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All of us have suffered from skin infections at some point in life. Although there are antibiotics available for the same, one can make use of poultice for treating the same. It will not only help in drawing out the infection, but also speed up the healing process. The poultice increases the supply of blood to the affected area. At the same time, they relax the tensed muscles by soothing the inflamed tissues. They are also able to draw out the toxins from the infected area. The skin instantaneously absorbs anything that comes in contact with it. Therefore, when poultice is applied on the skin, the medicinal benefits are absorbed by the skin that in turn, starts the healing process.
How to Make a Poultice for Infection?
For treating infectious diseases of the skin, different types of poultice can be used. It is important to use the right type of herbs for the same. One can either use fresh herbs or dried herbs to make herbal poultice. The poultice recipes mentioned below will help in treating boils, infections, abscesses and inflammation.
Onion Poultice
To make onion poultice grate a raw onion. Combine it with warm water. Place a thin cloth on the infection and place the onion poultice on the cloth. Place a bandage on the onion poultice and leave it on the skin overnight.
Calendula Flowers and Lavender Oil Poultice
To treat infections of the skin combine quarter cup of crushed comfrey leaves with quarter cup of calendula flowers and a couple of drops of lavender oil. Add all the ingredients to a jar filled with sterile water. Shake the ingredients well and place the jar in a dark and cool place for four days. On the fifth day strain the leaves and flowers out. Dip cotton swab in the liquid and place the swab on the infection and wrap it up with a bandage. Change the swap at least 2 to 3 times a day.
Mustard Poultice
Soak the mustard seeds for 10 to 15 minutes in water. Grind them in the grinder by combining it either with water or natural oil. Place a thin cloth on the skin and then apply the poultice on it. Do not apply the poultice on the skin directly, as it can cause the skin to burn.
Turmeric Poultice
To make turmeric poultice, combine turmeric powder with water. Apply the paste on the affected area. It draws all the infection, therefore it is often referred to as drawing poultice. It can be used to treat boils, as well as different skin infections. Along with the poultice, you may also want to drink a cup of warm milk combined with half a teaspoon of turmeric in the morning and evening to hasten up the healing process.
Bread and Milk Poultice
The bread and milk poultice has been used for many centuries. Soak bread in warm milk for some time. Then make a paste of milk and bread and then apply the poultice on the infection. It will help in getting rid of infection as much as it will also speed up the therapeutic process.
Potato Poultice
All you have to do is to grate a raw potato. Place the grated potato on the infection site and cover it up with a bandage. Leave the potato poultice on the infection overnight for better results.
No doubt, the poultice helps treat the infections. However, if the infection refuses to die down, then it is best to consult a health care professional. If along with the infection, you also have fever, redness which is spreading away from the infection site, severe pain, foul odor, etc., then it is time that you consult a doctor for the same. At the same time, it is important that you do a patch test to know if the poultice suits you. Last but not the least, the advice given in this write-up cannot be substituted for medical advice.