You should know this: Alternative remedies for minor burns of all types


Sunburn cartoonA medical practitioner should see all bad burns. For minor burns, here are a few alternative remedies.

Honey is hygroscopic and absorbs water, creating an environment in which disease-producing microorganisms, deprived of their moisture, cannot live. It has proven antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-viral properties and is one of the most powerful healing agents to be found in nature. Recommended for cuts, grazes, sunburn and many other kinds of skin trauma.

Vinegar applied to kitchen burns prevents blisters as well as pain.

Aloe Vera – Snap off a leaf and squeeze the thick juice directly over the burn. It is instantly cooling.

Bilberry – Spread berry extract on cleansed skin and cover with a cotton bandage.

Comfrey- the entire plant can be used, mashed to a pulp, and applied as a poultice to the burn.

Echinacea– use bruised leaves as a poultice

Marshmallow – take the juice from the root, and bruised leaves from the

plant and mix with egg white to make an adhesive poultice which soothes and cleanses the burn.

Nettle– Make a tincture. The herb should be soaked in alcohol for 14 days, then filtered. Add glycerin to prevent evaporation).

Plantain– Make a poultice by mashing the leaves and applying to the burn.

Homeopathic Remedies



Aloe barbadensis

Oil of St.-John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum),

Calendula officinalis,

Comfrey (Symphytum

officinale), and

Tea tree oil (Melaleuca spp.).


Make a compress soaked in milk and hold on the burn or apply raw potato slices. Don’t use butter as grease traps the heat in the burn.


For windburns, moisten some baking soda and apply directly.


Relieve sunburn pain—pat your sunburn with damp tea bags.

Soak a piece of flannel or cloth on the sunburned area. Keep the cloth on until the area begins to cool. Repeat this treatment up to 4 times a day.