subsided. I continued to use it over the next few days. Went back to the hospital who could not believe how it had healed and no scarring. I always keep a bottle of good quality lavender oil in my bag for burn emergencies. I hope by sharing this I may help someone, somewhere. Evelina

Replied by Sharon

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!

Replied by Mama To Many

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~

Posted by Medina (Birmingham, W.mids, England Uk) on 10/22/2012
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I've used neat lavender essential oil on minor burns for years for pain relief and speedy healing, but the real test came when I burnt my hand fairly badly with steam. Despite running it under a cold tap & applying ice my hand turned bright red & began to blister. It hurt like crazy. I applied neat lavender essential oil for the pain which took my breath away every time I moved my hand or a slight breeze caught it. The lavender oil dulled the pain for an hour or two then had to be reapplied. The next day, the pain had gone completely, as had the blisters and redness. It was really quite a dramatic healing effect. It calms the pain immediately, but needs to be reapplied every 2 hours or so, and also heals the burn. Amazing stuff.

Posted by Maria (Montreal, Quebec) on 01/22/2012
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Use lavender oil (preferably pure) to relieve pain from burns, also speeds up healing process and leaves burn area with no or almost no scarring.

Posted by Lynn (Lake Havasu City, AZ) on 05/20/2006
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The essential oil of lavender applied directly on to the burn immediately eases the pain and if you are consistent with applying it, will not peel.

Malaysian Medicinal Oil

Posted by Tze Kang (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) on 05/19/2006
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Local Medicinal Oil: Mow Sun Medical Oil

This is one of the few traditional medical oils that I found in Malaysia that has very good healing power on minor burns like hot water, hot oven, fire burnt. It really surprised me when i first used it because you will not get swollen finger or hand with fluid inside if you apply on the surface immediately after the burn. Furthermore, the pain will disappear in less than 5 mins. And, your skin will not rip off however, when the skin totally recover it will just peel off naturally without any pain. Please be sure u apply it immediately after the burn, else the effectiveness will be lower.

Replied by Sara
Moorpark, Ca
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I just burnt my finger and ice wasnt helping so I looked it up on google and came across this and it really worked!


Posted by Christina (Union, NY)
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I have worked as a waitress for many years, as a waitress you always seem to burn yourself. Every waitress I have come across agrees that if you happen to burn yourself, apply milk to the burn. It truly does work.