1st degree burns can be treated at home. Minor burns should be immediately cooled by rinsing with cold water for at least one minute and then treated with Aloe Vera. Aloe is a well-known remedy for burns and sunburns. Split fresh aloe leaves apart and scrape out gel. Apply often to relieve pain and speed healing. Prepared aloe vera gel can also be purchased at health food stores.
3rd degree burns are the most serious. 3rd 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. 2nd degree burns have serious blisters with underlying tissue damage. 2nd degree burns also require a visit to a healthcare professional. 1st degree burns - or minor burns - have redness with some pain and small blisters. These less serious burns can be safely treated at home.
A good herbal remedy for minor burns is calendula and 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 calendula and comfrey on clean burns where no sign of infection is present. If infection is present, use antibacterial ointment or seek professional help.
Another good recipe for applying to burns calls for two drops of peppermint essential oil, two drops of lavender essential oil, and a teaspoon of honey. Blend the essential oils into the honey, dab on burn, and loosely cover with a gauze pad. Leave on for up to 8 hours. Reapply as needed until skin heals.
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. A good diet with lots of water helps the whole body to stay healthy.
* 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.
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