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None of the information on this blog is intended as medical advice or a substitute for proper medical care. Always do a skin patch test before trying a new herb to determine if you are allergic. Be certain that you have the correct herb, as some are dangerous. If you're not sure, check with a professional.

Friday, August 28, 2009

How to Make a Poultice

Some of the articles that you will read here on Natural Treatments, will include the use of poultices. For that reason, I thought it was a good idea to do a post on how to make a poultice so that you can take advantage of some of the home remedies referred to on this site.

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
It is best to use fresh, organic herbs, vegetables, fruit or leaves for making up your poultices. Which you use will depend on which home remedy you are following. You will need to grate, chop or crush before putting into a clean muslin or cotton cloth. Again, go by the directions. If you do not have access to fresh materials, you can use dried. Just soften the ingredients with some boiling water before putting into your cloth.

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.

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