Last weekend we went to a reunion in Central Texas with several college friends. During the day on Saturday the men went out for a couple of hours to explore the Guadalupe River while the girls stayed inside with the kids.
During their exploration they saw a huge rope swing hanging about 20 feet above the river. What was their automatic reaction? LET’S SWING ON IT! Of course… that’s what anyone would do when they see an old (who knows how old!) rope swing above a river. Right?
So the men – should I say boys? – are swinging and having a blast, and it’s my husband’s turn to get on the swing again. While he is standing on a tree branch about 20 feet from the ground with the rope in his hand, a gigantic praying mantis gets on his shoulder. Now, my husband isn’t scared of bugs… he’s the one that has to kill all of them in our house! But the guys that were on the ground started yelling that there was a huge bug on his shoulder and to JUMP!
So he jumped and tried to get down the rope as soon as possible… and in the process, he slid down the rope about 10 feet one-handed. OUCH!!
Needless to say within minutes he ran into the house to hold his hand under cold water at the sink. After he held his hand under cold water for a while, I sprayed it with burn spray, but aloe vera on it, put gauze on it, and then put an ice pack on it.
That helped it to feel a little better, but within a couple of hours it was hurting so bad that my husband (who NEVER suggests this) was suggesting going to an emergency care clinic or to the ER.
I called the closest Emergency Care Clinic and it was going to be a minimum of $150. While I was certainly willing to spend that so that my husband could feel better, I wanted to look up one more thing.
I knew Baking Soda was a remedy for several things, so I looked up “Treating Burns With Baking Soda” online. And TONS of forums came up with person after person saying how they used baking soda on their burns and the pain went away almost immediately.
My husband is always up for trying out any new natural remedy that I find, so we tried it. Here’s what I did:
1) Made a paste with baking soda and water. The baking soda was pretty wet, but thick enough to stay on his hand.
2) Put the baking soda all over his hand.
3) Put a plastic bag over the baking soda (to keep the baking soda wet).
4) Put a sock over the plastic bag (to keep the plastic bag from falling off).
And guess what??? Within 5-7 minutes the pain was GONE! Completely!!
He left the baking soda on for several hours and then it started hurting a little bit again. So we went to wash off the baking soda and I was going to reapply a new batch. But after my husband washed it off, he kept waiting for the pain to return… AND IT DIDN’T!!
And already the blisters had popped and had started to heal – just in those few hours!
By the next afternoon he had complete use of his hand again… and we were saved from spending $150+ for a doctor’s visit and medicine!
I haven’t tried this on other types of burns yet, but from what I’ve read online it works for all types.
I’m definitely adding Baking Soda to my travel First Aid Kit!
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