Home Remedies for Boils

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The best boil treatment is to clean up the entire body.

When the diet consists of a lot of junk food or is high in sugars and carbohydrates, it creates a lot of toxins.

The result?  These toxins try to exit the body any way they can.  Pushing through hair follicles and out through the surface of the skin is one of the favorite ways.

Until you can get your internal house in order, though, you'll need some home remedies to take care of those painful boils.

Potato Poultice Boil Treatment

This is probably one of the more popular home remedies for boils.  Many a grandmother used this multi-purpose poultice when treating boils.

This poultice will cool the boil and soothe the pain until the boil comes to a head.

  • Peel and grate a raw Irish (white) potato. 
  • Mash it into mush.
  • Squeeze out the excess water.
  • Put  grated potato on cheesecloth (I use a piece of old sheet or pillowcase)
  • Place over inflamed area for 20 minutes, pressing lightly to maintain contact with the boil.
  • Repeat as often as needed.

If a follicle becomes infected, wipe the area with alcohol, then pull the hair out with tweezers.  If you have any lavender essential oil, putting a drop on this will help kill the infection.

NOTE:  Always clean the area with alcohol before you try to squeeze the pus out of the boil.  Also clean anything you might be using to do this. (Needles, tweezers, etc...) Why? When you squeeze anything that's infected, it can push the infection back into the blood stream and be transported to other parts of the body.

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How to Treat a Boil with Compresses

Alternating moist heat with cold can make a nice, soothing boil treatment that both treats the boil and relieves the pain.

This is also a good treatment to speed healing  of the skin after a boil has burst and drained.

Just as above, clean the open skin well with rubbing alcohol before beginning the compresses.

Make a hot compress by moistening a small towel with very hot tap water and wringing it out.

Alternatively, moisten the towel, wring it out, and then heat it for 30 to 45 seconds on HIGH in the microwave.  CAUTION:  It may not feel very hot on the outside, but when you unfold this towel it can be EXTREMELY hot on the inside.

Place this compress over the boil for 3 minutes.  Cover with a dry towel to keep heat in.

If the hot compress is too hot to place on bare skin, lay a thin cloth over the boil (a cotton or knit shirt, in a single layer should do it), and then place the compress on the boil.

Remove and replace with an ice pack for 30 seconds. Again, with a piece of cloth between skin and cold compress if the compress is too cold.

Repeat this procedure for 20-30 minutes.

Tip:  How to Make a GREAT Ice Pack

(This is a good thing for other things besides treating boils)

  • 1 part rubbing alcohol
  • 3 parts water
  • Double-lock plastic freezer bag, quart- or gallon-size

Stir the water and rubbing alcohol together. Pour into the freezer bag. Make sure the bag is tightly closed. Put in freezer. This mixture will get super cold, but won't get hard, just mushy -- perfect for a mold-able ice pack.

NOTE: Clearly mark the bag to prevent anyone from eating or drinking the contents. Be safe and take care of yourself and others.

Clean Out the Body With a Good Detox

Detoxing the digestive system should be started immediately.  Also, eliminating junk food and adding fresh fruits and veggies to your diet is important.

In order to cure boils, these types of lifestyle changes need to be made.

If not, you'll continue to have problems, because the poisons that cause boils will always be in your body.

A good treatment for boils would be a detox drink consisting of water with a few drops of lemon and peppermint essential oils.  This starts a safe, healthy continuous body cleanse.

It's important to keep the inside of the body as toxin-free as possible. Diseases of all kinds have been linked back to a toxic digestive tract.

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