Did you know that grated raw potatoes draw out the heat of a burn, reducing the pain?
Potatoes with their antibacterial properties, are a great cover for burned skin, up to 7 hours when the burn is hot and also if the heat of the burn returns, which sometimes happens, even days later.
Potatoes also provide moisture. While drawing out the heat, further damage to the skin is prevented, also trauma, scarring, and even the need for skin grafts.
Rivka Malka’s Story
My seven year-old daughter Neshama, got severely burned a few years ago, but miraculously recovered.
A hot pot of oil spilled on Neshama when she decided to cook potatoes in our french fry cooker. No one was in the kitchen when the oil spilled on her but we heard her screams from the other room. Frantically running in, I eased her shirt off, lifting her into the sink and spraying her with water. Thinking quickly, my other daughter Hadassa, fifteen, asked me, “Should I get the potatoes?” “Yes!” I yelled.Neshama’s entire chest was bright red. The burned area covered a patch of about six by five inches across her chest and faded by her midriff. She also had a large area on her stomach and part of her hands that were burned.
We called Hatzalah, who arrived quickly and assessed her condition. While arranging for her to be taken to the Hopkins Burn Unit, we were told that the medical staff would clean the damaged skin so new skin could emerge.
“Ok,” we said, but we want to place ground potatoes on her wounds first.
“Potatoes?” they questioned. We explained that, we knew first hand of a woman in New York, a burn specialist, who has tremendous results with first using potatoes to draw out the heat of the burn. Her work is so successful, that it seems she has “cracked the code to treating burns.”
Her instructions: Grind peeled potatoes and form a solid pack about one inch thick and place them on the wound. Then place one layer of plastic wrap over the top to hold them in place.
Our dilemma… The EMTs were ready to transport Neshama to the hospital but we knew that the potato treatment had to be done immediately. We also knew that it would be at least an hour before she’d receive treatment at the hospital. In the meantime, the burn would be penetrating deeper every minute.I asked the EMTs, “Can we just use the potatoes before leaving?” But they said no due to their protocol and procedures.
They were stuck. We were stuck.
It was an excruciating moment. We felt the weight of this little girl’s well-being in our hands. What should we do? My husband and I decided. Being thought of as “irresponsible” parents was not a pleasant feeling but we knew using potatoes was the right thing.
I ran to the food processor, and rinsed, peeled, sliced and ground the potatoes. Laying her on the couch, I put handfuls of potato mush all over her chest, belly and hands. The EMTs were gentlemen as they looked on, but I knew that I looked “crazy.”
As I placed the potatoes on her, Neshama got quiet. They were a balm for her burning and painful skin. Meanwhile the EMT’s were in and out of the house, murmuring and talking on their phones. Did they stall because they were being nice or did they have other reasons?
As they finally lifted her onto the stretcher, I ran back to the kitchen, and again, very quickly ground more potatoes to take along. I was still shaking, as the whole thing was surreal. My husband followed us by car.
Neshama looked like she had black, wet, grainy sand clumped all over her. Halfway to the hospital, I gently lifted the potatoes from her chest and packed on a fresh layer. I told her to expect that the doctors would be annoyed by the mess but that she shouldn’t take their remarks personally. To their credit, no one at John Hopkins said anything about it, in fact, no one had even heard of this method of treatment, including the head nurse.
While filling out admittance paperwork, Neshama was able to just lay still with the potatoes, a while longer. After an hour they took her to the shower and washed her off. The Hopkins staff is unfortunately no stranger to grease burns and they knew what to expect. But what they saw was totally different. Neshama’s burn had shrunk to about three to four inches across and one and a half inches wide! The burn on her belly was totally gone and the pink part of the burn on her chest turned white!
The astonished nurse said: “You made me a believer in potatoes!”
Medical staff gave her morphine before cleaning the remaining burns, wrapped them, and sent us home. Some of the more severe burns had blistered.
I keep having flashbacks of what would have happened, if we had not applied the potatoes. My daughter could have been in agony, badly scarred and most likely would have needed skin grafts. Neshama’s recovery is an unbelievable gift from G-d. We owe all the credit to Him and to the miraculous potato treatment. We are so grateful that we knew of this first step to draw out the heat and how to continue the healing process with special creams, which made it all go smoothly..
I wondered whether the medical staff really understood the major part the potatoes played in Neshama’s recovery. To me, it was obvious! https//rivkamalka.com
Potatoes can make an unbelievable difference if applied quickly, then re-applied when necessary. To help as many people as possible, please circulate this incredible story.
Peel, rinse and grate potatoes.
Apply potatoes to the burn, piling one inch high.
Cover with one layer of plastic wrap to hold in place.
Replace original potatoes with a new batch when they become hot (1-3 hrs.)
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