Boils are a common skin infection most often caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Boils usually begin as a tender bump under the skin and then grow larger as they fill with pus and dead tissue. Boils will not heal until they drain. If boils do not heal after home treatment, it is important to seek medical attention because severe complications can develop. Ayurvedic medicine treats boils with turmeric paste to encourage draining. Turmeric is a herb related to ginger. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the curcumin in turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties. You can easily make turmeric paste to treat your boils at home.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Turmeric powder
- Coconut oil
- Gauze pads
- Adhesive tape
Stir together the a tablespoon or so of turmeric powder with a small amount of coconut oil. Add coconut oil until you have a thick paste.
Spread the paste in an even layer over the boil.
Cover the paste with a large gauge pad and secure it with adhesive tape.
Change the dressing and apply new paste several times during the day. Wash off the old paste with warm water and a soft cloth.
Discontinue the turmeric paste applications once the boil has begun to drain. See your physician if you do not see any improvement within a few days.
Tips and warnings
- Buy turmeric powder in bulk at an Indian grocery store.
- See your physician promptly if the boils are on your face or spine, last more than seven days, have an excessive amount of fluid, have red streaks nearby, keep coming back or are accompanied by a fever.
- Turmeric may give your skin a yellowish tinge where it was applied. This will wear off.
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