Removing splinters naturally: Tip of the Day 8-5-22
Getting a tiny splinter can be super annoying. It seems like the smaller the splinter, the harder it is to see and remove. If you’ve ever had one, you know you don’t have to see a splinter to know it’s there. Fortunately, there’s a natural remedy that can bring relief.
Experts say baking soda creates a specific kind of pressure in the skin that works to push foreign objects to the surface. If you try this remedy and it doesn’t push the splinter out, try again until it works.
Be sure to sterilize your tweezers before using them, and apply an antibiotic ointment on the area after the splinter is removed.
Bonus tip: Mixing a few drops of tea tree essential oil into 1/4 teaspoon of Shea butter or other carrier oil can also help bring a splinter to the surface. Apply the mixture, wrap with a bandage, and wait 24 hours. The splinter may come out sooner. I used this on my mom, and the splinter came to the surface after a couple hours.
*If you have a severely embedded splinter, it’s best to get medical treatment from your doctor.