You know the saying, if you play with fire you'll get burned? Well, it's true. And the proof is in the kitchen.
If you've spent any time cooking, we're willing to bet you've had your fair share of run-ins with a blistering oven or a scorching pan that resulted in a burn. While a serious burn should be treated professionally, most people find their own home remedies when it comes to smaller burns. And many of them involve food.
We've heard of some of these food-related remedies before (and maybe even tried them), but others came as a surprise and we're not sure we'd ever give them a shot. While we're not advising, in any way, that you try these at home (over the counter medicine is a safer solution), we are curious as to what you think of these home remedies. Are they a good idea for treating an injury or just plain dumb?
Do you have a better remedy that didn't make the list? Share it with us.
You could make some meringue, or you could use your excess egg whites for your kitchen burns. Some say that applying egg whites to a minor burn will relieve the pain and possibly help with scarring as well.
Honey is another home remedy that keeps coming up as a cure for minor burns -- only this one may actually have some scientific backing. While more studies need to be done, it seems that <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/honey/NS_patient-honey/DSECTION=evidence" target="_hplink">honey may shorten the healing time</a> of a burn.
Vinegar, which has also been said to soothe bug bites, is supposed to help with the pain from a cooking burn as well. Apply it with a damp kitchen cloth.
Some believe that a freshly cut potato can alleviate the pain of a minor burn. Could it be the cold liquid that's emitted from the potato is responsible or the pain relief? (A similar result to putting a burn under cold running water.)
For minor burns, some swear by the healing powers of soy sauce. If you want to give it a try, we've heard that 30 minutes is the magic number. Keep it on for a half hour and pain relief might be yours.
Apparently tea can do more than just calm your nerves. Some people use a cold cup of tea on minor burns, alternating between the actual tea beverage and the used bag.
Apparently there are professional chefs who swear by the healing power of onion juice. It has to be taken from a freshly cut onion and should be applied to a minor burn right away. People have said that it calms the pain and prevents blistering.
A cut tomato is said to heal the pain from a burn. Some say its the naturally-occuring lycopene that does the trick.
The National Mustard Museum (yep, such a place exists) points to claims that mustard can help with a minor burn. While none of these claims are substantiated, it does prove that some people use this trick.
If <a href="http://www.stylelist.com/2012/07/26/prevent-razor-burn-bumps-bikini-line_n_1701325.html" target="_hplink">sour cream can work for razor burn</a>, we suppose it might help with a kitchen burn. But we would much rather have it on our taco.
Baking soda will help your baked goods rise. It'll also kill the odor in your fridge. But can it help heal minor burns? Some people believe that a baking soda paste (made with water) will stop the pain.
If this is your natural remedy of choice, which it is for many, just be aware of the fact that <a href="http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/7-first-aid-standbys-you-should-never-use/" target="_hplink">butter can cause infection</a> and create an environment for bacterial growth.
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