Recently a very good friend of mine had a propane tank on his gas grill catch on fire. It shot out a fireball, which engulfed his upper body, arms and face. Though burnt pretty badly, the tank thankfully ran out of gas before it could explode.
Going to the emergency room they gave him pain medication but really did not offer much advice other than the fact that it would take time to heal.
There are a few things that you can do that not only help you heal faster but also feel good and soothing while helping to prevent scars from forming.
#1. Soak the burned area in full fat ice-cold milk.
The fat and protein content in milk soothes burns and promotes healing. Soak the burn for 15 minutes at a time. Full fat yogurt can be used as well to help cool and hydrate.
#2. Mist Yourself! – This feels really good.
Get a small misting bottle.
Fill it with 6oz. of good clean water
30 drops of pure Peppermint Oil
20 drops of pure Lavender Oil
10 drops of Frankincense Oil
*Shake every time you use it because oil floats to the top.
**Mist liberally, you cannot use this too much. This combination of oils is antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial and Frankincense actually contributes to DNA level cellular repair.
#3. Aloe Aloe Aloe!
Aloe Vera is a wonder healer for burns.
Keep a bottle of pure aloe liquid in the refrigerator and spray or smooth on carefully as needed. *You can also add 10-20 drops or more of Peppermint Oil and or the other oils to this for cooling relief.
#4. Cool water only if you are bathing or showering. NO soaps on the burn areas, especially those that are perfumed with anything other than essential oils as they can be drying and that is the last thing a burn needs.
#5. Take extra Vitamins C & E
These not only help to boost your immune system back up, they also help with skin healing and repair.
#6. Eating Collagen boosting foods will help with repair
Fish, Red Vegetables (tomatoes/peppers), Dark green Vegetables (spinach, kale, broccoli), Carrots, Berries, White Tea, Citrus Fruits, Protein (eggs, milks, meats), Bone broth Soups, Garlic, and even Oysters. And though it seems like an odd health suggestion – Gummy Candies.
#7. RAW Honey
Once scabbing starts RAW honey is an amazing healer. Antibiotic in nature it not only helps prevent but can actually reverse scarring. (Just not keloid scars).
Use it like a mask on the burnt area. Leave on for 15-20 minutes daily. You will begin to see results in only a few days.
This aspect is often over looked.
Your body heals most rapidly when you are asleep. Burns are very taxing to your body and you will require more rest than usual until your skin is healed.
Be easy on yourself and take the time you need.