How to Make Herbal Compresses and Poultices


Herbal compresses are nothing more than cotton or flannel cloth soaked in strong tea and placed on the infected area. The heat will increase circulation to that area ,and the herb’s properties will penetrate beneath the skin. The compress needs to be hot, so the cloth must be repeatedly dipped into that hot tea, over and over again.


To make a poultice it is best to employ herbs in a ground form. You just mix with enough hot water to make a thick paste. Apply the paste in a layer about 1/4th inch thick on a piece of cotton cloth large enough to cover the area completely, then cover with a piece of plasti (even a trash bag will work!). The plastic should cover the cloth with several inches left over. Hold in place with pins, tape, cloth, or an ace bandage, and leave it on for 1 to 8 hours.

If you do not have ground herbs, take leaves or root and boil just a few minutes. Then drain, and place on the affected area covered by a cloth and plastic as above.

Do not reuse the poultice. Have a second poultice ready for when you take the first on it off.

You should only put the poultice on once the area has been thoroughly cleansed. Poultices can be used for enlarged glands such as in the neck, groin, prostrate, or breast, and are also good for eruptions, boils, carbuncles, abscesses and infected wounds.

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