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    Two hacks from Indonesia: soothe those burns

    By thomas | December 10, 2008

    A blog I subscribe to, David Goldsworthy’s Indonesia Blog, has a cool post about curing two kinds of burns: skin burns and the burns you get from eating spicy food.

    1. To cure skin burns, put toothpaste on them (the white kind) and wait 20 minutes. No blisters.
    2. If you eat something spicy and its too much, cure the burning sensation with boiling (or almost boiling) water.

    Here’s the original post with more details: Toothpaste For Burnt Fingers; Boiling Water For a Hot Tongue Please visit the blog. It’s a good one! It has cool posts and pictures like this one about Java Coffee.

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    4 Responses to “Two hacks from Indonesia: soothe those burns”

    1. xixi Says:
      January 4th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

      Hm, toothpaste… eh? *makes a mental note of that*

      You should also try a glass of cold milk. That’ll sooth the spicy sensation right away :P

    2. Mandy Says:
      January 7th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

      Another tip for skin burns is lavender oil. Just rub (gently) a few drops into the burn and within a couple hours it’ll be almost completely gone. No pain, no scarring and no redness. Works like a charm!

    3. RobertFreemind Says:
      August 31st, 2009 at 3:37 pm

      oil, butter or toothpaste are contraproducent to skin burns…methol is particularly irritant.
      Once burnt the skin continues to suffer damage even after the heat source has been removed…cold water or ice is best

    4. RobertFreemind Says:
      August 31st, 2009 at 3:44 pm

      for overseasoned spiy food…the best is to trick your brain…the physical damage to sensory papillae in the tounge is already done…furthermore excessive pepper and frequent spicy food might render your sense of smell weaker and weaker…but often very efective is to put salt generously in the tip of your tounge once you experience the hotness