#1 Best Natural Home Remedy for Burns

The #1 Best Natural Home Remedy for Burns

Megan Essential Oils & Supplements, Health & Nutrition 18 Comments

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Burns can be caused externally by heat, electricity, chemicals, or radiation. 43% of all burns happen in the home, most of these in the kitchen due to flame, scalding injuries (like steam or hot coffee), or electrical devices (like ovens and irons).

This post does not address burns that result from chemicals or radiation, but rather 1st and sometimes 2nd degree burns that occur especially at home and do not require a trip to the hospital.

The remedy I share here is in most home kitchens; it’s food-sourced; and it’s fascinating to see why and how it works.

Of added relevance to my blog, Eat Beautiful, is the fact that this food-source of healing is often not made beautifully. Below I’ll discuss how to source this pantry staple to ensure its health benefits, both externally and internally!

Burn Classifications

First degree burns affect only the outermost layer of skin. Redness and peeling are symptoms of a first degree burn. Sunburns are classified as first degree.

Second degree burns also affect the skin’s outer layer, but the damage is more severe. Some second degree burns extend from the outer skin (or epidurmis) to the inner skin (the inner dermis).

Third degree burns should always be treated as an emergency and treated by a professional. They result in dry, blackened skin and swelling. In these cases both the epidurmis and inner dermis sustain serious damage. Burns of this nature can also affect muscles and internal organs.

My Burns

Since shortly after we returned from our sunny vacation at Christmas time, my thyroid has been hibernating. It’s wondering where all that vitamin D and grounding has gone.

So I’ve been wearier than usual, not sleeping as well.

And to top it all off, we’re moving! From the house we’ve lived in for 14 years, into a… TINY HOUSE.

(I’m excited to share a tour with you, in a month or so, when it’s all complete.)

But in the meantime, our life is filled with (familial joy, saying our goodbyes, and) LOTS of packing of boxes.

3 times I’ve burned myself in the last month, on the wood stove twice, and on the oven once.

I chalk it up to being weary and all the cleaning we’re doing (near the wood stove).

They haven’t been rush-to-Urgent-Care burns. Instead this post and these burns pertain to how to care for 1st and 2nd degree burns, the kind you get when you put your hand on something hot without thinking about it!

I realized that I should share with you the remedy I use! Because it’s GREAT. And everyone should know about it.

This remedy is in most whole food kitchens; it’s fast to grab; and it works.

#1 Best Natural Home Remedy for Burns

What is it?

It’s real vanilla extract.

Here’s how to apply it and why it works:

Apply undiluted vanilla extract directly to the burn. Use a cloth, or pour a bit directly onto the burned skin, using a clean finger to dab it over the entire surface of the burned area.

Vanilla extract soothes burns, easing any pain, because the evaporation of the alcohol cools the burn.

While cooling a burn sounds like a comfort measure, in fact it is also a remedy for the distress that’s been caused to the skin!

What is a burn? A burn occurs when layers of the skin are destroyed by an extreme source of heat or cold. Therefore treatment includes preventing the damage from becoming more severe. Instantly cooling the area actually helps to reduce the injury.

But what’s even more fascinating is that the kind of alcohol used to make vanilla extract isn’t a burn remedy on its own! It’s the vanilla itself PLUS the alcohol that is key.

Why? Well, vanilla’s been shown to have amazing healing properties. It’s used as a cancer treatment due to a compound found within it, called vanillin. Vanillin works by reducing the number of mutated cells and oxidative stress. Vanilla extract also contains vanillic acid. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

And because vanilla is anti-bacterial it helps to prevent infection, which can be a concern with burns.

Quality

What’s surprising is how seldom vanilla extract is actually derived from vanilla beans!

The demand for vanilla exceeds its production by 10 to 1. So the chemical industry long ago found a way to make vanillin from lignin, a biopolymer found in plentiful wood pulp. (source) However, strong acids are used in this process, making it so damaging to the environment that it’s largely been replaced by a more expensive petrochemical process. This is the vanilla that the majority of the world consumes.

We discovered a company called Singing Dog Vanilla about 8 years ago, as we were opening our Paleo cafe and creating our very first Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt, made from kefir. We wanted the best vanilla and at that time began discovering how many “vanilla extracts” masquerade as the real thing but are not!

Singing Dog Vanilla is a non-GMO, sustainable, fair-trade company that shares its profits with its vanilla farmers in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. I buy their vanilla because I know I’m getting the best in flavor, healing properties, and integrity.

 

Have you used real vanilla extract to soothe a burn and to reduce its damage?

  • Renee Kohley

    Wow! I didn’t know that! I’m so glad you found an easy method for soothing – and I cannot WAIT to hear about your tiny house adventures! Ha!

  • Megan Stevens

    Thanks, Renee!! πŸ˜‰ Yes, I wish more families knew this method, as it’s so easy to grab and it works. Hopefully this post will help to spread the word. πŸ™‚

  • Raia Torn

    How interesting! My go-to for burns is always coconut oil and lavender, but I’m going to try this next time. Well… hopefully there won’t be a next time, but you know… πŸ˜‰

  • I shared this since this is completely brilliant! I make my own with gluten free vodka.

  • linda spiker

    I had NO IDEA! I always just run under cold water, which doesn’t work that well.

  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    I had NO clue about this! What an amazing tip to share, thank you! I’m so sorry about the burns you’ve had recently too. Soon this process will be over and you’ll be cozy in your new tiny house πŸ™‚ So excited for you!

  • This is CRAZY! Who knew? Totally reaching for the pantry instead of the medicine cabinet next time someone gets a burn!

  • WOW!! I swear I learn something new every time I read one of your posts, Megan, LOL. I was so sure you were going to say aloe vera. I’m going to have to try this next time I burn myself and definitely make another batch of homemade vanilla extract since I’m almost all out.

  • Thanks for your very wonderful Vanilla extract ‘burn soother’! I LOVE it!
    I always have some on hand. Good luck in your new fabulous country mini abode!

  • Megan Stevens

    I’ve used lavender + a carrier oil, too. It’s so good to have lavender on hand for everything! πŸ™‚ But I like vanilla extract better for burns. Hopefully you won’t need it! πŸ˜‰

  • Megan Stevens

    Yay, thank you, Anna! So glad. Love that you make your own!

  • Megan Stevens

    IKR?! I heard not to use cold water, but now I understand why the alcohol and vanilla are actually helping.

  • Megan Stevens

    Thank you, yes!! πŸ™‚ <3

  • Megan Stevens

    Good way of saying it! πŸ˜‰

  • Megan Stevens

    Yay, wonderful. I still don’t make my own, so cool that you do. Thank you! πŸ˜‰

  • Megan Stevens

    You’re welcome and thank you! πŸ˜‰

  • You know I would grow my own if I could. πŸ™‚

  • It is always nice to hear what understandings work for others, and I can confirm that the aloe Vera plant gel and juice have great choice for me. I normally use coconut oil on burns later, after they have started remedial, but for home burns on stoves and ovens, and sunburns, cool water and vinegar also helps – and apply the healthy oil later. Thanks for this blog!