If you got unlucky and you got a minor burn, you can treat it at home by using this product: sour cream. It’s easy, natural and cheap. It comes in handy to have sour cream in your fridge, so next time you go to the store, make sure you buy some. If you want to accelerate the process of healing, apply one teaspoon of chilled sour cream on the affected area. Leave it there until the sour cream gets to the room temperature, remove it and apply cold sour cream again.
If you don’t like this treatment, you can try the following ones:
- Coconut oil
Many studies were conducted on rats to see if coconut oil is good for treating burns. Specialists concluded that coconut oil has an effective result in accelerating the healing of a burn. Moreover, coconut oil has antibacterial properties. Therefore, it has the ability to fight against infections and protect the skin.
If you have a minor burn, apply a large quantity of coconut oil on the affected area.
- Aloe gel
You can use aloe gel on its own or combine it with sour cream to ease the pain created by burns. It’s indicated to take the gel from an aloe Vera plant. You have to split open the leave and use a teaspoon take the gel from the inside and put it on the affected area. If you don’t have access to an aloe plant, you can find aloe vera gel in drugstores and supermarkets.
- Raw honey
Similar to coconut oil, raw honey (medicinal honey or Manuka honey) has antibacterial properties, so it has the power to fight against various bacteria. Therefore, raw honey can ease the pain but it can also protect the skin from developing infections. There are many experts who believe that raw honey can keep bacteria away.
You have to apply a big amount of raw honey on the burn by spreading it with a wooden stick, plastic wrap or a clean Ziploc bag. Then cover your wound with some clean material. It’s important to change the bandages frequently, thus preventing an infection. Whenever you want, you can add more honey. Make sure you observe the improvements of your skin. When your skin is recovered, then you can rinse the honey.
You may read, or someone may inform you that you can use black tea bags soaked in cold water to treat burns. It’s not a good idea because the tea bags contain pesticides. Also, these tea bags have in their composition tannins (tannic acid), and experts have affirmed that it can be a carcinogenic substance.
You can apply cold water to a minor burn, but you need to know that it’s not wise to put ice on such a wound. Using ice on a burn can make the blood vessels contract, thus slowing down the process of healing.
If you have a severe burn injury, seek medical help immediately.