Burns happen to everyone. I am not the most graceful in the kitchen and often burn myself on the stove when I’m in a hurry. The other day I was making a pot of spaghetti and pouring it in the sink while my almost three-year-old was fighting with my five-year-old in the kitchen. (always happens while making dinner, doesn’t it?) I got in a hurry and was distracted by the fussing and my arm brushed the outside of the hot pot. Of course I immediately doused it in lukewarm water and saw the red mark spread on the outside of my arm where the pot touched my skin. Ouch!
So after letting water run on it for about five minutes, I went in search for some lavender oil. Wouldn’t you know I was completely out of it? Then I sent my husband over to the neighbors to see if they had some aloe vera in their flower bed. No such luck! While he was out searching the neighborhood to see if there was aloe vera, I was scouring the internet looking for a remedy. Would you care to guess which remedy I had out of all those suggestions in my refrigerator?
Yellow Mustard. My arm was on fire and I thought, “what the heck, I’ll try anything!” I was just about to slather it on when my husband walked in the door and said, “are you SURE you want to do that?” He had no aloe vera in his hands so I squirted on the mustard out of desperation. IMMEDIATELY the stinging stopped. I put on a good layer of mustard and sat down on the couch to watch some TV until it dried like a paste on my arm. Once it had dried, the stinging was gone and it was no longer hot to the touch. It never bubbled up like a blister and the next day there was a little mark left with no pain.
Why does it work? It could be the vinegar and turmeric in the mustard. I read remedies that mentioned vinegar and also know personally that turmeric is a great pain-killer. But there are no medical studies on why this remedy works.
So next time you or your children have a burn, head for the refrigerator and get out the yellow mustard. You’ll be amazed at the quick relief!