You have to wonder how our ancestors got by before the rise of modern, industrialized medicine. You can’t imagine what you would do if you suffered a minor burn while you were cooking or lighting torches, and there weren’t bandages, pain killers and topical creams to relieve the pain and discomfort.
Managing Burn Pain At Home As it happens, there are many remedies found in nature that can soothe and alleviate such injuries. By necessity, ancient hunter gatherer societies had deep knowledge of the medicinal properties of plants. No doubt they would have answers for people seeking herbal natural treatments for burns and more injuries. Solutions could be growing right in your own garden!
Are you interested in using natural herbal remedies instead of commercial pharmaceuticals for burns? It’s a great way to supplement your medicine cabinet. But before applying any sort of remedy, herbal or otherwise, always remember the basics of treating a burn: use cold running water or ice to cool down the damaged skin, and use bandages and antibiotic ointments if there are blisters that could become infected.
If you like the idea of treating minor wounds with substances found in nature, the list below offers some herbs and plants from which you can learn to make natural salves and ointments for home use. You’ll find that many of these are ingredients in commercially produced healing products.
Aloe plants are easy to grow in your own home, and they generate one of the most beloved and widely used substances to heal all kinds of heat related skin damage. Simply cut off a leaf and squeeze the gel out of it and onto the afflicted area. Grow the plant somewhere handy, like your kitchen.
Apart from its calming, pleasant aroma, lavender is also a great burn remedy. By growing your own lavender, you can learn some different methods for making lavender oil and stocking your first aid cabinet with an all natural product that you made at home. Apply it to burns and it will speed healing and soothe pain.
This plant is also highly renowned for its effective soothing and anti inflammatory properties. Native Americans had long used it for medicinal purposes. Creating your own witch hazel extract is slightly complicated – it involves removing the extract from the bark. But it is one of the best substances to relieve inflammation and heal skin.
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort has been in the spotlight recently for its potential benefits in fighting depression. However, it can also be used to soothe burns. As with lavender, find a recipe for creating an essential oil out of the flower buds of the plant to apply to the damaged area.
Other useful plants and herbs for treatment of burns include comfrey, tea tree, plantain and tamanu. Remember, these tips are for minor burn injuries. Never, ever fail to seek professional medical attention when the burn is potentially more serious. Also, if the burn occurred because of the negligence of a business owner, government institution or workplace, consider hiring legal counsel experienced in helping burn victims protect their rights and livelihood.
Alex is a writer at Byrd Davis Furman & Alden L.L.P., a personal injury and business law firm in Austin, Texas. Familiar with grilling, he knows that small burns happen and dealing with them at home is easiest.