Natural Remedies

Heal Boils Naturally: Effective Home Remedies

| Modified on Mar 07, 2024
Turmeric, a Natural Remedy for Boil Treatment.

Boils are a common and painful skin infection caused by bacteria. Although antibiotics are usually prescribed to treat boils, natural remedies can also help reduce symptoms and speed up healing.

This comprehensive article highlights some of the top natural remedies for boils, such as turmeric, colloidal silver, and tea tree oil, and explains how to use them effectively.

Additionally, the article discusses the benefits of using echinacea, garlic, and warm compresses to treat boils. We'll also provide valuable information on distinguishing between boils and hidradenitis suppurativa, a chronic skin condition, and the similarities of MRSA or Staph with boils. Understanding the causes and symptoms of skin infections is crucial to taking effective preventive measures.

Boils, Hidradenitis Suppurativa, MRSA, and Staph: Understanding Skin Infections

Distinguishing Boils from Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Boils are a common type of skin infection caused by bacteria. They typically begin as a red, tender lump on the skin that gradually becomes larger and more painful. As the boil develops, it may fill with pus and eventually rupture, allowing the pus to drain out.

Hidradenitis suppurativa, on the other hand, is a chronic skin condition characterized by recurrent, painful nodules or abscesses that form in the apocrine glands of the skin. The condition is usually found in areas where skin rubs together, such as the armpits, groin, and buttocks. Unlike boils, hidradenitis suppurativa lesions can be deeper and more widespread, and may form interconnected abscesses, tunnels, and scars.

To distinguish between boils and hidradenitis suppurativa, it's important to consider the location and severity of the lesions. Boils are typically isolated and can occur anywhere on the body, whereas hidradenitis suppurativa lesions are usually found in specific areas and can be more extensive. Additionally, hidradenitis suppurativa lesions can be more painful and may persist for longer periods of time.

The Role of MRSA and Staph in Skin Infections

Both boils and hidradenitis suppurativa can be caused by Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is a type of Staph bacteria that has become resistant to many common antibiotics, making it more difficult to treat. Sometimes, MRSA can cause more severe and widespread infections than typical Staph infections.

It's important to seek medical attention if you suspect you have a boil or hidradenitis suppurativa, especially if the lesions are large, painful, or persistent. Your doctor can perform a physical exam and may take a sample of the pus to determine the type of bacteria causing the infection. Treatment may include antibiotics, drainage of the abscess, or other medical interventions depending on the severity of the infection.

The Risks of Antibiotics for Boils Treatment

While antibiotics are a common treatment for bacterial infections such as boils, their overuse can lead to antibiotic resistance and other health complications. This article highlights the top natural remedies for treating boils, such as turmeric, colloidal silver, tea tree oil, echinacea, garlic, and warm compresses.

Antibiotics may initially appear to treat the issue, but they can also make the boils dormant, as the infection is often resistant to this type of treatment. Additionally, antibiotics can change the natural balance of bacteria in the body, leading to additional issues such as diarrhea, yeast infections, and other infections. Therefore, it's important to consider natural remedies as an alternative to antibiotics when treating boils and to use antibiotics only when necessary and as prescribed by a healthcare professional.

Natural Remedies for Boils: Effective and Safe Treatments


Turmeric, the most popular boil remedy on Earth Clinic, a spice commonly used in Indian cuisine, contains a compound called curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Applying turmeric paste to the boil can help reduce inflammation and pain and prevent the spread of infection. To make a paste, mix 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder with enough water to form a thick paste. Apply the paste to the boil and cover it with a bandage. Leave it on for several hours or overnight, then rinse it off with warm water. Repeat the process once or twice a day until the boil is healed (1).

Colloidal Silver

Colloidal silver is a natural antibiotic used for centuries to treat infections. It works by disrupting the cell membranes of bacteria, preventing them from multiplying and causing further infection. Applying a colloidal silver gel or ointment to the boil can help reduce inflammation, prevent the spread of infection, and promote healing. Apply the gel or ointment to the boil and cover it with a bandage. Leave it on for several hours or overnight, then rinse it off with warm water. Repeat the process once or twice a day until the boil is healed (2).

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil, an essential oil derived from tea tree leaves, has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help treat boils. Applying tea tree oil directly to the boil can help reduce inflammation and pain and prevent the spread of infection. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil and apply it to the boil using a cotton swab. Cover it with a bandage, leave it on for several hours or overnight, then rinse it with warm water. Repeat the process once or twice a day until the boil is healed (3).


Echinacea is a herb commonly used to boost the immune system and fight infections. Taking echinacea supplements or drinking echinacea tea can help boost the body's natural defenses and speed up the healing process of boils. It is recommended to take 300 mg of echinacea supplements or drink 2-3 cups of echinacea tea daily for up to 10 days (4).


Garlic has antimicrobial properties that can help fight infections and boost the immune system. Applying garlic paste to the boil can help reduce inflammation and pain and prevent the spread of infection. Crush a few garlic cloves and mix them with a small amount of olive oil to make a paste. Apply the paste to the boil and cover it with a bandage. Leave it on for several hours or overnight, then rinse it off with warm water. Repeat the process once or twice a day until the boil is healed (5).

Warm Compress

A warm compress can help reduce inflammation and pain associated with boils. Soak a clean cloth in warm water and wring out the excess water. Place the warm compress on the boil for 10-15 minutes, 3-4 times a day. This will help bring the pus to the surface and promote healing (6).

In conclusion, natural remedies can be effective and safe treatments for boils, providing relief from painful symptoms and promoting faster healing. Turmeric, colloidal silver, tea tree oil, echinacea, garlic, and warm compresses are just a few of the many natural remedies available to manage the symptoms of boils. It's also important to consider the role of MRSA, Staph, and HS in skin infections and to use antibiotics only when necessary and as prescribed by a healthcare professional. By taking a holistic approach to treating boils, individuals can safely and effectively manage their symptoms and promote better overall skin health. Whether you prefer natural remedies or medical treatment, seeking professional medical advice and taking proactive steps to prevent and manage skin infections is key.

Below, Earth Clinic readers have shared their experiences and success stories with natural remedies for healing boils. From turmeric to tea tree oil, discover which natural remedies have worked the best for others and find relief for your skin.  Share your own experience with us!


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Boil Treatment Warnings

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Posted by Ma (Co, Usa) on 06/04/2010


Please anyone that has recurring boils, go to your health professional and get checked out. I have had recurring boils and just found out I have MRSA. MRSA seems to be more and more common these days and can be harmful if left untreated.

The turmeric was an awesome temporary remedy for my boils, but when I began to have shortness of breath and chest pains, I knew I had to get checked out.

Listen to your bodies.

Replied by Elle
(Cc, Florida)

Recurrance of boils may be an indication of MRSA colonization on the skin and in the nostrils. It is urgent to treat so that it does not spread internally and systemically. The decolonization procedure often recommended includes both of the following measures:

Apply 2% mupirocin ointment generously throughout the inside of both nostrils with a cotton swab twice daily for 10 days and
Bathe with liquid chlorhexidene soap, washing all skin surfaces daily for five days. Daily bathing or showering using an antibacterial agent such as chlorhexidine gluconate is recommended during mupirocin treatment to improve chances of eradication. Alternative treatment with tea tree oil body lotion and shampoo have been shown effective in achieving decolonization, and have the benefit of being less harsh on the skin.

If you do not have medical insurace, go to your county public health service center and tell the doctor or nurse what you want. 2% mupirocin ointment for nasal application. The soaps should be available over the counter without a prescription. Or you can use hydrogen peroxide rinsing all over your body while you are in the shower and your skin is already wet. Do small areas at a time so that the mild burning doesn't overwhelm you. Leave it on a few minutes then rinse, go to next area. Remember ears, feet too, wash your scalp with the tea tree oil skin wash. The MRSA infection is on the skin so don't scratch little scabs that make an open entrance into the body. These are not spider bites like a lot of people think, it is part of the MRSA infection. Put hydrogen peroxide on the little scabs. There may be itching also as a sympton. Use hydrogen peroxide to clean surface areas also, sinks, counters, door knobs. Take copper dietary supplements.

Replied by Realjb

I have used the grapefruit seed "gse" brand disinfection lotion and found the best results for what could be MRSA. Although the problem still lingers. The comment is very informative and I agree.

Boil Treatment Warnings
Posted by Luckyseattlegirl (Seattle, Wa Usa) on 01/25/2010


I just wanted to make a quick comment about boils. It is very important to get your boils checked out by a doctor because now days there is a huge spread of MRSA infections that look like boils but they are really staph infections. Sometimes people think that a boil is just a boil but it is really a deadly staph infection. MRSA staph infections can kill you or if the infection just looks like a boil it can really be doing a lot of hard on the inside of your body and spread and if it gets into your blood stream (and it happens fast) it could kill you or make you deathly sick. If you get something that looks like a boil or a infected pimple get it looked at and do take the antibiotics unless you don't care if you die or get deathly sick. When I was young I got boils all the time and my mom would take care of them for me. Now I am 26 and have been in the hospital from a serious staph infection that looked just like a pimple or a boil. I spent a week in the hospital once for thinking it would just go away and I try homemade treatment. Don't try to fix yourself or a pet in these situations. Go seek professional help with these. This info may save your life. Also, never poke at a pimple or boil with anything sharp or squeeze them because it may be a staph infection and could spread inside of your body and will cause a hospitalization over night. trust me. I know lots of people that thought these things would go away after squeezing them and ended up spending the night in the hospital.

Replied by Maria
(Minneapolis, Mn Usa)

Luckyseattlegirl, boils generally ARE staph infections! It's not an either/or issue. Not all staph is the same, though, and that's how MRSA come into it. Here's what the Mayo Clinic says:

"Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that's become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections. "

So-- you can have a boil which is caused by the "normal" staph bug, or be unlucky enough to get one caused by an antibiotic-resistant strain. Meanwhile, I've had great success over the past year with turmeric. I generally use capsules from a vitamin co. in the Midwest whose name begins with S. -- however, I love turmeric in FOOD, and try to cook with it when I can (Indian cuisine). My boils are on my chin area, usually-- I always thought they were just a different kind of adult acne. Turmeric knocks them out in a day or two-- before that, they used to linger for up to a month!

Replied by Citygirl27
(Richardson, Tx, Usa)

Also, doctors can puncture a boil to get the pain, pressure and liquid out, All they do is pierce it with a sterilized instrument, and clean the area with alcohol right away afterwards. No need to pay out hundreds of dollars for a medical visit for that. Now if you have more than one, or have boils in multiple places, you may have a systemic infection and need oral treatment. In that case, you would want to get a prescription/medical advice.

Boil Treatment Warnings
Posted by Kelly (Cincinnati, Ohio) on 11/11/2009


I would like to warn everyone about treating boils. Prior to knowing about earthclinic I had a boil on my leg that grew to the size of a grapefruit (inner thigh). I'm not a doctor, this just my personal experience. I shudder when I read someone advising others to apply heat to a boil to make it come to a head. That's what I did and I almost died. boils for whatever reason one has one, are full of infection. applying heat pulls blood to the surface and increases the risk of spreading the infection already in the boil. I was treating myself, like many others w/o insurance. I did not have the knowledge about turmeric and other home remedies then. better to use the home remedies, have patience, and if it does not clear up get to a hospital. I hate being in debt, but I think I'd hate being dead over a boil worse. If you have a store near by that sells indian groceries buy turmeric in bulk--inexpensive. Then either get empty capsules from a healthfood store and make your own (empty caps also not expensive), or to get the turmeric into you, make golden milk and drink it:

1-2 tablespoons turmeric
2 cups milk (lactose intolerant- use rice milk)
1 tablespoon honey ( I prefer molasses blackstrap, full of b-vitamins and iron) to personal taste

heat milk to warm, not boil, and add turmeric and honey. when drinking stir cup before sip as turmeric settles to bottom and you want to get it all down w/ the liquid.

Turmeric is the key ingredient in mustard, wear old clothes or handle carefully it stains. c/o topical apps here at Earth Clinic. I wish I had known about this site, I might have been able to save myself from having emergency surgery and 2 months on my back in a nusing home on a wound pump (pumping out infection). I'm only 49 years old!

EC: Thank you Kelly, great advice!

Replied by Vadagirl
(Denver, Colorado)

Wish I'd checked this page 4 days ago.... I squeezed and it did not help! I remembered using heat and that was painful, but it did bring it to a head. Also used a bandaid w/ drops of Tea Tree Oil. Will try these other suggestions in the future. Glad I found this site! Could have saved myself a lot of pain!

Replied by Nickie
(Ruislip, Middlesex Uk)

If a boil comes to a head it can be lanced with a sterile needle. Don't squeeze. Dress the open wound with Boracic Ointment on gauze. This will draw out the infected matter; it's also good for splinters you can't reach with tweezers but the skin must be broken.

EC: From our internet research, boracic ointment was used to treat wounds in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Here's a recipe we found:

Boracic Ointment

I ounce vaseline or lard (if not for facial use), 2 dessertspoonsful of finely powdered borax or boracic acid. If lard is used it should be freed from salt, but if this is the basis the ointment will not keep good for long, as lard quickly becomes rancid. Mix the powder and the fat until the borax is thoroughly incorporated. Place in a jar, using a knife dipped into boiling water to render the surface smooth and even.

Replied by Blanche
(Iberia Parish, Louisiana)

Can anyone tell me if boracic acid is the same as boric acid or borax?

Replied by Elizabeth
(Nashville, Tn)

Boric Acid and Borax are two different things. Boric Acid is the acidic part of boron and Borax is the alkaline. Boric Acid can be very toxic if not handled with care. Borax is way more gentle, you can even wash clothes in it. Never ingest Boric Acid.

Replied by Gpk17042
(Cleona, Usa)

Does turmeric cause diarrhea(sp. )?

Replied by Elizabeth
(Nashville, Tn)

Quite the contrary, turmeric helps to relieve my IBS symptoms, which include loose stools. I notice a difference if I don't take it for a week or so. I've also taken it when I had a stomach bug and it helped with the diarreah.

Replied by Danielle
(Cincinnati, Ohio Usa)

But acids react with metal and bases/alkalines react with organic matter...

Replied by Dmalali
(Ac, Nj)


Be careful with substance that are high in iron. MRSA lives off of the iron levels in ones blood. It attaches onto the red blood cells and feeds off their iron. Also, be careful with oil based topical treatments such as neosporin vaseline etc.. oil traps the infection inside the skin and creates a breeding ground for the infection to grow.

Replied by Beth0210
(Trumbull, CT)

Just want to know if raw turmeric is as effective as the powder form. My Filipino grandma grew them in her yard for cooking and herbal remedies.

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc Canada)

Beth0210 --- yes, according to Ayurveda statements, they both work. But they work in different ways. Here in the West, the dry form is mostly easier to procure. If you juice the root, your juicer could be orange forever. In India, people even hang the root from the neck for protection. Turmeric has special subtle powers which I have experienced myself. So it is not superstition.

After an illness, spray your body with a solution of water and turmeric to cleanse the subtle body of residues of unhealthy energies. This is widely used in India for that purpose. That is when I had an experience indicating it does work on subtle levels.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Beth0210
(Trumbull, Connecticut, USA)

Raw turmeric really does stain! My grandma's hands were yellow-orange for days after handling the root. Do you know any reliable brand for turmeric powder? Or any ideas on how to properly turn turmeric root into powder so I can tell my grandma? Thanks!

Replied by Julie

Now I'm confused. I thought blackstrap molasses was good for cleaning the blood, but if MRSA is feeding off of it, I should stop, right?

Misdiagnosis Alert!

Posted by Susan (USA)

From the feedback we have been receiving at Earth Clinic, it seems that many people (including doctors) are misdiagnosing their boils/staph infections/MRSA for spider bites, so please be very careful! If you don't remember being bitten by a spider (a rare occurrence), it's probably a boil or possibly a staph infection.

Replied by Busycagal
(Los Angeles, CA, USA)

My daughter was "diagnosed" with multiple spider bites, then allergic reaction to the venom, then skin Staph infection all with many month long antibiotic treatment that cured nothing, but kept the amount of boils somewhat less. After greatly suffering for 1-1/2 years, insisted on an infectious disease doctor and got the nasal cream. Went away in two days! However, a year later she was "diagnosed" with Crohn's disease with an unidentified bacteria in the stool and results not typical for IBD. History of chronic ear itching and flaking since also. Could this all be MRSA colonizing in the intestines and ear canal? I think so.

Replied by Chris
(Cincinnati, Oh)

I know this was written a few years ago but I wanted to point out the fact that intestinal issues and skin issues such as flakiness that involve a history of the person taking multiple and strong antibiotics given over a long period of time, such as you decribed are a direct result of an imbalance of the good/bad bacteria in the intestinal tract. The more antibiotic that is taken, the weaker the good bacteria becomes. This imbalance can lead to other complications such as Crohn's, Celiac, Candida, etc. I would suggest giving your daughter a bentonite or montmorillonite powder to help draw out the impurities in her intestines and to line the walls of the intestines. Also to take a strong probiotic to rebuild the intestinal flora. If you can feed her raw milk, that would be the absolute best way for her to balance her system. Start with a tablespoon and work up to a full glass.

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Posted by Christy (Chicago, IL) on 09/04/2006

I am cured! Acidophilus!! It worked in only a day or so. I have been taking garlic supplements, eating raw veggies, and drinking organic juices...I felt healthier, but was still getting small boils - until my friend turned me on to Acidophilus. It is a natural supplement of probiotic bacteria ... basically bacteria that eat bad bacteria. I bought it at Whole Foods. My boils are gone & no new ones have popped up!

Replied by Betty
(Fort Worth , Texas)

Dear Christy and Carroll,

I read both of your posts and I was wondering, what form of Acidophilus are you taking?? Is it a pill form, drops, yogurt? I would really like to know so I can start ASAP.


Replied by Kay
(Destin, Fl)

In general, for long-term efficacy oral ProBiotics should (ideally) be taken in "Pearl Form" which is specifically designed for sustained release throughout the guts entire cycle, (i. E. Effective into the small intestine; and not affected by digestive processesses, stomach acids, etc). They are more expensive, but a much better bang for your buck if you are treating serious or long-term issues.

Replied by Citygirl27
(Richardson, Tx, Usa)

I take acidophilous, and eat yogurt, but my question is, how much acidophilous did you take to have a curative effect? I think I am not getting enough...

Posted by Carroll (Middletown, NJ)

If I feel a boil coming on, I take Acidophilus, one a day. The boil never fully comes out. I take it for a couple of days, or a week if I actually have one and it goes completely away. Acidophilus works wonders for boosting the immune system.

Activated Charcoal

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Posted by Phyllis (Norwood, Nc) on 12/25/2011

A paste made of charcoal powder and water will draw the fever out of a boil very quickly. Cover the boil with the paste and then with a damp, flat cotton pad covered in plastic to keep from drying out and wetting clothing. Can tape in place.

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Melissa (Houston, Texas) on 04/04/2010

My two year old son has had recurring boils in his buttcrack ( sorry, but that's where they are :) ) - anyways, previously we have used the heated bottle method with good results. However, this time it only released a little bit of fluid with that just kept getting bigger and bigger even with turmeric applied to it. He couldn't sit down and his little butt cheek was all purple. Doc's office was closed for the weekend, so I hurried to the health food store, desperate for some help and the lady suggested Activated Charcoal - it was sold in capsules.

I wet piece of gauze, opened the capsule and sprinkled a decent amount across the bandage (it needs to be damp to work, so make sure the gauze is significantly damp so it won't dry out quickly). That usually takes about 1/2 the capsule.

Then I dump the rest of the capsule into a little bowl of yogurt so he can eat it.

I have him eating the yogurt/charcoal mix 2x a day (morning and night) and changing the charcoal bandage about 3x a day (the health food store lady advised every 2 hours, but bandage changes were a little traumatic for my guy, so 3x a day it was) I think the main idea is you want a consistently damp bandage, so a fresh one ensures that.

Anyways, after 24 hours, his huge boil (biggest one he's experienced) burst - I mean, really, hours later, the stuff won't stop coming out...I will ALWAYS keep this stuff on hand now. Also said to work for bug bites, rashes, etc - pulls the poisons right out of the skin. It's not completely eradicated right now, as it just burst this evening, but I just applied more charcoal before he went to bed, so I'm certain it will be completely gone within a few days. It is amazing the improvement in just 24 hours.

side note: charcoal has no flavor, so is REALLY easy to get a toddler to eat - especially mixed in a creamy something - like pudding or yogurt. However it is BLACK and stains REALLY bad, so I literally just spoon feed it too him myself - he thinks it's cool to watch the yogurt turn chocolate pudding would make it easy too. Do all your bandage preparation over a papertowel or plate, or you'll have black countertops!

Replied by Helen
(Stillwater, Ok)

My husband was bit my a spider and developed red streaks and the center of the bite was nasty looking. I mixed water and charcoal together and put on the bite with a bandade. The bite starting healing. After the site healed there was a small dark spot, like a stain or tatoo.

Replied by Michiko B

Quick note about charcoal: if charcoal is used on open skin, it will be effective, HOWEVER, it will also leave a permanent mark wherever it touches open skin. It's just like a tattoo and it is NOT removable unless you see a doctor. There are no bad side effects that I know of, it just leaves a black mark. It would be wise to check the area carefully for broken skin in areas where you don't want permanent marks.

Replied by Charity
(Faithville, Usa)

My daughter went camping and came back with over 50 itchy mosquito bites red and raw and I put charcoal and a bandage over each one and they all healed. No black marks. 13 yrs ago.

Replied by Lena

How much were you feeding your toddler? My 2 year old has staph impetigo and I'm desperate.

Replied by Janet

Lena Here is an answer from Ted here on earth clinic. As he says most of the things are available at the drug store. Or Amazon.

I soak almost everything in magnesium and borax saturated water. Milk of magnesia or magnesium oil.

Applying iodine is prudent. Colloidal Silver too. Ted mentions hydrogen peroxide.

I noticed that with an infection under my nail, the iodine color disappears pretty quick. Must be applied frequently. It is being used up pretty quickly, it seems.


Here is Teds post

Aloe Vera

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Posted by Grace (London, Uk) on 05/28/2012

Fresh aloe vera works for drying out many things, spots, cold sores and also boils. I have posted about it in the cold sores section too.

Boils are nasty things and I do find linked to diet. A good probiotic helps to minimize them as does cutting out sugars and hard trans and saturated fats as I detail below.

I am sorry so many of us suffer from these nasty things but I have managed to minimize them by being careful with my diet and when they do come up, acting fast with fresh aloe vera from the plant only.

If a boil develops I do find taking turmeric helps to bring it to a head however once it is oozing you need something to dry it out as soon as possible.

I do find to avoid boils avoid sugar, avoid eating hard fats (eggs, lots of red meat or porc, I keep cheese consumption down and try to mostly eat soft cheeses).

I do find that despite the warning on this page that you want to pop the boil as soon as you can with a sterile needle or other implement and get all the gunk out. Until you have done this it just cannot heal properly.

Once you have gotten all the yucky stuff out I find Fresh Aloe Vera straight from the plant is the most amazing thing for drying it up. The yellow ick should start to dry out and form a brown coloured scab which gets darker and drier by the day. If it is still very swollen and painful after a day it may be because not all the gunk has been extracted in which case lightly press on either side of the boil either with Q-tips or fingers wrapped in tissue paper and see whether more thick white stuff comes out, usually it does if the boil is very swollen. Keep taking the turmeric in water as suggested in other posts here.

Once the thick white stuff is all out of the boil, the boil is usually gross and oozing with that see through pus so you want to dry it up as fast as possible, avoid wetting the sore or taking long showers and baths. Holding a tissue to it for about 30 mins to stop the flow of pus will help, then you start applying aloe vera like crazy!

You should apply fresh aloe vera- the juicy part- straight from the plant every half an hour or so until the boil gradually turns into a scab and then keep on applying as often as you can. Only fresh aloe vera from the plant works, I have tried the bottle stuff and it just does not work the same. I always have an aloe vera plant in the house for these needs and have been known when travelling to bring parts of leaves with me in a ziplock bag!

The best thing is to slice a small amount off the plant and keep it in the bathroom and just keep on applying the juicy liquid as often as you can. Eventually you'll need a fresh piece as the juicy part will dry out.

I have found I can 'cure' a boil in 3 days if I am lucky, with only a minor red mark at the end that is easy to cover with concealer. Usually on the 3rd or 4th day of applying the aloe vera the scab is so tight and dry it easily falls off or peels off, do NOT pull it off if it is still stuck on too tight or you will have a scar and the sore may not be healed properly underneath yet.

If you are sure the boil is really dead and dried out and all scabbed up, another thing that helps the healing is to apply -only when you are 100% sure it is all dried up! Or else you will reactive it- some neosporin. This will help humidify the skin underneath so it heals nicely without leaving a big scar.

Aloe vera, straight from mother nature, from the fresh plant is heaven sent and I thank beautiful nature and mother earth for giving us this wonderful miracle!

Aloe Vera
Posted by Djuana (Brooklyn, NY) on 01/28/2007

My aunt blended a small aloe vera leaf with water in a cup and I haven't had a boil since 1998. I had boils at least once a month. You can also add orange juice instead of water because it helps the bitter taste.

Antibacterial Soap, Hot Water, Triple Antibiotic Ointment

Posted by Laura (Rsm, Ca) on 08/30/2012

Hi, I used to get boils all the time:( under my arms and on my leg where the leg and but check meet. I'm sure it all started with shaving and sweating. I excersised every day and then I would do chores around the house before showering. Not a good idea because the bacteria would sit on my skin for hours. It is IMPERATVE to use antibacterial soap in the shower everyday!!!!!!! It's spring water the blue body wash and it doesn't dry my skin:) also NEVER squeeze a boil , it forces some of the bacteria back in! As soon as you notice a boil use HOT compresses as many times a day as you can! Use clean white washcloths and run under really hot water and apply till it gets warm then use different edge of washcloth and repeat. Keep going....... Then apply triple antibiotic ointment. Repeat as many times a day as possible! Never reuse the same washcloth or towels. Till washed(preferably in bleach! ) Remember to just let the boil drain. Resist the urge to squeeze. It's not like a pimple. I

The bacteria needs to drain. Try to shower as soon as possible after excersising or sweating and use antibacterial soap:)As soon as I made these changes I stopped getting boils!!! :) good luck Also if you get boils under your armpits, make sure until they are all gone, always wear a fresh clean shirt everyday. Change your razor frequently too. Shave around boils , never on, then get fresh razor.


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Posted by Judy (Beverly, MA) on 12/19/2008

i have tried many antibiotics for my boils the only one that has helped me is sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim (sulfa) 800/160 tabs.

Replied by Mike
(Philadelphia, Pa)


My wife battles recurring boils and the sulfa antibiotics do seem to be effective. Be careful though, my wife turned out to be allergic to sulfa drugs, which it turns out is not uncommon and the reaction (suppression of white blood cell production leading to unexpected bruising and eventually internal bleeding, as well as muscle ache and fever) can be life threatening. So, be vigilant and contact your doctor immediately if the antibiotics lead to any of these or other unexpected reactions whatsoever.

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(Northeast, Ar, Usa)

Just a note of caution: After my wife was treated for Mono and had a bad reaction, a second doctor complained that 3/4 (probably opinion and not fact) of all people are allergic to sulfa drugs! He wondered why they were even still in use. Unrelated to thread: Recently I found that megadosing with Vitamin C can cure Mono in a couple of days. I was furious! It's bad when you feel safer filtering through sites like this one than speaking to most medical professionals in your area. Thanks to all of you.

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Posted by Joe (Michigan) on 11/15/2015


Try combining the apple cider vinegar cotton swap with a HOT compress.

I just brought a boil on my wrist to a head in about 45 minutes, which is amazing because it was NOWHERE near this before I started.

1. Clean area with alcohol

2. Dip cotton ball in Apple Cider Vinegar

3. Apply ACV cotton ball to boil

4. Hold in place with bandage

5. Apply a fairly tight wrap to secure everything and prevent ACV from staining clothes / compress

6. Microwave a compress for about 5 minutes. Apply it directly on top of the part of the wrap that is covering the boil

7. Watch TV for about 45 minutes to 1 hour

This worked for me in 1 treatment. I was completely blown away.

Replied by Ted


Why don't you try honey. Apply thick honey on it cover it with gauze and wrap it. Apply it twice a day (morning and evening) and see what will happen. Honey is my magic bullet.

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Posted by It's Rough (Sault Ste Marie, On) on 12/08/2011


I started using the ACV in September, and found it's only worked (and has done so fast) when I have applied it on a cotton ball and held it there tight with a bandaid (waterproof ones are bad, as they leave the glue on you for days after and are harder to get off). So for the first two months, I'd basically just swab them and it didn't work very well. Over November they had all but disappeared, with just a few new ones showing up on my inner thighs (problem area was the scrotum at first). But one thing, after doing this for awhile the non-affected skin has been, well, pickled it seems. It is brown around the area and looks unappealing. Has anyone encountered this and know of a cream or something to return the skin to normal?

One more note: green tea. It heals your skin up nice and fast after; should have been downing 3 cups a day when I started this business. (But it's not really doing much for the darker spots of skin mentioned above).

Good luck

Replied by Stephanie
(Federal Capital Territory, Abuja)

You can make a sugar scrub paste with some honey and olive oil and use your hands to wash your face and scrub the dark area twice a day, it will remove the discolouration.