Natural Remedies

Heal Boils Naturally: Effective Home Remedies

Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric
Posted by Vaisnava (Visalia, California) on 03/16/2012
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I have had recurring mrsa boils for some time now. This works every time without fail.

Mix 3 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar & 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in half glass of water and drink 2 times a day.

Also, twice a day add 1 teaspoon turmeric in half glass of warm water and drink. The earlier this treatment is started the faster it works, but relief starts within a day. I also topically apply triple antibiotic ointment.

*** Also remember to always wash your hands frequently after washing affected area or applying ointment.

Drawing Salve
Posted by Drea (San Antonio, Usa) on 05/02/2011
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Didnt read through all the listed stuff, but I really wanted to add in something, sorry if someone else may have mentioned it, but both my father and I have suffered from reoccuring boils/staph infections.

As soon as one would form, both of us would use something called Ichthammol. The one we used was a thick black ointment, not sure on the clear ones cause we didnt use it. It smells a bit like roofing tar but the smell isnt so bad to where you cant stand it, and believe me this stuff works miracles. We would apply it, and put a thick cloth over it cause it can stain clothing, and would tape the area with medical tape for the skin. By the next day the head would form, we would them clean our hands, take tissue and wrap it around both pointer fingers, and pop the head. You want to push out as much of the infection as possible till nothing but blood is coming out, then you would wipe the area good, apply more of the Ichthammol with new wrapping and repeat the process the next day of removing whatever pus was there.

To best describe what it seems to do, is make it easy for the puss to be drawn out do that draining it is easier, and the pain or the infection doesnt last for days or weeks. I use to go to the Hospital for mine and they would numb the area with shots which was extremely painful because the skin was already tender to the max, and then they would slit the skin with a blade, and remove what they could, they I would have to stuff it with guaze over and over for about a week, everyday and it would leave a nasty scar that at times either would heal over 6months to a yr, and some have not seemed to heal at all.

With the Ichthammol, and all the easy removal of the fluid, there isnt as much pain compared to having to stuff the open sore wound with guaze, and it seems to heal more rapidly with no scars left after.

Also I make sure to apply something called Hibiclens over my skin when I take a shower. But I only do this about once a month. It helps to clean the skin and kill bacteria, now it doesnt get rid of the boils coming back permanantly but it does help bring down the reoccurance of them, cause I use to get them every 2-4months, and I made sure to wash/bleach my sheets and clothes, also went around the house with bleach and hot water, wiping down things that are touched often but forgotten about like light switches and door knobs. Now I might get a boil/staff infection once every 6-8 months.

Hope this helps anyone dealing with these horrible things, I wouldnt wish these on anyone and hope everyone has found some kind of remedy that works.

Posted by C (Knoxville, Tn) on 10/30/2010
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Omg I swear by the bacon. I've had this boil in a pretty delicate spot for a week now. It hurt so bad I could hardly sit, or even walk. I'm a baby when it comes to pain, but I was really resisting the urge to take a kitchen knife and just rip it open. My mother-in-law told me to put a piece of bacon fat directly on the boil and then cover it with a slice of potato and leave it there. I really thought she was nuts, so I went online looking for information on how to lance a boil and stumbled on this site. I saw that other people suggested it, so I thought I'd give it a try. You know, I sat on a heating pad for days and tried to lance it... None of it worked, it didn't even soften up.

I put the bacon on it (the fattiest piece I could find), and I swear on everything that within an hour it had developed a head, and in less than an hour and a half it was draining. I decided to leave it on overnight, and now it's almost completely gone and I am free of pain. I know it sounds like a ridiculous idea, but seriously, try it for a day or two (leave the bacon on as long as possible). I wish I'd known about it days ago.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by R (Denver, Co) on 04/08/2011

Why can you not take ACV or turmeric? I am breastfeeding also and take both....

Cream of Tartar
Posted by Thomas (Chehalis, WA) on 06/08/2008
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Here's a folk remedy for boils. I get boils all the time, always around my belt buckle. They seemed to last a week or two, and even after they burst, the area remained tender for a few days. My Grandmother gave me a teaspoon of Cream of Tarter mixed with about 6 oz. of water when I had a boil the size of a golf ball. Within about 4 hours it had burst, and the next day, it was gone. Now I use it all the time, with great results. She says "It cleans your blood", but I'm sure there is a scientific reason for it. You may want to use warm water, as it doesn't dissolve well in cold water. Also, it tastes very acidic, so I usually dissolve it in an ounce of warm water and mix it with cold orange juice, and you can't taste it at all.

Posted by Craig (Carrollton, Texas) on 06/06/2008
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I had a cut on my arm that got infected and I was desperate because it was very painful and I didnt want to go to the doctor for an expensive bill. Someone advised me to wrap it in bacon and duct tape it overnight. I was desperate so I did. The next morning the infection was gone. The salt from the bacon is what kills it. I was amazed. ps dont eat the bacon.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ada (Carthage, NY) on 01/02/2007
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acv and a glass of water 8oz . with a teaspoon of honey cures boils. i drink it 3 time a day and in 3 day they're gone --it does work.

Baking Soda
Posted by Jake (Asheville, NC) on 08/27/2008
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I also tried the boil baking soda method, by putting some BS on a rag, dripping some water on it, then placing it on the boil for an hour or two. It drew the infection out and it drained with very little effort. Thanks so much for this advice.

Posted by Margarita (Madrid, Spain) on 06/13/2006
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If you have a boil (abscessed pimple), which often comes up on thighs, bottom, bikini line, try this remedy. It is absolutely brilliant and worked wonders for me. Cut a tomato in half and heat it (microwave will do). Place it over the boil and leave it there. Hold it in place with a gauze, I used a gauze and band-aids, and kept it there until it cooled. I then placed the other half of the tomato and repeated the operation. Although it got my underwear tomatoey, the boil opened up by itself and all the pus oozed out on its own. The results are remarkable. I didn't believe my mother (it was her remedy) and suffered in silence for ages. The boils also seemed recurrent, and I have been boil free for over a year. Some feat for the humble tomato!

Castor Oil
Posted by Sandy (Vancouver) on 03/24/2006
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A long time ago, I had a painful sore in the back crease of my thigh that I couldn't identify, and my grandmother said it was a boil from sitting on wet cement with bare skin. She told me to put some castor oil on a cotton ball and cover it, and leave it alone. I did, and it was gone in 2 days! I've since had one more, used the same remedy with the same result. I think lancing them simply opens you up to more infection but it might be necessary if it is black or looks like blood poisoning and you are really ill for no other reason. I truly hope this works for others.

Baking Soda
Posted by Terry Chism (Santa Paula, Ca) on 02/10/2011

Do you drink enough water because you may have mrsa boils caused from your body being to acidic from not drinking enough tap water. I used to only drink bottled water. Bad choice its acidic if you dont believe me just get some water tests strips like I did and you will see the link. Mrsa cant live in an alkaline enviroment. Get your body alkaline no more boils! Study this. Very interesting.

Posted by Charity (faithville, Us) on 07/19/2021

Here is a link from Ted's archives on boils. He has the best information but no longer adds to the website so all his old blogs are still helping us all. Hope this gives you some insights.

Boils and Hair Loss in Young Woman

Posted by E (UK) on 08/27/2012

Hi ted, I am a 29 year old female that is totally at a loss of how to treat my current problems. Since my early twenties, I have been suffering from facial boils some are really absesses they are that big. I been on various antibiotics for acne, which work for some time, but then stop working. I really dont have that much acne at all and really question if it is this I have, as its always boils and not spots. I keep telling myself I will grow out of it, but it seems to get worse rather than better. Sometimes I dont have boils for a couple of months, then I have 3 or 4 close together. I was put on roaccutane after visiting a dermatoligist, but I only lasted 6 weeks april 2010 and as the side effects were so awful. I had a couple of months boil free, but then they came back again. Just before I went on roaccutane I had a terrible absess between the eye and bridge of nose, it got that bad, it had to be operated on, now I had quite a bad scar on my face from it. Over the years I have developed a lot of facial scarring which has effected my confidence in a big way. Most recently I have suffered from a really bad chin abscess, I was put on antibiotics again, but whilst finishing the course I developed a boil on my nose, which turned into nose cellulitus. I have never felt so much pain as I have in the last fortnight. They tryed 2 lots of antibiotics, which wouldnt touch the infection luckily the 3 lot of hight dose antibiotics started to work. Again another facial scar. I thought I would mention my other problem I case you think they maybe related. I have visited the doctor with severe dandruff, they think it is sebhhoreic dermatitis, this has happened in the last 6 months, I have also started to get pus filled painful spots on my head, maybe even small boils I would call them, with increased hair loss. My hair has become increasing thinner through my twenties, but since the scalp problem my hair loss has been increasing a lot. I have used steroid mousse which stops the itching and boils for a while, but then when I stop using it it comes back, I have stopped using sls shampoo and conditioner, as they create more painful boils on my head. My long suffering boyfriend who has supported me all the way through my problems proposed to me in june of this year. We have arranged our wedding date for june 2013. I am absolutely petrified I will suffer a facial outbreak whilst celebrating my wedding next year or if I will have any hair to style on the day. When I do get the boils I spent days in doors hiding away from the rest of the world until it retreats. I have had numerous blood tests which they say everything is fine, not diabetic, no thyroid probelm. So I am at a loss what to do now. I know I am sick of taking antibiotics. They wont work forever. I would love to have a baby after we get married next year, but I am so scared I will have boil attacks and would need to use antibiotics. The only other thing I take is oral contraception which ive taken since I was 15, I tryed to come off this 3 years ago, but the boild were un controllable, so I believe the pill must be masking some of the boils. I would prefer not to be on the pill either if possible. I really cant help thinking its not facial acne, although they tell me it is. I have not been tested for mrsa ir any food allergies. I have seasonal hayfever, but apart from that I am really healthy. I am 5 foot 3 and 9st. If you could spare me anytime to look at this email I would be internally grateful. I have read your various posts on earth clinic and you seemed to have given so many people advise that has changed their lives.

Reply Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
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The common boils are due to staphylococcus, this means you have to kill it with either tea tree oil applied topically, and by resolving constipation. I define constipation as having bowel movements twice a day, whenever is less than that the body's ability to get rid of toxins is limited. The other is to take bromelain internally perhaps four times a day of the capsule on an empty stomach this helps increase the circulation on the face. Taking plenty of vitamin C and E, will help healing at 500 mg four times a day of vitamin C, and vitamin E 200 iu, to help healing of the boils. Colloidal silver may also help by making a spray and taking some internally.

The problem about diabetes is it is measured with 12 hour fasting, unfortunately most people with developing diabetes and hypoglycemia are not included in this test. If the standards for diagnosing diabetes is not over 110 mg/dL, the ones creating the standards are flawed if most of the population in that country is obese. I based mine on not over 90 mg/dL, and I expect that the average is to be 85 mg/dL as the highest after two hours after eating. You are likely to have immune system problems if it is over 90 mg/dL. In fact it is preferable to have a reading of 85 mg/dL one hour after eating. The immune system is considered wishy wash if it goes over this.

Most boils are caused by developing staphylococcus as the immune system is not good under the rules I set above, and neither is getting below 2 bowel movements a day any good. And blood sugar always goes high whenever food is consumed after 5.30 pm and sweet foods are consumed before 12 noon. Those times are when the immune system needs MINIMUM sugar especially after 5.30 pm. It is consumed during those times the immune system shuts down and staphyloccus takes over.

Assuming you passed the above test, there is another. Fatty foods block the capillary circulation to the face, especially trans fat, which is found mostly in cakes and anything prepared using supermarket vegetable oils, especially no fried foods of any kind, no cheese, no chocolate and anything that is greasy. As a demonstration, if vegetable oil is allowed to oxidized at summer heat in one month, you get glue, and these clog up the circulatory system.

Assuming you passed all tests and you have already considered that, another is taking water of 2 glasses DURING MEALS, which helps the digestion in that it doesn't clog up the system. and evens out the blood sugar by dilution during meals, as blood sugar always spikes during these times, which turns of your immune system.

Finally addressing the deficiency usually people with intestinal problems have such as vitamin D, vitamin A, and B12 are essential for the small intestines and helps maintain intestinal health and glutathione precursor, such as N acetyl cysteine 250 mg x 2, and lysine 1000 mg x 3 helps improve the skin as well as help clear out the toxins. Granulated lecithin of one tablespoon that is de-oiled helps prevent fatty liver and helps clear out blocked circulation so the immune system takes over. The other is minerals related to selenium, which is 200 mcg x 2 or x 3 times will also help in clearing the blood debris by helping support the liver.

Finally the most important is to get zinc in your system, which is also considered anti bacterial such as zinc acetate 25 mg. And always get your vinegar facial wash if the face is oily. by dissolving the facial oils. In fact a vitamin A and zinc deficiency makes the face oily as an indication also, which clogs up the pores, and it creates havoc on the face too.


Posted by mmsg (somewhere, europe) on 07/19/2021

Ronda, could there be something that is causing the boils? A food that your body can't handle?

Crushed Egg Shells
Posted by Danielle (IL) on 12/18/2020
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I had a boil once as a child and was told to crush eggs shells with a little water to form almost a paste and apply topically. It worked like a charm! Hope this helps someone!

Calcium Bentonite Clay
Posted by Fmlyots (Cherry Hill, Nj Usa) on 12/25/2017
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Calcium Bentonite Clay Paste forced Boil to Drain

I had some Calcium Bentonite Clay (usually used for my curly hair and my face as a detoxifying/clarifying mask treatment) and I mixed it with some apple cider vinegar to create a paste. I applied it to a deep boil which had not come to a head yet. Within 5 minutes, the boil burst and released watery blood. I showered and washed with Chlorhexidine Gluconate Solution 4.0% (a wash they tell you to buy before surgery to kill bacteria and prevent infection from hospital). After the shower, I applied antibacterial ointment (mupirocin topical). I plan to apply the Bentonite clay again tonight. I've never seen something work so quickly! This is my first time having a boil.

By the way, Turmeric (purchased from the grocery store) mixed with milk worked very well for my husband when he had boils so I have also taken some of that as well.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Joe (Michigan) on 11/15/2015
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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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ted (Micronesia) on 07/05/2016


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.

Castor Oil
Posted by Janet (Miami, Fl ) on 04/05/2015
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Thank you so much!!!! I have a boil on theback of my leg for about a week now. I'm on antibiotics but tried everything to bring it to a head and I really did not want to get it lanced! The castor oil popped it over night!!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by S (L, A) on 11/23/2011
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My uncle soaks his feet in an ACV/water bath. The first time he tried it, his mrsa boils began to drain within the hour. He had them everwhere--shoulders, neck, around his waistline; he couldn't go to work, they were so bad. Temperature doesn't matter. I don't know how much ACV he adds to the water. I think he just glugged some in and soaked his feet while he watched television. A five year old would probably rather soak than swallow!

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Enchanting123 (Los Lunas, Nm) on 10/15/2011
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First I have to say I love earthclinic website. So many natural cures to look up.

My husband had another boil on his behind. After one week he finally told me, he had put on rubbing alcohol. I immediately looked at the website to see what can be done. I had colloidal siver and I put it on a little cotton cloth and covered it with a bandage. Overnight it drew out the head and looked a lot better, redness and a lot of the swelling was gone. Put on some more and covered it. Thank you earthclinic and all the wonderful people who share their natural remedies.

Drawing Salve
Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile , Tn) on 08/22/2015

HI U MARIE, , , , , , , , , Lordy you must be as old as me to know about Ichthmmol. These young whipper snappers have no clue what this ointment can do.

In my day every household had a tube because as you say, boils were common, as were splinters. A few years ago a grandson got a splinter under his toe nail from our lake dock. He's a crybaby and was going nuts. We took him to a doctor which charged us $400 to remove it. Are you sheeting me?

Anyways, you probably know that in addition this ointment brings boils to a head, this ointment will form a pus pocket around a splinter and within a few days it almost comes out on it's own.

A few years ago our 40 year old tube played out and I went to Walmart to buy another tube. They had no clue and had to look it up and make a special order. Yep, Big Pharma and the medical folks had rather you spend $400 than a few bucks for a tube of Ichthammol.

Last Wed. I had a heart spell. It felt like someone had put a sack of concrete on my chest. I moved from my easy chair to the couch. No help and I was getting nervous. Took my blood pressure and it was good , the problem was that my pulse rate was at 170. My heart was in Fibrillation, I went to the internet to Mayo, etc and their advice was to call 911 and go to the emergency room. I then went to EC and read what others had done in this situation. Here's what I did:

Drank a glass of Power Ade

Drank 2 Tbsp of ACV

Drank water containing 5 drops of Iodine

Took 3 capsules of Magnesium

Sprayed my body down with MgCl

Soon my pulse rate went back to normal.

What I have learned is that if you in deep sheet then go to EC instead of Mayo's. That statement should get EC in trouble for certain. I have been to Mayo's twice for my company's physical and I was not impressed. They talk the walk.

To cut to the chase, listen to what Marie has told you because, undoubtably, she has been down a lot of dusty trails.

YO BUDDY ========ORH===========

Posted by William (Fort Lauderdale) on 11/18/2021

Hello Catherine,

You are correct about this, from the true story of King Hezekiah.I have not tried to use figs, however I can only imagine the pain he must have been in, to think he was at death's door. I just had one pop up on my lower back and you do start to feel a little drained, it starts to wear you out. The last time I used warm cloths and it opened the boil up. This time I may give the figs a try since it's on my back.

Thanks for the post.

Boil Treatment Warnings
Posted by Tommy (North York, On, Canada) on 01/09/2011

Hi and welcome in earth clinic,
I'm a pharmacologist and I can tell you that turmeric has a VERY POTENT activity against bugs like Salmonella and MRSA. If you need published papers just ask. Drugs like B-lactams will just suppress your TH1 immunity and give you candida.

People are mature and they can choose for themself. My health deteriorated since I took antibiotics as a child. I believe also that the natural healing will force these big pharma to look for new remedies.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Joeym (Minneapolis , Mn) on 11/24/2010
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I have successfully drained two painful boils/large pimples (one was a MRSA staph boil) by mixing homemade colloidal silver with bentonite clay powder and making a poultice of it between layers of medical gauze. I covered it with breathable medical tape overnight and when I woke up, the boil/pimple had drained to near completion. I also continued the poultice throughout the day, and by evening, it had drained completely. The pus was gone and new skin was showing where the drainage was previously coming out. Between dressings I used hydrogen peroxide to clean the boil and the area surrounding it. In my opinion, this is the best way to drain a boil/large pimple as it doesn't require any pressure or squeezing, which often causes scarring.

The MRSA boil was on my face and was the size of a silver dollar. My doctor told me that I would likely have a large pock-mark or scar on my face. It has been a little over a month, and you can't even see where the boil was. I'm thankful for the internet, as this is how I discovered the Colloidal Silver/Bentonite Clay treatment. I'm just passing along my experience for others. Blessings to you all!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Vivian (Cedar Rapids, Ia) on 08/19/2010
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I soak a cotton ball in ACV and apply it to the boil with a bandaid. I replace it with a new one 2-3 times a day. It always brings the boil to a head and drains within a couple of days. It is a lifesaver! No more antibiotics and lancing!

Boil Treatment Warnings
Posted by Maria (Minneapolis, Mn Usa) on 08/18/2010

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!

Boil Tips: Prick the Boil
Posted by Beverly (Sarasota, Fl) on 01/30/2011

Thanks for informing me of the bible cure for boils. I will now buy some figs. :)

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