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Ten Cooking Oil Burn Home Remedies and Treatments

From India. An unlearner, freelancer and amateur cook. I often used 'Awesomeness'!

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.

A cooking oil burn on the palm (note that skin is not broken.)

A cooking oil burn on the palm (note that skin is not broken.)


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.

Aloe Vera


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.

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.

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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

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


donald duckling on December 23, 2019:

The other day I had an incident accidentally pushing my hand down on a coil burner that was set on medium low. When my hand came up off the burner I had white coil marks on my hand and quickly held my hand under cool water... on and off (about 15 minutes) until I could stand to have my hand out from under the faucet for more than 1 minute. The skin had started blistering and hurt like a @#&$, I remembered hearing about onion skin for burns about a year ago and happened to have an onion in the pantry. The onion skin was a total fail, however the search engine mentioned cutting the onion and placing the cut side with the juice on the burn. At this point it being my dominant hand and not having anything to lose it being the 21st of December with lots still to do, I said 'what the heck' and went for it... not really expecting much.

It hurt putting the cut onion on my hand, but I think that was just because anything on the burn would have hurt. I was amazed when 5 seconds later the pain in my burn drastically went down. Between both sides of the onion, I probably had onion on my hand for about 5 minutes... and it smelled like it, but the burn wasn't painful and I didn't see any blisters anymore.

Later that evening when my burn started hurting again, I applied raw honey to the coil marks and that soothed it pretty well, but was very sticky. After about 90 minutes of watching the telly I carefully washed my hand (twice) and didn't have any more pain until bedtime and then it was minor and soothed by pouring some (year's old) aloe juice I had in the fridge on it. I was amazed that the next day I had full motion of my hand and no pain. That was yesterday and I had to keep remembering that I had burned my hand and had to be careful with it, but wow!

I just wanted to share this because I had never heard of using onion juice on a burn before... and my 79 year old mother had never heard of it either. I've never had a burn heal this quickly and although I know getting the burn under the water was a huge factor, the results of the onion probably saved my bacon this christmas.

Sanjana on May 27, 2018:

Will the burnt scars heal? Hot oil splattered on my face :(

Elias kgakololo phikane on January 03, 2018:

This remedies helped my daughter may god highly blessb you

Meghna Debnath on September 10, 2017:

I am 11 yrs old Meghna Debnath. My mom burned her skin so i immediately thought about a website and went to this one. It helped a lot. Thank you. You deserve everything in life because you gave us sooooo many remides for healing burnt skin. Thanks a million billion times!!!!!!!!

Theresa on September 08, 2017:

yesterday I was frying crackers when the cooking oil jumped on my fore head and a bit on my cheek and arm, I carelessly doubled it with a cloth and a bit of skin came out I applied aloe vera buh this morning I have black spots on my arm , half !y forehead and cheek please help me.

MaKayla on August 25, 2017:

I was doing a hot oil hair treatment and it splattered all over my arm and burns really bad and there are blisters and it hurts to move. What should I do?

Bildo on July 07, 2017:

5 min ? Try at least 20 min !!

Komal khona on June 13, 2017:

My leg skin is burn before 2 day ago what to do please help me

Fazlea karim on May 02, 2017:

Today I was cooking then how i don't know hot oil spilts on my forehead and on nose just my eye..... Its neither major nor too minor but the marks are easily visible I had immediately applied cold water then aftershave but it seems like no results pls Help me :( But m really worried about to have dat scars......pls help me to get rid from dis burn marks Thank you

Mackenzie on April 21, 2016:

my mother had burnt herself while she was cooking so I told her about this after she did it she was relieved a lot!

thank you.

sneha.siwan@rediffmail.con on December 30, 2015:

i got burn during cooking in my hand... its too help me ya remedy for my burn mark frequentely..


Tina Naude on August 21, 2015:

Last night I burnt with cooking oil, my hand was full of blisters and the pain was unbearable, I first put my hand into flour not to get broken skin, then after I took a half potato slices put it onto my hand and closed it up with bandage, this morning all my blisters was gone and NO PAIN.

unbelievable try it, it works perfectly.

buttercup on April 13, 2015:

apply a slice of tomato immediately!

Shivani Gala (author) from India on April 12, 2015:


The toothpaste is used with an intention to subside the burning. Use aloe vera or turmeric paste for the scar reduction.

Be Happy,


Shivani Gala (author) from India on April 12, 2015:


So have I heard but never tried because i don't like the coconut smell. If it worked for you do share here.

Be Happy,


Crystina on April 10, 2015:

I have heard coconut oil is a great choice.

Afrin on April 02, 2015:

Today I was cooking accidentally hot oil spilts on mah face just under mah eye..... Its neither major nor too minor but the marks are easily visible I had immediately applied cold water then toothpaste but it seems like no results pls Help me :( But m really worried about to have dat ugly scars......pls help me to get rid from dis burn marks Thank you

Amita on March 21, 2015:

Thnks a lot ..Shivani :)

Shivani Gala (author) from India on March 09, 2015:

Dear Amita,

It's best if you see a skin specialist for this.

Be Happy,


Shivani Gala (author) from India on March 09, 2015:

Hi Annec,

Apply aloe vera and turmeric paste as mentioned above in the article once a day each. Within two weeks you should see the results, depending on how deep the scars are.

Be Happy


annec on March 09, 2015:

i was cooking dinner tonight and suddenly the hot oil exploded on some part of my leg and arm ,it blistered fastly so i washed it with cold water and put some toothpaste,now im worried that it will scar ...please help what is the best way to treat get rid of getting a scar from it.thank you

Amita on March 04, 2015:

I got a burn mark...a year to completely reduce it appearance??plz help

Shivani Gala (author) from India on February 05, 2015:

Hi Pem,

Am glad it helped. If it happened couple of weeks ago, there might just be a mark left now. To make it fade faster, simply keep applying turmeric paste once a day and aloe vera gel.

If it still pains slightly then continue with aloe vera for few more days and then switch to turmeric paste.

Warm Regards,


pem on January 19, 2015:

My my niece got her arm burnt.i triend alovera n helped a lot.what woud i do now?.help me next..step

Shivani Gala (author) from India on January 04, 2015:

Hi Yuki,

As per my experience, it doesn't get rid of the burn. Ice just calms the nerves and burning sensation.



Shivani Gala (author) from India on January 04, 2015:

Hi Araceli,

Glad it was of use! :) Hope it's all healed ans scar free now.



yuki on November 19, 2014:

can the ice get rid of the burn by it self

araceli on October 23, 2014:

Just got My toes burn with oil i clean it and put aloe vera and on top of that i aplied some banana peels crushed and Its really helping at least am not feeling the horrible burning. Let see if it helps, thanks for the advices.

Shivani Gala (author) from India on April 08, 2014:

Hi Anesha,

You can use turmeric-curd paste twice a day; keep it for 15 minutes. If the affected area isn't too sensitive, then rub some lemon juice once a day. Leave on aloe vera gel over night.

Hope this helps!



anesha on April 05, 2014:

What to apply on the black scars after the burning has subsided?

Shivani Gala (author) from India on March 13, 2014:

Hi Melissa,

Thank you for stopping by. Honestly, I have no experience in face burns. However, safest would be aloevera gel, turmeric-honey paste and neem gel/paste.

Let me know if it works.



melissa on March 12, 2014:

i burned my cheek today with cookin hot oil my face as 3 pretty big red spots i dnt see any blisters yet but looks like one might be startin the redness actually looks like i was slaped so hard it left finger prints buts its my burn on my cheek im worried and if u can please tell me whitch remedi is best for my face.. thank u..

Shivani Gala (author) from India on February 26, 2014:

Thank you all for stopping by and leaving your comments. Like Ranan mentioned these tips are for superficial burns and quick remedies. For severe burns please see a doc!

Ranari on February 02, 2014:

For anon: if your skin is damaged to the point you can see the underlayer or you have blisters of course DO NOT USE HOME REMEDIES AND GO SEE A DAMN DOCTOR. Those listed above are remedies for when the burn is just superficial, like the one I just got - about 10 minutes ago. And yes, I'm writing, because it doesn't hurt as much and cool water helps a lot, just like aloe vera and cucumber.

That said, I found this article pretty helpful ^^

anon on June 22, 2013:

DO NOT USE ICE. DO NOT USE BUTTER/CUCUMBER/NON-STERILE HOME TREATMENTS. An infection will be much, much worse than just a burn. This article has some very dumb ideas...

vaishali on February 11, 2013:

got burnt wid cooking oil....using aloe vera nd hope it will get well soon as i have to go into the marriage

Emma on August 30, 2012:

Yeah, but holding your burn under cold water for too long can cause it to swell up. Otherwise, thanks for the tips. :)

ekta on July 27, 2012:

hmm, i will try,hope these works.

DIA on January 30, 2012:



Juz got oil burnt while cookin. I'm trying your turmeric remedy hope it goes well.

Thanks to give this info out :)

Shivani Gala (author) from India on January 06, 2011:

@Priyanka83, thanks and welcome to Hubpages ;)

priyanka83 from INDIA on January 05, 2011:

wowww... nice listing of ideas... me too follow some of them when needed... Having Aloevera plant in your kitchen garden is very beneficial because of its use in beauty and care ...

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