Poultices and Plasters

Poultices and plasters are just as powerful today, as they were 100 years ago.

Stacey's Fever Blister Treatment

My daughter has searched the world over for the best fever blister remedies and claims this one is the most effective of all.

  • Simply wet a tea bag and hold it against the affected area for a while.  She uses black tea.
  • When the blister dries up and scabs over, she makes a paste out of baking soda and water and applies it.  It might sting, but the scab dries up and flakes off quickly.

Don't throw out those coffee grounds!

Coffee  has been used  to treat issues where there's too much blood.  The caffeine in coffee helps to push the blood out of the vessels.  This is called vasoconstriction

Coffee is a great remedy for:

  • Bruises
  • Muscle spasm
  • Pain
  • Nerve pain relief

Easy Coffee Poutice

  • Simply place hot coffee grounds into a paper towel, then fold into a clean cotton cloth. 
  • Apply to area of concern for 10-20 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water.

Cabbage Poultice

Cabbage  was used for a multitude of purposes, which made it one of the more common old  home remedies. 

  • Arthritis
  • Drawing discharge from wounds
  • Swelling
  • Skin growths
  • Body detoxing
  • Pain

How to

  • Simply heat the leaves until soft.
  • Apply a thin layer of olive oil to affected area.
  • Place cabbage leaves on top for 15-45 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water.

Potato Poultice

Long before aspirin and acetamenophin, people used potatoes for old  home remedies of many types. 

The potato has amazing properties that relieve the following:

  • Simple burns
  • Arthritis
  • Bruises
  • Treatment for boils
  • Nerve pain relief
  • Inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Wounds
  • Fever
  • Boils

Hot Treatment

  • Simply cook the potato in the microwave or on the stove top. 
  • Shred the potato and place in a paper towel. 
  • Fold a clean cotton cloth around the paper towel. 
  • Apply to affected area 10-20 minutes. 
  • Rinse with cool water.

Cold Potato Treatment

  • Shred the potato. 
  • Add a little cold milk.
  • Place in paper towel, then wrap in clean cotton cloth. 
  • Apply to area for 10-20 minutes.
  • Rinse with cool water.

Mustard Plaster uses

  • Lumbago
  • Neuritis
  • Sciatica
  • Pain


  • Mustard
  • Flour
  • Hot water

How to

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of mustard with 6 tablespoons of flour.
  • For more heat, use more mustard.
  • Add enough hot water to make a paste.
  • Place mustard paste on a paper towel.
  • Fold into a clean cotton cloth.
  • Microwave until hot.
  • Apply thin coating of oil to skin.
  • Apply mustard plaster.
  • Cover with blanket.
  • Leave on 10-30 minutes.
  • Check often to make sure skin isn't blistering.  Mustard can get very hot!
  • Rinse with cool water.

A mustard plaster is especially helpful when trying to relieve chest congestion.  Simply place it on the chest for about 30 minutes.  Check for blistering.

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