Accidents can happen anywhere in the home, but after burning my hand fairly badly on the stove recently, I decided having a homemade first aid kit would be essential. I searched online to find homemade burn treatments and found some very interesting ways to help with a burn. These items not only help with burns, they have other benefits that would be great in a homemade first-aid kit.
1. Distilled white vinegar
This was one of the first suggestions I found online for treating burns. Yes, it helps ease the pain. Vinegar is a great tool to have in a first-aid kit because it can also treat the following ailments:
- Insect bites
- Athlete’s foot
- Head lice
- Any fungal infection
2. Apple cider vinegar
I have tried apple cider vinegar to treat acid reflux, but it can also be used for numerous other ailments.
- Sore throat
- Remove warts, acne, and skin tags
- Stuffy nose and allergies
- Bad breath and teeth whitener
Honey was another home remedy I found to help with burns. Here are other ways to use it in a first-aid kit.
- Treats nausea and digestion issues
- Reduces allergy symptoms
- Sore throat
- Boosts antioxidants
- Eases coughs
- Reduces tooth pain
- Reduces acne
4. Coconut oil
I used coconut oil to help heal my burns and blisters. It is an antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory weapon you can use for other reasons.
- Heals burns, cuts, bites, blisters, stings, and other skin problems
- Treats itching
- Removes warts and moles
- Treats athlete’s foot
- Eases tooth pain
- Head lice
5. Aloe vera
Aloe vera was mentioned in every search I did online to treat a burn. Aloe vera can be used for multiple issues. Its major properties are like coconut oil and can be used for the same issues.
- Skin irritations and ailments including eczema
- Sunburn and other burns
- Athlete’s Foot
6. Essential oils
If you do not have a small stash of essential oils in your kitchen or bathroom, I suggest you start one. Many essential oils have healing properties. In my search for burn pain, I found lavender oil, tea tree oil, and frankincense mentioned the most. Here’s how each of these oils can help with first-aid issues:
- Lavender oil eases, soothes, and calms burn pain, itching, prevents scars, treats earaches, anxiety, and symptoms associated with anxiety, treats headaches and more.
- Tea Tree oil has antifungal and antiseptic qualities that make it very useful. It can be used to disinfect anything, treat stings, and help clear acne.
- Frankincense oil is a natural pain reducer that reduces inflammation. It can also be used for reducing anxiety. It helps treat headaches and Pre- and Post-Menstrual issues including pain and mood swings. It boosts the immune system and has been known to have anti-aging benefits.
My pain did not ease up with any of these home remedies, and I was thinking it was just about time to go to the ER. However, in my last-ditch effort to avoid the trip, I found that mustard was an item many people found to be a miracle-worker with burn pain and blistering. So, I thought I would give it one last try.
It had an immediate cooling effect which I found it to be the answer I was looking for to treat my specific burn. Yes, I turned yellow and smelled funny, but instant and long-lasting pain relief was gained from slathering it on my fingers.
Apparently, the turmeric and vinegar properties found in the mustard is what did the trick. This is a must have in your homemade first aid kit!
Put these kitchen “must haves” in your first-aid kit to fight infection, soothe burns, and treat skin issues.