Effective Natural Remedies for Burns

Vanilla Extract

Posted by Donna (AZ) on 05/31/2006
1 out of 5 stars

i used it on a burn it did not work at all.


Posted by Lindsy (Grand Rapids, Michigan) on 01/13/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I burn frequently because I am very fair skinned...redness, itching, blisters, peeling, the whole thing. Often. The best cure is the one my grandma made me do when I was young.

As soon as you notice the burn, get out of the sun and soak up some white vinegar with a cotton ball. Dab it on your burn. No measuring. Put it on straight out of the bottle. Don't wipe. Just dab.

Do this regularly and the burn will go away a lot sooner with little to no peeling. The sooner the better with this cure! Don't wait. Also, the smell subsides after a little while. Don't worry about smelling like a big pickle!

Posted by Cyndi (Roethis, Austria) on 06/07/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have always known ACV is good for sunburn, one cup in a tub of water and the sunburn is gone! So, when I was at work alone and severly burned my hand, I put ACV in a sink of water with ice cubes. I had to wait until someone else came into work before I could go to the hospital. On and off for about an hour I kept soaking my burnt hand in the ACV solution. When I arrived at the hospital my hand was bandaged and treated and I was told to return the next day to have this treament repeated. The next day I went back to the hospital and as the bandages were removed, the doctor was shocked! The deep red welt, the blister and all signs of a burn were gone.I had only a pink line. When I explained I had used ACV and ice, the staff were amazed! It truly worked a miracle, where I would have had a scar and therapy, I had onle one day of discomfort. I thank my mother for this.

Posted by Jessica (Raleigh, nc) on 01/05/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I burned my hand from the steam on my tea pot (I never knew how hot that can be!). I sat there with ice, and it still hurt. So I went on here and saw the ACV remedy for burns. I first tried it with gauze soaked in the ACV which was fine, but I wanted to type, so I put on some a white cotton glove (the kind you sleep in with moisturizer) and soaked it with the ACV. It took about an hour for the burning to go away. I took a nap and when I woke up not only had the pain dissapeared but there is nary a red spot on my hand! PS. That tea I was making was for a cold, so while I had the ACV out, I poured some into my water bottle & drank that, and have been sipping it all night. It is about six hours later and I am finally feeling a bit better.

Posted by Larry (Saunderstown, RI) on 10/28/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Regular vinegar on a sunburn takes the pain out of a sunburn. Growing up in southern Rhode Island sunburns could be pretty severe. I was in a bar one day with a sunburned friend (He said you can't get burned because it was windy out) when the lady bartender suggested putting vinegar on it. Other than smelling like a french fry ( Rhode Islanders put vinegar on their fries) he felt a lot better some quick!

Posted by Chet (Mishawaka IN) on 06/27/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I was cutting some metal with a torch and forgot i had just cut it and laid it to the side and was cutting another piece when i put my hand down on the one i just got done, cutting the skin instantly... discolored to a sickly grey color from the burn - had a bottle of apple cider vinegar and water i had been drinking. i grabbed it and poured it on the burn. shortly after, most of the pain went away but amazingly it never blistered. worked for me.

Posted by Alicia (Spanaway, WA) on 03/17/2006
5 out of 5 stars

ever since i was little i've always used apple cider vinegar to take the sting out of a bad sunburn. It smells really bad, but it took the sting away almost immediately, and as a child, that was a very important thing. It also kept my skin from peeling..

Posted by Tim (Camphill, PA)
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After burning my thumb badly on the oven, I soaked it in organic apple cider vinegar for a few minutes and the severe pain stopped immediately! Within an hour I completely forgot I had even burned myself -- I couldn't feel a thing. And no scar!

Posted by Stacey (Seattle, Washington)
5 out of 5 stars

My best friend's mom swears ASV works on burns. When I recently burned my thumb on the oven I immediately poured some in a small cup and soaked my thumb in it for awhile and sure enough!.....no burn pain, no scarring!

Posted by Linda (Little Rock, MS)
5 out of 5 stars

If you burn yourself, put ACV on the burn. The burn will stop burning quickly and will not blister as bad, if at all.

Posted by Verna (Bellingham, WA)
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using Apple cider vinegar for a long time. Once I accidentally put my hand on a burner that had just been turned off. My hand had a rings on it from the burner. I quickly laid my hand in a plate of raw vinegar. No burn scars or pain.

Posted by Chris (Santa Rosa, CA)
5 out of 5 stars

ACV really works ! I couldn't believe it. After ten min. the burn went completely away!

Vitamin E

Posted by Shiningstar (Gainesville, Fl) on 09/07/2009
5 out of 5 stars

My husband had 3rd degree burns and went to the hospital burn unit. His face had nose, ears, facial skin and neck burned. Also hand and back. ER spent 5 hrs pulling sand out of his face which caused him to swell up so bad he almost died from that.

As soon as we got on the burn unit, my health food store lady came up and brought me Vit E. I bit the end off of 100 capsules and put them on him.

Drs said he would not be able to shave (if he lived) for a yr and hand would not work unless 5 yrs of Physical Therapy. After 4 days of them torturing him I took him home wrapped in a sheet. Continued Vit E, Vit C and lots of others and he was back to work soon. But he did look so bad (to others) that people stopped to ask if we needed an ambulance. He went back to the hospital and they refused to believe that he had even been there.

The hospital administrator kept up with him for years as he had no pain and no scars and healed perfectly. I discovered that other countries use Vit E and other things that WORK but our hospital system is about money. We settled with the insurance company for 1,200.00 for vits and the hospital bill.They said they had never settled a claim like his for less than 5 M.

Replied by Gean
Salina, Ks

This is very, very interesting. Thanks for sharing. I wonder, when you say you continued the vitamin E, C, and lots of others, what exactly that means. Oral vitamin C? Did you just do topical vitamin E, or also oral? What other things did you do? Thank you.

Replied by Shining Star
Gainesville, Fl

While in the hospital I put natural vit e on him over and over again. Synthetic vitamin e will not do for a burn. Once home I soaked his hand in a foot bath with powered vit c. We used vits c orally. All I could get down him. Pantothenic Acid.

The burn unit said he was burned worse then any of the patients. When I asked the most painful part of the burn I was told the scabbing made grown men cry even with drugs. My husband never had a scab. The worst part is that they take you down to bath and spend hrs taking tweezers and pulling off the new skin ??? every day. The patient goes into shock after that. Speech was limited but he could say "take me home" and I did.

Drs would not even give him antibiotics to take home. He went off of their pain medication after 24 hrs and they could not believe it. He looked like a cross between Mickey Mouse and Frankinstein due to ER pulling all of the skin off of him???

We never did see another dr and lips, ears, nose grew back without redness or a scar. Hand had a hole in it and looked like a huge glove. No scarring and full dexterity with no PT.

Had a horse burned after that and vet said to put her down as her hoof would never grow back. Did same thing and hoof grew back, no limp and one could not tell the difference in one hoof from another.

EC: Thank you so very much for the update!

Replied by Kathy
Dubois, Pa

I just wanted to say how glad I am that your hubby is recovering, and how glad I am for his sake and yours that he left the hospital before the doctors could do more damage.

Replied by Rw
Southwestern Virginia

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.

Warm Water

Posted by Cairo (Philadelphia, PA) on 07/02/2014
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I grabbed the metal part of a heated curling iron while out of town with a couple of friends. We were in a hotel room, so I didn't have any immediate access to baking soda, foil, or eggs. I remembered being told that very warm water was best for treating burns -- my partner swears by it. Having no other options, I went for it. I spent five or ten minutes running my hand under the warmest water I could stand. It was uncomfortable, but keeping in mind the pain of an untreated burn, it was relatively easy. I was amazed. The skin on my hand was smoothed and somewhat desensitized, but not at all painful. I was able to type, clap, and use my hands without any impediment. Four days later, I've seen very little pus (only on the second day, but it disappeared). The skin is still smoothed and slightly desensitized, but feeling almost perfectly healed.

Wet Clay

Posted by Cat (Harrisvill, WV) on 01/25/2008
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Cat here! Green, red or white clay: We always have a glass jar or bowl of pure hand dug clay with water around the house and barn, (I use rain water). If you have a homeopathic of Arnica 30c or higher, take that under the tongue for trauma and shock. dollop the wet clay poultice on the burn and let it dry. The most injured part will stay wet longer. Gently wash the dry clay off with fresh sun warmed (not hot not cold) water making little circles on the area. This sucks out the liquid that forms the blister and removes the burnt dead skin so the live skin beneath, can breath. Repeat the process every two hours depending on comfort and visible healing. As the area heals the clay will dry faster. We use clay in the field on wounds also. Used this on a real bad burn from boiling water 18"X6" long after 24 hours there was fresh skin growing in 5 days skin was frail but nearly healed. 2 weeks a 3"x4" area remained visibly healing. 1 month no scar at all.