Healing Poultice

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Healing Poultice

Please investigate all the natural healing and alternative methods, especially including healing foods. Self-healing is possible in fact it is very likely if you apply the different methods that we suggest here. Healing is a multifaceted process. It can be overwhelming when you began. Try one thing at a time and work it. Don't try to do too much at once.

One of the quickest ways to promote healing is to go to an old method of holistic healing, the healing poultice. The reason a healing poultice works so well is that the largest organ in our body is our skin. It is the first line of defense our body has against invaders. It has the ability to absorb. When we apply an herbal poultice to the skin the beneficial substances are almost immediately absorbed into the bloodstream. Many products have been developed to take advantage of this fact such as body creams, salves and bath products.

Poultices worked in years past as an effective way to treat everyday complaints. We have just started to rely upon the drugstore rather than our herb gardens. Why not take a step back in time and learn how to increase the blood flow, draw out the infection, soothe the inflamed tissue or relax the tense muscle by using a healing poultice.

You can make your own poultice by referring to the healing spices on a previous page of our web site. Choose the herb that is appropriate for the problem that you are attempting to heal. There are two types of poultices that are prepared in slightly different ways.

Dried herb poultice:

Take your dried herb and grind it to a powder. Add enough water to make a thick paste. You want the mixture thick but not stiff. Get a piece of white cotton fabric, gauze, linen, et cetera. that is large enough to cover the affected area. Clean the affected area with hydrogen peroxide. Spread the herbal mixture onto the fabric and secure to the affected area. Wrap a white towel around the poultice in order to keep sheets and clothing clean. Place a hot water bottle on the poultice to keep it warm.

Fresh herb poultice:

Take one half cup of your fresh herbs and 1 cup of water in a small sauce pan and simmer for two minutes. Get a piece of white cotton fabric, gauze, linen, etc. that is large enough to cover the affected area. Clean the affected area with hydrogen peroxide. Pour the solution over the fabric. When the fabric is cool enough to touch place it on the affected area. Wrap a white towel around the poultice in order to keep the sheets and clothing clean. Place a hot water bottle on top the poultice to keep it warm.

Poultice should be kept in place for one to 24 hours. You may feel a throbbing pain as the poultice draws out toxins. When the pain subsides you will know that the poll this has done its job. Applying new poultices as needed.

Here are some more ideas that are not found on the spice page:

Chaparral--acne, eczema, dry skin, itchy skin, insect bite, rashes.

Charcoal -- insect bites, bee stings, and all wounds (purchased in health food stores).

Dandelion -- acne, eczema, dry skin, itchy skin, insect bites, rashes.

Elderberry -- hemorrhoids.

Flax seed -- inflammation

Fenugreek -- inflammation

Goldenseal -- inflammation

Lobelia -- abscesses, blood poisoning, arthritis.

Mullein -- inflammation, swelling, and lung congestion (is an irritant place cloth between skin and poultice).

Poke root -- breast pain

Slippery elm -- abscesses, blood poisoning, arthritis, inflamed gangrenous sores (when used at the first appearance of the sore it can help prevent gangrene).


Healing Spices
Healing with Herbs and Spices