This month, I want to share something that I
discovered purely by accident. I am a klutz; plus, I have arthritis, so
my thumbs and fingers don’t work too well. Therefore, I have trouble
hanging onto things, and if you’re old and sort of klutzy, you tend to
I have a wall oven, and sometimes when I’m taking
something out of it, I slip up and bump the side. I get a burn. I got
one on my hand one day and I thought back to when I was little (I’m
lucky that I can remember that far back), and my mother always put
butter on my burns. Now we know that’s wrong.
I looked at my array of lotions, salves, and creams
in my bathroom. One stood out, so I tried it. It was cocoa butter
lotion, close to butter, but no grease. It worked like a charm. I spread
it on thick and waited until it soaked in and put some more on. It took
away the pain and I didn’t blister.
The next time I got burned, it was a bad one. I was
pouring boiling water into a mug for a cup of hot tea. My thumb started
to let go and the cup was slipping. I grabbed for it with my other hand
and it splashed on my left wrist and the top of my hand. I went for the
cocoa butter lotion and smeared it on. As it soaked in, I added more. My
wrist and hand got really red, but I had no pain and no blisters.
Eventually, I had to put that hand in water and it hurt like blazes for
a while, but more lotion helped again. To look at my hand and wrist now,
you would never know that it was burned.
If your burns are very serious, go to the hospital
or see a doctor, but for smaller oven or hot water burns, this works
great. It’s not expensive either. I wonder if it would work on sunburn.