Natural Remedies

Natural Remedies for Boils


Posted by Darya (Santa Ana) on 05/24/2006
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I tried the iodine on a 2nd boil on my face after reading about it on your website. I held a q-tip soaked in colorless iodine to the boil until it burst. It scabbed over and took about a week to heal. I would try something else on my face next time because I think it will take weeks before the blemish actually fades (looks now like a large freckle). But for boils elsewhere on the body, I would go for iodine.

Posted by Earth Clinic
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Use colorless (aka "decolorized") iodine on the face, as iodine will stain your skin orange. Hold a q-tip soaked in iodine to the boil for several minutes. Replenish the iodine if the q-tip dries out too much. The boil will burst. However, it does scab and take about a week to heal. Cover with fresh aloe or dab with hydrogen peroxide 3x a day to speed healing.

Iodine, Epsom Salt, Sodium Chloride

Posted by Caitlin (Springfield, Missouri) on 09/10/2007
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About a week ago i noticed u bump on me at first i thought it was just a pimple until it got bigger and bigger it was right on my butt. It got to the point where i couldn't even walk or sit down it hurt so bad. So i talked to my mom ad she went to the store and got Iodine that really helped. Then i would take a hot hot bath ( hot as you can stand) and put Emsom Salt in there around the boil. It brought it to a head so i could pop it. Afterwards i started using Sodium Chloride' by the next day it was gone!!! It was the best for me!!

Ivory Soap

Posted by Kristina (Waukesha, WI) on 03/20/2007
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Here is yet another of my grandma's remedies, although she wasn't what I would have called a naturalist. She had a very painful boil on her armpit that the doctor was going to lance if it didn't break by a certain day. Well, this frightened her so she went in a very hot shower with a bar of Ivory brand soap (she always swore by this brand for ailments and always kept a bar handy) and rubbed that boil up and down with the soap. It burst after I don't know how long. My theory besides the hot water is that Ivory soap dries the skin and makes it constrict, therefore bursting it. But grandma swore something in the soap was helpful, I don't know what, and maybe it drew the boil to a head. I love this site and am so indebted to its creators! Thank you!


Posted by Juanita (Little Rock, AR) on 04/02/2008
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Some of you that are suffering from boils may want to take L-lysine 500mg daily. I had a boil appear on my buttock back in October of 2003. I didn't know what it was, but I worked in a clinic at the time and told one of the nurses my symptoms. The first thing she asked me was "have you ever had herpes"? I was somewhat taken aback and told her no. I was told to soak in a epsom salt bath. The second time the boil appeared I aksed the doctor in my clinic about it. He too asked me about herpes, I gave him the same answer that I gave the nurse, a resounding No! He gave me Cipro (which did NOT work) and sent me on my way.

Ok to make a long story longer, my cat has allergy/upper respiratory isssues. The vet gave him some antibiotics, but he told me my cat's condition is chronic and he would eventually become immune to the medicine. He told me to build up my cat's immune system by sprinkling L-lysine on his food. I read up on L-lysine and it does help your immune system and it helps with herpetic symptoms. I decided to try it the next time the boil appeared. I can always tell when it's coming because it tingles in the area just below where the boil appears. I started taking 500mg (one table daily in the morning on a empty stomach) at the first tingle. Low and behold, the boil never really appeared. I had a little itching in the area of the boil and the skin became a tiny bit raised, but after 2 days I had NO symptoms. This is amazing because this boil was so painful, it was hard for me to sit and it itched like crazy!!! I now take L-lysine daily to keep the boil way.

Replied by Sally
Aloha, Oregon

Juanita from Little Rock
Have you ever actually been tested for herpes, or is it your ego that has you convinced that it's only a boil? As someone who has suffered from both, it really sounds more like herpes than a boil. None of my boils have ever itched and the pre-sore tingle is the calling card of a herpes outbreak. L-Lysine is great for herpes, which is also why I think that you should listen to your doctor about the diagnosis.

Replied by Shirley

Herpes most people think is sexual, but herpes is also shingles. I use a slice of raw onion on the boil I had one last yr. Cut a slice of raw onion and apply it to the boil and bandage it tight so it will come in contact with the boil, leave it on overnight and and it will draw out the infection onto the onion. Now you will have to get the core out or it will keep coming back. Do not squeeze the boil, that will drive the core down and infection. So instead stretch the skin out on both side and it will bring the core up, keep doing this until the core pops out. Make sure you clean the area two or three times a day and use the iodine to help keep it clean.

Replied by Labrina

Well boils do itch. I've had them since I was a little girl, and was told that by me being diabetic, while it's healing, it itches. I don't have herpes, aids, or nothing but diabetes, and a boil sufferer, or how us African Americans call it, Risen's. So yes, believe me, when it's healing, it does itch. Thanks for letting me share. Lifetime risen sufferer. Painful.

Laundry Soap and Sugar

Posted by Bill (Bloomfield, New Mexico) on 08/21/2007
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This remedy was used on me by my grandmother when I was a teenager. It never failed to work! The ingredients: yellow laundry bar soap and granulated sugar. She would apply the soap and sugar to a gauze pad, wrap it over the boil at night. The boil had excreted its contents by morning! It is not easy to find yellow bar soap. I don't know about the effectiveness of any other bar soap, but experimentation is certainly worth a try.

Replied by Stephanie
Salt lake City, Utah

The yellow laundry bar you refer to is called PHELS-NAPTHA and it has been around since the begining of time (well, maybe not quite that long). They carry it at a local grocery store here where I live, but I am sure you can probably get it online. Besides being good for boils, it will take just about every stain out of your clothes.

Replied by Sherry
Rock Rapids, Iowa

I wonder if would carry the soap. I know they carry all kinds of the "Old Time" Soaps that are hard to find in the "New Time" haha. I just looked and found it! Here is a link to the FELS-NAPTHA soap.

EC: Lots of grocery stores still carry FELS-NAPTHA too.

Replied by Irene
Dewey, AZ

Iv lived in many States and never found a Grocery store that did not sell "yellow soap" its just smaller than every thing else. its usually on the top shelf in the detergent area near the stain removers wrapped individually in white like regular soap and says PHELS-NAPTHA. I hope this helps you find it.

Replied by Kay
Destin, Fl

FelzNaptha soap is always available at Walmart in the LARGE BAR, quite cheap; in the laundry aisle.

Replied by Lesley

Amazon and EBay are also great places to find those type products. I've bought Naptha there before

Lemon Oil

Posted by Douglas (Dillon, Co.) on 08/09/2009
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I've had a bump on the top between my toes for a year now. Lemon oil seems to reduce it but it comes back just as big. At times it hurts as it is alittle bit bigger. I'm now trying a poltis of turmeric and goldenseal. I'll let you know how it works. Doug


Posted by Carolyn (Texas, US) on 03/22/2015
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Just use fresh lemon juice on a boil. It will stop pain instantly and heal it in two or three days. Unless you have an infection in it, then a few more days. This removes infection and pain, no more stress.

Drink garlic vinegar and honey to keep from recurring. It's very simple.

Lifestyle Changes

Posted by Nikita (Singapore) on 01/12/2015
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Hi friends,

I used to get boils almost every other month on thighs, buttocks etc. since couple of years and had to take antibiotics to cure the same. Now, I have not got any boils since more than a year after making certain lifestyle changes so would like to share about the same. I hope it helps.

Cause: Though I am not sure about exact reasons for getting boils, however following could have been the contributing factors in my case:

- Constipation

- Anemia

- Poor immunity level

- Poor nutrition, Consuming junk, greasy and sugary foods on frequent basis

- Drinking tap water

- Stress due to long working hours at work

- Lack of physical exercise

- Poor hygiene

- Tight fitting clothes

Steps which I followed to stop re-occurrence of boils ?

- Visited a Dermatologist who gave me a nasal ointment to be applied in nostrils. I continued this for a month.

- Dermatologist also gave me an antimicrobial/ antibacterial solution to bathe for underarms, thighs and buttocks. I continued this for 4 months and later started using antibacterial soaps for bathing, which are available at any local shops.

- Started drinking filtered water instead of tap water (Bought a water filter).

- Began practicing good personal hygiene by taking bath everyday, gently scrubbing using a loofah while showering once a week, cleaning clothes, undergarments, bedsheets, bathrooms and toilet seats on regular basis, etc.

- Included 30 to 45 mins of exercise in my daily routine, mainly yoga and deep-breathing exercises.

- Stopped wearing very tight fitting clothes and undergarments.

Diet changes:

- I was anemic, so cured that by taking supplements, and by having carrot-beetroot juice, dates and raisins on daily basis.

- I also had frequent constipation so included high-fiber foods such as oats, carrots, fruits, whole wheat, etc. to cure that. Stopped having junk, fried, greasy and sugary foods as much as possible.

- Followed detox diet for three weeks.

Lining of an Egg Shell

Posted by Sandy (Round Lake, IL) on 03/20/2008
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I recently had a boil (ailment) and was experiencing difficulty getting it to come to a head. My daughter-in-law researched your site and was able to give me some suggestions to assist in my plight. She gave me several remedies. I chose to use the skin of an egg and lined it with a tumeric paste ((few drops of water & tumeric)(remedy). I applied it to the boil and covered it with a bandaid overnight. In the morning it had come to a head and I was able to extract the core. I then covered the area with an antibiotic ointment and a bandaid. It worked fine!!! Thanks so much for your information.

Posted by Jim (Olean, NY) on 12/30/2006
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egg liner -- brought a boil to a head and at other times it made them go away.

Posted by Sue (Austin, TX) on 04/02/2006
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My mother in-law told us about putting the film on the inside of the egg shell on a boil and it would draw it out to a head. Crack open an egg, empty it and the white/clear film on the inside of the shell is what you put on the boil and leave there.

Lugol's Iodine

Posted by Steven (Shohola, PA) on 04/05/2009
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Iodine Resolves Developing Boil

I have been taking 5 drops of Lugol's 2% strength solution for 3 months now. [I understand this to equal 12.5 mg of iodine whereas the 5% solution would require only 2 drops.]

About a month ago I began getting an infection in one nostril and could feel a boil developing. My nose was sensitive to the touch and I knew it was only a matter of time and it would be really bad. I waited a couple of days as it worsened. I then increased my dose of Lugol's 2% solution to 5 drops in a pint of water 6 times a day along with 500mg of vitamin C 6 times a day. After 2 days, the infection was 95& better and I dropped my dose to what I normally take. Another 2 days later I was back to normal.

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One potential warning about this - combining Vit C and Iodine is said by many to convert the iodine to iodide.

Replied by Jules
Colorado Springs, Colorado

How far apart shoul Lugol's Iodine and vitamin C be taken? Thanks!!

Misdiagnosis for Boils and Staph

Posted by Busycagal (Los Angeles, Ca, Usa) on 04/25/2011

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 Jennifer
New York

I have had boils for years... Many many years... I also have Crohn's. I've asked my Drs if they are related and it's always no.... I think they are. I have been tested for MRSA from various boils only once I was told it was MRSA. I have a feeling I am infected with MRSA in my ilium and I don't even have Crohn's.. I am so covered in boils now tho it's scaring me and went need help with curing them naturally.

Replied by Tom
Los Angeles


My daughter 11 years now, when she was a growing up she had boils/MRSA number of times. She was diagnosed with Crohn's at the age of 9. No typical symptoms of Crohn's tough but her ESR and CRP levels were really high when she was diagnosed. Doctors also were not sure if she had crohn's even though she went under colonoscopy. One of the doctors said she has lupus. Could it be MRSA causing this?

What is the treatment for this? Please advice.

Replied by Anon

That seems possible.

Look into:

Colloidal silver
Lugol's iodine
Essential oils like peppermint,
Wild oregano, thyme (check if it is safe for a girl her age)
Oxygen/magnesium colon cleanser

I would start with whatever I can get my hands on first. If you have limited funds the colloidal silver, colon cleanse, and kefir are probably the three you should do. Compared to treating her through a clinic they are probably more affordable.

The garlic, essential oils, silver and iodine I would take with fresh fruit, I prefer grapefruit (peel the colored skin off the white pith with a potato peeler and then cut the remaining fruit into bitesize pieces), watermelon (organic, peel and cut like grapefruit above), and papaya; the idea is to disperse the oils, silver and iodine along the digestive tract.

You can give her any combination or all of the above, they should not interact negatively. The colon cleanse as directed, though, away from food.

There is an older recipe online including molasses, yogurt, flax seed, and brewer's yeast you might consider, too.

Fresh green vegetable juices, raw eggs, colostrum, cranberries, all organic foods, reverse osmosis water for all her drinking water, some tanning/sun exposure, far infrared sauna or biomat, mustard seed powder or apple cider vinegar baths. These things can help, too.

Multiple Remedies

Posted by Khadijahsfarmer (Pennsylvania ) on 06/12/2018
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Boils to lance or not to lance

In the name of God. By God's will this finds you and your family in a way that is best in pleasing God. Good day earthclinic. Well after reading some shares here it made me think we'll I was told you should be happy when getting a boil cause it releases toxins from your body so I have went to emergency room and gotten them lanced or let them come to a head with a golden seal tea bag for heat so now I have read you should prevent them from coming to a head ok I will try turmeric I have been taking it for circulation, varicose veins and blood clots I had gotten side tracked. Thanks and I did put the Neosporin after reading it here. I have gotten boils 2 or 3 under both arms after putting on deodorant now I use Tom's natural I tried baking soda ended up back in emergency room someone made me some with baking soda diluted with Amber powder, it works for me. I have been told I have a low immune system, by God's will he grant a cure I have been reading here and will continue.

EC: For boils in the armpit area, please see our Hidradenitis Suppurativa page.

Replied by Rp

The boils (though painful) will come to a head and empty themselves so there is no need to lance them. Turmeric taken in water several times a day will cure many, but one has to clean up one's diet only eating food that actually looks like food items and cook it yourself (no restaurant food which often has sugar in many dishes and other chemicals, nor processed or fried food of any sort, nor alcohol, sodas, etc. just pure water or herbal teas and juices)

Replied by Khadijahsfarmer
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🌻 I have seen better results with taking the turmeric, ACV regularly and will let them come to a head instead of having them lanced as I have learned here, thanks all praise due to GOD. Smile, it's an act of charity.