Last night I was making dinner, and the kids got underfoot…which means I got sloppy and splashed bone broth down my shirt. That’s right. I burned my cleavage. Ouch. Cue Googling “natural burn remedies”.
4 Natural Burn Remedies + A DIY Cooling Mist Recipe
And since hubby says that burned boobs do not make a good case for a mommy makeover, I had to get the damage under control fast. Since we are a fairly crunchy family, we don’t have burn cream laying around. But we do have quite a few natural remedies that do quite nicely.
The first thing I did was wipe some apple cider vinegar all over me. In fact, I still smell a little bit like pickles. I’m okay with that because the vinegar actually offered near immediate relief.
A treatment used by countless individuals for years, vinegar has the potential to offer immediate relief from pain associated with burns. For treatment, just soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply to the burn. You might also do a compress soaked in vinegar and water. Working as an astringent and antiseptic, vinegar helps prevent infection by killing potential pathogens and helps burns to heal faster (potentially because of the pH factor).
Have you heard of Medihoney? I hadn’t until I talked to a nurse friend. She said that they use it all the time in the NICU and PICU. I was sold. Honey has antibiotic properties that can help prevent infection, which makes it a wonderful treatment for burns.
Why does it work? Honey has antibiotic properties that can help prevent infection, which makes it a wonderful treatment for burns.
Many NICUs use honey because it can be a great natural burn treatment, and it’s not going to add chemicals or other nonsense your body doesn’t need during the healing process.
Aloe has always been one of the primary choices when it comes to sunburns, likely because it’s both cooling and soothing. If you have an aloe plant, all you need to do to access the good stuff is break off a leaf and squeeze.
If you’re like me and have a black thumb, you can buy natural aloe gel (this is the one we have at home), which has a thinner consistency, but works just as well.
Ish also grabbed a bottle of water out of the pantry and doused me in it (and he didn’t get yelled at!). Cool (NOT COLD) water can help to slow the burn from spreading and provide soothing relief. Plus as it dries it continues to keep your burn “cool” so that it hurts a little less.
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Of course, my favorite thing to use on irritated skin is to use a simple DIY Cooling Spray.
DIY Cooling Spray
This is a super simple recipe that you can whip up in no time. You’ll need the following:
- Aloe gel
- 20 drops Lavender essential oil or other oil of choice
- 10 drops Spikenard essential oil or other oil of choice
- Purified water
- 2-ounce glass spray bottle
Mix equal parts water and aloe gel in your spray bottle (about 1 ounce each). Add the essential oils (I chose these because they smell divine and seem to help me calm down and unwind) and cap your bottle. Be sure to shake well before each use.
Some of my friends swear by this as a toner and moisturizer. I haven’t tried that, but it’s definitely something I will do in the future!