When you are making meals and you are in an hurry, burns can happen. Hot broth or oil can splash on your skin, or grabbing a hot pan without a good hot pad can cause a nasty, sore, red spot.
Minor burns from cooking, starting a fire, grilling and baking CAN be treatable at home.
A minor burn is considered “1st degree”, characterized by redness and swelling. Small “2nd” degree burns, that are less than a quarter in size, and are characterized by redness, swelling, and blistering can also be treated at home.
How DO you treat minor burns at home? Here are a few ways to treat those minor burns. Some you may already have in your kitchen. In ALL cases, you want to run cool, NOT COLD, water over the burn to stop the burning of the skin. Using cold water can cause the tissues to get damaged, so use cool to even lukewarmish water.
Egg whites are easy to apply and commonly used for 1st degree burns. They soothe the skin, and help to reduce the heat. Also used for minor fevers, egg whites are easy to apply. Simply separate the yolk from the white and smear on the burn. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes and then gently rinse off.
With it’s soothing anti-bacterial properties, honey makes a great minor burn relief. You want to make sure to cool the area with cool (not cold) water first to help stop the burn, then apply a thin layer of honey over the affected area. Allow to soak in.
If you don’t have this plant already in your kitchen, you really need it. It’s very easy to grow and propagate into other containers. Aloe is well known for it’s burn relieving properties. Simply cut a small stalk, open, and smear the gel inside over the burn. Allow to soak into the skin. Repeat as necessary to cool and soothe.
Lavender Essential Oil
One of the most popular essential oils in many homes, lavender is one of the essential oils that can be safe to apply “neat”, or without a carrier, in very small doses. Just a drop or two directly on the burn will soothe and relive the pain and redness. Lavender essential oil also has anti-bacterial properties that will keep infection at bay.
These are easy treatments that are already in most homes and will help soothe minor burns. They are all natural, easy to apply and easy to use for nearly anyone in the home. Of course, let’s use common sense and if the burn occurs on a larger than quarter sized area, has multiple blisters, occurs on a young child over a dime sized area, or these treatments do not help, it’s time to seek qualified medical help.