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15 Home Remedies to Treat a 1st Degree Burn

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A first degree burn is extremely uncomfortable and begs immediate attention. Additionally, a 1st degree burn runs the risk of developing into an infection and more serious consequences. We are going to present you with 15 home remedies o treat a 1st degree burn, but before we do, let’s define the characteristics of a first degree burn.

First-degree burns are considered superficial in nature and only affect outer layer of skin, or the epidermis. The site of the burn is typically red, painful, dry, but doesn’t include blisters. Sunburn and snow burn are common examples, but other examples might include flash burns or touch burns. It is rare for there to be any long-term tissue damage, but if not treated properly you can risk more serious complications.

These 15 home remedies to treat a 1st degree burn will bring relief, but they are not all inclusive and aren’t necessarily effective on more severe burns. Severe burns need the attention of a health care professional.

15 Home Remedies to Treat a 1st Degree Burn

Onion Juice

One of the best and most readily available treatments for a 1st degree burn is onion juice.

What to do:

  • Slice a fresh onion.
  • Rub the onion slices over the burn.
  • Make sure to only use freshly sliced onions, because they quickly lose their medicinal value.
  • Repeat the process with a fresh onion several times a day.

How it works:

Onions have sulfur compounds and quercetin, which not only bring pain relief, but also reduce the chance of blistering and infection.

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Black Tea

You can gain relief for a 1st degree burn from black tea bags.

What to do:

  • Place 3 three tea bags in a cup of cold water.
  • Steep for a few minutes to allow them to soak through.
  • Place the wet tea bags directly on the affected area and cover with a towel or gauze.

How it works:

The tannic acid in black tea helps to relieve pain and draw the heat and any potential infection away from the burn.

Apple Cider Vinegar

This one Might sting a little, but apple cider vinegar is another great treatment for a 1st degree burn.

What to do:

  • Dab a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply the liquid to the affected area.
  • You can repeat this process 2 or 3 times daily.

How it works:

Apple cider vinegar has both antibacterial properties and astringent properties which will help soothe the pain and prevent infection.

Aloe Vera

The gel from the aloe vera plant is probably the fastest acting and most common treatment for a 1st degree burn.

What to do:

  • There are plenty of burn gels and creams which contain aloe vera on the market.
  • If you have an aloe vera plant, break off a shoot of the plant.
  • Split it lengthwise and rub the gel from the shoot on the affected area.

How it works:

Aloe vera’s soothing comes from its anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties, which are well known and highly effective.

Vitamin E

The gel inside of a vitamin E capsule is a really good way to relieve the sting of a 1st degree burn and it has some awesome healing properties to boot.

What to do:

  • There are also lots of burn creams and gels with vitamin E oil in them.
  • But you can also clip off the tip of a vitamin E capsule.
  • Apply the gel to the affected area by squeezing and rubbing it in.

How it works:

Vitamin E is best known for repairing and restoring tissue and skin, but it can also bring sweet relief to a burn.

Oatmeal

Itching from a 1st degree burn can be treated with an oatmeal bath.

What to do:

  • In a bath of lukewarm water, add 1 cup of uncooked oatmeal.
  • After soaking for 15 to 20 minutes allow your skin to air dry.
  • Beware, that the tub surface can become slippery due to the oatmeal.

How it works:

Oatmeal is another trusted ingredient in a lot of skin and tissue formulas, it contains avenanthramides and phenols, which have anti-inflammatory properties and act as an anti-histamine.

Soy Sauce

It probably isn’t the first thing you think of for treating a 1st degree burn, but soy sauce really does work.

What to do:

  • Apply soy sauce with a cotton ball to the burned areas.
  • Allow it to set for 30 minutes, and then wash it off.
  • You can repeat this several times a day.

How it works:

The isoflavins in soy beans have anti-inflammatory properties, additionally, the sodium content of soy sauce tends to help relieve the pain of a burn.

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Yogurt

Yogurt is another odd addition to our list, but is still quite effective in the treatment of a 1st degree burn.

What to do:

  • Gently apply plain yogurt directly to the affected area.
  • Leave it in place for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off and repeat the process periodically.

How it works:

Yogurt not only cools and soothes a burn, but it also helps balance the acidity of the skin to help it heal faster.

Calendula

This is an old-fashioned ingredient used to treat a 1st degree burn, of which you might not be aware.

What to do:

  • Pour 1 cup of hot, but not boiling water over 1 Tbsp of calendula flowers.
  • Allow the flowers to soak until the water is cool.
  • Dip a clean cloth into the infused water and apply it to the burned area.
  • Apply several times daily.

How it works:

A few decades ago, calendula was added into butter in order to make it yellow. It is because of the calendula’s anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties that housewives were told to put butter on a burn.

Raw Potato

Believe it or not, a raw potato can help treat a 1st degree burn.

What to do:

  • Cut a slice from a raw potato and rub it over the affected area.
  • Make sure the juice from the potato moistens the burned area.
  • You can also create a poultice from grated potato to apply to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes.

How it works:

Potatoes, like onions and oatmeal have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antibacterial properties to soothe the pain and promote healing.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is another treatment to consider for a 1st degree burn. You can relieve the discomfort and disinfect too.

What to do:

  • Add several drops of lavender essential oil to 1 Tbsp of olive or coconut base oil.
  • Gently apply the oil to the affected area.
  • You can use honey in place of base oil.
  • Repeat several times a day.

How it works:

Lavender soothes the sting and itching of a burn and can also help to keep the area from becoming infected.

Banana Peel

As simple and odd as it sounds, a banana peel is another great way to treat a 1st degree burn.

What to do:

  • Place the peel of a banana on the affected area and rub it gently.
  • Leave the peel in place until it becomes black.
  • Repeat the process a couple of time, making certain to eat the banana while the peel does its magic.

How it works:

A powerful antioxidant, lutein, found in bananas, works as a soothing anti-inflammatory treatment.

Honey

The sweetest treatment for a 1st degree burn that you’re ever going to find is honey.

What to do:

Smear honey on a gauze bandage and place it over the affected area.

  • Make sure to change the bandage 3 or 4 times daily.

How it works:

Honey is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory with the additional benefit of reducing the chance of developing hypertrophic scarring on the affected area.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is very effect when it is applied to a 1st degree burn or when used a an oil base for other remedies.

What to do:

  • Using a cotton ball or cotton swab, apply coconut oil over the affected area.
  • Repeat as often as necessary until you relieve the symptoms of the burn.

How it works:

Coconut oil includes several antiseptic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory agents, such as vitamin E, lauric and capric acid.

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Turmeric and Mustard Oil

A mixture of turmeric and mustard oil winds up our list of treatments for a 1st degree burn.

What to do:

  • Mix 1 Tbsp of mustard oil with 1 tsp of turmeric (curry) powder.
  • Gently rub the mixture over the affected area.
  • Rinse the mixture off after 30 minutes.
  • Repeat two or three times a day.

How it works:

The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of curcumin, present in turmeric, when combined with mustard oil bring complete pain relief to a burn as well as help it to heal.

Conclusion

Preventing 1st degree burn is always most desirable, but if and when they happen, you can make use of any one or a number of these 15 home remedies to treat a 1st degree burn. Each of them will not only relieve the discomfort, but can also protect the area from getting infected and speed the healing process. If you have comments concerning the remedies listed here or have others that you’d like to add, please don’t hesitate to comment below.

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