Top Ten Boil Home Remedies

Boils usually pass within a week. Some boils though are very painful or uncomfortable and even recurring. Stay one step ahead of them with the best boil home remedies and put an end to your suffering.

We all know what is a boil or what does it look like, so I'll keep it short. A boil, also called a furuncle, is a deep folliculitis, infection of the hair follicle. Boils are bumpy red lumps filled with pus resulting from an infection.

Knowing what causes boils is the first step to speed up healing. Most boils are caused by infection with bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. Staphylococcus is a bacterium found on skin which becomes pathogenic when it enters the body through cuts, scrapes or stings.

There are also a number of reasons that favor the occurrence of such infections, such as poor hygiene, exposure to harsh chemicals that irritate the skin, physical or mechanical irritation.

Also, if you have a chronic disease such as diabetes, compromised immune status, vitamin deficiency, malnutrition, alcoholism, you are more likely to develop boils.

To prevent recurrence of boils, you must keep a good hygiene, strengthen your immune system, avoid stress, and have a healthy diet.

Usually your doctor will prescribe antibiotics. The problem is that Staphylococcus aureus often acquire resistance to antibiotics. In this case a solution would be the auto-vaccine method.

In addition to antibiotics, or auto-vaccine, you can use diuretic herbs which help remove toxins from the blood and herbal remedies with emollient, antibiotic and antiseptic properties. Natural treatments usually require a longer time to heal, but they don't have the side-effects of antibiotics.

Top 10 boil home remedies

1. Onion leaves are perhaps the most common boil treatment you will find readily available in your kitchen.

The easiest way to use this remedy is to squeeze some onion juice over the boil.

Another way, is to put backed onion on the skin, to speed boil ripening. The heat stimulates the furuncle to form a head, to drain and heal faster.

Don't drain, squeeze or lance the boil yourself, without the supervision of a medical practitioner, because it may spread the infection.

Take a small onion and bake in the oven for a few minutes. While it is still warm, but not hot, peel the onion a bit and put it over the boil. You can also peel off a few leaves and put them on the boil.

Wrap the onion with a bandage or a piece of cloth. It's easier to do this at night, because you don't have to move too much.

2. Furuncles can be treated very effectively with Flax flour.

Flax flour soothes the pain and helps the collection and draining of pus.

Make a batter from flax flour mixed with hot water. Put the mixture into a sterile bandage and apply it (warm) over the boil. Replace it when it cools completely.

The bandages keep the infection from spreading, protect clothing, but they are not meant to speed healing.

3. Celandine is one of my favorite boil home remedies, next to Plantain and Garlic. Celandine has antibiotic effects on a large number of pathogens.

Just break a celandine twig and put the yellow juice over the skin.

If the plant is young and has not much juice (especially after winter), gather a few leaves, wash them and squeeze them between your fingers. Do this 2-3 times per day.

Another way you can use celandine for any skin problems is to make an infusion. Put 1 teaspoon of herb to 1 cup of boiling water. Let steep for 15 minutes, strain, and put compresses on the skin.

4. Raw cabbage leaves simply extract the harmful substances from the body and are also disinfecting.

Discard the thick outer leaves of cabbage. Peel a couple of leaves and scald them very quick (pass them 2-3 times in boiling water). Put a leaf between two clean cotton cloths and squash it lightly with a glass bottle.

Apply marigold ointment and then the squashed cabbage leaf. Repeat several times a day. Change the leaves when they start to warm up.

You can use the same recipe with Plantain leaf, Aloe Vera, Geranium or Marshmallow.

5. Plantain is an excellent treatment for boils and for decongesting inflamed skin and mucous.

In addition, the leaves also contain allantoin which helps to heal and to regenerate damaged skin, wounds, acne, eczema lesions and swelling.

Pour 1-2 cups of hot water over a leaf, then crush the leaf and put it on the inflammation. It has a good astringent action and will relieve the inflammation.

You can also use plantain tincture if you don't have a fresh leaf.

6. Aloe Vera is a natural antiseptic and acts as a bactericide and anesthetic. Use it to reduce the pain and irritation.

Cut a longitudinal section of an Aloe Vera leaf and put it with the juicy part on the wound. Cover it with a plaster. Change the leaf every few hours, after you wash the place with calendula or chamomile tea.

7. Mallow leaves (Malva neglecta) are emollient, due to their rich mucilage content, but the whole plant can be used as a poultice on swellings, running sores or boils.

Pour hot water over leaves, and then put them over the boils.

8. Garlic is one of the most highly effective boil home remedies due to its antibiotic properties.

Slice a clove of garlic and crush it a little or chop it. Put it on the boil and let it do its work. Cover the garlic with a piece of cloth. Change the garlic until the boil is cured.

Another way to use garlic is to apply garlic juice over the boil. You can do the same with onion juice or with both.

9. Tea tree essential oil is also effective in treating boils. Tea tree oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Dilute it and apply it on the boil. You can also add it to creams or gels and use it topical.

10. Black tea has the power to hasten ripening and cure the boil.

Grind a couple of teaspoons of black tea. Put them in gauze and soak it in hot water. Apply the poultice on the boil and keep it for half an hour.

Repeat the operation again after a few hours (twice daily). This will help cure the boil more rapidly.

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