9. Plantain Leaves
Plantain leaves is a popular remedy for treating burns. Plantain leaves are rich in anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
- Crush some fresh plantain leaves to make a paste.
- Spread it on the affected area and cover with a cotton cloth.
- Reapply a fresh poultice when the plantain dries out.
10. Onion Juice
Onion juice has components like sulfur compounds and quercetin that can relieve pain, help heal the burn and reduce the chance of blistering.
- Cut a fresh onion and apply the juice onto the burn. Only use freshly cut onions, as after a few minutes onions lose their medicinal properties.
- Repeat the process several times a day.
- You can also apply some white toothpaste or a regular non-mentholated shaving cream on the affected area.
- 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.
- It is believed that applying ice can bring relief but it is usually not recommended as it tends to slow the healing process.
- If the wound develops blisters then don’t break the blisters as it may increase the risk of infection.
- Do not use adhesive dressings on the wound.
- Protect the burn from friction.
- Avoid re-injuring or tanning the affected area.
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.