Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 3. THE REMEDIES

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COMMON AILMENTS

BURN

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Even a seemingly minor incident, like a kitchen accident or a slip of the curling iron, can cause a painful burn. In most cases, small injuries can be easily treated at home. The first step in treating a burn is to cool it off by immersing the injured area in cold water for a few minutes. Afterward, use one of these quick herbal remedies to ease the pain and help your skin heal faster.

Burn–No–More Oil

YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: GLASS ESSENTIAL OIL BOTTLE
TIME: 1 MINUTE

For minor burns, straight lavender essential oil is one of the best natural remedies available. Used immediately, it eases pain and helps to prevent scarring.

2 drops lavender essential oil

1.Drip the essential oil directly from the bottle onto your burn.

2.Leave the essential oil in place.

3.Repeat 2 to 3 times daily while your burn is healing.

Fresh Aloe Vera Leaf

YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 20 MINUTES

Fresh aloe vera gel cools burns quickly while helping skin heal. Aloe vera is easy to grow indoors. Keeping one of these plants ensures you’ll always have a quick remedy on hand.

1 aloe vera leaf

1.Using a sharp knife, split the aloe vera leaf open lengthwise.

2.Place the leaf over your burn, gel side down.

3.With a soft cloth, gently bind the leaf to your burn.

4.Leave the leaf in place for 20 minutes.

5.Using cool water, gently rinse any excess aloe vera gel away.

6.Repeat the treatment 2 to 3 times daily while your burn is healing.

Cool Chamomile–Aloe Compress

YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Chamomile essential oil, aloe, and cold water help keep fresh burns from blistering. If you’re in doubt about the seriousness of a burn, seek emergency medical treatment after cooling the burned area.

½ teaspoon aloe vera gel

2 drops chamomile essential oil

1 cup cold water

2 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

1.Run cold tap water over the burn for 5 minutes.

2.In a small dish, combine the aloe vera gel and chamomile essential oil.

3.With a fingertip, apply the aloe and chamomile to the burn.

4.Wet a soft cloth in the water, wring it out, and place it over the burned area. Leave in place for at least five to ten minutes.

5.Allow the burned area to air dry after the compress is removed.

6.For best results, follow up by placing 1 or 2 drops of lavender essential oil onto the affected area after it is dry. Repeat as often as needed.