burns: How to treat with natural remedies
- I am clumsy in the kitchen and keep an aloe plant in the window for quick and handy treatment of minor burns. Commercial aloe gels work too, but not as well as the fresh gel squeezed from a cut leaf.
- A few drops of lavender or tea tree oil will keep infection away, apply them with a cool compress after you cool the burned area with cold water.
- Plantain, a weedy plant that is most likely growing in your backyard, is in fact antibacterial and makes a quick, easy poultice quite soothing when applied to a burn. Like comfrey, it contains allantoin, an anti-inflammatory phytochemical known for the way it speeds healing and stimulates the growth of new skin. Another common "weed", chickweed, can be very useful for cooling and soothing minor burns as well.
- Witch hazel extract is another all in one solution for burns you should keep handy in the first aid kit. It is astringent, decreases inflammation and cools burned skin.