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Natural Cures for Boils

Last Modified on Dec 23, 2014


Raisins   2  1   

Posted by Manuel (Weslaco, TX) on 01/29/2007

[YEA]  take a small handful of raisins for a week then a handful once every week or two to stay boil free.

Replied by Tina
Sylvania, Ohio,usa
04/06/2011
[NAY]   I was eating raisins when boils started to appear, so raisins do not prevent boils.

Raw Potato   2  0   

Posted by cynthia (fayetteville, AR) on 03/24/2009

[YEA]  I was just browsing through this site, I spend a lot of time doing that, and read the remedy posted about boils. As a child I frequently had boils. While at a family gathering an uncle took me into the kitchen to "fix me up" with a home remedy. He got a raw potato and a potato scraper. (as if to make hashbrowns) He then washed and scraped the entire potato into a clean, sterile bandage and taped it to my arm. I wore it all that day and through the night. Bt the next morning the boil had come to a head, and my mother drained and cleaned it. I had been plagued with boils many times prior to that and they were always painful and lasted several days before coming to a head. This one was over quickly and what a blessing! After that we used a raw potato any time one came up. I no longer have this problem. I seem to have grown out of it. I have given this remedy to friends and family members since then and it has been a success with them also. Hope it helps!

Replied by Ryan
Palm Springs, CA
06/15/2009
[YEA]   POTATO!!! After getting a tattoo on my chest, I developed a rather painful pimple about 3 inches above my left nipple (probably from razor burn from shaving, ingrown hair, etc). I attempted to 'pop' it which was a bad idea. Over a few days...this horrid wretch grew into a furious monster of an infection...

I used antibiotic ointment and bandaids for a few days which did nothing, and the pimple seemed to grow in size and pain. I then tried toothpaste and a bandaid, which got solid and hurt bad taking off...revealing some gnarly green pasty pus. I squeezed some pus out of it and again that evening and also drenched it with peroxide every chance I got. I then read about the baking soda/peroxide mix paste...in which I applied several times over the next day and drained it every now and then (painful stuff). I also took baking soda baths.

After seeming to get nowhere, I read about the potato method. I purchased a single potato, cut off a slice, cleaned the infected area with peroxide and taped the potato slice to it for the night. Upon removing the potato in the morning, I noticed a big chunk of pus on it and the wound (almost the size of a dime) kept draining itself. Having to work, I cleaned it and put a bandaid on for the day.

Upon getting home and removing the bandaid, the 'head' of this abomination was right at the top and came out with some effort and Qtips and peroxide....what relief! Instead of a white hole, it is now a bloody red hole and its draining itself! Will update in a few days on healing.... THANK YOU!

Recurring Boils   0  0   

Posted by Ingrid (Brussels, Belgium, Europe) on 03/18/2010

Recurent boils has a name!

Hi everyone, i just had to share this with you, because it took me years to put a name on these inner thigh boils i kept having. It is called hidradenitis suppurativa! It is a rare disease. Actually, it is not so rare, it just goes undiagnosed because of the places it's in and ignorance of doctors. Please look it up and see if this is what you have. Unfortunately i could not find any cure, but the simple thing that helped me was not to touch it: no epilation, no underware (the friction brings them on). Also hot baked onion used locally makes the puss collect. Good luck


EC: Remedies for hidradenitis suppurativa page here: http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/hidradenitis_suppurativa.html

Rubbing Alcohol   1  0   

Posted by Michelle (New York, NY) on 07/16/2013

[YEA]  As soon as you feel a boil developing, it helps to swab the area with rubbing alcohol. Once it is already basically formed, soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and tape it to the boil using a bandaid. Do this until the boil is dried out. Also make sure to change the cotton ball at least twice a day. This has helped me several times. Good luck!

Salt   3  0   

Posted by Carol (Dora, MS) on 01/11/2007

[YEA]  Husband got what looked like a pimple on his neck. By the next night it had gotten worrisome big. Went to your web site and found the sea salt cure. We dampened a wash cloth, poured some sea salt on it, and he held it on the boil for twenty minutes. It went down in just twenty minutes! We taped a cotton ball soaked in castor oil and dipped in the salt for three nights, and the thing is gone. Thank you so much Carol Ann

Posted by Tammy (Wellston, OK) on 11/09/2006

[YEA]  Last year I had a spider bite on my inner thigh. At first it was just a small red bump, but then it grew into what looked like a ring worm. A week later it was the size of a tennis ball and the center of it was a infectious white and itchyyyy as poison ivy. I showed it to my family in India via web cam, she knew immediately what to do. Said just wet it, pour table salt on it and let it sit for at least 20 min. After about one minute it began to burn some, nothing unbearable, although i only let it stand for about 5 min as I'm a big baby. It WORKED!! Dried it up in a matter of days. Since then, I have done this remedy for a number different insect bites, even have done on poison ivy and same result. A few days of doing this once at night cleared it. You can literally feel the salt drawing out the poisons.

Replied by Carla
Greenville, Nc
10/26/2009
[YEA]   I feel like you saved my life! I had tried everything to treat the abscess in my pubic area, and as soon as I read your post I tried the salt, and I still can't believe how it worked. THANK YOU and your family.
Replied by Irene
Los Angeles, Ca
10/27/2009
RE: Carla from Greenville, Nc : What type of abscess did you have in your pubic area? And how exactly did you use the salt? I have been trying everything to rid myself of an abscess in the same area. I am so afraid to have this surgically removed.

Salt Pork   2  0   

Posted by Kathleen (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma , Usa) on 02/07/2010

[YEA]  For boils/staph, & I'm pretty sure it should work on spider bites, ect. PORK SALT!! Or bacon,which I have used personally on mild staph boils. Sliced & put against skin (boil)with bandage over it. Change out 3-4 times a day,& you should see an incredible improvement within 36 to 48hrs. The fat (or oils) sure seem to be the DRAWING ticket.The bandage thing was much easier for on the job working conditions, & on the kids, it's almost a must.

Posted by Kelli (Greenville, SC) on 12/05/2006

[YEA]  Salt Pork will cure a Pilonidal Cyst (really bad boil). Place small piece of salt pork directly on boil, it will sting, however it will "dry" up the boil in a matter of days.

Replied by Katerina
Athens, Greece
09/17/2009
Hello, by salt pork you mean a piece of row pork meat full of salt?
Replied by Jon
Selma, Alabama
11/12/2012
wow, wish I would have known about the pionadal cyct, I had it surgicaly removed and it was a long thing growing around my spine it would inflame and cause great great deal of pain. I had one for several years. Since alot of travel flared up often the pain was so intense. , now I have mrsa. And the boils form under the skin deep. A small pimple like head pops up. And once you pop it. The real deal starts to fill and it hurts. I take a anti biotic every dayfor it. But the one now is breaking me down. I know how bad it will get. So many heartcaths in same area. I got it after a cath procedure. Even comes up on my arm sometimes. Ugly scars. I want to pop this thing now but thats when it relly gets going. I didnt know so many others had them too, I wish you all well.

Salt, Baking Soda, White Vinegar Paste   1  0   

Posted by Shannon (Medina, Ohio) on 04/11/2008

[YEA]  I read on your site about table salt so i wet my boil which was the size of a lemon and applied a generous amount of table salt on it I sat for 20 min. with it on it was painful but I did it,then I mixed baking soda,white vinegar and table salt made a paste and applied it waited 20 min. and took it off,I then layed down and within 3 hours my boil broke these work because before this I used boil eaze,hot compresses and hemroid cream nothing worked on it until the table salt.baking soda and vinegar! For the first time in a week I have relief!!!

Schuessler Tissue Salts, Fresh Onion   1  0   

Posted by Jo (Sydney, Australia) on 09/03/2008

[YEA]  Hi there, I have been plagued (!) by chronic furunculosis for a number of years now and was searching for cures when I came across your site. I am rushing out now to buy some tumeric. I also find Scheussler tissue salts help - I take all the blood cleanser ones as well as the hayfever since that addresses allergies generally. Rubbing a fresh cut onion as often as you like on the boils also helps enormously, and use antiseptic cream and phisohex wash. Hope this helps others.

Sea Salt   1  0   

Posted by Carolyn (Hollywood, Florida) on 04/12/2007

[YEA]  I stopped using sea salt and tried regular iodized table salt and I paid the price for my stupidity. Now that I have sea salt again, my outbreak is calming down. Ted is absolutely correct about sea salt. There are studies showing that magnesium inhibits staph. Sea salt is rich in magnesium. Everybody in this forum needs to pay close attention to Ted.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok
Dear Carolyn: The pH of an Iodized salt is quite acid at pH of 5, while a sea salt is 8. Staph generally flourishes in an acidic medium.

Shark Oil   1  0   

Posted by Robert Crawford (Honolulu, Hi) on 03/11/2012

[YEA]  Take a hot shower. Scrape the whitehead off, squeeze it (hurts I know), put a bandaid on it for a few minutes (or other absorbant material) and apply Shark oil. It dries the skin but also the soar(s). You will see a difference in 2-4 hours. Apply cider vinegar a few times a day. Shark oil before bed. Dont stop outbreaks but sure gets rid of the boils.

Replied by Kelly
Las Vegas, Nv
05/29/2012
... But how can you get it to come to a head? Mine are under my arm and they never come to a head - I usually have to get them lanced open and packed with gauze.

Silica   2  0   

Posted by Amy (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA) on 12/03/2008

[YEA]  Homeopathic Silica/Silicea for Boils

I wrote to you a few days ago about a yeast infection after half a dose of turmeric. I'm writing you now to tell you what finally worked for me.

After treating the yeast infection, I tried turmeric capsules with a probiotic for two days. The yeast did not come back, but the boils didn't get any better -- in fact, one got worse. I've had two below the waist for quite some time that weren't very painful. My doctor told me I had "a little hidradenitis suppurativa" and if I didn't want to take antibiotics there wasn't really anything she could do for me; just continue the hot compresses and hope for the best.

Last week during the yeast infection treatment I got another boil that was much more painful. It just kept getting bigger and more painful until I could barely sit down or walk. I've tried everything; the turmeric internally, along with, topically: aloe vera, calendula salve, Neosporin, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, hot compresses, hot Epsom salt compresses, baking soda with honey, and this one just kept getting bigger and sorer and more distended.

Since I've responded well to homeopathy in the past, today I googled "homeopathy boils" and found several sites that listed a number of remedies that help with this problem. I chose Silica/Silicea (it's spelled both ways) as the description sounded most like what I was suffering. I went to the health food store and got the remedy (30C) and took a dose right away. Two hours later, I felt quite sleepy and chilled and went to bed. I woke up 40 minutes later to find that the two largest boils closest to the surface of the skin were draining bloody fluid. I had chills really bad all afternoon but I've continued to take the 30C dose every 3-4 hours as recommended and the wounds have kept draining all afternoon and evening. The smaller boils that I had are already starting to get smaller from the inside. The largest, most painful one is much smaller and less painful and as long as I can keep it clean I imagine it will eventually heal fine. I'm so relieved that the pain is going away and hopeful that the problem will resolve in a few days or weeks.

Posted by Tamy (Anaheim, CA) on 04/23/2007

[YEA]  hello everyone, i was doing some research on skin boils and came across a site that listed different types of skin boils and what supplements to take for them. if you have recurring boils you might want to try taking silica or silicea goes by two different names but is the same thing. had a recurring boil for over a year that just would not go completely away, have tried numerous remedies, hardly any worked except for the vinegar directly on the boil, but that was temporary i was looking for something to stop it from coming back. surely enough i came across that website and i tried the silica and the boil is almost gone it's been only two weeks and i feel better, bought silica at my local health food store, i was at my wits end with this boil thing, but the silica seems to help like no other. the antibiotics didn't help of course, this just may be it. just thought i'd post it hopefully it will help someone else.

Squeezing the Core   1  0   

Posted by M. E. (Columbus, Ohio) on 01/12/2010

[YEA]  The only boil I ever had was on my knee after skinning it on playground sand in California 66 yrs ago. I don't remember what the doctor did for it, but I do remember him squeezing the core out of it. I have heard that 'resentment' is at the basis of a lot of boils, and once I mentioned that to a relative, her son's endless boils seemed to go away. Glad to hear about the turmeric, as I have been thinking about getting some.

Keep up the good work....


EC: Thanks for the feedback, Mr. E.

We do have a few posts on the site warning people not to squeeze, lance, or apply heat to a boil as doing so can spread the infection. This can be especially dangerous if the boil is MRSA.

WARNINGS -- (See Kimberly's post at the bottom)
http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/boils.html#BTW


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