How to Treat Burns

One of the most unpleasant accidents that can occur in our everyday life is to get burned and not know how to achieve immediate relief and how to heal the wound. Have a look at the tips below and learn how to treat burns in a natural way and with easy-to-find home remedies.

Before Applying any Ointment, Pull Heat Away From the Burned Area

The first and the most important thing when you get burned is to immediately run cold water over the burnt part for 15 to 20 minutes, in order to cool the overheated skin tissue and reduce pain. If burns are more severe, place ice cubes on top of them for 10 minutes.

The next step is to apply an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial topical remedy to disinfect the burnt area and relieve pain. Instead of using expensive chemical-based gels and creams, you should adhere to numerous and very effective home remedies.

Relieve and Heal Burns With Aloe Vera Cooling Gel

aloe vera gel

Aloe Vera has been used for centuries as a topical treatment for almost all types of minor burns and cuts. It is rich in active compounds that have pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, which are very helpful in fighting bacteria and reducing inflammation.

It contains allantoin, a natural healing agent that sooths burn injuries, by helping loosen dead skin cells and by stimulating the growth of new and healthy tissue.

Aloe Vera’s cooling effects will in most cases provide instant relief from burns and greatly reduce or prevent the formation of blisters.

If you are not growing your own plant, you can find many good quality Aloe Vera products on the market. Just make sure that they are completely natural and 100% stabilized Aloe Vera gels.

How to treat burns with Aloe Vera:

  • Remove a stem from the Aloe Vera plant and cut it lengthwise or into small segments.
  • Squeeze the gel from the leaf or take it out with a spoon.
  • Apply the gel onto the burnt area and continue applying it until the burn is completely reduced and healed.

Honey is not Just Sweet – It Is Also an Effective Remedy for Treating Burns

Honey on female Body

Honey had been used by ancient Egyptians, as well as by many other cultures for hundreds of years to heal burns and wounds. It can fight almost 60 species of bacteria, prevent infections and speed up the healing process.

It is a quick, natural and easy-to-find remedy that can efficiently sooth mild burns and prevent the growth of microbes.

Raw honey, which has not undergone a pasteurization and filtration process, contains natural antibiotics, vitamins and minerals and is also a perfect antiseptic. Honey’s acidic properties (contains gluconic acid) can efficiently prevent the growth of bacteria.

In fact, when honey is applied onto a wound or a burn, a bees’ enzyme that it contains are combined with fluids released by damaged tissue cells to produce hydrogen peroxide, a disinfectant commonly sold in pharmacies and other stores.

How to treat burns with honey:

  • Delicately rinse the burn with cold sterile water.
  • Pour a thick layer of raw honey over the burnt area and spread it gently to cover the entire wound.
  • Place a sterile gauze pad on top of the honey and secure it with medical tape or cover the wound with a thin and clean plastic bag.
  • Apply this treatment as long as necessary (48 hours should be enough) and change honey pads daily. Do not moist or wet the wound.

Treat Burns With the Amazing St. John’s Wort Plant

Due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and disinfectant properties, St. John’s wort plant has been used for centuries by native Indians of America, Europeans and other cultures as an ointment to purify, treat and repair the tissue of bruises and burns.

This powerful plant contains hyperforin, which has great therapeutic properties, helpful in healing and regenerating the burnt skin tissue, while preventing bacteria and viral infections.

How to treat burns with St. John’s wort:

  • Prepare an infusion by soaking a handful of dried herbs with 1 cup boiling water. Let it cool, dip a sterile piece of gauze inside and apply topically as a compress.
  • Prepare infused oil: put the flowers of St. John wort plant inside a jar and cover them completely with olive oil. Keep the jar in a warm and sunny place for at least 1 month.

Apply this oil on a small bandage to wrap around the wound and allow the skin to absorb the oil, or soak a piece of sterile gauze with oil and use it as a compress.

  • Change bandages and compresses throughout the day, as long as needed, to help draw away inflammation, infections and pain.

About the author


Jessica is a translator who has lived for many years in Asia and South America. She now lives and works in Europe, while preparing her new journeys. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, exploring different cultures and foods, and being in love.

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