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Using herbs to treat burns

3rd degree burns are the most serious

Burns and scalds can be life-threatening. Second degree burns have serious blisters with underlying tissue damage. Third degree burns show extensive tissue damage, oozing, and charring. Serious burns require immediate medical attention. Go to a hospital or call 911 and elevate burned area above the heart until help arrives. First degree burns - or minor burns - have redness with some pain and small blisters. These less serious burns can be safely treated at home.

1st degree burns can be treated at home

Minor first degree burns should be immediately cooled by rinsing with cold water for at least one minute and then treated with Aloe Vera. Aloe is also a well-known remedy for burns and sunburns. Another remedy for minor burns is calendula or comfrey salve. Calendula promotes growth of new skin cells and comfrey speeds tissue repair. These two herbs can actually heal skin so quickly that infection is trapped underneath the new skin. Use only on clean burns where no sign of infection is present.

Honey and essential oil can help heal burns

Another good recipe calls for two drops of peppermint essential oil, two drops of lavender essential oil, and a teaspoon of honey. Blend, dab on burn and loosely cover with a gauze pad. Leave on for up to 8 hours. Reapply as needed until skin heals.

Other home remedies for burns

Vinegar compresses can be used to soothe a burn. Freshly brewed black tea or ginger juice can also be used to relieve pain. An old remedy for scalded skin is an application of egg white or raw potato.

Burn patients should drink plenty of liquids and eat antioxidant foods such as blueberries, cherries, tomatoes and bell peppers to speed healing and prevent dehydration.

* Do not try to treat 2nd and 3rd degree burns at home. Do not pull stuck clothing away from serious burns. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy,

Aloe Vera for burns
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First degree burns can be treated at home with herbal rememdies such as aloe. Second and third degree burns need professional medical attention.

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