Types of burns and methods of the treatment
When it comes to the treatment of burns, the length of this process, as well as the methods of the treatment depend on the severity of the condition. All burns can be classified according to the degree into the first, second and the third degree burns, and of course, the most serious are those of the third degree, while the least serious are those of the first degree and they include sunburns and those in which only the outer layer of the skin has been damaged.
The second degree burns can be very serious, too, particularly when the underlying layer of the skin is affected, while the third degree burns are those in which besides the underlying tissue, the muscles, bones and nerves even have been damaged.
Those that are not so serious usually take less time to heal, and various homemade remedies are used in order to speed up that process and to relieve the pain and blisters that tend to occur, too.
On the other side, those that are severe require much more time to heal, and they may leave scars. The most severe types require surgery, because very often it is necessary in order to reconstruct the damaged tissues.
Herbs that are effective in the treatment of burns
Among the most frequently used herbs in cases of burns are aloe vera, calendula, gotu cola, Echinacea, goldenseal, lavender, and chamomile.Aloe vera gel is very useful when it is necessary to reduce the pain and inflammation, but it also stimulates the growth and regeneration of the skin.Calendula seems to have several qualities because of its anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial effects, and when it comes to the treatment of milder burns, it is highly recommended to use ointments that contain it.Gotu kola and Echinacea are very effective in the process of connective tissue growth stimulation, but only if they are used in combination.Goldenseal can be used in some burns in which it is necessary to prevent infections, and it is suggested to use it in the ointment form.Lavender, particularly helpful in the form of oil, can be used as analgesic, since it can soothe the pain, though it can also be used as an anti-inflammatory remedy, because it reduces inflammations.
Besides these herbs, flaxseed, horsetail and slippery elm are also very beneficial when burns that are not too severe need to be treated.