No matter how cautious we are in the kitchen, there are occasions you may accidentally grab a hot pot, get splashed with bubbling sauce or take a hit of steam when pouring off boiling liquid.
Here are six common healing applications to keep in mind that can help successfully nurse minor burns, typically at least one will be at your fingertips at any given time.
Home Remedies For Minor Burns
First, run hand or affected area under a tap running cold water.
Next use a single treatment listed below for continued pain relief (a few also facilitate fighting infection or blistering).
- Egg White: A chilled egg white is a favored old-timers trick, but many also believe it helps prevent blisters forming. Allow to dry then reapply as needed.
- Tea Bags: A wet teabag will bring relief as well as healing properties from the tannin in the tea. Dunk a fresh bag a few times in a cup of cold water then use. Good to know: It’s ideal for sunburns too.
- Raw Potato: Either grate a raw chunk (peeled) or slice a piece…harvest the juice of the potato to cover the injured area for best results.
- Vinegar: Both a regular white household variety or apple cider vinegar will do the trick, just drizzle a bit over the trauma or saturate a cloth and hold in place. It also cleans the wound and prevents an infection caused by bacteria.
- Baking Soda Paste: Make a thick paste with cool water then cover injury, works almost instantly. Reapply as needed (gently wipe away once dry).
- Aloe Vera Leaf: One of the instances growing this succulent comes in handy. Once the plant is large enough, regularly snap off a leaf to keep in the refrigerator–a dab of the plant’s cool gel soothes like no other! But it isn’t strictly required to chill aloe vera first to be effective, break off a piece of the leaf and apply to skin–you’ll still be impressed how fast it works.
What Not To Use
- Butter: When I was growing up it was a common remedy recommended by the women in my family, a dab of this creamy goodness does seem to soothe almost instantly! The problem is that butter (and margarine) can trap the heat underneath the epidermis (outer tissue)–resulting in more damage.
Important: One of the most tragic kitchen calamities is when a pot handle is sticking out from the cooktop while contents are cooking and bubbling away. A young child reaches up, pulls down the pan and all that hot, simmering brew pours down on them. Or dashing back and forth from sink to fridge to stove and you accidentally bump into the handle that’s sticking out and the pot goes flying. Terrible, life long scars and skin damage. Please be diligent and remember to cook with handles turned in. Years ago I knew a lovely young girl who had severe, permanent facial scarring caused by this exact thing happening.
Please Note: This is simply a collection of self-care treatments and not professional medical advice. For serious trauma, don’t delay in seeking professional medical attention.