3 Expert Hacks for Healing Kitchen Wounds Fast

We’ve seen our share of kitchen mishaps.

honey and lavender oil

“Every chef has their battle wounds,” says Gail Simmons.

Cuts, burns, bleeds, and scrapes are all a part of the trade whether you are in a professional kitchen or just using a hot plate at home. Even the most skillful chefs can end up with nicks despite their careful knife work.

Here are the three items we always keep in our kitchens to help our wounds quickly heal, so we can get back to cooking the food we love.


Jamika Pessoa suggests using honey to help with burns and cuts.

If dicing onions gets dicey, Jamika will dab a small amount of honey directly onto the wound and then cover it with plastic wrap so that she can keep on cooking.

“Honey is also said to have antibacterial properties and promote healing, but for me, I find it helps relieve the pain and stinging,” she says.

Lavendar Oil

Daphne Oz’s secret for kitchen bumps and bruises is lavender oil. Daphne says she puts it directly on her skin because she says, the oil soothes her skin with a numbing-like effect.

Daphne also suggests putting a few drops of lavender oil on a vacuum cleaner bag for a naturally-perfumed room when cleaning. We love a double hack!

Arnica Gel

Gail keeps arnica gel in her pantry in case those bruises or light burns become too painful to manage. Small studies suggest arnica can help with burn pain although it shouldn’t be kept on broken skin for extended periods.

What We’re Watching

"The Good Dish" host Daphne Oz holds a piece of moist chocolate cake

Daphne Oz, Gail Simmons, Jamika Pessoa and their chef friends reveal their favorite cooking hacks for better food. How to caramelize onions faster, get the crispiest fish and easily cut crusty bread. Why you should put baking soda in tomato soup and mayo in your favorite cakes. Plus, Shirely Chung makes DIY Chinese take out scallion pancakes and reveals the best day to go to restaurants and whether you should order one of the daily specials.

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