A poultice is basically a paste made of herbs, clays, activated charcoal, salts or other beneficial substances that is wrapped in a piece of cloth and placed on the skin.
How to Make a PoulticeAs I mentioned, a poultice uses the whole herb, plant, clay, salt or other remedy. A compress, alternately, uses a liquid extract of an herb or remedy.
Ingredients– 2-3 tablespoons (or more as needed) of fresh or dried herbs, healing clays or activated charcoal as needed– Enough hot water to form a thick paste– Organic cheesecloth or cloth for covering– Waterproof covering to keep poultice on
Instructions1. Make a thick paste with the desired herb, clay or charcoal and water.2. Apply directly to the wound or sandwich between two layers of cloth (depending on the cloth and the wound). Repeat every 20 minutes to 3 hours.
Types of PoulticesI've used simple poultices like chewing plantain leaf and spitting on a bee sting to elaborate 8 herb and clay mixtures.
Spider bite: Alternating charcoal and baking soda poultices on a spider bite – After 24 hours, the bite was noticeably better.Onion poultice for illness: Onion poultice on the feet is a simple remedy that seems to work well.
Insect Bites: Plantain poultices directly on the skin are great for bee stings and insect bites.Cabbage for Mastitis: I got mastitis for the first time when our last baby was about a year old and we were traveling.Organic cabbage leaf poultices helped with the pain but to step things up, I added garlic as well.
others:Garlic for WartsClay for Splinters and BoilsSalt or Magnesium Poultices