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Burns

Natural remedies


Burns have three degrees of severity:

  • A first-degree burn, like a sunburn, affects the outer layer of the skin

  • A second-degree burn is characterized by redness, blisters, and possibility of infection

  • A third-degree burn usually appears white or black. The nerves and underlying tissues are severely damaged.

Burned skin can have serious consequences. Please always seek the advice of a practitioner.


Here are some remedies for burned skin:

Healing nutrition for burned skin

  • Eat a whole grain diet and increase your intake of proteins
  • Eat lots of mineral rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in vitamin A to heal the skin and those rich in electrolytes such as potassium
  • Drink plenty of fluids (water, herbal tea, green drinks) for tissue repair
  • Avoid pork especially if the burn is infected
Also see healthy skin diet

Supplements & remedies for burned skin

  • Vitamin E heals burns and prevents scarring
  • Vitamin C fights infection
  • Vitamin A helps healing
  • Silica helps restore tissues
  • Vitamin B if lots of stress following the burn
  • Potassium needed to replace potassium loss
  • Zinc speeds the healing process
  • Amino acid complex helps skin tissues to heal
Also see skin nutrients

Other remedies for burns: herbal remedies

  • Aloe Vera speeds healing
  • Green tea is a good antioxidant
  • Goldenseal and Echinacea help fight the infection
  • Horsetail and slippery elm are good for skin tissues
Also see herbal remedies for skin

External treatments to apply on burned skin

  • Aloe Vera gel helps relieve the pain
  • Calendula tincture is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic
  • Colloidal silver applied topically can help prevent infection and speed healing
  • As long as the burn is not open, vitamin E, poultices of comfrey root, tea tree oil, wheat germ oil, St John’s Wort can be used
  • Apply fresh ginger juice on the affected area
  • Peeled raw potatoes is also a popular home remedies for burns
  • Vitamin C reduces pain
  • Marshmallow compresses can be used for mild burns

Homeopathic remedies to treat burns

Cantharis can be used for soothing burns

Also see homeopathic remedies for skin

Other skin remedies

For third-degree burns, do not try to treat the injury, as it requires immediate professional treatment.

For mild burns:

  • Apply cool water for 10 minutes to minimize damage
  • Raw potato slices are soothing
  • Don’t remove blisters or put any oils on an open burn
  • A vinegar or baking soda bath is soothing. Add a few cups to water bath.
  • Drink plenty of water with added salt or add electrolytes to prevent dehydration.

Useful links

References

  • Andrew Gaeddert, healing Skin Disorders, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, 2003
  • Louise Tenney, M.H., Today’s Herbal health, 6th edition, USA, 2007
  • Phyllis A. Balch, James F. Balch, Prescription for nutritional healing, United States of America, 2000
  • Siegfried Gursche, Encyclopedia of natural healing, Canada, 1997
  • Thomas Bartram, Bartram’s encyclopedia of herbal medicine, The definitive guide to the herbal treatment of diseases, Grace Publishers, UK, 1995

Comments from the community (1)

"Sandy" on 2012-01-30 at 11:48:19
I have a 3rd degree burn, and aloe vera gel stung like hell once applied, and its not like you can just wipe it off, but did notice a diff the next day
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