A splinter can impact your summer fun or put a full stop the wood work you are doing. Deep splinters are no laughing matter- they can cause blue-black discoloration, pain and even lead to pus filled infections. In diabetics and immune compromised patients, splinters take a lot of time to heal, sometimes leading to severe complications. Let us study how to remove a splinter naturally at home.
1. Hot water
To remove a splinter painlessly without needles, simply soak the affected part in a bowl of hot water and leave it there for 10 minutes. The water will shrink and shrivel the skin drawing the splinter out to the surface. Once this occurs, use a pair of tweezers or a sterilized needle to remove it carefully.
2. Apple cider vinegar splinter removal
For deep wooden splinters or small bits of thorns, dab a few drops of apple cider vinegar on the affected area and cover up with a bandage. Leave it on overnight. How does vinegar remove splinters? It softens the skin up and draws out deep splinters to the surface. You can also use distilled white vinegar in place of apple cider vinegar.
3. Baking soda
Another wonderful painless remedy to remove a splinter is with vinegar and baking soda. Mix half a cup of vinegar with few teaspoons of baking soda and soak the affected part in the frothy, bubbly mixture for a few minutes. The bubbling action will bring the splinter to the surface from where you can remove it with a pair of tweezers.
4. Essential oil recipe to remove superficial and deep splinters
Certain essential oils are highly effective in drawing out deep splinters, thorns and shards to the surface of the skin. Here is a great recipe to use when suffering from splinters:
- 1-2 drops of Clove oil
- 2 drops Tea tree oil
- 1 drop of lavender oil
For deep splinters, apply the blend of above oils undiluted to the skin. These oils penetrate into the skin and do the work for you without the pain of the needle. Wait for 10 minutes after you have applied the oils. If this does not help, apply a few drops more and wait another 10 minutes. Once the splinter has surfaced, use tweezers to pull it out.
5. Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal is another great remedy to draw out deep splinters that you cannot see. Its pills and powder are readily available in the market. Charcoal has been used since centuries to draw out poisons, toxins, impurities and foreign bodies from the body. When you apply a poultice of charcoal to the punctured skin with splinter, it gets drawn out to the surface. You might have to wait for a few hours or overnight to see results.
6. Malva neglecta or Cheese plant
Boil some cheese plant leaves in water and soak the affected area in it. This remedy is beneficial for fighting infections caused by thorns, slivers, shards etc.
7. Bacon, crabgrass and salt
Take handful of crabgrass and soak it in hot water for 10 minutes. Drain and mix with some bacon drippings. Add half a cup of salt and make a poultice of it. Apply it to the affected area, leaving it in place for a few hours.
8. Olive oil
Dab a bit of olive oil on the skin where the splinter has entered. This will help you draw it out easily.
Rosin is a resin obtained from crude turpentine and its astringent action is very effective in removing deep splinters that you cannot see. Apply some melted rosin on gauze and tie it gently on the affected skin. Leave it for at least 2-3 days.
10. Mixture of sugar and soap
Mix some brown sugar with laundry soap and apply the mixture to the skin, leaving it overnight. The splinter will be drawn out by morning due to the combination of skin softening and ‘drawing out’ effects.
11. Milk-bread poultice
Soak some bread in a bit of milk. Apply the wet bread poultice to the finger/foot and cover up with a bandage. Leave the poultice on overnight so the splinter slips out easily.
Apply a dollop of honey on the splinter so it slips out easily.
13. Grape root Aloe Vera and Bentonite clay
Mix together 1 tbsp of Bentonite clay, 5-6 tsp of Aloe vera gel or purified water and 1 tsp Oregon grape root powder. Ensure that the mixture is nice and thick; if it is soupy, add some more clay. Immediately spread the clay pack on the infected finger/area and leave it on for 45 minutes to dry. This remedy draws out the splinter to the surface while preventing infection.
14. Hydrogen peroxide
An easy and painless remedy to draw a splinter out of a child’s finger is to apply some hydrogen peroxide to the skin. If the child is in pain, use a dental pain numbing ointment. The peroxide will bring the splinter upwards from where you can tweeze it out.
Try these 14 home remedies to remove a splinter easily and painlessly.