Making and Using a Poultice


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A poultice is made of a soft, moist substance that is mixed to the consistency of a paste, and then spread on or between layers of cloth. The cloth is then placed on a body surface. Poultices act by increasing blood flow, relaxing tense muscles, soothing inflamed tissues, or drawing Toxins from an infected area.

Thus, they can be used to relieve the pain and inflammation associated with abscesses; boils; Bruises; carbuncles; fibrocystic disease; fractures; enlarged glands in the neck, breast or prostate; leg ulcers; sprains; sunburn; tumors; and ulcerated eyelids. They are also used to break up congestion, draw out pus, and remove embedded particles from the skin.

PROCEDURE

An herbal poultice may be made with dried or fresh Herbs. The two types of poultices are prepared in slightly different ways. (For information on choosing the best herbal poultice for your condition, as well as cautions regarding the use of specific Herbs, see Types of Poultices.

PREPARING A DRIED HERB POULTICE

If you are using dried Herbs, use a mortar and pestle to grind the Herbs to a powder. Place the Herbs in a bowl, and add enough warm water to make a thick paste that can be easily applied. Make a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area. The ratio of ground Herbs to water will vary according to the herb being used. Add the water in small increments, just until the mixture is thick but not stiff.

Arrange a clean piece of gauze, muslin, linen, or white cotton sheeting on a clean, flat surface. The material should be large enough to cover the affected area completely. Spread the herbal paste over the cloth. Cleanse the affected area with hydrogen peroxide, and place the poultice over the area. Wrap a towel or plastic wrap around the poultice to prevent the soiling of clothes or Sheets. Use a pin or other fastener to secure the poultice in place.

PREPARIING A FRESH HERB POULTICE

If using fresh Herbs for your poultice, place 2 ounces of the whole herb - about 1/2 cup - and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan. Simmer for 2 minutes. Do not drain.

Arrange a clean piece of gauze, muslin, linen, or white cotton sheeting on a clean, flat surface. The material should be large enough to cover the affected area completely. Pour the herbal solution over the cloth. Cleanse the affected area with hydrogen peroxide, and place the poultice over the area. Wrap a towel or plastic wrap around the poultice to prevent the soiling of clothes or Sheets. Use a pin or other fastener to secure the poultice in place.

TREATMENT DURATION

Herbal poultices should be kept in place for 1 to 24 hours, as needed. During this period, you may experience a throbbing pain as the poultice draws out infection and neutralizes Toxins. When the pain subsides, you will know that the poultice has accomplished its task and should be removed. Apply fresh poultices as needed until the desired level of healing has been reached. Wash the skin thoroughly after each poultice is removed.

TYPES OF POULTICES

By making your poultice with the appropriate Herbs or other substances, you will help ensure that the treatment is effective. Herbs commonly used in poultices are listed below, along with the conditions for which they are appropriate.

Note that when the mixture used to make the poultice contains an irritant, such as Mustard, it should not come into direct contact with the skin, but should be placed between pieces of cloth.

Chaparral, Dandelion, and Yellow Dock: Can be used to treat skin disorders such as Acne, Eczema, itchy or dry skin, Psoriasis, and rashes. You can use one herb, or combine two or three. The greatest benefit will be obtained from using all three. Use chaparral only if you grow it yourself or purchase it from a reputable Organic grower.

Elderberry: Can relieve pain associated with Hemorrhoids.

Fenugreek, Flaxseed, and Slippery Elm: Can be combined to treat inflammation. Slippery Elm can also be used alone for the inflamed gangrenous sores often associated with Diabetes, and for leg ulcers. The use of a Slippery Elm poultice upon the appearance of sores and ulcers can help prevent gangrene.

Slippery Elm and Lobelia: Can be used to treat abscesses, blood poisoning and Rheumatism.

Goldenseal: Is good for inflammations of all kinds.

Lobelia and Charcoal: Charcoal is available in health food stores. These are combined and used to treat Insect Bites, bee stings, and almost all wounds.

Lobelia and Slippery Elm: Combined to treat abscesses, blood poisoning, and Rheumatism.

Mullein: Is used for inflamed Hemorrhoids, lung disorders, mumps, Tonsillitis, and Sore Throat. To make the poultice, mix 4 parts Mullein with 1 part hot apple cider vinegar and 1 part water.

Mustard: This is beneficial for inflammation, lung congestion, and swelling, and can help relax tense muscles. Because Mustard is an irritant, place the mixture between 2 pieces of cloth, rather than placing it in direct contact with the skin.

Onion: Is good for Ear Infections, and for boils and sores that have difficulty healing. To make this poultice, place finely chopped onion between 2 pieces of cloth, rather than placing it in direct contact with the skin.

Pau d’arco, Ragweed, and Wood Sage: Can be combined and used to treat tumors and external cancers.

Poke Root: Is good for an inflamed or sore breast.

Sage: Like poke root, can help relieve breast inflammation and soreness.

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