Natural Remedies

Natural Remedies for Boils

Turmeric, Garlic, Olive Leaf

Posted by Jsdell (San Deigo,ca) on 06/15/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I had a boil on the back of my neck last year and after reading on this site and a few others, many many posts, I realized that I also had MRSA. Originally I tried a few ideas like garlic and turmeric and olive leaf, separately, but none of them worked alone. After reading a good deal more, I put together the new treatment plan about 3 weeks after the boil surfaced, as what I had been doing was not working (I'd been doing each of the treatments below, but individually, not together. After reading a lot, I realized I needed something stronger. So I took 2 Turmeric Curcumin caps a day and 3xs a day opened a capsule and put it on a bandage damped with garlic water and put that on my boil (I crushed 1 1000mg tablet of garlic in a few drops of boiled water & used this water to dampen the bandage. I changed this water 2xs a day). I used 3 bandages to be sure the boil was completely covered as the turmeric would easily stain my clothing even if I was really careful and the stain would not come out now matter what I tried (I tried for weeks, but nothing worked, so wear old cloths) I also took 1000 mg of garlic 2xs a day. Also 2xs a day I took 500 mg Olive Leave Extract.

Within 2 weeks of starting this the boil was totally gone, but if I started this treatment plan sooner, it would have been gone sooner, I leaned when the boil came back in the same spot just a month ago, mind you it has been gone well over 6 moths and I'd not had any other reoccurrence). So last month I immediately did the combination treatment plan and the boil never surfaced and was gone within a few days. I leaned on this site, you have to take the garlic internally and put garlic water on the outside of the boil it's self, because just taking garlic will not work. I did not try Charcoal, but I have used Charcoal for other things and I believe that might have worked, had I known about it, but at the time, I was only trying things I was reading that had worked. So don't be afraid to mix treatments.

So be bold and if your boil is not going away fast, try mixing some treatments. Sometimes that's the only thing that will work.

Turmeric, Grapeseed Oil, Tea Tree Oil

Posted by Michelle (Cincinnati, Oh, Usa) on 12/10/2010
5 out of 5 stars

It's amazing! I went to the doctor on Wed to look at a painful place that was the size of a pea and getting bigger and more uncomfortable. It is in a delicate place and I've never had anything there like it before. Doc gave me antibiotics and told me to put warm compresses on it. Not much better in 24 hours and I remembered Earth Clinic.

Got on here yesterday and found the info about turmeric. I had some in my spice cabinet so I put a tsp in some water and drank it twice during the day. I also made a thick paste from turmeric, grapeseed oil (which I happened to have) and several drops of tea tree oil. I put the paste on around 7 pm. By the time I went to bed, the swelling was down and the pain almost gone. I just woke at 3am and it had opened and started draining blood and pus. Completely amazing. I never squeezed it at all and it was pretty deep below the surface. I just can't believe it. At this rate, I expect it to be completely gone within days. I had one other boil over 30 yrs ago and it took a couple weeks before it was back to normal. Thank you, thank you, thank you Earth Clinic and everyone that has shared their personal experiences here.

Replied by Zee
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

I have had recurring boils for a several years now and I was recently prescribed a round of strong antibiotics. I finished all of the antibiotics and I felt better but the boils came back about two months later. I have noticed that after the antibiotics the boils aren't as severe. They aren't as painful and some of them don't even come to a head and just go away after a few days. Still I want to get rid of them once and for all and I really would prefer not to have to ingest antibiotics again.

Last night I felt another boil on my inner thight which is where they usually pop up. I came across this forum and the information on tumeric being a natural remedy. I bought some today and made a paste with a teaspoon of it, a teaspoon of olive oil and about 6 drops of tea tree oil.

I also mixed a half teaspoon of tumeric in about 6 oz of water and drank it. It wasn't that bad. I won't be ordering it as a beverage in a restaurant anytime soon(lol) but it wasn't as bad as one might think. I've eaten worse cooking!

It's been about three hours and I can already tell that something is happening to the boil. Normally it would be about a week and a half until the boil either went away or came to a head and drained. I put the paste directly on the boil and I put some of the paste on a piece of cotton gauze that I applied to the boil.

I will see what happens in the morning. But so far so good! I am praying this is the natural remedy that I have been looking for!

Turmeric, Magnesium, Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted by Nicole (somewhere, New York) on 11/10/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I started using Turmeric for my painfull boils in my bikini line after reading the posts on this website. After a day or so, I was able to maintain my daily activities in life...SUCH AS WALKING ...HELLO! The Tumeric actually made my boils shrink, and helped me to not get HUGE boils- but they were still there, I didn't care because the pain I had before was nothing to what I had experienced before. I then started reading more on this website and decided to add magnesium with the Turmeric. In just one day my boil, my boil that would get as large as a grape, shruck down to just a small hard mass. No drainage just a hard, flat, little mass with a little swelling. Day two with adding the magnesium, it's gone! I also started using Dial anti bacterial soap and use a lofa scrub if I decide to shave in that delicate area. I had these results by taking two capsules 2 times a day of Turmeric and 2 capsules of magnesium. I have also thought about adding a little ACV into my diet.

Just want to share, and thank the creators of this website. Also since I have taken these supplements I have lost weight. This website has changed my life, any one that has suffered these type of boils anywhere on their body I am sure can relate to the pain and embarrasement it brings on to your social and private life. I am so happy to walk and feel comfortable with my body again. God is great, and I know he gave me the wisdom to find this site. I encourage anyone to talk to their PCP to ask how they may be able to implement supplements in to their life in a safe and healthy way.

Turmeric, Medicinal Mushrooms

Posted by Jay (Ak) on 04/18/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I have had boils since I was in my early 20's. I can honestly say that TUMRERIC has been the best defender for my condition. As years boils became more aggressive. I started to incorporate tumeric with a medicinal mushroom formula called "Fungi Perfecti Host Defense" found on Amazon. I have successfully gone through issues with boils using hot compresses, Itchammol Oinment directly on the location (find the head), along with the tumeric, and it opened within 24-28hrs and healed completely within 2-4 weeks. Combined with my doctor visits which prescribed me with an antibiotic called "Bactrim" when it gets really bad I can honestly say that my recurrent boils have ceased. I hope this continues for me and I hope this helps anyone else that has to deal with this horrible condition such as myself.

Turmeric, Sea Salt, Lemon

Posted by Dave (Peoria, Arizona) on 03/23/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I suffered with boils and impetigo infections for years. The allopathic treatments have been a complete failure and have only made matters worse not to mention very costly. Started to use internal turmeric. Started cleansing wounds with sea salt and water in varying concentrations to remove exudate and puss. Applied raw honey to the wound bed several times a day, everyday. I drank: 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt and washed that down with 16oz. of water 4 times a day. I drink several cups of green tea with honey and raw lemon per day. I would take 1 gram of turmeric 3xday. This combination approach from the inside out is impressive. The honey is amazing. If you think about it honey is protected by antibacterial, anti fungal agents in order that it does not spoil in nature. There is much research done on honey and infections from many credible resources. It works better than any antibacterial chemical product. I have tried many.

Turmeric, Tea Tree Oil

Posted by Mark (Nashville, TN) on 11/21/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I wrote in about dietary things I did to help the antibiotics work better when I had a staph infection on my face that the antibiotics alone would not kill. This is an update. I wrote in too soon, because there were a few places on my forehead and ear that the antibiotics and dietary changes would not cure. I experimented with various things I read about on this website. I found that coating the remaining infected areas on my face with tea tree oil caused some of the areas to break open, bleed out and heal. However, I still had a couple of places that just would not heal. A place on my ear flaired up with infection which spread back across my face (probably from rubbing on my pillow as I slept). I tried putting white vinegar on a cotton ball. I did it in the morning, and when I did it again in the evening the remaining places opened up and bled out. I stopped and let them heal. As they were healing, I went back to the dermatologist and had a culture done on the place on my ear. It came back with no more staph infection. Because I had been using a plastic pillow cover under my pillow case to try to keep the staph out of my pillow, I developed boils on the back of my neck. As they were healing on their own when on my final visit to the dermatologist, I did not mention them. About three of them still hadn't healed up, though, after a couple of weeks. Knowing how great tea tree oil and vinegar work, I used the "holy grail" treatment on this website for the boils (basically topical tea tree oil and internally taken tumeric). The only change I made was to put vinegar on a cotton ball and also wipe that onto the boils from time to time. It only took two days for the boils to break open and bleed out. Thanks for the great information on this website. Even though vinegar, tea tree oil and tumeric work as well (or better when it's MRSA on your skin) than antibiotics, I believe that by law doctors are only allowed to use FDA approved drugs to treat you. Thus, they can't even tell you about using non regulated household items like vinegar, and some act like you are crazy if you mention them. They would rather put you into the hospital and administer intravenous antibiotics for a mild skin infection than tell you about tea tree oil and vinegar. All this being said, I do think it is important to at least "touch base" with a treditional dermatologist (maybe one visit). That way if a skin infection progresses beyond just a minor (but hard to cure) thing on the skin no matter what you try, you'll have a doctor who is monitoring you and can get you admitted to a hospital for more invasive and intensive care - such as if the infection enters your bloodstream and spreads around inside your body.

Posted by Trisha (Walled Lake, Mi, USA) on 05/02/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I've had a boil in the groin area for the past 3 days. I was shocked to see this bump and googled bumps and everything i read was genital warts (GW). It couldnt have been because i dont believe they'd pop out of nowhere on me. Anyway i put ACV and the next morning it had shrunk and it in the meantime i was trying to let myself come to terms with the fact that i had somehow got GW. Second day i decided to switch to garlic- put it on for 15 mins and it burned like crazy my whole leg was sore but after a while it stops burning. By the end of the day the skin on and around the 'gw' had come off and it was raw and extremely painful i had to take some tylenol with codeine. 3 day in the morning i felt a lime size lump and almost had a heart attack. I had to tell someone i had a 'gw' but didnt and just said i had a boil on my 'butt'. I was in pain the whole and waiting to see this thing shrink and fall off so the whole night til 3am i searched a bunch of staff on 'gw' including pictures and trying to compare and nothing looked like wat i had so i looked up boils and first thing in the morning bought some tumeric and tea tree oil, came home and put it on the boil- now i believed i had a boil and was kind of relieved. The tea tree oil soothed my whole body- no more pain- joy. 2 hours later i decided to take a peak after taking more tylenol. I rubbed it with a moist warm cotton ball, I started squeezing it and 'SQUIRT'! a bunch of blood mixed with pus. Hooray it was a boil. So applied more tumeric and tea tree oil- soothing and i'll let u know what happens in the next 5 days.

Replied by Lisa
somewhere, u.s.a

I have some sort of cycst on my face. My dermatologist told me I will have to have it cut out and it might come back. I tried acv, castro oil, warm compresses and some medications. NOTHING has worked. I'm going to try this.

Replied by Kelly
Pekin, IL
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for the info. This is my story on Turmeric and Tea Tree Oil

12-14-08: Day 1

I had one huge boil in my armpit well I had to take antibiotics for 10 days and since it only went down half way they put me on another 10 days finally it was gone. Than about a week later I got 1 in the armpit again just in a little different spot, I finally got it down by lancing it myself and cleaning it but now I have 7 small boils in my armpit and I can not take this anymore so I went searching for some kind of cure. I came across this site and began reading a lot of the post more good post than bad so I thought I would try this Turmeric, well let me tell you folks hope you read what they say really good before trying it, I messed up I thought it read 1 to 2 TBS in warm water so I heaped up those TBS and mixed it up and oh my goosh I thought I was going to puke it was one of the most disguising taste that I think I have ever tasted. At that moment I thought I can not do this I am getting the pill form, but to find out it says 1 to 2 teaspoons and it don't say how much water use more than 4 oz like I did made it even worse and hard to swallow. I am still going to get it in pill form I do not think I could drink that mixture at all ever again.

I made a paste of Turmeric, Neosporin, Baking Soda, Lemon extract & Apple Cider Vinegar and tried to go to sleep ya right it wasn't working the pain was so unbearable.

Day 2

I woke up and washed my underarm to see and feel those things where still there and nothing had changed with them in there appearance or soreness. So this time since I am allergic to tape and I know I am but I had no way of keeping the paste on. I now have caused redness even more so around those things and some raw skin because when I tried to take the tape off it took my skin with it. I am in so much pain it has given me a headache. So now I think what am I going to do, I didn't have a clue, I decided to put some calamine lotion on all of it.

I seen that the roads where horrible out and I thought to my self oh no I am not going to be able to go to Wal-Mart to get those pills, so I decided to try 1tsp of the turmeric on orange juice it does not dissolve in orange juice, it was gross to say the least, maybe if I heated up the orange juice it would have dissolved but that is horrible hot OJ not for me.

Tonight I drank some more with warm water still disgusting as ever and this time I feel like I could absolutely puke, it has upset my stomach so much I will not do the powder thing again, it will have to wait until I can get it into pill form. Still no relief I keep taking 2 - Tylenol 650mg ever 4 to 6 hours, I have tried so many things the last couple of days I am about ready to give up and call the doctor.

Day 3

I slept with the heating pad under my arm on and off all night long it was the only thing that gave me any relief. I decided it was time no matter what the weather was like to go to the store and get some Turmeric (500mg) in pill form. I step outside and it is snowing and a blowing I was like oh my goosh, I didn't care I was going to get some of those pills. I knew I would not be able to drink another drop of that powder mixture. While I was there at Wal-Mart, I noticed they had some Tea Tree Oil and I remembered reading something about it but couldn't remember what I didn't care I bought some anyway, I was here and it was getting nastier out and I knew I would be stuck inside for a few days. I didn't see the Turmeric pills at first and I started to panic it was like dang gone it I drove out in this crap you all better have some, so I searched and searched and on the very bottom kind of slide back there they where. I dabbed me a bottle of them and by the way it was the only bottle left most becoming very popular around here. I came home took 2 right away and took the Tea Tree Oil and rubbed it on my boils and man does that stuff stink, thank god I am not out in public people would be telling me I need a bath. I had a couple of them break open but hardly anything came out of them.

Time for bed I took 2 more of the Turmeric Pills and I went and washed them again with antibiotic soap and doest the boils with the Tea Tree Oil and than put the heating pad on them.

Day 4 -9 did Turmeric and Tea Tree Oil regiment and used Heating pad at night
Day 10

They are all completely gone I am a firm believer in this now and Love the pills ;o)

Posted by Brad (Atlanta, GA) on 12/12/2007
5 out of 5 stars

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

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

A couple things:

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

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

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

Also advil helps considerably with the pain.

I hope this helps some people.

Replied by Royal
Lawton, Ok

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

Turmeric, Tea Tree Oil, Mycota Powder

Posted by Peggy (Lusaka, Zambia) on 04/18/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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

Turmeric, Vitamin E, Tea Tree Oil

Posted by TJ (Chandler, AZ USA) on 07/27/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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

Replied by Tj
Chandler, Az Usa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Replied by T
Maryland, Usa

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

Replied by Dolly
Cairo, Egypt

Hello TJ

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


Replied by Tj
Chandler, Arizona, United States
1 out of 5 stars

First, sorry about the delay in response!! Oh YES! You can still get boils while taking Turmeric. I am battling a VERY major one right now and was/still am taking Turmeric. I even added more Turmeric to my previous intake. (2 500mg tablets 3 times a day AND one teaspoon regular spice in warm water 3 times a day) I have now added 2 garlic cloves in the morning and 2 garlic cloves at night. After 24 hours, NO RELIEF! It has taken my left breast from a C cup to a DD cup! I'm going to try cream of tarter next. Good Luck and Bless Be

Replied by Tj
Chandler, Arizona, United States

G'Morn! My apologies to the moderators for posting this one too while the most previous post if still pending. I can only hope that the posts are in order. ;-)

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

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

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

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

Replied by Susan
Bountiful, Ut

My spouse took tetracycline for a boil because we didn't know what else to use. He's never had another boil but if he did I would have him try tko Orange around it. Boils might be a systemic problem tho.

Replied by Tj
Chandler, Arizona, Usa

UPDATE: Well, the good news is: I don't have MRSA. I did have a bout with MSSA (another form of Bacteria Strep). Landed me in the hospital for a week. I had the whole serious triple pack of I.V. antibiotics, pain medication injections, and gauze packed in my breast.

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

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

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


Posted by Joe Worsley (Advance, North Carolina) on 08/30/2007
5 out of 5 stars

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

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

Vick's Vapor Rub

Posted by Nicole (Laurel, Ms) on 03/31/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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

Posted by Catarsha (Memphis, TN) on 01/07/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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

Posted by Tony (Duncan, OK) on 12/09/2008
5 out of 5 stars

by Tony Walker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See also under mustard.

Posted by Laverne (York, SC) on 03/27/2006
5 out of 5 stars

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