Natural Remedies

Natural Remedies for Boils


Posted by S (Los Angeles) on 05/25/2006
5 out of 5 stars

The turmeric in water 3x a day worked great on my boyfriend, who was experiencing his 2nd large boil on the face. The boil started to go away after the first day (he did make it burst with iodine though). I made him stop taking the turmeric after 4 days because I started to experience a terrible burning after sex! It went away after I washed carefully. I doubt people will connect the dots and see turmeric's "side-effect", so I thought I'd mention it. But it is a fantastic cure for boils.

Posted by Susan (USA)

After doing a Google search on the subject, it appears that it is quite safe. Search these words: turmeric for children (without quotes)-- you will see some favorable feedback on how it is used for treating children (i.e., cancer, leukemia, etc). There are over 829,000 results!

Posted by Roxanne (Winnipeg, Canada)
4 out of 5 stars

Thursday, October 05, 2006, I developed a bump on the apple of my right cheek. It was itchy, tender, and it had a pinching aching feeling. As it quickly got bigger, I assumed it was either a cyst or a boil. By Saturday, it had become so big I got worried so I checked out the advice from the book, "Doctor's Book of Home Remedies." It suggested putting a warm/hot compress on it. I did this but it did not help. It turned the skin where the boil is (assuming it is a boil) very red. I think it may have even made it bigger. Anyway, it was not improving. In fact, the itching and pinching feeling intensified. I couldn't even lay on that side of my face to sleep and I had to be very gentle washing that part of my face. On Monday, I looked up some research on the Internet and came across this Website. I read about the "Turmeric remedy" and immediately started the procedure especially since the boil had not even come close to coming to a head. Since Monday night I have been taking a teaspoon of turmeric in warm water 3x a day. When I first started this remedy it totally relieved all the uncomfortable symptoms. The itchy, pinching, aching, soreness, and even the little bit of burning sensation was gone. It also reduced a little bit in size. It has now been a little more than 3 days that I've been following this remedy (have drank a total of 10 glasses of the remedy so far) but nothing more is happening. Yes, all the discomforts/tenderness are gone, but the boil is still here. No, it's not getting bigger, but it's not getting smaller's not going away, it hasn't disappeared at all. As a matter a fact it is just staying exactly the same for almost 4 days. Is this normal or am I just being impatient. By the way, I have not become constipated at all from the turmeric and I am also doing the oil pulling procedure. I would appreciate any feedback at all. Thanks.

Posted by Ashanti (Charlotte, NC)
5 out of 5 stars

I tried the tumeric paste mixed with water and put it on top of the boil and covered it with gauze and the boil opened within hours. It worked quickly and my boil was so painful that I could barely walk.

Turmeric and Antibacterial or Hydrocortisone Cream

Posted by Momof2 (Leesburg, Va) on 08/17/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I had a painful boil where my leg meets my tush for over a week and it wasn't improving with Neosporin & bandaid and warm compresses, etc. It seemed to be getting worse with the current treatment.. It was was hard, red, and very very sore when I sought alternative treatments. I read that Turmeric can be helpful with boils and was skeptical, but willing to try anything that might ease the pain. I picked up Turmeric tablets (500 mg) and took 2 immediately. The next morning the boil was softer and not as red. The next day, I took two tablets in the morning and two in the evening. Today when I woke up, there was no pain and no redness. I still applied nesporin and a band aid (just as a precaution). I'm pretty sure the infection is gone and that the skin is just healing at this point. I can now sit in comfort.

Posted by Rickey (Phoenix, Arizona USA) on 03/24/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I read that if you add the tumeric to an anti-bacterial cream and put it on the boil, it will go away. I could not find the cream for the life of me 5 days ago and had 2 boils - one very close to my va-jay-jay and the other on the upper thigh in the same area. i could not walk at all and no pain meds helped.

i mixed up some hydrocortisone 1% that i had handy and tumeric in a little contact lens cap (the case was old) and made sure the mixture was gooey and pliable. i then applied the mixture directly on the boils and taped a gauze on top of both areas.

when i woke up the next morning, my thigh boil burst and overflowed (i did not notice while sleep) and my va-jay-jay boils went down significantly.

after that night they did not hurt. after two days, there were no remnants of any boils.

one piece of advice: USE OLD SHEETS OR VERY DARK SHEET TO SLEEP WITH THIS ON! i used cheap black satin sheets i bought from a store that sells brand names for less ;) otherwise, your reguler sheets will be lots of yellow tumeric patches (i know from experiance).

Replied by Pmclarke
Allegany Ny
1 out of 5 stars

I did what you did and got a terrible infection. It burned down in the boi , producing a raw pus-filled mess.

Turmeric and Comfrey

Posted by Tulsa Girl (Tulsa, Ok) on 03/15/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I had a boil for about 4 weeks and tried things that were recommended on webmd to no avail. Thankfully I remembered earth clinic. I combined several things that seemed to work for people and found that each day the boil decreased in size and after 3 days I discontinued treatment all together. I used a tsp of tumeric 3 x a day... Sometimes in yogart and sometimes in almond milk. I also used topically, a mixture that I made in my blender of tumeric and fresh comfrey w a little olive oil. You will need to put this on a large bandaid or gauze w cover as tumeric is very messy and will easily dye anything that touches it yellow. Good luck!

Turmeric and Homemade Salve

Posted by Sally (small town near New Orleans, Louisiana) on 08/14/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I learned about turmeric and baking soda for the treatment of boils while searching the web for a natural cure two years ago when I came across Earth Clinic's website. My son had been getting boils for nearly 10 years. I was panicking because the boil that he had at this time was on his face just under his nose. It was huge. Our doctor gave him antibiotics which only seemed to make it worse. His face was so swollen and his upper and lower lips looked as though he was given an over dose of collagen injections. Really scary to say the least as well as painful.

Because I happened to have a bottle of turmeric capsules in my cupboard as well as baking soda, I decided to try it. Well, let me tell you, after suffering for nearly four days, in less than one day the boil started to shrink and the pain was gone. In two days, it was completely gone! I made a paste with turmeric powder and coconut oil as well as some other antifungals that I had, such as garlic oil, olive leaf extract, capsaicin and grapefruit seed extract and tea tree oil. I mixed them all together and applied them to the boil and put a band aid over it. I changed it three times a day. I also mixed about two teaspoons of baking soda in two ounces of water and had my son drink this morning and night. What a relief, to say the least! After two days my son's boil was nonexistent. Truly amasing! I hate to think what the outcome may have been if I had not discovered Earth Clinic. Oh, yeah, my son also took a couple of turmeric capsules orally as well as olive extract, capsaicin and garlic oil for a few days. These are all natural antifungal, antibiotic and antiviral. I also read an article online by a doctor who has cured MRSA using olive leaf extract as well as bentonite clay used topically. If my son should get another boil, I won't be so worried because I have found a remedy that works and it is not pharaceutical antibiotics that don't work! Thank you so much Earth Clinic, I love your website and I tell everyone I know about it. My son especially thanks you!

Sally from Louisiana

Posted by Dustin (Texarkana, AR) on 07/11/2007
5 out of 5 stars

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

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

Turmeric Recipes

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

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

Replied by Dianna
Austin, Tx

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Replied by Sara
Kauai, Hawaii

I tried this recipe without almond oil, and it's actually delicious! I didn't have almond oil on hand and was trying to research it's benefits. The only things I found were about almond oil externally. Do you know why it's of value in the tea?

Replied by Leila
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
5 out of 5 stars

First, let me tell you that this site has become one of my favourites and has helped me get back in touch with my affinity for folk remedies. Thank you for that!

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

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

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

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

Turmeric virtually tasteless in chocolate milk.

Replied by Debby
Oak Ridge, Texas

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

Posted by Ellie (USA) on 11/24/2006

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

Posted by Susan (USA)

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