Poultices are great for drawing out infections and that is what they are best known for. They are useful for other maladies, as well, such as:
- to reduce the pain and swelling associated with sprains, ruptures and broken bones
- aid in the drawing together of cuts
- to help heal broken bones and bruises
- easing sore muscles
If you have a real emergency and have no woven cloth, use whatever you have to resort to, even if it is a paper towel (white). Do not leave these on the skin for more than 10 or 15 minutes.
A poultice should be slightly damp. Change it either when it dries or approximately every 3 to 5 hours. With each change, ensure that you use a clean cloth to hold the poultice mixture.
Poultices can be used warmed up in the oven or microwave or at room temperature. They are versatile enough that you can also freeze them and use in situations where you want a cold poutice.
About the video below - I don't know the company or people in this video but if you watch it all the way through, you will see the process of how to make a poultice. Enjoy.