Home Remedies for Burns, Symptoms

A burn is a very traumatic injury, cause by fire, chemicals, steam, electricity or any other form of heat transfer to the skin (our biggest organ). Burns on less then 10% of the body surface is considered minor. An entire hand is 1% of the body surface.

The symptoms of burns could be summed up in two parts. Minor and severe burns. Minor burns are painful and cause reddening and blistering of the skin while severe burns are painless causes white or charred area.
Home Remedies for Burns
Gently pour ice cold water immediately on the affected area or you might even try compresses of ice cubes. Do this for more than 5-7 minutes or until the pain stops. If any blister has formed, do not prick it.
The best first aid for burns is diluted vinegar. Vinegar is luckily available nearly in all households. Cover the injured area with a cloth, soaked in diluted vinegar of any kind. Vinegar acts painkilling and relaxing. If pains become stronger again, change the compress for a fresh one. Refresh the vinegar compress as often as needed.
To heal the wound that has developed due to burning, take honey and apply it all over the wound. But do it only after you’ve properly washed your wound.
Sprinkle the burned surface thickly with baking-soda, or make a saturated solution of the soda; wring cloths from it and apply, changing as they become dry. When the pain is relieved remove, and use an absorbent dressing if the burn is a very deep one.

Make a poultice of raw sauerkraut and apply it to the burned area. If you don’t have sauerkraut, use crushed comfrey root with a little honey. In fact, just plain honey on the burn may ease the pain and help the healing process.
Colgate toothpaste is a great ointment for burns. For skin burns apply ice cold vinegar right away for fast ease. Apply baking soda side of cool damp paper towel straight over burn area or wrap it with paper towel baking soda towards burn if burn is on finger.
Plantain leaves is a popular remedy for treating burns. These green weedy plants grow practically anywhere in the world with sufficient water. Just don’t confuse this plantain with the banana-like vegetable of the same name. Hit the leaf with a small hammer, enough to smash just a little bit the plant than wrap the affected area with the leaf.
It is a good idea to grow an Aloe vera plant in the sunny kitchen window. For a burn first aid, slice off a small piece of the fleshy leaf, open it, and apply the fresh sap directly on the skin burn. Aloe vera has astringent and tissue-healing properties works fabulous for skin burns.