BURNS

ESSENTIAL OILS

Lavender. Naturally soothes burns; helps to calm and disinfect an inflamed injury site.48

Tea Tree and Manuka. Help reduce the risk of infection and soothe skin.

Peppermint. Helps reduce pain and improve burns by soothing inflammation.

Frankincense. Helps reduce scarring and inflammation.

Research
A 2015 study reported that the inclusion of tea tree oil in burn treatment reduced the edema resulting from UVB exposure. This represents a promising approach to topical treatment of inflammatory disorders and wound healing.

Home Remedy
Burn Salve. Mix 2 ounces of raw honey, 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and 20 drops of lavender oil in a glass jar, and spread the mixture over the burn or wound generously. Cover the injury site with a dressing or adhesive bandage.

Background
Burns occur from exposure to heat, steam, hot liquids, chemicals or the sun. The correct treatment depends on the severity of the burn. Severe burns can destroy all layers of skin and even damage muscles and underlying fat; these kinds of burns need immediate medical attention. Natural therapies can help with healing wounds and decreasing pain associated with burns. Certain natural remedies may also reduce the risk of infection and help areas heal without scarring.

Suggested Supplements

» Aloe Vera. Look for a gel that is at least 99 percent pure, or better yet, use fresh aloe from a plant to stimulate healing. Apply it to your skin twice daily.

» Vitamin E. An important antioxidant for repairing tissue and healing burns. Take 400 IU daily or use it as a topical gel.