Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Herbal first aid for minor burns and scalds

Herbal first aid for minor burns and scalds
A burn is an injury to the tissue of the body caused by heat, chemicals, electricity, or radiation. Serious burns must always be seen by physician, as an emergency, but minor burns or scalds can be safely treated at home.
Always begin by cooling the burn by letting cool water run over it until the pain has cooled and you can see the extent of the damage. “Wet” burns should be dressed with fabric, like gauze, which will “breathe”. Change the dressing regularly.

There are many oils you can apply to a burn to soothe it, lavender essential oil has anti-inflammatory, analgesic properties and promotes healing of the tissue. It has been used as an effective first-aid treatment for burns since the early years of the 20th century.

LavenderBudsmLavender can be applied directly to the skin, if a large area is affected the oil can be put on a sterile gauze or smooth linen first. Tea tree oil may help to prevent blistering of the skin: dilute 1-2 drops of the oil 5ml/1 teaspoon water and apply it to a minor burn after first cooling it with plain water.


An aloe vera plant is an invaluable resource for this situation, just break open one of the leaves and spread the thick gel that seeps out directly on to the burn. If this is done as soon as possible it will promote scar-free healing. Alternatively, an infusion of chamomile or pot marigold can be applied to a burn on a smooth dressing.

Marigold skin salve may be used after some time has elapsed and the skin is beginning to heal, to ease continuing inflammation and soreness.

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