Home Remedies for Minor Burns

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Minor burns are those that damage only the top layers of the skin, making the area red and painful. Minor burns are often referred to as first-degree burns. They can be caused by fire, steam, electricity or any other kind of heat.

Minor burns can develop painful blisters if not treated timely. Many natural remedies can promote healing and minimize pain.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for minor burns.

1. Cold Water

You can stop a burn from spreading by running cold water over the burn area for several minutes within seconds of being burned. You can also place a cold compress over the affected area. Repeat the remedy every few hours to relieve pain. Do not use ice as it can restrict blood flow, which can eventually cause damage to the delicate tissues. You can use cold whole milk instead of water.

2. Raw Potato

Raw potato can treat minor skin burns due to its anti-irritating and soothing properties. It will alleviate the pain and reduce the chance of having blisters. Simply cut a slice of raw potato and rub it on the burn, making sure the juice from the potato is releasing over the area. Use this remedy soon after the burn occurs for best results.

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has painkilling, astringent and tissue-healing properties that can help in healing burns.

  1. Rinse the affected area with cold water or vinegar.
  2. Cut a small piece of the aloe vera leaf and apply the fresh gel directly on the burn.

If you do not have an aloe vera plant, you can apply a cream that has aloe vera as an ingredient.

4. Coconut Oil and Lemon Juice

Coconut oil and lemon juice both can help to treat minor burn. Coconut oil is rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids such as lauric acid, myristic acid and capric acid that offer anti-fungal, anti-oxidizing and anti-bacterial properties. Lemon juice has acidic properties that naturally lighten the scars. For scalds due to burns, take coconut oil and add some some lemon juice to it. Mix it properly and apply it on the scalds to facilitate healing.

5. Honey

Honey can effectively disinfect wounds and help heal burns. When applied to a burn, honey draws fluids out ofthe tissues and thus cleans the burned area.

  1. Spread honey on a gauze bandage and put it directly on the burn.
  2. Change the bandage three to four times a day.

6. Black Tea Bags

The tannic acid in black tea can help draw heat out of a burn and thus reduce pain.

  • Put three tea bags in a cup of cool water and let them sit for a few minutes. Then dab the tea bags gently on the burned area.
  • You can also put cold, wet tea bags directly on the burn and wrap them with a piece of gauze to hold them in place.
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  1. the potato trick is really effective…. it is my personel experience.. it really soothes the burning sensation and eases it.. though mine was a minor burns due to a spalsh from hot cooking oil on my neck and thankfully there are just few spots.. so it is affecting me well.. :D

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  2. Is it still effective if the scar is 10 days old?

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  3. very beneficial and helpful thanx

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  4. I TRIED LEMON JUICE ON A MINOR BURN
    IT COOLED AND SOOTHED IT…ahhhh…
    STILL TINY STING… BUT MUCH
    MORE TOLERABLE.

    I can tell you as a fact
    original TIDE LAUNDRY DETERGENT
    WAS AMAZING FOR INSTANTLY HEALING
    A SEVERE BURN…

    ACCIDENTAL I had cupped my hand tightly grasping
    a welders red hot torch tip..
    [? long story]
    …and my entire palm and fingers
    were severely burned … miraculously I was able
    to soak my hand [WITHIN MINUTES AFTER HAVING
    BEEN BURNED]

    I soaked for approx. ten minutes in
    TIDE LAUNDRY DETERGENT…
    At that time the powder version mixed
    with warm water not cold, not hold.
    .. warm as you can stand it..
    FOR A CONCENTRATED MIXTURE
    USE 1 HALF CUP TO 2 CUPS WARM WATER..

    My hand SUFFERED NOT ONE BLISTER…!!!!INCREDIBLE*
    and I was able to go on using my hand as if nothing had happened [within just 20 min..]WOW*

    IVE HEARD NURSES SAY THEY ARE NEVER WITHOUT
    TIDE IN THE MEDICINE CABINET; ITS KEPT
    ESPECIALLY FOR BURNS…
    Personally I can NOT say enough about it…
    Everyone that witnessed this event
    was just as AWE STRUCK as I the beholder
    of nothing short of a miracle.
    Glory to Jesus* Christ
    ..for miracles come in many packages
    and when we least expect..

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  5. For a first and second degree burn on the hand I treated my husband with the honey as recommended, but also with aloe veral. Thank you for the honey remedy.

    I blended 2 and a half large aloe leaves with the skin and light green medicine still running along with 2 garlic cloves. The resulting mixture was a blend of silky green slime. My husband immersed his hands in it for what seem like hours. After taking it out we washed off the honey and aloe mixture with moringa tea or black tea or vinegar as suggested and only a few blisters remained. The hand was sensitive to touch, however, it was significantly healed. All in the same day. Give thanks to natures natural remedies and to your website too for helping.

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  6. Thank you so much for the recommendation on raw potato for a burn. However, I put the potato in the blender, then packed it on top of the burn so that I would get the benefit of the juices. It almost immediately stopped the pain and sooth the area with no signs of blisters. Thanks a million!!!!

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  7. Really aloe vera is amazing ..

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  8. Cooling the burn should be the priority, to stop deep tissue damage. Anything that is cold will help although I find a gel pack from the fridge is best. Oil shouldn’t be applied to hot skin, as it will do what it does in a frying pan – sizzle, get hot and cause more burns. Wait for the skin to cool down. This takes 10 minutes at least. Having done all that tonight, after a vicious hot mushroom jumped out of my shepherds pie on to my thumb, my thumb was still really singing. Bonjela came to the rescue. It contains a local anaesthetic and by the time the anaesthetic has worn off the stinging has gone anyway.

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  9. Egg whites worked very well for me… I ran my burn under cold water, then iced it for an hour or so and egg whites soothed the pain after that. I’m amazed! Thank you!!!!

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  10. My 2 year old got burnt on the hand by an iron and i ran tap water on hm and tryd yor vinegar remedy it works wonders and he is sleeping peacefully ryt nw.it happend 4 hours ago.thank you so much

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  11. Yes yes I burnt my pinky finger on a hot plate.I wrapped my finger with a piece of fresh onion and instantly the pain,was gone.Thanks google don’t know what I’d do without it.

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  12. Onion juice!!!!Try it it really worksthanks google.

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  13. thanks a lot for the honey idea it really helped a lot

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  14. does anybody here can say that using toothpaste as topical solution would be effective?

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  15. I burnt the delicate skin under my eye, with a sauce while cooking. I tried the raw potato remedy it feels sooo much better :)

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  16. The potato works the best, here is how you do, you blend a potato you cover the burn, and cover it with saran wrap, and then cover it with roll dressing for 2 hours and then you re do it for 2 hours, if the potato gets hot put some ice cubes under the dressing

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  17. The vinegar remedy truly works, thanks very much :)

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  18. Prashant Agarwal April 18, 2014, 10:26 am

    Application of Egg Oil is an excellent home based remedy for burns. It prevents scarring and aids rapid re-epetilisation.

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