Keep a tube of white, minty toothpaste in your kitchen as a means to relieve a minor burn. First, run the burned area under some cold water, then gently pat it dry with a paper towel and cover with a layer of toothpaste.
For minor burns, you can also reach for some vanilla extract. All you need to do is use a cotton swab to gently dab some of the liquid onto your burned skin. The evaporation of the alcohol in the vanilla extract will cool the burn, alleviating the pain.
Black tea contains tannic acid, which draws the heat from burns to help make them less painful. All you need to do is place two or three cool, wet black tea bags on the burn, using some gauze to hold them in place.
White vinegar contains ascetic acid, a component of aspirin that helps to relieve the pain, itching, and inflammation caused by a burn. It’s also an antiseptic, so it will help prevent your burn from becoming infected. Furthermore, vinegar also draws heat from the burn, helping to dull pain naturally. Simply soak some paper towels in diluted vinegar and press on the burn, or use some cotton swabs to gently dab the burn.
Honey is a natural antibiotic, meaning it can help to prevent your burn from becoming infected. It has a natural pH balance that’s inhospitable to bacteria, so once applied topically, it can kill any existing bacteria or infection that is lingering on the skin. Honey will also help to cool the burn, relieve pain, and help the skin to heal.
The protein and fat content in milk soothes burns and promotes healing. Soak your burn in some milk for 15 minutes for quick relief. Full-fat, whole-milk yogurt can also help to cool and hydrate your parched skin.
Coconut oil is a fantastic source of skin-healing vitamin E, and it also contains fatty acids that are anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, which help prevent burns from becoming infected. If a scald has left a nasty looking mark on your skin, add some lemon juice to your coconut oil before massaging it into the scar. The acidic properties of the lemon juice will help to lighten the scar while the coconut oil helps it heal.
8. Lavender Oil
A French chemist discovered the healing power of lavender oil in the early 1900s. He had severely burned his hand, so he plunged his hand into a vat of lavender essential oil, and found that it eased the pain and helped the burn to heal quickly. All you have to do is mix 1 teaspoon of pure lavender essential oil into 2 ounces of water in a misting bottle. Shake and mist the burned skin as often as needed.