A Burn Remedy You Can Eat

Once when cooking in my kitchen, I took the cover off a casserole and got a steam burn on the tender skin inside of my wrist. For 5 hours I had an ice pack on it, taking it off now and then to see if the pain had stopped, and it hadn't. It was getting close to bedtime, and I knew the pain would keep me awake.

I decided to put out a quick question via social networking, and received several suggestions, most of them were natural burn remedies.

Here are the suggestions I received:

1. Toothpaste
2. Butter
3. Aloe Plant
4. Ice Packs
5. Burn Cream
6. Egg Whites
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
8. Raw Honey
9. Vitamin E
10. ....I'll keep you guessing for a bit more.

And here's what I did and learned:

1. Toothpaste we later determined was a remedy for something else.

2. Butter, not at all a good idea on a burn, fat holds in the heat.

3. Aloe plant - I slit a leaf from mine and applied the juice, it wasn't enough this time, though it can be for lesser burns.

4. Ice packs - I had been doing that, and it helped, but wasn't a permanent solution, just felt good while on ice.

5. Burn Cream - a neighbor walked over with some of that, but before trying it, I had already had success with...

6. Egg Whites! - I cracked a cold egg open and applied it to the burn and the pain subsided immediately. When it dried I applied more, and then put a loose gauze over the area and went to bed.

I did use the burn cream later, because my neighbor was so kind to bring it, but the pain was gone by then.

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I didn't get to try:

7. Apple cider vinegar

8. Raw Honey or

9. Vitamin E - I know Vitamin E is wonderful for the healing process of the skin and to avoid scarring, and have put a hole in a gelcap with a pin in order to apply it to things like this, but didn't have any available to try on the burn after it happened.

Oh, and the mystery remedy....

10. This was suggested to a friend by a missionary, they have to learn ways to remedy things naturally as they are often in parts of the world where there are no medicines. They use fresh urine which takes away the pain and heals it without scarring. As unpleasant as that sounds, it isn't the first time I've heard of using it as a remedy, it is useful for various things, but truthfully, you'll never catch me using it unless I have absolutely no other alternative.

The best thing I found to do was get it on ice. I didn't apply ice directly to the skin, or it would add an "ice burn" to my already burned skin, but used an ice pack covered with cloth. Then the simple but amazingly soothing egg whites!

Oh, and the next morning I used the remaining egg to make scrambled eggs for breakfast.

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Updated 11/21/18 


  1. Interesting! "The incredible, edible egg" campaign comes to mind. Bet they didn't know about this burn remedy. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I do remember that campaign :-) This is a worthy thing to add to the list of benefits that come from the incredible egg.

  2. I had not heard of using egg whites for burns but I will give it a try next time I need it. I have usually used ice and occasionally if I really have to, a burn cream. Luckily I don't get burns that often, but as I am allergic to some of the ingredients in many commercial creams I am on the look out for easy alternatives. Thank you :) Oh I doubt I would use the mystery remedy-unless there was nothing else- but good to know !

    1. It is worth a try. I'm curious to find out whether it will work when put on right after receiving the burn, in my case it was used after I had used ice for a while. My daughter says it does work right away. Yes, the mystery remedy, we'll leave that to those who dare.



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