How to Use a Boil Drawing Salve

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How to Use a Boil Drawing Salve
Use a Boil Drawing Salve

A boil is a painful nodule that forms under the skin when bacteria infect a hair follicle. It also swells and causes itching and irritation. To relieve this condition, you can use a boil drawing salve that you can make with a few, simple ingredients.

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  1. 1

    Grind cumin seeds with water in a blender to form a paste. Apply this to the boil and cover with a gauze wrap.

  2. 2

    Moisten powdered goldenseal root with water and place this mixture on the affected area. Keep it covered with bandages. This goldenseal salve can heal boils quickly.

  3. 3

    Take a small amount of turmeric powder, vinegar and milk cream to create a paste. Make a poultice and place it on the boil. Keep it covered as turmeric can stain clothes.

  4. 4

    Heat slices of tomato to make a compress for a boil. Apply the compress on the affected area and cover with bandages.

  5. 5

    Use a boil drawing salve by taking equal parts of garlic and onion juice then place this on the boil.

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    Soak some bread in either lemon juice or milk. Use as a compress on the area and cover it with a bandage. Leave it on overnight.

  7. 7

    Buy a boil drawing salve to treat this condition. There are many salves available in stores or online (see Resources).

Tips and warnings

  • Use other remedies like betel leaves with castor oil to bring the boil to a head which will then rupture and drain.
  • All these remedies can help with this condition but keep the affected area clean and disinfected once it ruptures and drains by using anti-bacterial ointments.
  • Consult with your doctor regarding any medical condition or treatment.

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