Skin will continue to burn until cold water or ice is applied, so always cool down the burn
first. Ice is good for most burns, but severe burns can only tolerate cold water.
Lavender Essential Oil performed a miraculous cure of a burned hand in our family. The hand was badly scalded from steam and immediately turned lobster red. Even though the hand was covered in ice for an hour, the burn had turned to blisters. We put oil of lavender on the burn, which stopped the pain. About a half hour later, the blisters had disappeared, and the burn was gone.
If a sunburn is badly blistered or covers a very large area, you will need to seek medical help. For milder burns, you can make a pot of boiling water and steep many tea bags to a very strong tea in a large pot. Add ice until the tea is just slightly warm. Put a bath towel (preferably a brown one, as a white one will probably be "dyed" brown) into the pot and keep turning the towel until is has soaked up all of the tea. Have the sunburned person lie on the floor or bed on top of an old towel to catch drips. Place the wet towel over the sunburned area of the body. Leave the towel on for a half hour for a moderate burn and an hour for a strong burn. The slightly warm tea will actually feel very cool on burned skin, and cold water would be almost painfully too cold on the hot skin. The burned person immediately feels relief from the wet, getting cooler and cooler gradually, with the actual temperature of the skin also cooling.
If the burn is not localized to one small area, you may want to soak in the tub instead. First, clean the tub with hydrogen peroxide or a small amount of bleach - and be sure to rinse the tub thoroughly. For this bath you will need tons of tea bags. Brew the tea with boiling water until it is very strong, and you can cool this down with half cold water. You should not get in until the water is no longer warm, and be sure to get out when the tea water gets too cold. You will need to either lie down in the tub or have the tub filled high enough to cover all the burned areas.
The tannic acid in the tea draws the burn out of the skin and heals it. After just one application, most burns are no longer painful. However, this treatment will act on the pain only and may not prevent blistering.
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