How To Treat Burns Naturally Using Herbs
Burns are a type of skin injury that is caused by chemicals, heat, radiation, electricity, sun radiation, and friction.
A burn injury is an injury on the skin that is sometimes caused by exposure to high temperatures. Temperatures that are much higher than the temperature in the body.
The body's cells suffer damage when exposed to temperatures exceeding 56 degrees Celsius. Burns are referred to "an injury on the skin" because a high temperature can burn the internal organs of the body such as the lining of the mouth, esophagus, and colon.
What Are The Grades of Burns?
Skin or organ damage caused by burns is divided into four different degrees:
- A grade burns: Known to cause redness in the skin, and at times, very small bubbles (e.g. sunburns or oil rubbing burns).
- B grade burns: Known to cause intense redness with large bubbles containing turbid fluid (pale yellow in color).
- C grade burns: Known to burn the entire thickness of the skin's layer, which becomes a pale yellow to gray ash color.
- D grade burns: Known to carbonate the skin and it's underlying tissues.
Treat Burns Using Herbal Remedies
- B or C grade burns, which are known to affect 10% of the bodies surface, require immediate transport to a hospital.
- A or B grade light burns affect a limited area of the skin, and can be treated at home.
The following herbs are capable of helping to treat burns.
- Aloe Vera
The gel of aloe vera contains over 75 known components. Thanks to its ingredients and their complicity, aloe vera penetrates deep into the skin's surface, cleans it, and then acts as a natural anesthetic.
Aloe vera also enhances new cell growth in the body, improves the function of the bodily tissues, and heals wounds. Aloe vera has antibiotic, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties and it stimulates the immune system, calms the nervous system, cleanses the intestines, and also detoxifies the body.
Aloe Vera Leaves: The best source of aloe vera are the leaves of a fresh plant. Start by cutting a counterfoil and making a slit in the middle of the leaf with a knife. Apply the inner gel directly to the burn. If there is no aloe vera leaves available, find a product exclusively made for sunburns that is made from 100% aloe vera (do not use if aloe vera is just included as an ingredient).
Aloe Vera Ointment: Use 100 g of aloe vera fresh gel along with 250 g animal fat or natural beeswax. Heat the gel and fat or beeswax in a pot for a while, and then leave the pot covered overnight to let it cool. The next day, warm the mixture lightly, and then filter it through a liner cloth. While the mixture is still warm, place it into a glass or ceramic jar that has already been prepared.
Aloe vera ointment may be purchased in any health food store, herb farm, or herbal store.
Clean the skin thoroughly and apply aloe vera ointment directly to the burned area on the skin.
Find further aloe vera application information here: Top 4 Herbs to Treat Acne Naturally.
Calendula acts as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, and as a healing and antifungal property. It is ideal for use as a first aid treatment for minor burns and wounds.
Calendula Ointment: Use 2 handfuls of calendula flowers, including the stems and leaves along with 500 g. animal fat or natural beeswax (see details of the preparation method on Aloe vera ointment above).
Calendula Compress: Pour boiling water into a cup with 10 g. (one tablespoon) calendula. Leave the mixture to sit for 5-6 minutes. Make a compress with the mixture and then apply it 2-3 times a day to the skin area that has been burned.
Calendula Oil: Fill a glass bottle with calendula flowers, and then pour the oil until the bottle is covered. Leave it to rest in a sunny place and then shake it slightly every 3-4 days. After two weeks, strain the mixture in a dark glass container.
Tips: For best results, dissolve the oil in a bottle with one drop lavender essential oil for each 10 ml of calendula oil.
Echinacea has antiseptic, antiviral, and vasodilator properties, and also helps to treat burns and sunburns, wounds and skin diseases such as eczema, boils and acne, as well as insect bites.
The highest concentration of the active ingredient in Echinacea, which are the black roots of the plant, are what is primarily used.
Echinacea Compresses: Pour boiling water into a cup with 10 g. (one tablespoon) Echinacea. Leave the mixture to sit for 5-6 minutes. Make a compress with the mixture and apply it 2-3 times a day to the skin area that has been burned.
- Green Tea
Very few people know that when green tea is used as a compress, it is an excellent herb for treating burns and sunburns.
Green tea contains ingredients that help protect the skin from sun damage, reduces the inflammation of burns, and helps the body avoid skin cancer.
Compresses: Pour boiling water into a cup with 10 g. (one tablespoon) Green tea. Place the mixture in the refrigerator and let sit for 5-6 minutes. Make a compress with the mixture and apply it to the skin area that has been burned 2-3 times a day.
Lavender oil has miraculous properties for treating burns and sunburns. A French chemist discovered lavender properties in the year 1900, when an experiment had caused serious burns to his hand.
Completely by accident, he plunged his hand into a tank filled with lavender oil, and then the pain and inflammation quickly disappeared.
Lavender oil provides immediate relief from pain, and accelerates the healing process for both A and B degree burns. In addition, lavender oil prevents the occurrence of infections because of it's antimicrobial properties.
Lavender Pure Oil: Pour one teaspoon pure lavender oil in a bottle of water and stir it. Sprinkle this on burns as often as needed.
Another way to use lavender oil is to pour 4-5 drops of it, three times a day, directly on wounds and burns. Leave the mixture on for at least 15-20 minutes. In addition, you can dilute the same amount of lavender essential oil in 10 ml of olive oil, and then coat the affected skin area.
- St. John’s Wort
The scientific name for St. John’s Wort is Hypericum perforatum L.
St. John’s Wort has been used since ancient times as a healing property. The Fathers of Medical Science, Hippocrates and Dioscorides, produced and used hypericum performatum for the treatment of several ailments.
St. John’s Wort has antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic properties.
St. John’s Wort oil is extremely beneficial when treating burns, sunburns, bruises and scrapes, old as well as open wounds, muscle pains, scalds, as well as general injuries.
St. John’s Wort Oil: Place the St. John’s wort flowers loosely in a bottle up to the neck, and then pour cold-pressed olive oil two finger widths above the flowers. Place the bottle in a sunny place or near a stove for at least 20 days. Strain the mixture in a dark glass container and then store it.
To use the mixture on burns, make a compress with the mixture and apply it 2-3 times a day to the skin area that has been burned.
St. John’s Wort could cause photosensitivity manifested by skin irritations, and it is advised to wear sun block outdoors when the mixture is on your skin.
Burns First Aid
Burns require medical care and attention.
The intense pain and fear of burns can cause panic and shock to the sufferer, as well as loss of composure in their environment. For this reason, it is crucial to maintain the coolness of a burn.
It is important to help the sufferer immediately to get rid of his clothes when washing burns with cold water. There is no benefit to washing the burn with water half an hour or later after it has occurred.
Remove any metal object the individual is wearing such as chains, rings, bracelets, watch, etc. On one hand, metal objects act as thermal radiators, and on the other hand, it might become difficult to remove the metal objects when the burns are followed by edema (swelling). Burnt pieces of clothing will stick to the skin, but it is best that clothing is not removed until a doctor can remove them.
- Final Note
Summer is the season that is associated with holidays and an easygoing life, far away from the worries of hectic everyday life. It is also the period in which most accidents occur, and a sizable percentage of those accidents unfortunately happen to be skin burns.
External causes or accidents that affect the skin will cause the most discomfort to sufferers. The surface of the skin is the largest organ in the body, and it is meant to protect the body from germs that try to enter.
Therefore, it is critical to take care of and protect our skin to the best of our abilities. This includes avoiding various heat sources that can cause minor to very serious burns.
I wish for you to be always healthy.