Natural Treatments for Minor Burns
The following procedures are for minor burns only. If you suspect that your burn is more severe it is important that you seek the advice of a physician immediately. It is best NOT to try treating a severe burn, as doing so could cause more damage.
If you have a minor burn (first or second degree), that shows redness or slight blistering, the first step is to cool the area. You can do this by running it under cool water or using a cool compresses, for at least 10 minutes.
After the area is cooled (be sure not to stop the cooling process prematurely), there are several natural remedies that can effectively aid the healing process. One such remedy, aloe vera gel or the juice from an aloe plant gently applied to the burn will not only promote healing, but will also sooth the sensitive area.
Black and green teas contain tannic acid. Tannic acid has been used in clinics for treatment of surface burns. You can use the herbs as a compress or a soak. This process can be done shortly after the burn occurs and again once the burn has begun to heal.
Another remedy, colloidal silver is a natural antibiotic
that will also help promote healing. Use the colloidal silver as the burn heals,
and keep the area covered to help reduce the risk of infection, especially if
a blister has formed. If a blister forms, do not break it. Allow it to heal
naturally. If Swelling occurs, remove rings, bracelets or watches that could
constrict the area.
During the healing process, it is best to increase your intake of protein. Protein is essential for tissue repair and healing.
The following supplements can also be helpful in the healing process.
Vitamin A is helpful with tissue repair. It is better to use emulsion form for easier absorption.
Vitamin C promotes the healing of burns and is also a powerful antioxidant.
Vitamin E helps to heal and will also help prevent scarring.
Zinc is also helpful in the healing of tissue.
Selenium is good for tissue elasticity.
Before taking any supplement, be sure to consult your doctor or physician.
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