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How to Make and Use an Herbal Poultice

How to Make and Use an Herbal Poultice

A friend recently asked how we helped my spider bite son a few years ago and I said that our protocol poultices activated carbon, sodium bicarbonate, bentonite clay and banana (AC). She said, “Okay, but what a poultice … is that the recipe on his blog”

I realized it was not and I can not believe I’ve never shared before how to make a poultice. They are an ancient remedy that has been largely forgotten in modern times.

What is a poultice?

poultices are one of my (safer and forms) favorite ways to use herbs and other remedies in the skin and used for a wide variety of things. They provide the benefits of herbs, but they are not as concentrated as essential oils or tinctures.

A poultice is basically a paste made of herbs, clays, activated carbon, salts or other beneficial substances wrapped in a cloth and placed on the skin. Often, an impermeable layer of plastic or waterproof fabric poultice is added and is left on for several hours at a time and changed several times a day.

This can be done with fresh or dried herbs or other beneficial substances. The benefit is that the body gets constant contact with all the beneficial parts of the herb or plant for an extended period of time. Poultices are often used to help boils, burns, splinters, infections and other skin problems. Some poultices can even be used externally to help internal problems.

The last time I talked to my friend Amish, mentioned the use of a poultice on a burn and asked about all the different poultices he used with his family. She shared some of her favorite and wanted to pass along some of my favorites.

Like any natural remedy, these are not intended to be a substitute for medical care, but only an addition or for use in cases of minor medical attention is required.

How to make a poultice

As I mentioned, a poultice uses the whole herb, plant, clay, salt or other resource. A compress alternatively uses a liquid extract of an herb or remedy.

The grass (or resource) becomes a thick paste with hot or cold water. Hot water is generally used for poultices that are trying to extract or remove an abscess while cold water is used in poultices for inflammation.

Traditionally, fresh or dried herb is ground with a mortar and mixed with water to form a paste. These days, a blender or mini food processor can also be used to crush the grass. Ground dried herbs can also be used.

I prefer to pour a small amount of very hot water over fresh or dried to help extract the beneficial properties of herbs and then allow to cool to the desired temperature before applying to the skin.

thick paste can be applied directly to the skin or wrapped between two layers of clean cloth before applying (depending on grass). Gauze or thin, organic cotton are great choices for this, but it’s just important to have a cloth that will not absorb excess fluid or is too thick to allow the herbs come into indirect contact with the skin.

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last time I used a poultice for a burn on the wrist, enveloping the herbs between two layers of gauze and placed directly on the burn. I then wrapped with plastic wrap to prevent skin. If I would know, I would have used this food reusable water-proof wrap instead of the plastic wrap and since I added some of them in our first aid kit for this purpose.

with spider bite our son, I covered the poultice with a waterproof gauze and stuck on the skin as it was in his upper leg and there was no easy way to completely wrap around his leg. The specifics will change based on the solution used, but the basic method is the same :. thick paste, inside cloth, wound


  • 2-3 tablespoons (or more if necessary) of fresh or dried herbs, healing clays or activated carbon as necessary
  • enough hot water to form a thick
  • paste

  • organic gauze or cloth to cover
  • waterproof covering to keep poultice


  1. Make a thick paste with the desired grass, clay and coal and water.
  2. are applied directly to the wound or placed between two layers of fabric and applied to the wound fabric (depending on the fabric and the wound). Leave for 20 minutes to 3 hours as required and repeat as needed.

Types of poultices

I used a variety of different poultices over the years, from as simple as munching banana leaf and spit a bee sting to remove the pain and as elaborate as an 8 herbs and clay mixture. These are the ways I have used poultices (plus my friend shared):

  • [mordeduradearaña alternate activated carbon and sodium bicarbonate poultices a spider bite – were alternated these two every 3 hours during the first 24 hours, at which time the bite was noticeably better. At this point, we switched to alternating bentonite clay poultices and banana for another two days until the redness had disappeared. The doctor was not sure what kind of spider bites it was and they were not able to catch the spider to take with us. It had cleared by the time we returned for follow-up so we did not know for sure
  • onion poultice disease :. There are many remedies that would use not recommended for children, rather than an easy remedy that seems to work incredibly well is a poultice of onions on his feet. This was recommended by my friend Amish and while not do it unless it is really necessary (because it smells and is much work), it has not failed me yet. It is composed of diced onion and stir-fry or lightly with just a tablespoon of water until the water evaporates. Then placing a slice or onion paste between two layers of fabric. I apply this to his feet and wrapped in waterproof fabric / plastic and cover with socks. I leave this in half an hour and repeated every 3 hours as needed until the disease is gone. This can also be applied to the chest or back for cough and congestion. A friend uses a smaller version of the ear this (being careful not to get anything in the ear and have fabric between onion and ear) for an ear infection successfully.
  • Insect bites : banana poultice directly on the skin are great for bee stings and insect bites. In the summer, when the banana is growing around the yard, I use fresh, but also keep dried banana in hand in the winter because it is so cheap and useful. This poultice is also said to be useful for boils, although I have not tried this myself
  • mastitis Col :. I have mastitis first when our last baby was about a year old and we were traveling. I have not had my usual remedies me, so I used what I could find in the small town where we were staying. Organic poultices of cabbage leaves helped with pain, but over things, I added garlic too. I would like to put a cabbage leaf directly on the painful area, then place 2 cloves garlic, sliced ​​and then a piece of cloth and then my bra. I was able to avoid antibiotics
  • Garlic for warts :. Another my friend suggested, but I’ve never tried is the use of a poultice of fresh garlic for wart removal. He said he made a paste of fresh garlic and apply just enough to cover the wart, but not the healthy surrounding skin. She then covered with a bandage and leave for several hours a day until the wart was gone
  • clay chips and boils :. Bentonite clay and other healing clays are often used as a poultice to remove splinters or to help solve a boil. I personally have tried this for a very tough chip and was able to get him much more easily. This is done by a thick paste of water and mud and apply directly on the skin and then put the cloth on the clay
  • magnesium salt or poultices :. My friend also recommended salt or Epsom salt poultices to remove infections or abscesses. We use this recently when my daughter Skinner off the toe and got a great crust. We clean the area well, but there was a small rock that had gotten into the toe. A few days later, the toe was swollen and painful. While waiting to go to the doctor, I applied poultices of Epsom salt and baking soda (between layers of gauze) and cleaned carefully. After a few hours, he got into his own before he had to be lanced by the doctor, and a spoonful of pus came out. Not consider this an alternative to medical care, especially for abscesses of this kind, but rather a remedy until it can be examined by a doctor to ensure the infection has not spread. She did not need any further treatment.
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Have you ever used a poultice? Would you consider using one if you needed to?

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