Burn Relief with Yellow Mustard

The healing powers of yellow mustard have resurfaced. That’s right, “healing powers”. The folks at the People’s Pharmacy have seen reports of yellow mustard relieving kitchen burns come up again as a 5-star tip in the Home Remedy Q&A section of their popular website.

This week, a reader posted their story about accidentally grabbing the metal handle of a pot right out of the oven. First, they tried pouring soy sauce on the burn without much relief. Then a frozen gel ice pack but, again, the pain persisted. After checking the People’s Pharmacy website, they stumbled upon the yellow mustard burn remedy.

After generously slathering mustard over the painful burn they felt immediate relief… and by bedtime, the pain was gone with only slight discoloration. By morning, everything was back to normal — no pain, no discoloration.

Joe & Terry at the People’s Pharmacy have heard it all before. They originally ran the tip in their Best Choices from the People’s Pharmacy, a book “filled with natural healing approaches for dozens of common conditions.” And since then, they’ve heard numerous accounts of yellow mustard working miracles on painful kitchen burns and being an effective burn remedy. Some comments posted by readers include:

  • “I work as a chef and have been using mustard for years to help heal burns…”
  • “Within an hour after washing [the mustard] off the burning sensations were gone and the next morning there was barely any red marks left on my skin. It works!”
  • “If I hadn’t experienced it myself, I’d never believe anything so improbable could work.”

If slathering yellow mustard on burns sounded a little crazy at first, it’s hard to deny the effectiveness now. So, next time you have a kitchen mishap that leaves you with a painful burn, open the fridge and reach for that jar of yellow mustard! And add mustard to your list of burn remedies…

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64 Responses to Burn Relief with Yellow Mustard

  1. Maxine says:

    Hey Everyone – I can testify to mustard as remedy for burn. Last night, I seared steaks on the burner then put the frying pan in the oven to finish them off. After removing the pan from the oven, I later grabbed the handle — forgetting it had been in the oven. It hurt so bad, and I can’t even describe the burn. I kept running cold water over my hand. It was fine as long as the water was running, but without the water it was an awful burning. My daughter Googled burn relief and found this reference to mustard. I slathered mustard over my fingers and hand and there was almost immediate relief from the burning. After I rinsed the mustard off, there was no burn. Through the night, it was fine and this morning, I can hardly tell of the burn — just slightly swollen, but no burn and normal coloring. Very thankful!

  2. BJ says:

    I spilled rapidly boiling water on my foot. I suffered horrendous pain for 4 1/2 hours until I found this mustard remedy. I had to apply it twice, and I continued to dunk my foot in ice water and it took 45 minutes to relieve the pain. I slept with mustard on my foot and have blisters still from the initial burn, but there is no pain.

  3. Keila says:

    The worst thing that could happen to a girl happened to me… I went to get my eyebrows waxed and came out the salon looking like a monster not even being able to open my eyes because of the pain. I got home, cried, and then applied aloe vera from a plant I had in the back… the pain was still horrible and I went online when saw this mustard remedy for burns. I was a little skeptical, but I applied yellow mustard and it stung like crazy… I began to cry, but then I immediately got relief! And the burn has become a little lighter. I’m so happy with this remedy because it really does work!!!!

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  5. chances says:

    Burned my finger in the oven. My boyfriend told me to try mustard but I didn’t. Then I looked it up and saw the comments people left. Mustard is now on my finger letting it dry by the fan hopefully this works, I’m a big baby with it comes to burns…

  6. Idiot in the Kitchen says:

    I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Mustard Museum!! Yesterday, while reading the next step in my recipe, I grabbed the handle of a pan…which would have been fine except I had just removed said pan from a 450 degree oven where it had been residing for over 30 minutes. Mother was H-O-T!! And I didn’t just “lightly” touch the handle, I full-on GRABBED the handle & picked up the pan…..and then dropped it SCREAMING because of the pain!! I turned to the sink and turned the cold water on and plunged it under the faucet. All five fingers were burned from finger tips to palm. My palm was also burned horribly. I could tell from the pain that this was going to be BAD and I started to cry. It did not help that my husband came in and all he could say was “why did you do that”……..meaning why did I grab the pan….like I did it on purpose or something! I rubbed my hand as I held it underwater as I had learned from previous, MUCH MUCH milder burns that if you rub it, blood will come to the area and help the situation AND it will help de-sensitize the burn as it heals. But I’ve never had a burn as serious as this one….so rubbing wasn’t helping much. After 20 minutes, I could see that all of my fingertips were full-on blisters, as was most every bit of my palm. I realized my evening was over, and took refuge on the couch with a huge bowl of cold water and a pile of towels. I took 1600 mg of ibuprofen and settled in for a good, long, miserable, tear-filled night, as my hand was throbbing and burning even while in the water. I realized I was going to be unable to function for at least a few days, as I could not even SLIGHTLY bend my fingers or palm at all. I had my husband bring my laptop to me, and I began searching for help on the internet. All I could find was stuff like “immerse in cold water” and “go to the ER if there are blisters or if the burns are on your hands or joints”, etc…….I was beginning to think I would have no choice but to go to the ER. The official medical sites said no home remedies would work….no butter, no potatoes, no baking soda, no alcohol and on and on. So I suffered for about 2 hours, downing additional Ibuprofen and even stronger pain meds. Eventually I could bear it as long as my hand was submerged in cool water. But as SOON as I removed it, even for a second, an intense pain that made me sob and fall to my knees would begin. I decided to look a little more online, as my husband prepared to take me to the hospital. But I was scared to go, because there are so, SO many germs in a hospital I thought it would make things worse!!!!! And what could they do anyway? Wrap it in gauze? This would help how exactly? And then……..I came across the MUSTARD MUSEUM site that had so, SO many recommendations about using mustard on burns, which I have NEVER heard of before! I thought that it would be easy enough to try, so I slathered regular yellow mustard all over every single inch…..and for a moment it felt good because it was so cool…….and then the pain came back. I thought DAMMIT!!!! So I read thru several more entries, and noticed that some people said it can take a bit of time to work, perhaps even as long as it takes for the mustard to “dry”. I decided I was going to tough it out. It took me a few tries……I could put the mustard on, but could only stand it for a few minutes before I plunged my hand back in the good ole H20. But eventually I convinced myself to BUCK UP. And slathered a good coating on once again, over the redness and blisters and all……and stuck it out for 25 minutes………as which time……..THE PAIN STOPPED. COMPLETELY. ENTIRELY. MIRACULOUSLY. The mustard dried……..and it looked like a knit glove because I’d put it on so thickly. I was able to sleep on the couch with my hand in it’s mustard glove, elevated on some towels. And slept for…………12 hours straight. When I woke up, the mustard was like clay. AND NO PAIN. I was still freaked out it would start again, so I slathered on yet another ridiculously thick layer of mustard over the dried one, and went back to sleep for 6 hours. Woke up and realized that WOW there are dried bits of mustard everywhere…..but the pain was still gone!!! I eventually got up the nerve to rinse the mustard off………very slowly at first, and because the pain didn’t come back, I kept rinsing and rubbing and rinsing……until my hand was completely mustard free. Stained yellow, but still pain free. And ALL the blisters were COMPLETELY GONE on my fingertips. LIKE THEY WERE NEVER THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. The blister on my palm was reduced to the size of a pencil eraser (from the size of a golf ball). I could move and bend and use my hand normally!! It’s now 3 hours later, and still no pain. AT ALL. My entire hand is still stained deep yellow, and I REALLY feel like eating a hot dog BUT I AM CURED. I am forever grateful to everyone who took the time to share their stories about the MIRACLE known as MUSTARD. I can’t wait to spread the word so others can be helped too……THANK YOU……!!!!!

  7. Ron says:

    I was soldering two pieces of metal and suddenly one lit up red hot it burned the entire pad of my finger and was a huge blister almost before I could drop the metal.

    Immediate and intense pain followed. I held an ice cold can of Coke on the burn but the second I removed the can it was excruciating. Got on the internet and found the mustard thing. Willing to try anything, I smeared my finger with cold mustard.

    It was immediately better, but had slight pain for a few minutes, then no pain. I’m amazed.
    There may be typos because I’m typing with one hand as there is mustard on the other… LOL

  8. Danette Main says:

    Last night, I had burned the top part of my fingers when scalding hot water splashed on them from a teapot. Immediately they started to swell and turn red. I know you’re not supposed to use ice or cold water but it was the only thing that would relieve the pain.

    After 3 hours of ice and cold water, it was still very painful if I removed the ice for more then 15 seconds. Needing to go to bed and knowing I would be getting up every 1/2 hour to put on more ice, I came upon the yellow mustard remedy.

    After immediately putting it on, the pain was gone. Skeptical at first because the mustard was cold, I continued to wait 5, 10 and 15 minutes with no pain! While reading about mustard remedies, it works because it opens up the blood cells and brings them to the surface of the skin.

  9. casey says:

    My husband got a muffler burn from working on MY bike. I was trying was trying everything. The aloe actually hurt him worse. Then I read this about yellow mustard. I knew he wouldn’t do it so I just squirted it on the burn … he said nothing, but 10 minutes later he thanked me. Thank you Mustard Museum!

  10. carrie says:

    Did not work at all for me. I’ve had my fingers in cold water for 3 hours and am desperate for relief.
    I tried giving mustard a try…thought that I’d be willing to wait for relief but the pain was too intense and I had to rinse it off and go back to cold water.

  11. Linda Weatherl says:

    Yesterday I mowed over an acre and ended up with an aching wrist. I put Aspercream on it and it didn’t help. Later I took a shower and got ready for bed but it ached so bad I couldn’t sleep so I got up and put some Capzasin HP on it and went to bed.

    I woke up about 3 I think and had a really bad burning on my wrist so I got up and went to the bathroom to look at it. Wow! It was so red. I washed it and put some Sooth-A-Caine on it and went back to bed only to have to get up and wash it off.

    Then I remembered this post on Facebook my niece had posted about mustard for burns, so I went into the kitchen and got the yellow mustard out of the refrigerator and splattered it on real good. It felt so good, actually had to do both hands because I had used the Capzasin on both. Got a towel to lay my hands on and went back to bed and sleep the rest of the night.

    When I got up this morning and looked at it the redness was gone completely. I have tenderness on the area but the burn is gone … thanks to Mustard.

  12. shelly says:

    My grandma always said use mustard on a burn it works great. I told my boyfriend’s mom and he said i was crazy. So I Googled it and was so glad to find what I was looking for. I showed it to her and now shes a mustard believer too … thank you!

  13. Lisa says:

    Omg! I’m 44 years old and to think all my life I never knew this. I’ve burned myself so many times in the past and no one ever told me this until today.

    I burned the under part of my arm on a scalding hot frying pan that I was cooking cheese steaks in and it was stinging really bad. My sister mentioned yellow mustard and as soon as I plopped it on, the stinging stopped. Not exaggerating! What a miracle!

    I only wish I had known this years ago!

  14. Alane Chill says:

    Great article. I’ve recently become enthusiastic about alternative medicine/home remedies soon after being misdiagnosed by my GP for a potentially life-threatening condition. I feel more and mor folks are beginning to wake up and understand that the healthcare establishment doesn’t have our best interests at heart, and they need to take responsibility for their own health, simply because no one else is going to.

    Regrettably, mainstream media continues to label anyone who talks about all-natural therapy/alternative medicine as a “quack” or even a “charlatan” like this article from NBC news: http://www.nbcnews.club/cancer-patients-turning-alternative-remedies/127 . It’s nothing more than a hit-piece. We need to have some honest reporting about the success rate of alternative medicine, it is about time.

  15. Nichole N says:

    Burned my fingers on a hot pan out of the oven. Immediate blistering and white skin. I applied ice directly — I know I’m not supposed to but god it hurt — and while that helped immensely the pain returned with full force seconds after the ice melted. I Googled “relief from burns” and came across mustard. I “knew” it wouldn’t work, but it was almost bedtime and I knew it would keep me up all night so I gave it a try. I slathered my fingers and….. SOME relief. Not %100 but much better than nothing. I noticed that the relief got better as the mustard dried. I poured more and more on out of desperation and I have to say after about 10 minutes I was in heaven! I literally cried it is so much better! I’m not taking the mustard off at least until tomorrow but I’m sure it helped. If you don’t get immediate relief, try adding more and wait just a few minutes. Mine wasn’t even cold, it had been out on the counter. Yay, mustard!

  16. Allisson says:

    Just looked this up. Have had my finger in a bowl of ice water for over 2 hours. With 2 kids, that’s just too long. I was skeptical… but I tried yellow mustard and it’s been 7 minutes without re-dipping my fingers into the cold water. That slow creeping fire you feel when removing from ice water is gone!! And this is my first attempt at home remedies, so thank you!!

  17. bob says:

    Burned the soft pads of 4 fingertips of my left hand on the lawn mower muffler while loading it into the truck. Skin turned white almost instantly, and unrelenting SEVERE pain ensued.

    If I didn’t keep the finger tips in glass of cool water, I was nearly in tears from the pain. I did that for over an hour with no relief… Then I covered the burned skin with yellow mustard and within 10 minutes the pain went away almost completely. It did take about 10 minutes of “waves of pain” that came and went… tho ultimately it just stayed away. AMAZING!

  18. jana says:

    I’m a line cook and burn myself a lot. LOL I always use yellow mustard for my burns. I thought it was beyond crazy until I tried it myself…

  19. Lauren Edgar says:

    Mustard is not just for the kitchen, either. I was curling my hair with the wand and had it set at 400 degrees. I had set my brush right next to it, but when I went to grab my brush handle I grabbed the end of the wand, and didn’t even realize it for about 3 seconds. When I finally threw it down I ran to the kitchen and put yellow mustard all over my hand, let it sit for about 5 minutes, then washed it off. No pain, no blisters, and only slight discoloration that was completely gone the next day. I don’t know what the heck is in this stuff, but it works!!

  20. Chellie says:

    It works. Burned my thumb cooking. Put ice on it. As soon as I took off the ice, the pain was severe. Slathered on the ‘ole mustard and the pain decreased. Did not ice it again and amazingly no blister.

  21. mion chael zohlmann says:

    Well, I’m a believer. I watched a three year old put his hand on a barbeque grill. As you could imagine, the scream was awful. I went into a panic trying to help. His mom came over with yellow mustard and immediately put it on his hand — within one minute no tears and he was back to playing.

  22. Elizabeth Baglini says:

    This absolutely works! I have been using yellow mustard for years on burns.

  23. Nancy says:

    I’ve never post anything anywhere but I had to share this remedy. I decided to save seeds from a Jalapeno pepper plant we were given. I don’t even know what the variety is they are tiny red peppers that look like it was a self decorated christmas tree. This left a on fire kinda burn that I tried over 15 home remedies — no kidding it’s that painful — that people posted online. Most called it Jalapeno hands. Finally, and I wish I knew which site I read it from because I would like to thank them, someone said yellow mustard. I put that on let in dry and the burn hasn’t comeback since. I’m not sure if its the tumeric ingredient but it was a life saver anything else I tried had under 5 minute of relief before the pain came back.

  24. Thom says:

    I was seasoning my cast iron skillets today and went to take one out of the oven. The bloody thing burned me right through my oven mitt. I put a generous amount of yellow mustard on it, and in ten minutes the pain had subsided significantly. It feels completely normal now, so thank you, mustard! On an unrelated note, the amount of typos, fragments and run-on sentences in the comments section is … unsettling. What’s a good home remedy for illiteracy?

  25. G says:

    Burned my left hand this morning with the curling iron while getting ready for work. It was starting to blister. Ouch! I knew about the mustard thing, but I was running late. When I got to work I checked the fridge in the break room, aaaahhhhhhh there it was … the bottle of Yellow Mustard. I ran cold water over my burn first, patted it dry, and applied a big glop of mustard on my burn. All my co-workers just gave me that look.. and asked, “is that mustard on your hand? ” and I said, “yuuuup!” By the time I walked back to my desk almost all of the sting from the pain was gone! Yellow Mustard … it’s the bessssst.

  26. Ezrie Claire says:

    I burned my thumb pretty bad with a hot glue gun. Relieves pain for 5 minutes. You should change the mustard periodically so you have cool mustard on the burn.

  27. Merissa says:

    So I was calling B.S. on the mustard idea for burns as I’m sitting her with a scalded forearm wrist and hand. Been burned for 1.5 hours and nothing was helping. So I said ‘what the heck’ and went to the kitchen. Bottom line: Burn + Mustard = Instant Relief

  28. Fred Ward says:

    Got burned at work and put yellow mustard on it. The burn was pretty bad. The mustard draws all the fire out, and yes, it soothed the burn. I left it on for a few hours and when I washed it off the burn was only a little bit red, no blisters. This really works…

  29. Chris L. says:

    Just burned several fingers trying to move a hot iron skillet which I didn’t know was hot at the time. Tried the mustard advice and helped for only 5 minutes. Still in lots of pain!

  30. Amanda S says:

    My 23 month old daughter touched a light bulb tonight that had been on for several hours, we ran out and got burn spray and everything but nothing was working so I got online and found this! After hours of crying, once the mustard was on she stopped crying within a minute! It is now 2am and she is sound asleep. I am surprised at how well this worked! Thank you for posting this :)

  31. Victorya says:

    Burned my neck this morning curling my hair.
    Everyone at my school thinks it’s a hickey (how embarrassing)
    I’m home now with mustard setting on my neck.
    Wish me luck :P

  32. Shannon says:

    I had heard about this trick when I worked at a resturant. One of the cooks left a ladle in the beans on the burner. I had to get some for a table but had no idea the ladle had been sitting there on the burner with the beans. I grabbed it and was immediately burned. The other cook ran to a table and grabbed the mustard bottld ans covered my hand. Instantly the burn felt better. Oddly enough he missed a small part of the burn. Nothing blistered but the part that had no mustard on it. Since then I have always used mustard.

    For those who say ice and cold water… I have also heard ice and cold water are the worst and will practically garantee you a blister. The hot skin becoming cold too quick will cause the separation due to rapid temp change. To that end I have heard room temp to bring the burn down slower and help reduce the chance of blisters…. so that has been my rule of thumb. So far no blisters on any mustard treated burns. I have used it from oven burns, to halogen bulb burns, even machinery exhaust burns. So far so good! Go mustard!

  33. Jackie atkinson says:

    My son decided to push the cigarette lighter in in the truck (it hasn’t worked in 4 years) pushed it in and immediately pulled it out and stuck his finger to it and burnt the tip of his finger bad. We did silver sulfadiazine cream and he also had to have a bag of ice. But I just googled burns and this popped up. He’s now sitting with his finger in mustard as we speak and isn’t complaining near as much. Fingers crossed it works!

  34. Kathryn says:

    Mustard has been used in Mexico for at least a hundred years for burns. My son in law used it when he was a child and when my daughter burned her hand when oil from a frying pan full of chicken splattered on the palm of her hand as she was turning the pieces she remembered what he had said after dropping to her knees in pain. When she looked at her palm there were already big blisters forming and a crack appeared about an inch long as she opened her hand. She crawled to the fridge and plunged her hand into a family sized jar of YELLOW MUSTARD and held it there for a while. When the burning stopped she took it out and wrapped it in a dish towel and sat in the living room while her husband finished cooking dinner. Several hours later she realized that she had been asleep and it was already dark. She decided to look at her hand. Taking off the towel and opening her hand, the mustard had dried into a brown-yellow dough-like wad. There were no blisters and the crack was dried and black as if it was an old injury. I tell everyone I meet about it. It works like a MIRACLE!!! I used it years later when I got a really bad sunburn on my left arm & leg. When it dried I brushed off the thick flakes and reapplied it thickly again & again at least 5 times. It not only took away the pain but it also never blistered. Several days later I felt my right arm tickling as if a bug or a hair was on it. I rubbed it with my left hand and to my amazement my hand got all WET! Looking at my arm I discovered that my right arm had bee burned also and it now was COVERED with little blisters which I had broken some of when I thought it was a bug. It didn’t hurt at all and must have been a very light burn but with the pain of the other arm I hadn’t even noticed it. I felt a little silly but was still very GRATEFUL for the AMAZING MUSTARD!!!

  35. Mary Jane S says:

    I burned myself this morning on the toaster oven at work. It was really bad. There was another lady in the kitchen & she told me about the yellow mustard trick. It worked. I could hardly believe it. Thank you yellow mustard.

  36. Denise O'Meara says:

    I too am a mustard convert! I just applied it to a painful burn after scalding myself with a teabag that had just been dipped in boiling water! The mustard was highly effective; resulting in lower redness and pain relief! Marvelous!

  37. Tracy says:

    I am so thankful I found this post and responses.
    I burned my hand grabbing the handle of a skillet I had just taken out of a 450 degree oven.
    I could not stand the pain. What a welcome relief.

  38. Susan Price says:

    Mustard is awesome. I used to work in the food industry and when I had to work the line and burned myself and couldn’t stop to doctor it, slathering on some cold mustard worked every time. The trick, which some people might not get from the comments I’ve been reading, is to LEAVE THE MUSTARD ON. The best was is: Run cold water over the burn site for about 30 seconds to a minute to stop the actual burn. Pat dry with a clean towel. You need to then slather the mustard on liberally, then let it dry in the open air to a crust. As it dries, it will take away the pain. You can reapply as needed. I wouldn’t suggest it on actual open burn wounds, but it’s great for most closed burns.

  39. Dianna says:

    My 3-1/2 year old grand baby stepped on my daughters flat iron and instantly started to cry in pain. we Immediately put mustard on it he continued to cry and it was discovered that the side we put the mustard was not hurting but the other side of his foot was burnt as well. We put mustard on that side, too, and then we put his foot on cool water. Needless to say the pain is gone however I am not sure if we should have ran his foot in the cool water first, and then applied the mustard. He does have a blister on both sides but they are not broken. There is no doubt the mustard worked!

  40. joshua king says:

    My son touch a fireplace with the back of his hand contain 3 degree burns i use good old yellow Mustard at work cause we deal with 400 degree glue and sometimes it gets on you. So my first thought was good old yellow mustard which he cried for a hour but later on that day he was running around jump laughing and back being a kid again. Happy dad.

  41. Tyler says:

    Well mustard worked decent but not 100% I went to the bathroom and went to wipe it off with a charmin wipe and that took it away 100% until I take it off but now it is about gone I think mustard works =)

  42. Mary says:

    My 22 month old granddaughter was staying with me just last night. We went out to our barn to tend to some work I was doing and I had a two lamp work light that had been running for about 24 hours. I kept warning her about it and that it was hot and it would barn, but before I knew it, she had put two of her fingers on it, which just happens to be the two fingers that are her pacifier when she is ready to go to bed. She had blisters on each of her fingers and was crying so heart breakingly. I brought her inside and ran cold water over her fingers. tried aloe and loose bandaids. I tried tylenol and anything that I could think of and nothing worked. I felt like a terrible grandmother! I called my daughter and she was worried to death. She called her boss to ask to leave early and he suggested mustard which she nor I had never heard of using. I googled it, came across this website, read all of these user comments and when my granddaughter had cried herself to sleep, I very gingerly slathered mustard on her little fingers and wrapped them loosely with large bandaids. She slept for a few hours when she woke up and began to cry. I thought she was still in pain but she kept saying off, off. I tried to explain to her that she had a boo boo and had to leave them on. Before I knew it I heard the sound of her sucking on her pacifier fingers. I had to take a look at the fingers that just a few hours before she could not bear to put in her mouth because every time she tried she cried and cried, and to my extremely happy surprise, it was like she had never been burned. Shewww, what a relief for me and her I’m sure. I will tell EVERYONE about mustard, the miracle burn salve.

  43. Traci says:

    I was at breakfast function at my daughter’s school. Another person helped me fill my coffee cup because my hands were full. I was holding my cup with one finger inside. The person filled it a bit too much and burned the tip of my finger. Ice was not immediately put on my finger because there was none available. I was finally able to find a teacher that gave me an Otter Pop to use until I got to work. The Otter Pop lasted about an hour. When I arrived to work the pain was excruciating. I would put my finger tip on ice, but as soon as I removed it from the cold icy grave, the pain would sneak back. It felt like someone was holding a flame under my finger. The pain began to radiate down my finger and seem to hop over to the adjacent unharmed digits on my hand. I didn’t know what else to do. We didn’t have a fully stocked first aid kit at work and I didn’t want to go to urgent care or home because or a little 1st degree burn. (I say 1st degree because it is red and painful. No broken skin or blistering.)

    So I used my favorite internet friend that always knows what to tell me, Google! I then came across this website that was telling everyone to put a yellow substance known as “Yellow Mustard” on the area of the burn. People were posting stories that they have tried the suggestion and it worked for hours. I was baffled! In all my 41 years I have not heard of ever putting “Mustard” on a burn. How could this be?? So I thought to myself; “Well, what you have got to lose?” Luckily we have a fridge for people to put lunch items in. I know I didn’t have any mustard in there, but I decided to check anyway. I didn’t find “plain old yellow mustard” but found some fancy Best Food “Dijon” mustard. I didn’t want to use such fancy mustard for such a little burn, but I thought what the heck, maybe it will work. I squeezed a big dollop onto my finger tip and slathered it all over the burn. To my surprise it worked!!! I was so shocked and happy that the pain was gone!!!

    About ten minutes of having this miracle goo on my finger I would feel the pain come back. It would not be as strong as it was before though. Then all of a sudden the pain disappeared and come back again. I don’t know if it is mind over matter or has something to do with the mustard reactivating.

    Since the first dollop, I decided that I would bandage up my finger since it looked a bit odd to be at work with this yellow substance on the tip of my finger. I added a second round to my finger and wrapped it up with a bandage or two. It is working!!! I am so pleased and grateful to the person that found this miracle pain relief!!!

  44. Jasmine and Alladin says:

    The yellow mustard remedy is fantastic. My girlfriend burned her foot with hot KFC mash potatoes. We love to eat and we were heating up leftovers a d as we were king back to the room to feast and watch MNF, the bottom of the mash potatoes fell out and splashed all over my girlfriends foot. After a dash to the bathroom seeking relief with cold water she cried in pain. I could t take it. I had to do something… I decided to google and low and behold, the mustard remedy beat that burn down Tina turner. Mustard is American for Justice.

  45. linda says:

    i’m typing with my right hand only, just scalded the fingers on my left hand with boiling water mixed with baking soda. very intense pain unless i keep it in the ice water. i was trying to sterlize a plastic bottle, put baking soda in and added boiling water, put the top on and shook it. it exploaded the top and the water came pouring out. i was so shocked i must have stood there several seconds before i realized what had happened. my husband grabbed for a pan of ice water and soaked for about 2 hours. took it out and it still felt like it was burning down to the bone. my husband says its the nerves in my fingers that are reacting. we sprayed it with saline wound solution, covered it with neosporin and wrapped it up. it has already started to blister. the pain is less intense now, it could be from the strong pain pill he gave me, who knows. as soon as we unwrap it later, i will lather it with mustard. thanks for the advice. linda

  46. Jesse says:

    i was just fixing some eggs and the cooking oil popped and got my left hand, it hurt like hellfire so i went on google and started looking up home remedies, i tried Potato and Egg White and those worked for a min but before i knew it the pain was back, then i tried dipping my finger in milk and sucking on it but same result, finally i decided to try the mustard and IT WORKED! not 100% but the pain is much less intense and i can get back to playing World of Warcraft :P

  47. Colby says:

    Mustard works

  48. Tanisha Tolbert says:

    thanks for helping me stop my pain.

  49. Paul says:

    I found out about the mustard “secret” when I worked at McDonalds (first job ever LOL). I burned myself with a fry basket and was literally crying like baby…however, mustard saved me. HEHE.

  50. Kiraiku says:

    omg i just burned myself, hurts like a b*tch just put mustard on it wish me luck ;)

  51. QueenBsweets says:

    This totally works!!! No doubt about it. Just got burned by a firework that blew up in my hand. Wish I could upload a pic of my thumb. It’s burned very bad. After applying aloe with ice or aloe with lidocaine, I still felt severe pain. My neighbor told me to put mustard on it, so I grabbed my yellow mustard out of my fridge and almost instantly the sting and pain went away. I feel much better now. This is amazing.

  52. AmForPeace says:

    …..just burned the crap outta my fingers on on my right hand…tried THE FRENCH’S YELLOW MUSTARD CURE…and it totally works!

  53. LoRi says:

    I just literally spent the past 6 hours with my hand in bowl of ice water after I grabbed the 400 handle of a metal skillet that during the morning’s chaos had forgotten I just took out of the oven. I tried lemon juice, white vinegar, cool water, ice packs, colloidal silver…but the pain was so intense that I couldn’t keep it out of the water for more than 30 seconds at a time. In desperation, I did ONE MORE google search and came upon this advice. Couldn’t hurt, so I got my yellow mustard and slathered it on there. The cool from the refrigeration gave instant relief, but after about 10 minutes the cool had worn off and I could still feel the burning sensation. I held out for about 30 minutes — amazed at the relief I was starting to feel! It’s been about an hour and the pain is all but gone. I am functional for the first time in 7 hours. Thank you!! :)

  54. cheryl says:

    OMG – just burned my fingers pulling a pan out of oven – tried ice water for 15 mins, but that’s only temporary relief. Anyway, found out mustard was a good home remedie. Yep, it works!

  55. Taylor says:

    Yesterday I burned myself on an air compressor motor while tryin to put in an air hose. Later on I was on the phone with my boyfriend and I told him about it. He had said to put mustard on it. I really did not believe him bc he is a prankster… sooo i said you know what i will look it up on the internet tomorrow. So I went into my fridge and put mustard on my burn and let it sit. When I did, he just laughed at me told me ‘Itold you so!’ I looks soooooooooooooooooooooooooo much better! Thank God for French’s yellow mustard!!!!

  56. As a Registered Nurse, Holistic Nurse, and Bowen Certified Practitioner I strongly recommend good old Yellow Mustard for my patients who have joint pain, muscle pain and just plain aches and pains related to inflammation. The Mustard contains tumric and is found in almost every home in the nation. It’s a quick easy fix. If there are no allergy or diatary constraints I recommend 2 ( two ) tablespoons full a day. This can be done twice a day if tolerated. Most folks find a decrease in their discomfort within a day or two. Sometimes it’s so subtle they don’t realize how much it helps until they stop taking it for a few days and feel the difference.

  57. Nichole says:

    Thank God for yellow mustard! I did the stupidest thing this morning, we have some all natural orange oil spray room freshener, soooo, in a moment of desperation from not being able to find my deodorant I spray some on my armpits… It was fine for the first 5 minutes, then the burning began, OH MY GOODNESS the burning was so intense it was as if I had doused them with kerosene and lit a match! I washed with soap, dish soap to try and remove the oils and the burning just continued and intensified! I stood in the shower for 15 minutes rinsing one side at a time and was just about crying from the pain. I told hubby to give me some cantharis but that wasn’t doing much and asked him to get mustard, he covered one side with it while I continued rinsing the other side. I decided to give the mustard side a good rinse since I’d spent the past 10 minutes rinsing the other, thats when I realized the mustard side didn’t hurt any more but the other made me want to scream. So I’ve got mustard on both sides right now and after the initial burn in of 5 minutes with the mustard on I’m feeling great again. OY who needs pepper spray? Just spray your attacker with Orange oil!!!

    Btw, I know this sounds like the dumbest thing and it should’ve been totally obvious that it was a bad choice, so go ahead and laugh it up just make sure you keep this in mind and keep those things away from kids and stupid people like me who’ll burn themselves with it, and if they get it and they do, USE YELLOW MUSTARD!

  58. Stef says:

    I accidentley burnt myself this morning on my stove. got my middle and ring finger on my right hand and it hurt. ran it under cold water put aloe on it then i looked up home remedies online and found out about mustard on burns. im now sitting here with mustard slathered on my fingers and omg it does work and my fingers feel much better ! hooray for mustard !!

  59. anonymous says:

    enzymes or some sh*t

  60. Kaylynn says:

    Maybe its the vinegar in the paste from when added to the mustard powder…..

  61. Kim says:

    Today my daughter got a nasty scold burn when she was pouring hot water in the sink.. We kept putting ice/cold compresses on it no relief, then I remembered I had some aloe in the fridge put that on it again nothing. Then a friend on facebook suggested I put mustard on it. She finaly let me give that a try and well what do you know it worked after a matter of minutes the pain was almost gone and no more tears!!

  62. Mindy says:

    So..can someone explain why exactly this works? Is it an ingredient or something?

  63. Judy says:

    Tonight I accidentally poured hot butter over my forearm and wrist. I immediately washed the butter off with some mild soap and then ran my arm under the water for several minutes. While I was doing this I realized I didn’t have anything medicinal to put on the burn, so I soaked a towel in cold water, wrapped it around my arm and went immediately to my computer and Googled “remedy for burns” I got a lot of answers recommending zinc oxide, aloe vera,etc, none of which I had handy. So I Googled “home remedy for burns” and the yellow mustard remedy came up. I immediately got my French’s yellow mustard and slathered my entire forearm in the stuff and left it on for several hours. If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I would have never believed it. After rinsing all the dried mustard off my arm, it is red, but there is ABSOLUTELY NO PAIN and NO BLISTERING. I’ve had sunburns that looked and felt worse than this. And this was HOT BUTTER from a frying pan!!! Unbelievable. I’m going to tell everyone I know about this miraculous remedy.

  64. Lizz R. says:

    It’s so funny when I tell people that my mom’s home remedy for burns is mustard from the fridge is best… It stays cold longer but anyway I been doing this all my life for 37 yrs. & it works all the time. I remember when I was younger & my nephew was running around the kitchen the whole while my sister was boiling water on the stove, when she went to take the pot to the sink he passed her burning his whole back, my mom poured mustard all over his back by the time they got him to the ER The doctor looked @ her with surprise why he was all yellow, once they cleaned him up he had nothing but yellow skin for awhile on his back ;) The doctor was amazed to see that mustard worked & if I could remember I think it was back in ’86 that that happened, we look back & think wow it truly does work!!

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