Treating Burns Using Home Remedies
Burns that are not severe can be treated at home with home remedies that have been used for centuries. Please note though, If you get a severe third-degree burn, you need to get to a hospital for treatment. For minor burns, there are many natural home remedies that I recommend to prevent blistering and scarring and lower your risk of infection.
1) Honey: preferably Manuka honey which has anti-bacterial properties, but if you have regular honey in your pantry, that will do as well. First cool off the burn with some cool water, then spread the honey on the spot and let it sit. Honey is a great burn remedy, preventing not only the blistering but reducing the risk of infection at the same time.
2) Aloe Vera Gel: if you have an aloe vera plant at home, you can cut off one of the leaves and use the gel part at the cut, spreading it on the burn. If you don't have an aloe vera plant, you can buy the gel at any health food store. It's something you should always have on hand, as part of your home first aid kit. It acts to cool down the burn and thus prevent blistering.
3) There are some great homeopathic remedies to treat burns as well. For instance, cantharis acts to prevent the onslaught of any kind of blister formation after a burn as well as to ease the pain. Arnica is another one of my favourites. I recommend the 30 c. dosage; it's great for bumps and burns. Causticum, also in 30 c. dosage, is great if blisters have formed after the burn and if there is still pain a long time afterwards, this remedy will help.
4) Long-term, if a burn has caused scarring, you can take a whole food supplement to help build up the collagen in the skin. I actually formulated the VitaTree Hair, Skin & Nails to help build up the collagen and elastin in the skin and maintain the youthful appearance of your skin. At the same time, this supplement can help repair any scarring caused by past burn injuries. It's important to give yourself those nutrients from the inside out.
It's so important to find natural ways to heal what ails you. Your good health lies in your hands, choose the natural way and soon, you too will be living the vibrant VitaLife!
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Dr. Janine Bowring