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Turmeric and Homemade Salve  
2 User Reviews | 2 YEA

Posted by Dustin (Texarkana, AR) on 07/11/2007

[YEA]  Homemade Salve for Boils: I started getting boils on my bottom and on the inside of my legs a few years ago...I guess when I was about 19. I'm 23 now and multiple boils have combined on my right buttock into a huge carbuncle...or a huge boil with many different heads. I started the tumeric remedy about a week ago...big difference fast! Just be sure not to miss a dose...I have been taking more than instructed only because of the enormity of my problem. I went to a health food store today and bought some oil of oregano and Red Clover-a blood purifier like turmeric. I am so reay to get ths thing knocked is working!

There is a salve i concocted just this evening that is very soothing for the boils...I mixed baby oil gel with desitin diaper rash cream as a base, then added turmeric powder (careful, too much can stain your skin yellow!) the powder from one of the red clover capsules, oil of oregano, and tea tree oil. The diaper rash cream is brilliant because it is thick and helps it to stay in place, it also reduces friction to those boils between the legs...and causes the other ingredients to stay in place and not get wiped off.

Turmeric Recipes  
10 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Hil (Esco, CA) on 06/30/2009

I have had boils since I was 13 years of age, I am now 56 years old. I have tried everything imaginable even doctors, antibiotics of all kinds and lancing. My sister told me about this site and off I went reading. I just happen to be experiencing one of my episodes with boils. I bought the turmeric and smelled it and tasted it and no way that would go down and stay down. So I bought empty gel capsules and filled 4 to 5 of them with turmeric powder, from an Indian resturant/store. That is equivalent to 1 tsp. That did not seem to be doing much, until I read one of the newer accounts that indicated that turmeric was oil soluble. So I bought some Almond Oil and honey and tried the tea recipe, but no way I could drink so much tea. So I did a paste of 1 tsp turmeric and about 1/2 tsp almond oil. I also add a drop of honey just because I bought it. It looks like peanut butter. I make this paste and with a paring knife I stuff it into the gel capsules and drink them down with water. No taste in my mouth and it works. By the end of one day the pain of the boils was gone. I just had to write to let you all know. I will continue and see how long I can get away with not having any boils. Lord willing, it will never happen again. Thanks to all who have passed on their testimonials.

Replied by Dianna
Austin, Tx
turmeric is amazing! my dbf has recurring boils on his rear - and after much coaxing i got him to take turmeric. now he only wanted the kind in the capsules and was taking several - but finally i opened some of them and measured a teaspoon of powder and it was at least 5 capsules worth!!! also i made him take it in milk so it would be dissolved better.

he was in such pain when he started this - and he didn't believe it would work since he didn't see immediate improvement. but he started feeling very sick and dizzy and just horrible (cleansing reaction IMO) and then he fell asleep and the next day the boil was much less painful and had gone down in size. over the next couple of days he continued taking the turmeric at a smaller dosage and it went away.

Posted by Jay (Altoona, Florida) on 06/01/2008

Mixing the turmeric into tomato juice really helps make it easier to ingest.

Posted by Anna (Union County, NJ) on 09/06/2007

Turmeric truly is the cure for boils. I have been struggling with boils for over 10 years! I have been to countless doctors and dermatologists for this embarrassing and painful ailment to no avail. I stumbled upon this website and tried it. When I saw a huge difference in 48 hours, I cried. Thank You.

Here is a turmeric tea recipe that is truly delicious, from Yogi Bhajan, founder of the Yogi Tea brand INGREDIENTS:

* 1 tsp turmeric powder
* 4 cups water
* 1 cup milk (soy or dairy)
* 2 tbsp almond oil
* liquid sweetener, to taste, optional (honey, agave, maple syrup)

Bring water to a boil and add turmeric. Allow to simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring to make sure the turmeric is fully dissolved. Reduce heat, add milk and oil and stir well. Add sweetener if desired and enjoy!

This just shows how we should look to Mother Earth a little more often instead running to a physician.

Also, instead of using Neosporin on those nasty things, a little manuka honey and vitamin E salve goes a long way.

Replied by Sara
Kauai, Hawaii
I tried this recipe without almond oil, and it's actually delicious! I didn't have almond oil on hand and was trying to research it's benefits. The only things I found were about almond oil externally. Do you know why it's of value in the tea?
Replied by Leila
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
[YEA]   First, let me tell you that this site has become one of my favourites and has helped me get back in touch with my affinity for folk remedies. Thank you for that!

Yesterday evening, I tried the Turmeric Tea recipe that Anna from Union County, NJ, shared. It tasted so much better than I thought it would, it's actually delicious! I like drinking warm milk before bedtime :D

More importantly, only one large cup of this tea already reduced a boil in my armpit to half its size overnight. It also doesn't hurt any longer. I stopped using commercial deodorants about a year ago, because I kept getting awful boils under my armpits and suspected the aluminium in deodorant to cause these. Used green clay compresses, but they only work temporarily and the boils kept returning. I also get boils on my breasts - horribly painful and embarrassing.

I'm absolutely amazed at how quickly the Turmeric had an effect! Thank you, Anna, and thank you, EC!

Posted by Roy (Sarasota, Florida) on 03/29/2007

Turmeric virtually tasteless in chocolate milk.

Replied by Debby
Oak Ridge, Texas
Turmeric has a nasty taste, and putting it in chocolate milk doesn't help, I've been taking it for about 2 years now. But the ones I take is at Walmart don't know how pure it is though. I drink soy milk for hormone imbalance too. And I still get them recently allot on face but I think these are carbuncles....nothing is working but I think I wasn't taking enough turmeric I was taking 2 and got a turmeric more powerful supposedly and the bottle said 1 a day so I did. Started get these on my face, so I went back to 2 a day still getting them. I read that raisins everyday will keep them away so I'm trying that too. Been putting up with them for 6 years now after my period stopped, I went thru menopause early then allot of women. But ever since then I've been having them big ones at first not so big ones and none for a while. But now it's allot on my face and had 2 small one on my side.......I have tried allot of stuff seems to get rid of them.....I've been drinking soy milk for 4 years now........I take multi-vitamins, vitamin D, vitamin C, turmeric & nothing keeps them gone.....ARG.......

Posted by Ellie on 11/24/2006

I have been reading how all of you are putting turmeric in water and drinking it plain. Yikes! I have been adding Turmeric to every food and Thanksgiving leftovers are perfect!! It is wonderful on turkey, stuffing and used with plain yogurt as a vegetable dip. I drink lots of water too.

When we made a pot of vegetable soup last winter, the flimsy packaging of turmeric slipped and about 4 tablespoons of turmeric got dumped into the soup pot. We had made blended soup with green peas, green beans, 2 sweet onions, 5 cloves of garlic and vegetable stock. We thought it would taste terrible, but after adding cayenne and pepper it turned out to be delicious!

Turmeric, Honey Paste  
2 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Smiles808 (Jamestown, Nc) on 11/03/2010

[YEA]  I had a quick-growing boil, so I searched this site for how to get rid of it. I tried drinking turmeric, but it was pretty difficult (although I will say that mixing it with chocolate milk wasn't so bad). But I saw that you could make a paste with honey and turmeric (I used equal parts) and rub it directly on the boil. I did this, and it immediately started shrinking. I highly recommend this treatment!

Replied by Pats
As for drinking the mix and taste buds and all...

If you like savory foods you might try grinding some Turmeric Root, finely chopping fresh garlic, and adding it to a small cup of your favorite broth. I use Turmeric, Fresh Garlic, Black Pepper, Marmite, Vegetarian Bouillon and Hot Water and sip it for an immune boost.

I am not into sweet drinks other than soda (I know, bad for me) and the occasional sip of Eggnog at Christmas.

Turmeric, Black Salve, Tea Tree Oil  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Lon (Stanhope, NJ) on 02/18/2009

[YEA]  Boils, possibly MRSA, and tumeric:

My son was hospitalized for serious, rapidly spreading cellulitis, which started with a boil. He responded well enough to antibiotics to come home, but although the culture indicated the boil was not MRSA, the boils did not respond to the various antibiotics the Drd tried. He developed multiple boils on and around his privates which wouldn't go away. By the way he's been hospitalized, had many surgeries and on intravenous and antibiotics many times for a digestive disease he was born with. The celulitis came back three times, while following the infectuous disease Dr's advice to control it, which was exhausting, frustrating for both of us and ineffective. Of course the Drs think you're not following their directions if their strategy doesn't work. Then I found this site! I gave my son one turmeric capsule three times daily for three days. A nutritionist suggested I watch the acid alkaline balance of his diet. Topically I applied black salve to any full blown boils. If I noticed any small emerging boils which have not yet formed pus at the tip, I apply straight tea tree oil to the tip only, being careful not to get it on the surrounding skin. I discovered the effectiveness of these particular topicals by observation after using so many topical remedies.The advantage of the black salve is that it stays on without a dressing. I couldn't use bandages/poultices because of the location of his boils. Nothing has worked like the turmeric, supported by the topical application of black salve and tea tree oil for healing the boils, as well as watching the diet. He now takes one turmeric a day for prevention. The origin i think is candida, but we're working on that.

My son has Down Syndrome, Hirschsprung's disease (never could spell it.), and an ileostomy, so you can imagine the difficulties with nutrition. It was an ordeal I thought would never end. I worried constantly that the celulitis would return. It's been almost a year without boils or cellulitis. Thank you for this site! If it wasn't for this site we probably would have continued with the endless cycle of antibiotics and hospitalization.

EC: So glad to hear the remedies have helped. We have just created a new cellulitis remedies page with your post -- thank you so much for the wonderful feedback!

Turmeric, Garlic  
3 User Reviews | 1 NAY

Posted by Swimmer (Cumbria, Uk) on 02/21/2010

[NAY]  Hi, I have recurring boils, they stated out solely on my inner thigh but now I get them in other areas too.

After reading through your site, I am currently taking Turmeric capsules 800mg per day and Garlic 400mg per day, and if anything it seems to be bringing out more boils, I now have two on my stomach.I have just started the Garlic capsules 3 days ago but have been taking the Turmeric for a couple of weeks.

Can anyone help? Thanks in advance. S

EC: Unfortunately, most of the people reporting Nays are using turmeric capsules, which contain other ingredients like magnesium stearate, a filler. The same may be true of garlic capsules. Much more successful a remedy (and far cheaper) is turmeric powder found in bulk at international grocery stores! Organic turmeric powder in bulk can also be found on the internet.

Replied by Shaun
Old York, Uk
Turmeric worked for me. I had an open sore (later discovered to be MRSA) on my cheek, which I thought I had gotten from either rugby (a finger nail scratch), or a scratch from something picked up in sub aqua diving in the ME. Anyway, I tried everything to clear this up (at one point I even convinced myself I had coeliac disease). What eventually did work was one teaspoon of turmeric 'mix' 3 times a day. Basically my mix was a heaped tsp turmeric powder dissolved in a tsp of virgin coconut oil. To complement this I took a tsp of black peppercorns (this catalyses everything and makes it more efficacious). After 10 days there was no sign of any sore what-so-ever. Seriously, turmeric is the business. No question.
Replied by Cured
Niceville, Fl
I am clueless when it comes to converting measurements doesn't sound like you are taking enough turmeric. Up to 1 teaspoon/day, I take 4-7 "0" size capsules a day. This keeps them away until I slip up (usually on a weekend) and don't take then one will come up. I start taking up to 7 capsules and within 2-3 days it is gone.

I make my own because store bought ones have too many fillers. I just use the spice out of the spice aisle though now ordering online because I use so much. Also when you make a paste just use straight turmeric and water, no need for anything else.

Turmeric, Garlic, Olive Leaf  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Jsdell (San Deigo,ca) on 06/15/2014

[YEA]  I had a boil on the back of my neck last year and after reading on this site and a few others, many many posts, I realized that I also had MRSA. Originally I tried a few ideas like garlic and turmeric and olive leaf, separately, but none of them worked alone. After reading a good deal more, I put together the new treatment plan about 3 weeks after the boil surfaced, as what I had been doing was not working (I'd been doing each of the treatments below, but individually, not together. After reading a lot, I realized I needed something stronger. So I took 2 Turmeric Curcumin caps a day and 3xs a day opened a capsule and put it on a bandage damped with garlic water and put that on my boil (I crushed 1 1000mg tablet of garlic in a few drops of boiled water & used this water to dampen the bandage. I changed this water 2xs a day). I used 3 bandages to be sure the boil was completely covered as the turmeric would easily stain my clothing even if I was really careful and the stain would not come out now matter what I tried (I tried for weeks, but nothing worked, so wear old cloths) I also took 1000 mg of garlic 2xs a day. Also 2xs a day I took 500 mg Olive Leave Extract.

Within 2 weeks of starting this the boil was totally gone, but if I started this treatment plan sooner, it would have been gone sooner, I leaned when the boil came back in the same spot just a month ago, mind you it has been gone well over 6 moths and I'd not had any other reoccurrence). So last month I immediately did the combination treatment plan and the boil never surfaced and was gone within a few days. I leaned on this site, you have to take the garlic internally and put garlic water on the outside of the boil it's self, because just taking garlic will not work. I did not try Charcoal, but I have used Charcoal for other things and I believe that might have worked, had I known about it, but at the time, I was only trying things I was reading that had worked. So don't be afraid to mix treatments.

So be bold and if your boil is not going away fast, try mixing some treatments. Sometimes that's the only thing that will work.

Turmeric, Grapeseed Oil, Tea Tree Oil  
2 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Michelle (Cincinnati, Oh, Usa) on 12/10/2010

[YEA]  It's amazing! I went to the doctor on Wed to look at a painful place that was the size of a pea and getting bigger and more uncomfortable. It is in a delicate place and I've never had anything there like it before. Doc gave me antibiotics and told me to put warm compresses on it. Not much better in 24 hours and I remembered Earth Clinic.

Got on here yesterday and found the info about turmeric. I had some in my spice cabinet so I put a tsp in some water and drank it twice during the day. I also made a thick paste from turmeric, grapeseed oil (which I happened to have) and several drops of tea tree oil. I put the paste on around 7 pm. By the time I went to bed, the swelling was down and the pain almost gone. I just woke at 3am and it had opened and started draining blood and pus. Completely amazing. I never squeezed it at all and it was pretty deep below the surface. I just can't believe it. At this rate, I expect it to be completely gone within days. I had one other boil over 30 yrs ago and it took a couple weeks before it was back to normal. Thank you, thank you, thank you Earth Clinic and everyone that has shared their personal experiences here.

Replied by Zee
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
I have had recurring boils for a several years now and I was recently prescribed a round of strong antibiotics. I finished all of the antibiotics and I felt better but the boils came back about two months later. I have noticed that after the antibiotics the boils aren't as severe. They aren't as painful and some of them don't even come to a head and just go away after a few days. Still I want to get rid of them once and for all and I really would prefer not to have to ingest antibiotics again.

Last night I felt another boil on my inner thight which is where they usually pop up. I came across this forum and the information on tumeric being a natural remedy. I bought some today and made a paste with a teaspoon of it, a teaspoon of olive oil and about 6 drops of tea tree oil.

I also mixed a half teaspoon of tumeric in about 6 oz of water and drank it. It wasn't that bad. I won't be ordering it as a beverage in a restaurant anytime soon(lol) but it wasn't as bad as one might think. I've eaten worse cooking!

It's been about three hours and I can already tell that something is happening to the boil. Normally it would be about a week and a half until the boil either went away or came to a head and drained. I put the paste directly on the boil and I put some of the paste on a piece of cotton gauze that I applied to the boil.

I will see what happens in the morning. But so far so good! I am praying this is the natural remedy that I have been looking for!

Turmeric, Magnesium, Apple Cider Vinegar  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Nicole (somewhere, New York) on 11/10/2008

[YEA]  I started using Turmeric for my painfull boils in my bikini line after reading the posts on this website. After a day or so, I was able to maintain my daily activities in life...SUCH AS WALKING ...HELLO! The Tumeric actually made my boils shrink, and helped me to not get HUGE boils- but they were still there, I didn't care because the pain I had before was nothing to what I had experienced before. I then started reading more on this website and decided to add magnesium with the Turmeric. In just one day my boil, my boil that would get as large as a grape, shruck down to just a small hard mass. No drainage just a hard, flat, little mass with a little swelling. Day two with adding the magnesium, it's gone! I also started using Dial anti bacterial soap and use a lofa scrub if I decide to shave in that delicate area. I had these results by taking two capsules 2 times a day of Turmeric and 2 capsules of magnesium. I have also thought about adding a little ACV into my diet.

Just want to share, and thank the creators of this website. Also since I have taken these supplements I have lost weight. This website has changed my life, any one that has suffered these type of boils anywhere on their body I am sure can relate to the pain and embarrasement it brings on to your social and private life. I am so happy to walk and feel comfortable with my body again. God is great, and I know he gave me the wisdom to find this site. I encourage anyone to talk to their PCP to ask how they may be able to implement supplements in to their life in a safe and healthy way.

Turmeric, Medicinal Mushrooms  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Jay (Ak) on 04/18/2015

[YEA]  I have had boils since I was in my early 20's. I can honestly say that TUMRERIC has been the best defender for my condition. As years boils became more aggressive. I started to incorporate tumeric with a medicinal mushroom formula called "Fungi Perfecti Host Defense" found on Amazon. I have successfully gone through issues with boils using hot compresses, Itchammol Oinment directly on the location (find the head), along with the tumeric, and it opened within 24-28hrs and healed completely within 2-4 weeks. Combined with my doctor visits which prescribed me with an antibiotic called "Bactrim" when it gets really bad I can honestly say that my recurrent boils have ceased. I hope this continues for me and I hope this helps anyone else that has to deal with this horrible condition such as myself.

Turmeric, Sea Salt, Lemon  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Dave (Peoria, Arizona) on 03/23/2007

[YEA]  I suffered with boils and impetigo infections for years. The allopathic treatments have been a complete failure and have only made matters worse not to mention very costly. Started to use internal turmeric. Started cleansing wounds with sea salt and water in varying concentrations to remove exudate and puss. Applied raw honey to the wound bed several times a day, everyday. I drank: 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt and washed that down with 16oz. of water 4 times a day. I drink several cups of green tea with honey and raw lemon per day. I would take 1 gram of turmeric 3xday. This combination approach from the inside out is impressive. The honey is amazing. If you think about it honey is protected by antibacterial, anti fungal agents in order that it does not spoil in nature. There is much research done on honey and infections from many credible resources. It works better than any antibacterial chemical product. I have tried many.