Does toothpaste cure a burn?

does toothpaste cure a burn

Thursday night was an epic Girls Night Out with some of my best friends. I was so excited about it I grabbed a cheap curling wand at Target just an hour before I was scheduled to meet the girls. Then I quickly tried to learn how to curl my hair and well that didn’t go so well. On the second curl I singed the inside of my index finger and my body immediately started sweating. I felt the sting of the burn come on and without a second thought I squeezed a giant glob of toothpaste on it.

Now I know that I heard this somewhere before. I’m pretty sure it was Alex actually. And I have a vague memory of maybe doing this before and it working really well. Although if I actually used this life hack previously I think I would remember because it worked 100 percent! I felt the initial sting and then within seconds it had cooled. As long as I had the toothpaste on my finger I felt nothing. NOTHING!

I contemplated that perhaps the burn wasn’t as bad as I initially assumed. I didn’t get a good look at it since I immediately squeezed toothpaste on top. But I wasn’t willing to take the toothpaste off and risk being in pain. I hate burns! And I only had 15 minutes until I had to be at the restaurant. I carefully wrapped bandaids around my toothpaste covered finger, dressed, wiped a bit of foundation and mascara on my face and headed out the door…head half covered in curls.

Once I was home from dinner and the movie I cleaned the toothpaste off my finger and finally saw the damage. A giant blister had formed on the inside of my index finger but it didn’t hurt at all. Now this is not an actual scientific experiment because I had no control and I am not at all willing to burn the other finger and leave it without the toothpaste to find the results. I suppose it is possible that the curling wand didn’t actually burn me that terribly, but I do have the blister to prove it.

This morning the blister is healing nicely and I have zero pain in my finger. I just did a quick google search of why it actually works and it turns out there isn’t much evidence and some posts say it can even aggravate the burn. I must put a disclaimer here that I have no medical experience and to only take my advice with a grain of salt, but in my experience of a very small, topical burn it worked!

Have you ever tried this home remedy? Any other crazy life hacks you know of?

Oh and I did finally figure out how to use the silly curling wand.

And why was our girls night so epic you ask? Well the food was just sub par and we actually were seated in the front row of the theater so it may seem like a complete and epic failure. But we were actually treated to very delightful show of actual crazy and horribly bad moms who had had a bit too much to drink. They were piled in the aisles and on the stairs of the theater without enough room to sit (because nobody wants to sit in the front row). They were incredibly rowdy and loud and were asked to quiet down multiple times by people around them. Other moms were standing up and shouting at them and they were parading around the theater like they owned the place.  A manager even tried to kick them out and ended up having to call in the police as reinforcements. An entire row of movie-goers were kicked out of the theater! It was quite the show and a movie-going experience I won’t forget in a hurry. It totally made the whole night and we even got a rain-checked ticket out of the ordeal. Bad Moms was truly an inspiring movie!

4 Ways to Use Collagen

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4 ways to use collagenMy sister-in-law turned me on to Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate nearly a year ago and I have been having fun finding new ways to sneak it into my diet. What I love about using collagen hydrolysate for protein is that it has absolutely no flavor and dissolves in cold or hot liquids. It also tends to mix into just about anything without altering the texture or consistency. It’s just about as pure as protein comes so I feel good about serving it to the girls as well. And while I use it primarily for it’s benefit as a protein, I also love that collagen can boost healthy skin, hair and nails. I’m not sure if it will erase all my wrinkles, but I like to imagine it’s helping to prevent new ones!

1. Protein Coconut Oil Chocolate

I use one tablespoon (5 grams protein) of Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate (green can) mixed into one tablespoon coconut oil, one tablespoon cocoa powder and sea salt to make a rich, protein filled treat. I split the mixture between two silicone muffin molds and freeze for a few minutes until solid. It is the perfect pick-me-up in the afternoon and has less than 200 calories! If you are not accustomed to dark, dark chocolate like I am, add a teaspoon of maple syrup or honey or make into a peanut butter cup with a teaspoon of almond butter or peanut butter in the middle.


2. Bulletproof Coffee

Stop me if this name is trademarked somewhere, but this has quickly become a staple in our home. I blend one and a half cups brewed dark roast coffee with a teaspoon of coconut oil, one teaspoon ghee or unsalted butter and two tablespoons Great Lakes Gelatin (green can) on high speed until light and frothy. If my coffee becomes too cool and the froth is all gone, I’ll reheat in the microwave and pour back into the blender and froth again. Delicious!


3. Smoothies

For a protein-packed smoothie without all the added junk in a protein powder, I use two or more tablespoons Great Lakes Gelatin (green can) with frozen fruit, coconut water and spinach. Occasionally I will toss in a few baby carrots and half an avocado for an even more nutrient dense meal. The girls love this for breakfast or lunch and I prefer to make mine thick and pour into a bowl and cover with toppings like almond butter and toasted coconut flakes.


4. Paleo Pie

About once a year I’ll bake a pie. Usually right after strawberry picking in the spring. I use a crust of coconut flour and coconut oil or butter and a mix of cooked strawberries and gelatin for the filling. For the top I refrigerate a can of coconut milk until thick and whip into a frosting. It is my belief that if you use the Great Lakes Gelatin orange can that it will turn your strawberries into a jelly filling like a traditional pie. Give it a try!


Have you used collagen? What are some of your favorite uses?