A burn can be defined as a destruction cause to the body tissue or the skin resulting from electricity, chemicals, heat or radiation. Burns, in other words, are injuries that damage skin cells and can even be caused due to extreme weather conditions (heat or cold). The severity of the burn is judged by the location of the burn, the depth of destruction and the amount of surface area of the skin that is injured.
Minor burns that seem manageable at home should immediately be bathed in cold water or given a cold compress with soft cotton for several minutes. This helps in reducing the inflammation and pain, while also preventing the burn from penetrating deeper into the skin.
Other natural remedies for immediate burn relief and faster healing of minor burns are as follows:
¢ A strong infusion of Comfrey, Witch Hazel and elder flowers can be made, and the decoction can be applied to the burn. Else Comfrey leaves or flowers can be directly applied to the burn.
¢ A bottle of Vitamin E oil can be directly applied on the burnt surface or a Vitamin E capsule can be punctured with a pin and the thick layer of oil can be spread on the burned skin.
¢ Lavender Essential Oil can be applied directly to the skin without any dilution. This, apart from being beneficial in cases of sunburn, also helps in quick healing and reduces the pain associated with the burn.
¢ St. John’s Wort Oil or Comfrey ointment can be applied directly on the burn.
¢ Vitamin C is said to promote wound healing through production of strong collagen which is the base material for formation of new skin. Consuming a diet rich in leafy greens, bell peppers, broccoli, citrus fruits, melons and berries help in quicker healing of the burn.
¢ Another effective but natural remedy for burns is Aloe Vera. The thick juice of the plant is soothing when applied to burns and helps in quick healing.
¢ A Chinese traditional remedy for burns is a poultice made of pollen and honey. It is said to reverse the destruction caused by death of tissues.