Neem Oil is a natural remedy for minor burns. It reduces pain, facilitates wound healing, and minimizes scar development.
By Dr. Peter Radtke: It’s turkey time! Roast the bird but not your hands! My family and I are new additions to this amazing country. So, when we arrived at the shores of LAX we had a few things to learn. Some of them were quite easy, like answering the question “How are you?” We quickly learned that you shouldn’t use 20 minutes to tell someone how you actually are. Other things were more difficult to learn and took a bit more time; one of them was how to use our oven. We were surprised how big ovens were in the US, especially, since it seemed that most cooking was done by microwave. Due to its unfamiliar dimensions, my lovely wife, who really likes to cook and is very good at it, burned her forearms on a regular basis when taking things in and out of the oven. These burns were usually minor first or second-degree burns but quite painful. They left red marks and blisters and took several weeks to heal and left scars. Sometimes when a blister broke and the integrity of the skin was compromised, bacterial and fungal infections settled on the burn and complicated the healing process. Until . . . we learned about Neem Oil!
5 Steps on how to use Neem Oil for Minor Burns
With Thanksgiving around the corner and families getting ready to fire up the ovens to show off their collective cooking skills, I hope that none of us will need this information, but just in case, here are a few tips on how to use Neem oil as a home remedy to treat minor burns. Minor burns are defined as 1st or 2nd degree burns of a skin area that is no larger than 2-3 inches in size.
1) Cool the burn. Hold burned skin under cold water for 10 – 20 minutes. Allow to air-dry or gently pat dry with clean gauze. Early cooling (within 30 minutes of the burn) reduces burn
depth and pain.
2) Should blisters develop, do not break open. An open wound can lead to infections.
3) Apply a few of drops of Neem Cure to the burn and gently spread over the affected area.
4) Reapply Neem Cure 2-3 times a day for the first two days. Then reduce to 2 times a day until skin has healed to minimize scar formation.
5) For first-degree burns (redness only) apply Neem lotion morning and night.
JustNeem Customers Report Back:
Janet R.: “I burnt my finger on the stove and I figured that I would try the Neem Cure to see if it helped. It actually took the pain away! I could not believe it! The next day you could barely see where the burn was. Really great stuff!” Leslie H.: “I got a pot out of my 425 degree oven after baking for over an hour, then proceeded to take the lid off with my bare hand (dumb!!). I burnt my fingers so badly and was in a ton of pain. After running under cold water, I put several drops on Neem Cure on the burn. Within 15 minutes the pain subsided and I never got any painful blisters. Neem cure saved me! The next morning you could see where the burn was, but no pain & no blisters. Amazing!! Everyone needs to have Neem Cure in their cabinet!” Lars: “Got sunburned and used the Wind & Sea lotion day and night and my skin did not peel like usual after a burn. Really nice!”
How Neem Oil Facilitates Skin Recovery from Minor Burns:
- Alleviates pain: Neem oil stops painful burning sensation through its antihistamine activity.
- Soothes skin: Neem oil controls itching of newly developing skin during the healing process. This, too, is a function of its antihistamine properties.
- Protects skin: Neem oil protects newly formed, sensitive skin. Exceptional concentrations of Vitamin E protect skin from oxidative damage.
- Facilitates wound healing: High concentrations of omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids in Neem oil promote new skin cell formation.
- Minimizes scar formation: Neem oil is highly moisturizing which keeps skin elastic, promotes restoration of skin, and minimizes scar formation.
- Prevents infections: Neem oil keeps burn-wounds free from skin infections as Neem inhibits bacterial and fungal growth.
Classification of Burns
A burn is a thermal, chemical, electrical, or radiation injury to skin tissue. The severity of burns is classified by the degree of injury. The classification is based on the extent of damage to skin tissue, the depth of the injury, and size of the affected surface area. Home remedies such as Neem oil to treat burn injuries should only be used on minor 1st and 2nd degree burns of less than 3 inches.
- 1st degree burns are limited to the epidermis, the outer layer of skin. The affected skin will turn red, and develop an itching and burning sensation. Skin tissue can swell up and may be painful. A typical example is sunburn. First degree burns can take up to 3 weeks to heal.
- 2nd degree burns go one layer deeper than first-degree burns. They affect the next layer of skin, the dermis. Second-degree burns produce clear blisters, red, swollen skin that is very painful. Healing can take 3-8 weeks.
- 3rd degree burns reach beyond the dermis into the fat tissue, muscle and sometimes as deep as the bone. Third-degree burns should not be treated with home remedies. Medical attention is needed. The healing time for 3rd degree burns can take several months.
Thermal burns are caused by open flames or hot surfaces. Besides the obvious sources like candles, gas stoves and fireplaces, thermal injuries can also result from exposure to electric heating elements in stoves, toaster, dishwashers or hot liquids (scald burns). Cold temperature burns or frostbites are a subcategory of thermal burns where skin tissue is destroyed by freezing instead through scalding. Friction burns are a combination of mechanical abrasion and thermal injury caused by heat that is generated when skin rubs against another surface, for example a rope, floor, or carpet. Chemical burns are caused by skin contact with a variety of natural or chemical substances. These range from skin irritants like touching hot chili peppers to household chemicals such as bleach and ammonia, chlorinating products for swimming pools and/or liquid acid from car batteries. Electrical burns result from direct contact with an electrical source. By inserting fingers or objects into live power outlets, touching power lines, stepping or falling into electrified water, an electric current is entering the body, which becomes part of the electrical circuit. An electrically burned patient should not be touched or treated until the source of electricity has been removed. Call 911 for medical assistance. Radiation injury in its extreme form results from exposure to an radioactive source. However, a more common cause of a radiation burn is sunburn. Typically these are first-degree burns from exposure to natural sunlight or exposure to artificial UV light in a solarium and spa.