Alternative and traditional health practitioners use poultices to treat sores, ulcers, cuts, scrapes and other topical skin ailments including infections. You can make them from a variety of plants, such as a witch hazel poultice for bruises or a potato poultice for puffy eyes. If you can't get fresh or dried herbs, you can make a poultice from the herbs in your tea bags. Tea bags poultices are a convenient way to treat numerous skin conditions.
Boil 1/4 to 1 cup of water for steeping the tea bag(s), depending on how many poultices you plan to make.
Place the tea bags in the water. Allow to steep for about eight minutes.
Remove the tea bags from the water, let cool briefly, and touch them to ensure they will not burn the skin when used. Place the tea bag poultice over affected areas to treat cuts, scrapes, burns, sores and ulcers. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes.
Do not reheat tea bags as they have now lost their medicinal properties.
- Herbs 2000: Chamomile
- "Native American Herbal Secrets"; Marie Miczak; 1999
- Use chamomile tea bags to make poultices. Chamomile has numerous topical benefits as well as internal health uses. Use chamomile topically to treat sore nipples,cuts and scrapes, hay fever, haemorrhoids and eczema.
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