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Tuesday, 25 January 2011 12:28

How to Make a Poultice

Written by  Alex Sherman
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Ifyou read our home remedies you know we mention making poultices a lot, so we figured we would tell you how to make them as well.

How to Make a Poultice

A poultice is an old-fashioned remedy used to draw out infection and speed the recovery of the ailment. The poultice will work to increase to blood flow to the infected area and relax the muscles all the while soothing inflammation. Poultices can be used for boils, joint pain, abscesses, sprains, sunburns, and a range of other conditions.

1. Choose the herbs

Poultices are usually made with fresh or dried herbs, each herb has many different healing properties for thousands of ailments. Check out our home remedies section to find more pointed advice.

2. Make the poultice

Use a mortar or a pestle to ground the herbs into a powder or mush. Dried herbs will make a powder whereas fresh herbs will make a mush. Add some warm water to form a paste, not to soupy.

*If you are using fresh herbs it also helps to add some water (make it kind of soupy) and let simmer on the stove until some of the water is gone and it is more of a paste.

3. Prepare the actual poultice

On a flat surface place a clean piece of linen, muslin, gauze, or white cotton sheet that is large enough to cover the affected area. Spread the herb mixture onto the cloth.

4. Apply

Cleanse the area with peroxide, then place the poultice over the skin, wrap with a towel and pin it to secure.

5. Let it sit and do its magic

We recommend letting the poultice sit from 10-24 hours and if the pain has subsided you are in the clear, but it is wise to repeat daily for a couple of days.

Alex Sherman

Alex Sherman

Alex was born and raised in the North Georgia mountains. At the age of 18 he started his own green maid service which soon found a new home in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 2009 he sold the company and founded the Green Life Pages to pursue his growing passion to educate others about sustainable living. The website's form soon began to change and is now a collaborative effort between Alex and a few friends (Kathleen & Sarah)  who are just as passionation about health and sustainability. 

Alex believes strongly in networking and education. Through both he believes we can achieve a greener, healthier, and more informed planet.

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