Natural Remedies

Natural Remedies for Boils

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.

Vitamin A

Posted by Frances A (Jacksonville, Florida) on 11/29/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Recurring boils and similar large, painful pimples

After age 21 I had terrible huge pimples. When my pharmacist told me that some derms prescribed Vitamin A, I started on it immediately.. It was like a miracle, a moderate miracle. The huge deep pimples stopped and my skin improved in other ways.

I used to take 50,000 units a day but now I would limit myself to 25,000 units per day. Just be patient and don't stop the treatment.

Vitamin D

Posted by Julian (Bathurst , NSW Australia) on 03/16/2007
5 out of 5 stars

A common factor for most of the boil sufferers is the time of year, late winter when Vit D reserves are at their lowest. Vit D is a necessary part of the immune system. The Vit D Council (Google it) gives free information on doses and some amazing facts on its effectiveness for many ailments. I have used Colorless Iodine for unbroken skin pimples or puncture wounds for years and never get infections, Betadine for scrapes and scratches.Castor oil for sun blemishes, age spots and sun cancers. I work outside, get plenty of those. Used to get boils before I found Colorless Iodine, its getting hard to find (not much profit?) but some chemists will make it up.

Watch Your Sugar Intake!

Posted by Sage (DETROIT, Michigan) on 09/06/2007
5 out of 5 stars

re: Turmeric works but not with a lot of Sugar consumption. Thanks to this site,' Turmeric has helped alleviate my boil problems in the past. However after a recurrence last month, I was reminded that sugar does inhibit the immune system. I ate some cotton candy (Straight spun sugar), and four boils popped up in the groin area two days later. I have already cut out pop/soda drinks which helps. Again I was reminded that plenty of water, fresh fruits, and veggies help keep the boils away. I know now that I am asking for problems when I consume too much sugar (also candy) and baked sweets. I hope that this helps others and I am very thankful for this site.

Replied by Sage
Detroit, Michigan

I have also discovered Black seed oil recently and use it when I have a major boil outbreak. I mixed a tsp of Black Seed Oil with 1/2 cup of plain unsweetened yogurt, 1 tsp of Turmeric, and 1 crushed clove of garlic. I also drink Burdock/Goldenseal/Echinacea Teas to help boost my immune system.

Watkins Salve

Posted by johndoe (Fairfield, Ia) on 08/31/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have had boils appear months apart and very often at times. I use Watkins salve and they go away or come to a head in a day or so. Some times over night. Apply Watkins salve to the boil and also apply some to a band-aid and cover boil with band-aid. Works every time for me.

Replied by Heather
Clarksburg, West Virginia
1 out of 5 stars

I have been applying Watkins salve, washing the area and doing the best to treat it but it's not healing at all. It hurts a lot! Sometimes pus will drain, but it's not healing. I am not diabetic. I am not ill otherwise. Well no, I have a kidney infection which I am taking cipro for. But this is starting to worry me. The thought of going to the E. R. over this just makes me feel silly.

White Vinegar and Baking Soda Poultice

Posted by Rachelknows (Spokane, Washington) on 06/29/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I try everything natural. I do know that for those who have boils it takes a couple days and you must change the gauze in which you apply your paste to. I use white vinegar and baking soda, which does bubble up as you mix the two. It REALLY works and in between changing it apply a hot compress or hot bath helps it along faster. Baking soda and vinegar will draw out the infection. After you believe it's drained, a salt water bath will keep it from any further infection and a little tea tree oil on a gauze will speed up the healing of the broken skin too. White vinegar and baking soda, it works. Rachelknows


Posted by Sharon (Valdosta, Georgia) on 06/03/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Boil remedy: A powder that contains Zinc (Ammens) applied several times a day seems to work best for me.

Replied by Goofyphil
Auckland, New Zealand
5 out of 5 stars

TUMERIC TUMERIC TUMERIC. Well iv had a boil for a week now thought it would never go away. Just made some tumeric into a paste with milk put it on the boil covered it and within an hour its started to drain YAY

Replied by Nikki
Olivehurst, Ca, United States

So once your infections have a head, they drain on their own & heal? Every time I've had a mrsa boil I always have to squeeze it to get the stuff out & it just keeps on growing and making a huge hole in my skin. I always end up caving & going to the doctor. I'm afraid its going to spread & kill me. :(

Replied by Todayishine
New York, New York

No matter what I used to cause boil to burst and drain, whether hot salt bath or VVR to name a few, to get it to close nicely, I gently clean area and put a little hydrogen peroxide a folded to size soft paper towel and apply to area. I let it stay on a few hours or even over night. It always closes the open boil beautfully and quickly, no more than a couple of days and sometimes faster.