I discovered another use for coconut oil last week. Burns! I was not smart and using common kitchen safety practices and burned my hand on the stove while cooking dinner.
It hurt bad. I spent a good hour with cool water running over it and the rest of the night with a cold compress on it. Mom suggested coconut oil to put on it. I knew I had heard something like that before, looked it up, and tried it.
I put some on like you would any ointment and covered it with a large bandaid. While it was not soothing at first, it did seem to feel like it was working. The less burned part on my pinky and ring finger looked completely better by the time I went to bed. I applied the coconut oil again before going to sleep. It was still hurting when I went to bed but not bad enough to keep me awake.
By the next morning it looked so much better and felt a lot better too. The way it felt the evening before, it seemed like it would take a lot longer to get better.
Here’s what it looked like before and after using the coconut oil.
It has now been over a week and it has healed significantly. I probably should have continued putting coconut oil on it, but it helped so much right away I didn’t think about it after the second day of using it.
I am going to try it the next time I get a sunburn this summer and see how it helps with that.
I knew I loved coconut oil, but now I have a new use to add to my list. I am going to have to buy it by the tub pretty soon!
Disclaimer: This was a minor burn. I am not a doctor. Do not take this as medical advice. Do your own research and use your own discretion on the need for medical attention when treating a burn.