15 Home Remedies for Minor Burns

By on September 25, 2015

Minor burns are those that damage only the top layers of the skin, making the area red and painful. They are often referred to as first-degree burns or superficial burns. They can be caused by contact with hot fluids or objects, steam, or sun exposure.

Most minor burns will heal on their own, and home treatment is usually all that is needed to relieve your symptoms and promote healing. But if you suspect you may have a more severe injury, use first-aid measures while you arrange for an evaluation by your doctor.

Minor burns can develop painful blisters if not treated timely. Many natural remedies can promote healing and minimize pain. Minor burns tend to heal within a few days or up to three weeks.

1. Aloe vera

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It is great for healing and soothing burns. Directly apply aloe vera gel on the burn. Its soothing and rejuvenating properties will help cool the burned skin. Since the active ingredient (acemannen) breaks down quickly, fresh inner leaf fillets are much preferred. Fresh aloe vera quickly soothes painful burns and often heals even serious burns with little or no scarring.

2. Cold Water

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 the discomfort. Do not use ice as it can restrict blood flow, which can eventually cause damage to the delicate tissues.

3. Ice Cube

This is a very popular and quick home remedy for burns. If you suffer from burned tongue, it is best that you treat it with ice cubes instead of cool water. Accidents in dining table do happen, adults and kids may sip their hot chocolate or their soup before it is cool enough. Since it can be hard to put your tongue in cool water, use an ice cube and put it in the affected area. For best results, rinse the ice cube with some water to avoid it from sticking in the tongue.

4. Tea Bags

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You number 1 choice of home remedies for burns is black tea bag, because it has tannic acid, which can aid in drawing the heat from the burns. To use tea bag for burns, simply place 2-3 tea bags in cool water, thencollect the tea in small bowl, and carefully put the tea bag in the burn site. Another option is to create a concoction by using 3-4 tea bags, 4 cups of hot water and 2 cups of mint leaves. Strain the mixture and let it cool. Gently dab the mixture on the affected burned skin.

5. Honey

Honey can effectively disinfect wounds and help heal burns, thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also reduces the chances of developing hypertrophic scars. Spread honey on a gauze bandage and put it directly on the burn. Change the bandage three to four times a day.

6. Vinegar

Vinegar is a common home remedy for burns. After applying this, you can feel immediate relief in your burnt. To use vinegar, put a cotton ball in white vinegar and dab it carefully to the affected burnt skin. You may also use compress and soaked it into mixture of water and vinegar. Vinegar contains astringent and antiseptic properties, which can prevent any infection caused by several burns. Vinegar can also aid in healing of the burned skin really fast.

7. Lemon Juice and Coconut Oil

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Lemon juice and coconut oil are effective in treating minor burns. Lemon juice contains acidic compounds, which can lighten any scars. Coconut oil has vitamin E and fatty acids like myristic acid, lauric acid and capricacic which contains antifungal, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidizing properties. If you suffer with scalds and burns, combine lemon juice and coconut oil. Mix equal parts of them and apply it directly to the scalds.

8. Oatmeal

When minor burns heal, it can become very itchy. To relieve the itchiness, put some breakfast cereal in the tub, place one cup of crumbled oatmeal in a bathtub of lukewarm water, soak at least 15-20 minutes and then air dry. Let the thin coat of oatmeal remain in the skin. Take extra care when you get out of the tub because the oatmeal can make the bathroom floor and other parts of the house slippery.

9. Raw Potato

This home remedy for burns can be quite surprising for some, but it’s in deed very effective. Raw potato can aid in healing minor skin burns because of its soothing and anti-irritating properties. It can also lessen the risk of developing blisters in the area. Cut several slices of raw potato and gently rub it in the burn. Just make sure that the potato is releasing its juice in the burned skin. For best results, use this home remedy right after the burn occurred.

10. Egg Whites


You may not have used egg whites before, but actuallyegg white is another popular home remedy for burns. To use egg whites, separate severalwhites from yolks and then soak the burned skin in the egg whites. After soaking the burned skin in egg white for several hours, you will no longer feel the pain associated with burns.

11. Lavender Oil

Lavender essential oil is also used in hospital to treat burns. It is often given to patients to provide relief and to make healing process faster. To use as treatment, pour the lavender oil in a clean cloth or gauze. Then, apply it directly to the affected area. Replace the clean cloth and gauze after a few hours. Another option is to run the burned skin in cold water and spray some lavender oil.

12. Plantain Leaves

Plantain leaves is also one of the popular home remedies forburns. The leaves have antimicrobial, antihemorrhagic and anti-inflammatory properties. Crush some fresh leaves, and gently dab the juice in the burnt area.Another alternative is to pound the leaf gently with something heavy to squeeze the juice and thenwrap the leaf to the burned skin.

13. Milk

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Got milk? Then you’ve also got a great way to soothe a burn. For a minor burn, soak the burned area in milk for 15 minutes or so. You may also apply a cloth soaked in milk to the area. Repeat every few hours to relieve pain. Be sure to wash out the cloth after use, as it will sour quickly.

14. Banana peels

Sometimes, placing a banana peel on the burned area of the skin till it becomes black has proved beneficial for burn injuries.

15. Yogurt

This also makes a person feel better but you should wait for at least 30 minutes before you apply this.

Important note: These remedies are only for minor and first-degree burns. For serious burns, you must see a doctor for medical treatment. The same is suggested for electrical burns, or if a minor burn covers larger areas of the skin or gets infected.

Do’s and Don’ts

Out of all areas in the home, the kitchen is number one for getting burns. The reasons are obvious, as are many of the precautions you can take to prevent an accident.

  • DO lower the temperature of your hot-water heater to below 120 degrees F. A second-degree burn can happen within seconds in water that’s hotter than 120 degrees.
  • DO turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.
  • Do keep that steaming cup of java out of a child’s reach, which means off the coffee table or other low-lying areas.
  • DO cover all electrical outlets with specially made caps if children are present.
  • DON’T ever leave a child unattended in the kitchen.
  • DO make the stove area off-limits to children.
  • DO put a childproof lock on the oven door.
  • DO keep oven mitts and potholders handy when cooking.
  • DO keep a fire extinguisher and a box of baking soda nearby, in case of a grease fire.

Additional Tips

  1. You can also apply some white toothpaste or a regular non-mentholated shaving cream on the affected area.
  2. Avoid applying oil, butter, petroleum jelly, or egg whites to a burn as it may trap the heat instead of drawing it out. Raw egg whites may also contain bacteria.
  3. It is believed that applying ice can bring relief but it is usually not recommended as it tends to slow the healing process.
  4. If the wound develops blisters then don’t break the blisters as it may increase the risk of infection.
  5. Do not use adhesive dressings on the wound.
  6. Protect the burn from friction.
  7. Avoid re-injuring or tanning the affected area.








One Comment

  1. Carl

    October 11, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    I use Active Jellybush Honey for wound care. It’s Australia’s version of NZ Manuka and is harvested, cold pressed and packaged on the pristine North Coast of New South Wales, near Byron Bay. http://www.activejellybush.com

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