Cool advice for hot burns

Cool advice for hot burns

I usually write about art and books and the craft of writing but I have something far more pressing at hand. And speaking of hands, I burned mine.

This week was burn week, and that’s not a holiday. Yup. It happened and I couldn’t type very well for a couple of days.

Burning yourself when baking or cooking is usually not part of the recipe, but it’s inevitable if you hang out in the kitchen long enough.

The other day, I removed a cover from a hot frypan and placed it out of reach. I accidentally touched it with my forearm, and sizzz, I scorched myself. A few days before I touched a toaster not realizing it was still hot from making toast and burned four fingers of my left hand. And a few days before that I sizzled when steam from my  Michael Graves teapot attacked my right hand. I don’t usually have these issues . . .

The solution is to Be Careful, but accidents happen. I learned long ago as a Girl Scout: Be Prepared.

Magical burn ointment ‘Foille’

So here’s my advice: Foille Medicated First Aid Ointment. I found this product more than fifty years ago, it’s a treasure. I keep it handy in a drawer by the stove, if I burn myself, I take it out of the drawer, the quicker, the better, and slather it onto the burn even if it hurts. Then I just let it do its magic. It will begin to sting, but it’s pulling the burn out. But that goes away quickly. Don’t touch it, let it sit on the burn. Depending on how bad it is, like my hand, second degree for sure, I slathered more on then didn’t touch it for an hour while watching the red disappear. Really. After an hour, maybe a little longer, it was no longer red. Then I wiped away the ointment. My hand was good as new.

Here’s a couple of Amazon five-star reviews. I didn’t know it could be used for sunburn too. Wow, that’s a biggie.

Amazon Review 5 Star
This is an amazing product and so difficult to find in the stores. It truthfully does almost everything first aid wise. It takes the heat out of a burn instantly and they never blister for me afterward. I use it instead of all the other wonder antibacterial products and sores, cuts, scrapes, bites … clear up in half the time. I think the reason the stores don’t carry it is because it works so well and you use so little of it that a tube goes a long way, like a year or so, so it doesn’t generate a lot of repeat sales right away. I bought the three tubes because the price is so good I can share with my friends and family by giving it away!

Amazon Review 5 star
If you get sunburn this product really works better than anything I have ever used! You put it on the day you burn if you are using on a a part of your body that has clothes on it wear something you don’t mind getting stained because it will stain your shirt, but it is well worth it.You won’t have blisters and you will get a tan in the end. I have used this for forty some years now. I’m using it on my grandchildren now. You used to be able to buy this in the store and in a can but this is the only place I have been able to find it to buy.

Here’s the amazon link for the ointment:

Until next time – I hope you stay cool. xo Gail.

Gail Ingis Claus is an author, artist/painter and interior designer. Her upcoming romance The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin will be released in the fall of 2018. Her current historical romance, Indigo Sky can be purchased on amazon.


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