In folk medicine there were several cures. Honey was thought to be an effective cure, and grated potato was also thought to do good. An application of cold tea was another old remedy.
Grated raw carrot in poultice was thought to be curative, as was onion juice and a lotion made from leeks cooked in milk. The crushed fresh leaves of plantain applied to the area were considered to speed healing, as were fresh nettle leaves and crushed dock leaves. Sage tea and an ointment made from comfrey were both thought to be curative.
Marigold, elderflowers and yarrow were all used as remedies for burns, and lavender was held to be particularly useful in minimizing scarring caused by burns. Witch hazel, eucalyptus and glycerin were all used to soothe burns.
One folk cure was based on pulverized charcoal and linseed oil. Another cure involved treating the area of the burn with a soft soap and linseed oil and then sprinkling wheaten flour over it to form a coating. A cloth saturated with linseed oil and lime water and bound round the burn was a suggested remedy for burns.
Chalk and linseed oil mixed to a thick compound was thought to be curative. Fern leaves, were the basis of another cure. These were to be boiled with two pints of cream or vegetable fat and allowed to simmer. The mixture was cooled, strained and applied to the burn.
A lotion made from yellow dock, dandelion, plantain and greater celandine was held to be curative for burns.