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First degree burns

Let’s assume that I’m making recommendations for first-degree burns only. If you have experienced second or third degree burns you need to see a Doctor immediately.

Remember that how quickly your skin heals, reflects your natural health. If you are deficient in any nutrients, your skin healing will be delayed. So with this philosophy, the nutrients for skin include vitamin C to support the immune response, support collagen formation and natural skin integrity; zinc for wound healing and vitamin E (especially if rubbed onto skin) to prevent scarring. Vitamin A and Betacarotene is also beneficial to repair damaged body tissue especially when taken in conjunction with Selenium.

Avoid eating sugar (in any form) as it dramatically reduces your immune function and slows healing. It is best to focus instead on protein as our protein needs double in times of healing to assist with tissue repair. Good protein sources include lean red and white meats, fish (fresh and tinned), dairy products, eggs, nuts, seeds, wholegrains and legumes (lentils and pulses). Hydration is also essential to ensure that your skin can circulate nutrients but also replace what is lost from the burn itself. Aim to drink at least 2L of pure water per day.

Topical strategies include lavender oil applied straight onto skin to relieve the itch or sting. Aloe vera gel, paw paw ointment, and calendula ointment are all beneficial to soothe and heal. Tea tree oil may help to prevent infection however be sure to dilute the oil to avoid stinging the inflamed area.