Applying aloe vera to a burn on the hand is a long used and effective folk remedy, reports Everyday Health. Honey is also a good home remedy for treating burns.
Aloe vera gel can be applied to minor hand burns one to two days after receiving the burn, according to Everyday Health. However, prior to applying the aloe vera, the burned skin should first be cleansed with water and a gentle soap. According to research studies, burns treated with aloe vera heal faster and are less painful due to aloe vera's anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Aloe vera also promotes healing by increasing circulation and protecting the skin from fungal and bacterial growth.
Unlike the use of other folk remedies, such as butter or lard, aloe vera does not retain heat or pose the risk of bacterial contamination when applied to a burn. Additionally, using lavender in combination with aloe vera increases healing and skin protection for burns. A mixture of 10 drops lavender essential oil and 1 tablespoon of aloe vera is a good healing recipe that provides several applications for treating a small-sized burn, explains Everyday Health.
Honey has also been used for many centuries as a healing treatment for burns, and its use was documented in the Bible. Honey provides antibacterial benefits and is an effective burn treatment because it doesn't interrupt the skin's normal healing process, reports the National Center for Biotechnology Information.