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Natural Cures for Boils

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Turmeric, Tea Tree Oil
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Posted by Brad (Atlanta, GA) on 12/12/2007

[YEA]  I have had a boil break-out' regularly for the past few years, usually about once a year. They seem to be getting more frequent and progressively worse each time. This last time I started with one itchy red bump and it turned into about 12 all over my buttocks and legs within 3 weeks. I tried the turmeric (which I had never tried before) after about 2 weeks because they got so bad, and it helped SOME, but not a lot, I was still getting new ones. It was painful to sit down, to walk, to do anything really. I decided to try "the Holy Grail" from Sean and it really seemed to work.

I was taking 4 caps of the Turmeric 3 times a day. It did seem to slow the intensity of the boils but I didn't get the type of relief that others seemed to get. When I started taking the supplements Sean recommended along with the Hibeclens and the tea-tree oil it stopped dead in its tracks. Here's what I did:
Coninued with the turmeric as I was taking, took the other supplements once a day, and used antibacterial soap to clean my whole body twice a day. Then in the shower or bath I thoroughly washed anywhere boils usually came up with the Hibeclens. Then after I bathed I put some tea-tree oil in the palm of my hand and also put that anywhere I was susceptible to the boils. And I started with the q-tip of KY and tea tree oil in my nostrils twice a day. This combination immediately started healing the boils I had and since I've started the regimen I have not had any new ones.

A couple things:

I think the Hibeclens is very important to use to aid in the appearance of new boils, but it doesnt necessarily help in the healing of the old ones.It keeps the ones you have from spreading though because it puts a protective antifungal type layer on your skin that repels the bacteria and for hours and keeps you from getting new ones. Hibeclens can be bought at most pharmacies just ask the pharmacist where it is. It's kind of expensive but SO worth it.

When I started on Sean's regimen, I also cut out virtually all of the processed sugar and white flour from my diet. This was VERY hard for me, but it was a sacrifice I was willing to make to get rid of the boils. This site has taught me how important this is. The sugar freezes your bodies ability to fight off the infection for up to four hours after you eat it. So in that time the boil is free to manifest itself and get worse and grow new ones with no fighting response from your body until the sugar works its way out of your system. The turmeric purifies your blood, but the sugar and white flour puts the toxins right back in. So you're fighting an uphill battle . If you want to keep boils under control you HAVE to cut down on your sugar and white flour intake.

Do not ever ever touch a boil with your bare hands and do not ever ever ever try to squeeze it. You can put hot compresses on it all you want, and if it pops under the heat thats fine, but the oils on your hands and skin will IMMEDIATELY make a boil worse if you touch it. And I've also found, especially with the boils I have had on my butt, that any pressure on them makes them fester and grow into the skin instead of outwardly. The lesson here is to keep the pressure off the boil as much as possible. If you have them on your butt use a hemmorhoid pillow or some type of cushion that keeps the pressure off the boil. Especially when you drive. I personally don't like to use band-aids or bandages on them because I feel everytime I do it just creates pressure by being covered and makes them worse and more painful. Of course several places on this site it discusses how important it is to keep them covered especially when they burst or drain - so use your own judgement here.

Also advil helps considerably with the pain.

I hope this helps some people.

Replied by Royal
Lawton, Ok
I used the majority of your method on my 7 year old son he has only had a few but the doctors methods would not work. I didnt use the Tumeric as pills but I got the past and never really needed it. Everything else worked. Thank you he is one very happy lil boy.

Turmeric, Tea Tree Oil, Mycota Powder
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Posted by Peggy (Lusaka, Zambia) on 04/18/2008

[YEA]  i first had an irriitation near my rear ends it was a painless small bump but not painfully but after three days it become bigger and painfuy then i become scared as i have never had a boil in my life now 25 soon will be 26, i could barely walk but kept going to work .i decided to to surf the net and thanks to earth clinic,after reading about turmeric i went to purchase it at a local market the third day of pain that evening i drank 2tsp of tumeric and made paste with turmeric, mycota pwder and tree tea oil that i applied 3*. the following day i was to work without fever and a bit of relief the third day the boil open on it's own and i was able to drain it .as at now all the pain is gone and the boil has dramatically decreased am still drinking turmeric hopefully it will dry completely.

Turmeric, Vitamin E, Tea Tree Oil
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Posted by TJ (Chandler, AZ USA) on 07/27/2008

[YEA]  Tumeric, Vitamin E, Tea Tree Oil, Neosporin curing my boils. I had what I had thought was a pimple get severely infected so that it had spread down my inner thigh. About one week later, I had five very tender areas on my upper inner thigh. I ended up with 5 boils. The area from my groin down to my knee was swollen & red. I was deperate and started serching the internet for cures. I found Earth Clinic. We had tumeric on the spice rack. Started taking it immediately. I mixed one tsp in a small glass of warm water four times a day. AMAZING!!I also applied very warm water compresses every two hours for 15 minutes each. Within 8 hours, two of the most painful ones had come to a head. Within another 4 hours the other 3 had come to a head. After two weeks, they were healed. I had a few hard bumps left and came back to Earth Clinic. Discovered Vitamin E for the hard bumps. I now have tumeric capsules (450mg per capsule)! I have found that thanks to onset of menopause, the boils will continue for a while. I now take one capsule of tumeric/two capsules of vitamin E in the morning & one capsule of tumeric at night before bed. The hard leftover bumps fade out faster. I made the mistake of skipping the tumeric/vitamin E for two days and had a very nasty boil flair up! Tea Tree oil mixed with tumeric and put on the boil helps to soothe and bring to a head. Make the tea tree oil & tumeric into a thick paste (1/4 tsp of tumeric & a few drops of tea tree oil)and spread on a bandage, apply the bandage to the boil, change every four to six hours. After the boil opened with a little help from a sharp needle dipped in alcohol, I made a paste of neosporin and tumeric, spread on a bandage, and applied the bandage over the boil. After three days from start (Thursday) to today (Saturday) the boil has opened, is draining and the pain is fading fast!My sister who has dealt with boils for years and spent over $5000 on doctors, medicine and first aid aupplies. I have spent about $50! THANK YOU EarthClinic!

Replied by Tj
Chandler, Az Usa
UPDATE ON BOILS: While I still stand by my orginal cure, I have something to add. I had a MASSIVE outbreak of boils about two weeks ago. After doing a very careful evaluation of diet, vitamins, supplements and general life issues...EUREKA! I had upped my "high fructose corn syrup level"...sad to say, NO MORE GRAPE JELLY, Store bought creamy-style dressings, granola bars, etc.! My mom and I went through the kitchen and proceeded to read labels. Over half of the foods (including some wheat breads, granola bars, salad dressings) had the stuff in it.

Since cutting way back on foods with high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup solids and the such, I have in ONE week: 1) Seen a dramatic healing of all SIX boils, 2) dropped about 4 pounds and 3) have more energy.

NOTE: My daughter, who does extensive research on additives and is studying nutrition at college, says that it's because I'm getting rid of the "bad" sugars in my diet.

I had also skipped some dosages of vitamins and supplements. Now that I'm back on a full range. Life is much better. There is no way that I'll be able to cut out all of the offending/threatening foods from my diet. So, it will be in "moderation."

I still take Turmeric, Multi-Vitamins, Calcium w/Vitamin D, Extra Vitmain E and ACV. I know that there are a lot of comments on the the taste of Turmeric and ACV...well, who said the "medicine" was always supposed to taste good? It's not candy for the taste buds, it food for the soul and the body. I buy my Turmeric pills at WalMart (great price) and I keep some Turmeric in a small container in my first aid kit. You never know when you'll need some!

I drink roughly 32ounes of ACV in water daily. One large mouth water bottle, 2-3 teaspoons of ACV, One small package of a Sugar Substitute or a 1/2 teaspoons of Honey, 4-5 ice cubes, fill with water, Cap the bottle, then shake to mix. My water bottle holds 16.5 ounces of liquid.

Hope this update helps some of you out there. I'm not into over complicated cures. I like it simple and direct. Thanks to EarthClinic for everything!

EC: Thank you for updating us after so long!!

Replied by T
Maryland, Usa
TJ, I buy a particular grape jelly for my son that doesn't have HFCS in it. I know we can't really give brand names so I'll just say it's in a slender jar and is "all fruit" :) They make a variety of HFCS-free fruit spreads (blueberry, strawberry, etc.). This is carried in my local grocery chain. It can also be bought online if you work out the brand name.
Replied by Dolly
Cairo, Egypt
Hello TJ

I saw your post on earth clinic today, and I am interested to know something pls. did you get your outbreak even while you were using Turmeric? as everyone says that as long as you use it there will be no boils or outbreaks?! I was diagnosed with HS which is different than normal or acne boils, and I take Turmeric powder, so that's why I appreciate if you can let me know. Thank you so much.


Replied by Tj
Chandler, Arizona, United States
[NAY]   First, sorry about the delay in response!! Oh YES! You can still get boils while taking Turmeric. I am battling a VERY major one right now and was/still am taking Turmeric. I even added more Turmeric to my previous intake. (2 500mg tablets 3 times a day AND one teaspoon regular spice in warm water 3 times a day) I have now added 2 garlic cloves in the morning and 2 garlic cloves at night. After 24 hours, NO RELIEF! It has taken my left breast from a C cup to a DD cup! I'm going to try cream of tarter next. Good Luck and Bless Be
Replied by Tj
Chandler, Arizona, United States
G'Morn! My apologies to the moderators for posting this one too while the most previous post if still pending. I can only hope that the posts are in order. ;-)

UPDATE: I never got to the cream of tarter. I went to the bathroom for a round a warm/hot compresses and (drum roll please) it was draining! A little background here: One of the boils had developed into a hole that I had thought was healing. I had even done some hydrogen peroxide to clean out any residue. I now think that was a big mistake. Jump forward to draining: four gauze pads later, it had slowed so that I could bandage it and have some dinner. I walked out of the bathroom to the kitchen and informed my mom that I didn't care if the cloves of garlic (chewing, putting fresh in food) played havoc with my stomach for an hour afterwards...IT WORKED!!!!! I promptly took out a large clove of garlic, chewed up half, down some water, chewed up the other half, drank more water, grabbed a spoonful of strawberry preserves (NO HFCS) to clean out the taste. We had chicken chow mein and mom informed me that there was a least 5 cloves in it. LOL

Mom also gave me some Tylenol 3's for the pain. The circles under my eyes for lack of good sleep is very noticable. I took a nice warm bath, warm compresses, more drainage. Then washed with Ivory. I know, I know, most people are recommending Dial BUT that soap is way too harsh for my skin and had proven to be the cause of my acne from teens to early twenties. I won't touch it. The Ivory (which I had used on my babies with no problems) gets me clean and is proving effective at clearing up the smaller boils below the waist.

As of 4.30AM, it is still draining (YIPPEE)! The pain is going down and so is the size. I do prefer my regular bra-cup size. Mom and I will be hitting the local dollar store for more garlic. Am I still taking Turmeric? Oh yes!!! One teaspoon (Not the measuring spoon!!) in a glass of warm water 3x a day. The glass size would be referred to as a "juice glass" or about 180mL. I don't do anything extra with it other than drink it before eating. That way my stomach shuts up and behaves!

I do hope that I've covered everything. If I haven't send me an email (my address is on the first post under this heading) or post it on the website. I am deeply greatful to EarthClinic for all of the wonderful info!! Bless Be

Replied by Susan
Bountiful, Ut
My spouse took tetracycline for a boil because we didn't know what else to use. He's never had another boil but if he did I would have him try tko Orange around it. Boils might be a systemic problem tho.
Replied by Tj
Chandler, Arizona, Usa
UPDATE: Well, the good news is: I don't have MRSA. I did have a bout with MSSA (another form of Bacteria Strep). Landed me in the hospital for a week. I had the whole serious triple pack of I.V. antibiotics, pain medication injections, and gauze packed in my breast.

BACKGROUND: My right breast started to swell and within one week had gone from a C cup to almost an F. Skin started to peel and the infection was showing under the skin. I had to have surgery to lance it. I have now a 4" long gash, 1.5" wide and done to the breast bone. The consensus is that I would have been better off with a masectomy. I have also been diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2. Another nasty factor that contributed to all of the flair up of boils.

I'm going to start back on the ACV to help with the blood sugars. I still stand by a lot ot the remedies. As soon as the doctors clear me..I'm racing back to my vitamin E (internal) and Vitamin E/Coconut Oil mix (external) for the scaring.

ADIVCE: If you are avoiding the Doctor and are having repeated outbreaks...GET YOUR BUTT TO THE HOSPITAL ANYWAY!!!!! The doctor's opinion is that if I have waited another week...I wouldn't have survived.

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Posted by Joe Worsley (Advance, North Carolina) on 08/30/2007

[YEA]  In the early stages of a boil or common pimple or even pimples on the face or other parts of the body try dabing them with Turpentine - YES Turpentine. It's a old time remedy for a lot of things. They used to sell small bottles of what was called Rectified Turpentine in drug stores but it's very difficult to find these days. Art supply stores sell it for a high price. Common painters Turpentine works great. At the start of one and several times diring the day dab some Turpenting on the spot. You will be suprised most of the time that it will stop development at that point. I once told a Dermatologist about it and he said that it was highly allergenic. And I told him that it probably worked better than anything he could prescribe and he agreed!

EC: You can still find turpentine in pharmacies and grocery stores throughout the in the USA. It's usually found right next to small bottles of iodine.

Vick's Vapor Rub
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Posted by Nicole (Laurel, Ms) on 03/31/2009

[YEA]  I have been suffering from boils for over 15 years. Normally I would go to the doctor, get them lanced, and they wouldn't come back for months. But recently the boils come on a regular basis. I mean they come two to three at a time and just about every week. Yesterday I tried the ____ brand vapor rub, and after three applications the boil came to a head, and I bust it. Oh my Lord Thank You for leading me to this website.

Posted by Catarsha (Memphis, TN) on 01/07/2009

[YEA]  I used Vick's Vaopor Rub for a huge boil which finally drained itself after 3 days. I cleaned the area 3 times per day and applied a generous amount of VVR. It was not painful at all.

Posted by Tony (Duncan, OK) on 12/09/2008

by Tony Walker

July- Duncan, OK. - I got chigger bites that got infected on the lower front of my leg.

Aug.- The infection spread showing up in new spots on the front of my lower leg. The new spots looked like oversized Zits with a white puss head 1/8 and a hardness under it of 1/4 across.

Sept.- The spots on the front of my leg cleared up as new spots showed up on the back of my lower leg.
Mid Sept. - I went to clinic and the doctor gave me a ten-day supply of Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim. ($100) The sores cleared up and no new sores appeared until--

Nov.10th Duncan, OK. New sores with a different appearance appear on back of lower leg. These sores start as little red bumps and become red and scabby with a clear discharge.

Nov.28th 2007- These new sores have moved to the front of my lower leg and the old Zit type sores have reappeared

I returned to the clinic and the doctor re prescribed The same prescription ($140) but this time it had no effect. I have tried a number of things to dry out the sores to no avail they only got worse. Then I tried rubbing Vix vapor rub on the sores and saw improvement overnight. I rubbed Vix? vapor rub on it twice a day morning and night.Then I draped a piece of sheet around it which I pinned to my shorts and tucked into my sock to keep the Vix off other stuff. The sores cleared up and were gone in about a week or so.

Dec.8 2008 about every 3 to 4 months a rash starts to reappeared and I just applied a little more vapor rub on it and it goes away again. This vapor rub need not be of the "Vix" name brand Walmart --equate-- works just as good.

See also under mustard.

Posted by Laverne (York, SC) on 03/27/2006

[YEA]  I cured a boil on my brother's side. Used a mixture of warm compresses and vicks vapor rub...the boil came to a head the next day...the boil was very painful to him.

Vitamin A
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Posted by Frances A (Jacksonville, Florida) on 11/29/2009

[YEA]  Recurring boils and similar large, painful pimples

After age 21 I had terrible huge pimples. When my pharmacist told me that some derms prescribed Vitamin A, I started on it immediately.. It was like a miracle, a moderate miracle. The huge deep pimples stopped and my skin improved in other ways.

I used to take 50,000 units a day but now I would limit myself to 25,000 units per day. Just be patient and don't stop the treatment.

Vitamin D
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Posted by Julian (Bathurst , NSW Australia) on 03/16/2007

[YEA]  A common factor for most of the boil sufferers is the time of year, late winter when Vit D reserves are at their lowest. Vit D is a necessary part of the immune system. The Vit D Council (Google it) gives free information on doses and some amazing facts on its effectiveness for many ailments. I have used Colorless Iodine for unbroken skin pimples or puncture wounds for years and never get infections, Betadine for scrapes and scratches.Castor oil for sun blemishes, age spots and sun cancers. I work outside, get plenty of those. Used to get boils before I found Colorless Iodine, its getting hard to find (not much profit?) but some chemists will make it up.

Watch Your Sugar Intake!
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Posted by Sage (DETROIT, Michigan) on 09/06/2007

[YEA]  re: Turmeric works but not with a lot of Sugar consumption. Thanks to this site,' Turmeric has helped alleviate my boil problems in the past. However after a recurrence last month, I was reminded that sugar does inhibit the immune system. I ate some cotton candy (Straight spun sugar), and four boils popped up in the groin area two days later. I have already cut out pop/soda drinks which helps. Again I was reminded that plenty of water, fresh fruits, and veggies help keep the boils away. I know now that I am asking for problems when I consume too much sugar (also candy) and baked sweets. I hope that this helps others and I am very thankful for this site.

Replied by Sage
Detroit, Michigan
I have also discovered Black seed oil recently and use it when I have a major boil outbreak. I mixed a tsp of Black Seed Oil with 1/2 cup of plain unsweetened yogurt, 1 tsp of Turmeric, and 1 crushed clove of garlic. I also drink Burdock/Goldenseal/Echinacea Teas to help boost my immune system.

Watkins Salve
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Posted by johndoe (Fairfield, Ia) on 08/31/2007

[YEA]  I have had boils appear months apart and very often at times. I use Watkins salve and they go away or come to a head in a day or so. Some times over night. Apply Watkins salve to the boil and also apply some to a band-aid and cover boil with band-aid. Works every time for me.

Replied by Heather
Clarksburg, West Virginia
[NAY]   I have been applying Watkins salve, washing the area and doing the best to treat it but it's not healing at all. It hurts a lot! Sometimes pus will drain, but it's not healing. I am not diabetic. I am not ill otherwise. Well no, I have a kidney infection which I am taking cipro for. But this is starting to worry me. The thought of going to the E. R. over this just makes me feel silly.

White Vinegar and Baking Soda Poultice
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Posted by Rachelknows (Spokane, Washington) on 06/29/2015

[YEA]  I try everything natural. I do know that for those who have boils it takes a couple days and you must change the gauze in which you apply your paste to. I use white vinegar and baking soda, which does bubble up as you mix the two. It REALLY works and in between changing it apply a hot compress or hot bath helps it along faster. Baking soda and vinegar will draw out the infection. After you believe it's drained, a salt water bath will keep it from any further infection and a little tea tree oil on a gauze will speed up the healing of the broken skin too. White vinegar and baking soda, it works. Rachelknows

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Posted by Sharon (Valdosta, Georgia) on 06/03/2008

[YEA]  Boil remedy: A powder that contains Zinc (Ammens) applied several times a day seems to work best for me.

Replied by Goofyphil
Auckland, New Zealand
[YEA]   TUMERIC TUMERIC TUMERIC. Well iv had a boil for a week now thought it would never go away. Just made some tumeric into a paste with milk put it on the boil covered it and within an hour its started to drain YAY
Replied by Nikki
Olivehurst, Ca, United States
So once your infections have a head, they drain on their own & heal? Every time I've had a mrsa boil I always have to squeeze it to get the stuff out & it just keeps on growing and making a huge hole in my skin. I always end up caving & going to the doctor. I'm afraid its going to spread & kill me. :(