Friday, May 13, 2011
At this point in my life, I was beginning to dabble in natural medicine. I didn't like the looks of the Silvadene and didn't want to keep it bandaged in a moist environment. I just didn't see how it would heal well that way. I resorted to my beloved copy of Herbs for Health and Healing, to see what Ms. Kathi Keville had to say about treating this burn. I used her recipe for Aloe Burn Spray, producing results that shocked the doctors and healed my son. The recipe calls for aloe vera juice, lavender and vitamin E. I made some slight changes, using what I had on hand. I did not cover the burns (we were at home and had no plans to go out, at this point) but instead let them be exposed to the fresh air. I wrapped them in gauze when we left the house to protect the burns. I took him to the doctor, a mere one day later, and I thought the doctor was going to fall on the floor. He was in shock. He ran around the practice, gathering people to come look at how amazingly fast my son's burn was healing. I'm not joking. A week and a half later, most of the scabs were gone and a nice pink layer of skin coated the burn sites. An added plus, we were told that he would carry a scar there for the rest of his life and that if he got sun, the area would stay white. Neither of those has proven true. 8 years later, you can't even tell where the burn was.
Now obviously, I am not recommending that you refrain from seeking medical attention. Ms. Candee, in her book, Gental Healing for Baby and Child, gives some good advice on when to seek emergency help. There are some burns that would just be too painful or dangerous to handle on your own. Even if you seek medical treatment initially, you can follow with natural treatment, as we did. Check out my recipes page for the Burn Remedy.