When we work with wood or in the garden, it can easily happen that a splinter or a thorn gets embedded under the skin of your hands or feet. Instead of torturing yourself with a pair of tweezers, here are 3 natural remedies for rapidly and almost painlessly getting rid thorns or splinters. But first of all, disinfect the area well with an antiseptic solution.
Bicarbonate of soda paste for a thorn in your foot
Baking soda is truly a magic ingredient that we should all have in our kitchen or bathroom cupboards!
In the case of getting a thorn in your foot, your fingers or anywhere else, this is an effective natural remedy, and it is even suitable for babies.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda with a little water to make a paste.
- Apply the paste to the area in which the thorn is stuck.
- Cover it with a plaster for 12 to 24 hours, and the thorn will start to come out all on its own.
- Next, remove the plaster and you can gently remove the rest of the thorn with a tweezers.
The suction method for a thorn in your hand
- Fill a container or a glass bottle with a large opening with hot water.
- Cover the neck of the container or bottle with the part of your hand in which the thorn is embedded.
- The suction effect of the water will soften the skin and you will easily be able to remove the thorn.
The ice-oil method for splinters
- Firstly, disinfect the area in which you have the thorn or splinter.
- Next, in order to reduce pain, you can numb the area with an ice cube.
- Put a little sweet almond oil or olive oil onto a compress.
- Apply the oil-soaked compress to the area in which the thorn in embedded.
- Massage the area for a few seconds with your fingers, and gently push on the thorn to get it out.
This method may be slightly more painful than the first two methods.