Coconut Oil for Burns and Scars-Is it Good for Treating & Healing Burns & SunBurns?

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How effective is coconut oil for burns and scars? What properties of coconut oil makes it good for treating and healing burns including second(2nd) degree and chemical, sunburns and scars? How do use or apply coconut oil as a home remedy to treat or cure burns? Read on learn more

How does Coconut Oil for Burns Work?

Coconut oil, at times referred to as copra oil or oil of Cocos nucifera (coconut tree), is fatty oil extracted from the kernel or meat (usually whitish in color) of mature coconuts harvested from the Cocos nucifera.

Since ages, coconut oil has been used as a cure for rashes, burns, scars and almost any kind of spots on the skin. The arrival of the scientifically advanced creams has reduced coconut oil to a simple home remedy, but it’s popularity has not diminished in any way.

According to statistics, it is estimated that every year, about two million people receive medical treatment for burn injury. Isn’t this a reason good enough to explore how coconut oil works for burns?

So how does coconut oil work for burns?

A burn can be defined as a type of injury to skin, or other tissues, caused by an array of agents including electricity, heat, chemicals, friction, sunlight, or nuclear radiation. Of all the causative agents, heat from hot liquids, solids or fire is the most common. Depending on severity of damage to the skin, burns can be classified as first-, second-, and third- degree. First degree burns are the most minor while the third degree burns are known to be the most severe.

oil of Cocos nucifera …where does it come in when you are suffering from a burn?

There is evidence that coconut coconut oil is a considerable remedy for burns. In a study, published by the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, undertaken to evaluate the burn wound healing property of oil of Cocos nucifera, it was concluded that coconut oil is an effective burn wound healing agent. However, the results improved when the oil was combined with other substances, silver sulphadiazine in particular.

Coconut oil for Burns Scars Treating Healing1st,-2nd- 3rdDegree Chemical burns and SunBurns

Studies show that coconut oil has been used for burns

What properties of coconut oil makes it work for burns?

Basing on the aforementioned study, at least you know that science has already shed some light on the idea coconut oil is an indispensable home remedy for burns. Here are some of the properties of copra oil that make the oil effective in treating burns as well as healing scars caused by the burns.

Presence of Proteins in coconut oil

Coconut oil is rich in proteins which keep your skin healthy and rejuvenated, both from the inside and outside. Proteins also contribute to cellular health and tissue repair. When cells on or near your skin are damaged, a healthy flow of proteins ensures that they(cells) are replaced at a normal rate. This quickens healing thus avoiding wounds that take ages to heal.

Vitamin E

Coconut oil comes with Vitamin-E, a vitamin that is known to contribute a lot towards skin care.  Vitamin E is vital for

  • Healthy skin growth,
  • Keeping skin smooth
  • Repair of wear & tear on the skin,
  • Protecting your skin against cracking.

Saturated Fats

Coconut oil is made up of Saturated Fats:  These fats mainly soften your skin. The presence of these fats, gives coconut oil an ability to retain the moisture content of your skin by preventing moisture loss through the pores on your skin.

The moisture retaining ability of the saturated fats further gives coconut oil a natural cooling effect that helps in soothing out pain while quickening the process of healing. This also prevents growth of any bacterial infusion.

Capric /Caprylic/Lauric acid

Coconut oils comes with Capric /Caprylic/Lauric acid, which are fatty acids with robust disinfectant and antimicrobial properties. Therefore, Cocos nucifera oil protects the skin from microbial infections that can get into open wounds that come as a result of burns. According to OrganicFacts.net, this microbial action can still be experienced even if coconut oil is taken internally, as the fatty acids enhance your immunity when converted to monocaprins and monolaurins.

Improves blood circulation

Applying coconut oil on the burns improves blood circulation in the injured area. It’s truly beneficial because the healing process gets faster with the regular blood circulation and flow of nutrients.

Not Rancid

Rancid means having the strong disagreeable smell or taste of decomposing fats or oils. Coconut oil does not become rancid. Perhaps, this is the greatest property that makes copra oil not only good for burns but also for other skin ailments.

Other properties of coconut oil include;

  • Non-toxicity (does not cause side effects)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Analgesic-relieves pain.

How is Coconut Oil Good for Burns & Scars? Benefits/Advantages

What are benefits/advantages of using coconut oil for scars & burns?

In Ayurveda, a lot has been talked about the exceptional benefits of coconut oil. From healing burns to curing scars, coconut oil, serves a lot of purposes. For burn and scars, coconut oil comes with the following benefits:

  • Vitamin E, lauric, caprylic and capric acid in coconut oil prevents any infections that are likely to develop from the scar area
  • Vitamin E, being an antioxidant helps speeding up the recovery of skin abrasions, burns and other trauma.
  • Coconut oil deeply penetrates into the skin and moisturizes the affected area.
  • It is rich in medicinal properties and also forms a defensive barrier against environmental and free radical damage.
  • The proteins help in cell repair and growth thus promoting a healthy skin
  • It helps the scar area to get back its original skin color quickly
  • It does not have side effects.

How to use Coconut Oil for 2nd Degree Burns and other Minor Burns;

As an Ayurvedic remedy, coconut oil is used as a topical treatment for second degree and other minor burns. The anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and skin penetrating properties of coconut oil makes it an excellent cure for this type of burns


First Degree or minor burns can be treated with coconut oil

To use this oil for second degree burns, follow the steps below

  1. Soothe the pain that has been caused by the burn by running cold water on the affected area for 5-10 minutes. Instead of running water, you can apply cold compress with ice
  2. Let it dry then apply coconut oil on the affected area.
  3. Gently rub the oil on the burnt area
  4. Continue to apply the oil at regular intervals so that the burnt wound is always kept soaked in the oil. Use the same procedure for other minor burns.

If the done properly as per the steps, the burn will be healed completely without leaving any scars on the skin.

Coconut Oil Sunburns Usage

For sunburns, coconut oil comes with a two-way benefit. First, it’s used as a sun block in the tropical regions where temperatures tend to rise significantly. Secondly, it’s used to treat the spots that come as a result of sunburns. A direct exposure to the sun drains out the moisture from your skin and thus, it grows dull, dark spots on the skin.

When you use coconut oil, your skin will get the required moisture which will leave it replenished. It compensates for the lost lipids of your skin and thus serves as wonderful cure for redness, itching, swelling and other types of skin irritation.

Coconut Oil for Chemical burns

Chemical burns are usually caused by acids or cleaning agents. As a home remedy, coconut oil can help in treating this type of a burn. Simply massage the oil on the affected area regularly and in a few days it will heal. The anti-inflammatory properties of the coconut oil will have calming effect on the irritation and it will speed up the recovery process. Continuous use will eliminate the scars too

Coconut Oil for Radiation, Friction Burns & Blisters


Burnt skin with Blisters

How to use coconut oil for;

  • Radiation burns- Radiation therapy while killing the cancer cells, also burns the epidermal layer of the skin. The continuous use often develops painful scars. As a perfect home remedy, coconut oil serves up the best treatment. It soothes the burns and speed up the removal of scars.
  • Burn blisters- Using coconut oil on the burn blisters for several weeks helps reduce pains and at the same time speeds up the recovery. Mixing lemon juice with the oil also heals scar. The fatty acids that come with coconut oil offer anti-fungal and antioxidant benefits.
  • Friction burns – Friction burns or abrasions cause extreme pain in the affected area. Regular massage of coconut oil helps smoothing the affected area and relieving the pain. The antibacterial properties also help preventing any bacterial infection and heal the scars.

Tips and Ideas When Using Coconut Oil to Treat and Heal Burns

Though coconut oil is certainly an awesome medicine for the burns blisters, there are some important tips that you must keep in mind while applying it on the burns.

  1. Coconut oil must be applied on a clean area. So, before you start applying coconut oil, wash the affected part with antiseptic solution. It will disinfect that part, thus helping the oil to work at its best.
  2. Do not apply any other cream or solution to soothe the burning area while applying coconut oil.
  3. Apply a few drops of lemon juice with coconut oil for removing the scars, that is especially if the coconut oil alone does not seem effective.
  4. A gentle massage is important while applying coconut oil on the affected area.

No doubt, copra oil is a solution worth trying when treating and healing burns (chemical, second degree), scars and sunburns at home. To achieve the best results, make sure you follow the right procedure while applying or coconut oil for burns.

Sources & References

  1. http://www.healthline.com/health/burns
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2792613/
  3. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/coconut-oil-for-skin.html

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