Soothe Aches and Pains With a DIY Poultice

Soothe Aches and Pains With a DIY Poultice

Emily Smith
Mar 7, 2011

Let's put aside furniture and talk about personal health for a moment: Poultices are a great way to alleviate aches, pains, and inflammation. They can even draw out splinters or foreign objects that may be embedded in the skin. After doing a bit of research, I learned that poultices can be made from a variety of household ingredients, including bread, milk, cabbage or clay. Check out some of the recipes I found after the jump:

Some Poultice Recipes:

  • Bread Poultice: Pour boiling water over bread so that it is fully saturated, but not dripping wet, and then wrap it in a handkerchief, towel, or piece of cloth. Another option is to mix bread and milk together until they form a paste.
  • Clay Poultice: Pour clay into a cup with either water or apple cider vinegar to produce a smooth paste. Clay can be used at room temperature, or heated.
  • Cabbage Poultice: You can use a cabbage poultice by either chopping a cabbage and putting in the blender with water to make a thick paste, or use whole leaves covered with a hot towel.
  • Carrot Poultice Boil carrots until soft. Mash them and wrap
  • Oatmeal Poultices: Cook oatmeal and wrap in newspaper, followed by a soft cloth.
  • Thai Poultices: Fill a heated muslin with herbs and spices.

Poultices are generally applied to the affected area for 15 to 60 minutes.

(Image: Holistic Health Home)

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