Burns: Vitamin C - The Best Home Remedy
Vitamin C is an excellent remedy for burns. A 3% solution (6,000 mg. per cup of water) can be applied to a burn, and brings almost immediate relief from pain. Like vitamin E it prevents scarring. The application should be repeated every few hours, though it is safe to use as often as the pain returns, even every few minutes.
You could dip the injured part in a cup or bowl of vitamin C water, or even leave it soaking in the vitamin C if you like. You may lay cloths moistened with the solution on the wound. I usually find it simpler to spray it on, and children are generally more willing to have a wound sprayed than touched.
To prepare the solution take twelve 500 mg. tablets of vitamin C, crush them, and dissolve the powder in one cup of room temperature water. Since vitamin C destroys germs, I usually use tap water. If you prefer, you can use distilled or sterilized water. If you boil the water before using it, make sure you allow it to cool completely before adding the vitamin C, which is destroyed by heat.
Vitamin C is unstable in water, so prepare it fresh every couple of days if you need it for that long. I use 6,000 mg. of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) crystals. It mixes easily with water and no crushing is necessary.
You could put the tablets in a spray bottle marked with a line for the amount of water to be added when needed. (I don't recommend crushing the tablets ahead of time because vitamin C is destroyed by oxygen.) That way you'll have what you need together in one place. When you need the remedy remove the tablets from the bottle, crush them and return them to the bottle and add the water to the line you have marked.
This remedy come from Adelle Davis' book Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit. I have used it extensively over the past 20 years, and have recommended it to friends. The most remarkable experience I have had with it was when I recommended it to my cousin who is a mechanic.
He called me one day in a panic asking what he could do for a severe burn. He had opened a hot radiator and was blasted with hot steam and liquid. He had showered quickly to remove the chemicals and called me right away. I told him how to make the vitamin C spray and he abruptly hung up. I didn't think about it again until a few months later when he related the following story to me.
Several weeks after his burn incident he discovered a lump in his neck and immediately went to his doctor, fearing cancer. (His mother had been battling cancer for many years. See her story in the article on cancer.) My cousin removed his shirt and the Doctor examined him carefully.
Finally the doctor asked him if he had been burned recently. When my cousin told him what had happened, the doctor was fairly surprised that such an extensive burn had healed so rapidly and completely - he saw no hint of injury on my cousin's chest though it had been so badly burned.
My cousin was relieved to know that the lump was just an after effect of the burn. He was absolutely tickled that the vitamin C spray had done such a thorough job that he had forgotten all about the incident until the Doctor asked him!
He also added that the spray had relieved the pain immediately upon application, and that he had reapplied it whenever the pain would begin to return. My children and I have also found the relief to be immediate and complete whenever we have used the spray for kitchen burns or sunburns. We apply it as often as the pain returns.
Since I'm often drinking vitamin C water anyway if I burn myself in the kitchen, I usually just stick my finger in my water, or put a little on some cotton and apply where needed. (I drink 1/4 teaspoon of crystals in a 12 oz. glass of water - a little more or less will make it taste different, so feel free to play around a bit with the proportions of crystals to water. Be sure to use the ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate form when adding to water for drinking purposes. If you use the buffered form, calcium ascorbate, it tastes fairly disgusting in water, though it tastes fine in juice, apart from neutralizing some of the acidity. Calcium ascorbate would be fine to use in the solution for burns - perhaps even better than the ascorbic acid, since calcium is a natural pain killer!)
This is one of the safest, most effective and least expensive home remedies I have come across in over 25 years of experience with natural remedies. I recommend it very highly!