9 Natural Blister Remedies

15 October, 2020
Not all natural remedies are actually useful when it comes to treating blisters, so it's best to avoid them.

We’ve all had blisters on our feet, and we know how annoying they can be. While, in the majority of cases, you’ve probably been told that it’s best to simply ignore them, you may also have come across certain natural blister remedies.

A blister is a small swelling which appears on the outer layer of skin, and looks almost like a small bag. They contain liquid, and generally appear as a result of friction, heat, or certain illnesses.

When they occur as a result of friction, whether it be because of tight shoes or walking for a long period of time, many people believe that you can use natural remedies to treat them.

In fact, rather than remedies, these are more like tricks, which can be useful in certain circumstances. For example, to avoid discomfort with socks and shoes when you have blisters on your skin.

1. Salt water to cure blisters

A woman soaking her feet in salt water, one of the natural blister remedies.
You can use both fine and coarse salt to make a foot bath.

Simply submerging your feet in warm water mixed with plenty of salt could help to soften blisters. Then, using a needle (sterilized in alcohol) you can carefully pierce the blister to create a small hole. This will allow the liquid to drain away, and the blister will start to dry out.

Once you’ve soaked your feet in the water, be sure to dry them thoroughly with a towel. Every now and again, you should check the blister to make sure it hasn’t produced any more fluid. If it has, dry it with a cotton ball or swap.

Note: It’s believed that salt can improve skin defenses and help prevent infections.

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2. Garlic paste

According to popular belief, peeling a clove of fresh garlic, crushing it to create a paste and applying it to your blister could help to cure it. However, this method isn’t usually effective, and can cause a burning sensation.

Some also believe that peeling a clove of garlic and holding it lightly against the blister for 5 to 10 minutes can be useful.

3. Aloe vera

Aloe vera is one of the most recommended natural remedies because of its healing properties. It’s believe that applying it to blisters could help to hydrate the area, reduce inflammation, and “accelerate” healing.

4. Common marigold

Common marigold on the feet.

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, marigold is one of the most common ingredients when it comes to making skincare products. As a result, many people recommend using marigold ointment (or products containing this plant) to help treat blisters.

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5. Apple cider vinegar

When it comes to treating recent blisters, many people also recommend using apple cider vinegar. It’s believed that its acidity and unique composition mean that the vinegar acts as an antimicrobial, which could help to prevent complications once the blister bursts.

*Some people dilute a teaspoon of vinegar in a basin of water to make a disinfectant foot bath. However, you have to be careful with this, because vinegar can irritate your skin and excessively dry it out.

6. Cornmeal

It’s believed that if you apply a paste of cornmeal and honey to your blister, you should then be able to remove it as described earlier. To do this, you simply have to mix cornmeal with honey until it forms a paste. Then, apply it to the affected area and let it act for a while.

7. Vaseline

It’s said that vaseline can also be used to treat blisters. By applying a little of the vaseline to the blister, you should be able to soften and remove it without harming your skin.

8. Carrot paste

Another home remedy that’s often recommended for treating blisters is carrot paste. Like the others, you would simply prepare the paste, apply it to the blister, and leave it to take effect. This is said to soften the blister, allowing you to remove it more easily.

Note: Instead of food pastes, some people apply a paste made with powdered aspirin and water. Then, they place it on their skin to relieve inflammation and facilitate the removal of the blister.

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9. Alcohol

The last of these home remedies for curing alcohol isn’t a food, rather a product very commonly found in first aid kits: alcohol.

It’s believed that dipping a cotton swab in alcohol and applying it to your blisters could allow you to soften and eliminate them, while cleansing the skin and preventing infections.

*Some apply some hand sanitizer instead of alcohol.

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What’s the best remedy?

Of all the natural blister remedies mentioned in this article, the first is probably the most useful: bathing your blister in salt water. However, you can choose the one you like most, according to your preferences.

Remember that, once you’ve popped the blister, it’s best to keep the area well ventilated and avoid putting on a Band-Aid where possible. Also, try to wear shoes that won’t affect it.

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