Ten Cooking Oil Burn Home Remedies and Treatments
I am one of those cooks who always ends up either burning or cutting myself carelessly. Cooking oil burns are painful. If you have burned yourself seriously and the skin is broken, here is what you should do:
- Run cool water over the burned area for at least five minutes.
- Apply antibiotic ointment gently.
- Apply a bandage to protect the area from bacteria.
- Consult a doctor.
If your burn covers your hands, feet, face, groin, buttocks, or a major joint, seek emergency assistance.
If the skin is broken, only apply cool water, antibiotic ointment, and a sterile bandage.
Hold the burned area under cool water for at least five minutes.
Cool water is the best immediate remedy for the pain of a burn. The coolness also helps reduce swelling. Do not use ice, as there is a risk of adding frostbite to your already injured skin. Also, some suggest using salt and ice on a burn. This is a dangerous combination, as salt and ice together can actually burn the skin further.
Honey and Turmeric
As long as the skin is not broken, massaging a bit of honey and turmeric powder can be soothing.
Just as sliced cucumbers reduce swelling for tired, puffy eyes, they will cool and reduce swelling for minor burns. Cucumbers contain antioxidants (Vitamins C and K), which help reduce inflammation. They also contain pantothenic acid, which helps the skin retain moisture. All of these qualities are soothing to a minor burn.
Olive or Lavender Oil
Olive oil applied daily for a few weeks after a minor burn will help prevent scarring. Dilute lavender essential oil in a carrier is an efficient antiseptic and also acts as pain-relief that aids in quick healing, so long as the skin is not broken.
Cold Milk or Buttermilk
Cold milk, buttermilk, or curd soothes the pain and burning sensation in the affected area in a matter of minutes but should be avoided on broken skin.
This is my favorite remedy. To treat a burn, apply a freshly cut aloe leaf. It is said to have astringent and tissue-healing properties. Aloe vera is also available in gel and cream forms and is safe to apply on unbroken skin.
Diluted vinegar relaxes the muscles and relieves pain. Dip a piece of cloth in a bowl of diluted vinegar and apply. Keeping repeating it until the pain subsides.
Cooking Safely With Oil
To prevent a cooking oil fire, or grease fire, follow these safety guidelines to avoid injury to yourself or someone else who comes into the kitchen.
- Cooking oils smoke before they catch fire. If you see smoke coming off of the oil you are cooking with, turn down the heat or remove the pan from the burner.
- Most vegetable oils begin smoking at around 450°F, while animal fats like lard or goose fat will start smoking at around 375°F. Clip a thermometer to the side of your pan so you know the temperature of the oil.
- When the heat is on under a pan of oil, stay in the kitchen. Use a heavy pot or pan with a lid that covers it completely.
- Point pot and pan handles inward toward the stove.
- Keep oven mitts handy to handle the pan and its lid.
Grease or Cooking Oil Fires
If your oil catches on fire, here's what to do:
- Turn the Heat Off—Don't try to move the pot. You might accidentally splash yourself or your kitchen with burning oil.
- Cover the Pot with a Metal Lid—Fire cannot exist in the absence of oxygen. With the lid on (and the heat off), the fire should quickly consume all the oxygen and put itself out.
- Never Use Water on a Grease Fire—Water could splash and spread the fire.
- Pour on Baking Soda—Baking soda will extinguish small grease fires.
- Use a Class B Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher
- Get Out and Call 911