A burn is a very traumatic injury, cause by fire, chemicals, steam, electricity or any other form of heat transfer to the skin (our biggest organ). Burns on less then 10% of the body surface is considered minor. An entire hand is 1% of the body surface. There are three types of burns and they are classified by their severity.
First degree burns: Are the ones to the top layers of the skin, the area becomes red and painful a sunburn is an example of first degree burn.
Second degree burns: These are the ones that go deeper damaging more layers of skin, the skin becomes red, extremely painful with blisters.
Third degree burns: These are the most serious of them all, the entire thickness of the skin is destroyed in some cases muscle and other tissues are damaged, there is little pain involved as most of the nerves are burned and the brain is unable to sense pain, the skin turns red or white, without proper care the area may become infected sometimes it turns yellow or black. In severe burns a skin graft may be needed. There are many home remedies burns to help reduce pain and speed up healing.
*IMPORTANT* Do not attempt to treat a third degree burn yourself these types of injury are life threatening and they require professional attention. Natural remedies can help after hospitalization to prevent infection and boost immune system defenses.
In minor burns herbs and homeopathic medicines have remarkable success reliving pain and speeding up healing.
List of Home Remedies for Burns
Apply Colloidal silver this is a natural antibiotic and disinfectant if the burn is very painful, use in spray.
Apply a lotion made with vitamin A.
Take Vitamin C w/ bioflavonoids this is an antioxidant needed for the formation of collagen. Studies have shown that high doses of vitamin C are very necessary.
Take vitamin E needed to prevent scarring.
Plantain leaves is a popular remedy for treating burns. These green weedy plants grow practically anywhere in the world with sufficient water. Just don't confuse this plantain with the banana-like vegetable of the same name. Hit the leaf with a small hammer, enough to smash just a little bit the plant than wrap the affected area with the leaf.