Aloe Gel may be a great home-remedy to treat burns, but honey isn’t bad either. A New Zealand study has found that treating burned skin with honey from the kitchen cupboard promotes faster healing than skin treated with antibiotic creams or surgical dressings. It is already known that this sweet stuff from the kitchen has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and for long people have been using it to cure minor burns and wounds, but the fact that the recovery period is faster by as much as 4 days as compared to other standard treatments is something worth mentioning. In fact, recently it has been found that a cream popularly used to cure burns may actually delay healing. Furthermore, Cochrane Researchers after a thorough study have revealed that despite the wide range of wound dressings available for burns, there is no consensus on the most effective alternative treatment.
Now coming back to the University of Auckland, New Zealand study, according to Dr Andrew Jull how honey works is unclear, but it appears to fight infection and help the body remove dead tissue. So the next time you singe yourself, cool your skin with cold water and spread honey on some gauze and apply it to your burn. Change the dressing twice a day. While you may not always have an aloevera plant in your kitchen garden, honey is always there in your kitchen pantry and it comes in handy during such times. However if it’s a severe burn, try a more powerful home-remedy such as this: To expel the excessive heat in and around your skin, run it under cold water for several minutes. Application of ice isn’t recommended as freezing decreases circulation and you need healthy cells in your blood to oust the heat. After cooling the burned area with cold water, cut a raw onion into half and place it on the wound for 15 minutes and then see a doctor. Onions contain a mild analgesic and they are also used to treat corns and calluses.
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