My #momsays coconut oil and camphor are a godsend burn scar remedyPublished on: 9 December 2019, 20:25 pm IST
There are times when I tend to take cooking too seriously. One of those times, I even ended up burning my hand when boiling-hot oil landed on my hand—thanks to my silly throw-the-pakora-in-the-hot-oil technique.
My skin burned, hurt like hell, and then peeled off on its own. But it also left a memory in the form of a dark brown burn scar on the back of my hand.
My mom stepped in–as usual
I don’t even need to mention that my mom came up with all the possible burn-relief remedies she knew of when I got injured. But the woman was even ready with a full-fledged remedy for my burn scar.
Virgin coconut oil and melted camphor combined together in a puraana hair serum bottle. (Yes, mother’s also jugaadu).
After ignoring her cooking advice, I couldn’t have defied her scar-healing mantra. So, I conceded and applied the mixture on my scar several times a day.
And her interference paid off—as usual
I can’t exactly tell whether it was the healing power of time or simply of mom’s wonder ingredients: coconut oil and camphor powder, but the scar became lighter. And within a month, it almost camouflaged with the unburnt skin on my hand. If you see it now, you probably won’t even be able to tell that I ever got a burn there—all thanks to mommy, of course.
Yes, yes–there’s science behind it!
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering mom’s advice has always got scientific proof.
According to a review published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, coconut oil can lighten the scars on your skin—thanks to the presence of vitamin E in it.
In fact, another ingredient of this oil, lauric acid, can effectively lighten scars and marks as per a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
Camphor, on the other hand too is known to activate nerve endings and keep any infections in the injured area at bay–while supporting the coconut oil to fade the scars away.