Burns are something that we all experience from time to time. Whether you’ve gotten a little too much sun and burned your shoulders, or you caught your finger on a piping hot pair of curling tongs, the chances are you’re familiar with the pain and discomfort of a burn.
People are increasingly turning to home remedies these days. Whether it’s using egg whites to treat acne, using essential oils to treat digestion problems, or coconut oil to bring dull hair back to life, there are plenty of choices when it comes to treating injuries and conditions in the home.
CBD, sometimes also known as hemp oil, is just one of them but is proving to be extremely popular with many Americans. We’ll talk more about this later.
Burns are a great example of this new shift away from store bought products and towards home remedies. And the great news is that treating a burn in the home has never been easier. With the right approach, in just 15 minutes you can be pain free with healing underway.
Not all burns are created equal. Some are much more severe than others, and the treatment for a burn depends largely on the type and severity of the burn in question. In fact, there are three different categories that burns can fall into.
First degree burns are the least severe burns. They cause some damage to the outer layer of the skin, but the damage is superficial and won’t cause any long term problems.
Second degree burns are a little more serious. The damage caused by these burns reaches down into the dermis, the second layer of the skin. Second degree burns will take longer to heal and can cause permanent scarring of the skin.
Third degree burns are the most severe burns a person can have. These burns damage all three layers of the skin and can, in very extreme cases, cause damage to the flesh underneath. These burns often cause life long scarring and can require significant healing time.
For third degree burns, medical treatment is an absolute necessity. In these cases, home remedies simply won’t cut it. When a person sustains a third degree burn, they should be taken to the nearest emergency room immediately. This is a medical emergency.
These burns are often treated with a process known as skin grafting. Skin grafting involves removing layers of skin from parts of the body which haven’t been damaged and using them to replace the charred skin which has been.
This surgical procedure is performed under general anesthesia to prevent the patient experiencing any additional pain. Skin grafts can take many months to fully heal and can be temporarily debilitating for the patient. Thankfully, they have a very high success rate.
Luckily, the vast majority of burns that occur in American homes fall into the categories of either first or second degree burns. This means they don’t require urgent medical treatment and can be treated in the home.
For burns like these, people have used home remedies for centuries. Many work extremely well and are tricks passed down from one generation to another. They include:
These home remedies have stood the test of time and can be really effective in the moments following a burn. The general rule of thumb to follow is to use one of these methods, and if after 20 minutes the pain hasn’t subsided, it’s time to use an antibiotic ointment.
CBD stands for cannabidiol. This is one of over a hundred different chemical compounds that are found in the cannabis plant. CBD doesn’t cause the psychoactive “high” effect associated with cannabis though.
On the contrary, cannabidiol has been found to have some incredible medicinal properties, especially when it comes to pain and the skin. Studies show that this is because the chemical interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the human body – a system which is thought to be responsible for mood, pain and skin health.
CBD acts as a natural supplement to this system in much the same way as other nutritional supplements do, say researchers. By using CBD oil or CBD infused products, balance is restored to the endocannabinoid system and its functions.
Burns can be treated with CBD using a wide variety of topical products. The range of CBD infused lotions, balms, salves, serums and creams is growing rapidly. These products are a great way to relieve pain as their effects are highly localized.
However, CBD is still very much an experimental treatment. There is no doubting its medicinal qualities and value as a treatment for everything from headaches to acne. However, as with all other new treatments, it’s important to do plenty of research before using it.
If in doubt about whether or not you should try it, a friendly talk with your family doctor will help answer any questions you may have and help you to decide whether or not this increasingly popular natural remedy is for you.
Burns are just a part of life. No matter how careful we are to avoid them and protect our skin at all times, the chances of never experiencing even a minor burn are pretty tiny. This is why home remedies are an excellent option. By keeping certain products like aloe vera gel or CBD lotion in the home, you can be ready if and when a burn occurs.