Re: Herbal help
By: kts Moderator / Adept Mar 19, 2014
Post # 3
Burns can be very serious. If you experience a 1st degree burn that is small in surface area it normally can be treated without a professional however if the burn is larger than a few square inches for a 1st degree which is red irritated skin, a second degree burn larger than a square inch identified by blisters or the separation of skin layers and oozing, or any size 3rd degree burn you must seek professional medical assistance immediately to decrease your risk of infection!
Aloe Vera straight from the plant can assist a minor burn. Snap the leaf off the plant and squeeze out the liquid/goo directly onto the burned area. It will be sticky so you can cover with a bandage however you will also need to air the wound at times. Lavender oil can also help heal minor burns. You can also use an infusion of witch hazel and comfrey leaves as a compress for a recent burns as well. You will want to keep the burn well hydrated both inside and out so be sure to drink plenty of water and eat foods high in vitamin C to promote collagen regrowth.
Re: Herbal help
By: WhiteRav3n / Knowledgeable Mar 20, 2014
Post # 5
Best thing for burns is black tea. Just take the bag, wet it with clean water (until the color starts to show in the water) and then press it to the burn as a poultice. Wrap it up and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. I like wrapping it all together with a wet rag I don't care about (tea stains) to keep it moist because the heat of the burn will dry it out fast. An alternative is steeping a good strong tea and using it as a compress.
I've used this on first, second and small/minor third degree burns (be sure it's small! big areas with 3rd degree needs serious medical attention). I burned my hand on a glass top that was in a 350 degree oven, burned three fingertips as I grabbed for it without thinking. The skin was white (minor 3rd degree). It took the pain/heat out of it and it never blistered. Another time I reached under a lamp shade to shut off the light and accidentally touched the hot light bulb. Instant 2nd and 3rd degree. Nothing helped but black tea. Obviously it's best to follow up with consistent use of a healing salve or at the very least, good sunflower oil (natural source of vitamin E).
For scalds to 2nd degree burns, you can use a paste made out of baking soda powder and apply it directly. Cake it on, let it dry, rinse it with cold water, and reapply until the heat/sting is gone. Usually after 1-2 applications you can't even tell you were burned anymore.
Vinegar works wonders for burns. Pour some on a rag or towel and place it on the burn as a compress. I use it for all burns.When the heat of the burn starts to dry the cloth, or it gets hot, add more vinegar and reapply.
I also make a healing cream of coconut oil (or olive oil) infused with lavender (Lavendula officinalis, angustifolia), rosemary ( Rosamarinus officinalis), and calendula (Calendula officinalis); cocoa butter; a little bit of honey; and some vitamin E oil. A little bit goes a long way. It isn't greasy unless you use too much and it absorbs fairly quickly. A friend of mine's mom was burned by boiling water at work and she used the vinegar first and then the cream and her burn healed in less than half the time it would have normally taken and you can barely tell where it was burned.
Re: Herbal help
By: Artindark Moderator / Knowledgeable Mar 23, 2014
Post # 7
You are not the only one klutz here.I seem to not have any luck with handling the element fire.I burn myself all the time.I have burnt myself many times by accidentally touching hot pans and pots or even the blazing hot cooker.I have manged to even get the edges of my very long hair in a candle flame and it burnt.Since then I have learnt my lesson and ,while working with candles it is in ponytail or tucked in neatly.And as if all this is not enough once after work and being very tired I decided to make myself coffee, and I poured the boiling hot water from the kettle straight on my thumb and hand.In result massive boil developed that hurt a lot and it eventually burst revealing skin that was very dark in color.I knew straight away that if I do not treat it I am not getting away without bad scars.I always have aloe vera gel either bought from the store or fresh. I have two aloe vera plants.Fresh is always better ,but I use the store one for facial masks along with rose water.The another remedy I apply is the calandula officinalis cream ,but you can make yourself calendula infused oil and apply it.It works as charm.And finally once the new skin starts emerging I apply shea butter to keep it sealed and well moisturized and to further reduce the scars.Treating like this the massive boil on my hand I got away without a scar ,but it requires persistence,when it comes to applying the remedies. You have to apply them every time you wash the skin around the damaged area.Try to cover the area ,while washing and keep it open while not.The skin needs to breath in other to heal well.Of course very serious third degree burns on very large areas need to be treated by physician as soon as possible.You can actually die if you get third degree burns all over your body and then you will probably need skin grafting.
Strangely enough, poultices and compresses of these plants will work extraordinarily well:
Mustard seed, chamomile, cayenne (use as a pain reliever, not as treatment.), as stated lavender, and yarrow if there are blisters and peeling forming.buse the flowers and leaves for most of these, excluding cayenne, use the fruit.
You would also be surprised how much a simple bag of ice would help a burn, almost instantaneous. If it is severe, you should go seek medical attention rather than herbal remedies.