How to make Poultices

A poultice is a basic home remedies treatment used to isolate infection and draw off the poisons by absorption or can be used to loosen up waste products collected in tissues.

What is a Poultice?

It’s the application of a paste made from crushed, grated or mashed vegetable or natural substances such as comfrey, potato, charcoal, onion, banana, cabbage, cayenne, linseed (flaxseed), slippery elm etc.

It may be used for ailments such as boils, abscesses, kidney complaints, sore throats, chest congestions, infected toes or fingers, arthritic or rheumatoid joints. A poultice is applied the same as a compress though not as much covering is needed.

Method

Best to make a cloth into a bag or sack, though a piece of fabric will do. I find cotton the best and old sheets are great. Grate or blend the ingredient until it is a wet mush. A cheese grater gives potato body but keeps it soft and pliable. A porridge of linseed and charcoal or slippery elm makes a soft warm mixture. Pat into an even thickness and apply to the area for treatment. Wrap plastic on top of and around the area so the poultice does not leak, then wrap with a bandage to keep in place.

Slippery Elm may be used alone or combined. Combine with charcoal in equal quantities, both should be in a dry powder form and mixed with warm water. Slippery Elm may be used alone or combined. Combine with charcoal in equal quantities, both should be in a dry powder form and mixed with warm water.

Boils and Abscesses Combine slippery elm with baker’s yeast and a little water to form a paste. It will draw boils and abscesses to a head and prevent the onset of infection.

Cystitis
Steep lobelia in two cups of boiling water for 20 mins. Strain and mix the solution with 2ozs of slippery elm and enough wheatmeal flour to make a paste. Apply to a thin cloth, double it over and apply to the abdomen. Keep warm with a hot water bottle for two hours. Refresh and reapply for another two hours.

A cup of Golden Seal tea followed by a couple of glasses of pure water may be taken.

Sodium Bicarbonate is another remedy to take internally.

Inflammation Potato is fantastic for reducing swelling and conjunctivitis. I’ve used it on injured knees, feet and hands with great success.

Simply grate the potato and place it on a cloth, fold over and place on injury site, wrap in plastic to seal and then wrap the site in a bandage. Best left overnight. Throw away the mixture and wash your cloth to reuse. This can be applied again.

Charcoal will absorb many times its own weight in gases and impurities.