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No matter how careful you are in the kitchen, it is only a matter of time until you burn yourself. If you have kids, the chances that you will need to treat a burn go up approximately one million percent. A burn can range anywhere from a minor inconvenience that stings a bit to a disfiguring mark that you carry with you for the rest of your life. The all-natural remedies listed below are for low-grade burns only. If you have really hurt yourself, get up from the computer and go see a doctor now.
Before we get started, the following remedies are to help reduce or even eliminate the stinging and scarring associated with burns. Every burn should be treated with cold water and a moist, cold wrap, but you can apply the following substances over the burned area once you have flushed it with cold water and before you apply the wrap.
Scientists aren't quite sure why egg whites are the "cure de jour" for burns, but there is no doubt that they can work miracles for your skin. Simply apply a layer on your hand and then make sure you wrap it to keep it moist. Check it in an hour or possibly two and, chances are, there will be so scalding or scarring on the burned area. As for the pain, you probably want to stick with some painkillers, but nothing helps remove any signs of burns better than egg whites.
If you were to ask your grandmother how to treat burns, she would probably hand you a bottle of vinegar. While all types of vinegar appear to help burned tissue, apple cider vinegar seems to be the most effective. You can use cotton balls and dab the vinegar on to the burned area or you can soak gauze in it and wrap the affected area that way. If you are looking for an effective way to treat a sunburn, try putting a cup of vinegar into your bathwater and having a soak. You should notice immediate relief, but your bathroom is going to smell afterwards.
If you are looking for a burn treatment that seems to be able to tackle the pain as well as the redness, swelling and potential scarring, try a honey wrap once you have soaked the area in cold water. The use of gauze or even a Saran wrap is the most effective way. It is believed that since the affected area stays moist and warm, the ingredients in the honey can help counteract the effects of the burn better.
This is another cure where moisture is key. Make a simple paste of baking soda and water and smear the burned area so it is completely covered. Wrap the area with a moist towel and reapply as the baking soda mixture dries until the pain and redness go away. Fans of this treatment swear it prevents scarring, but you have a heck of a mess to clean up afterwards.