Simple Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Bacterial Herbal Poultice

This easy to make herbal poultice is for skin inflammations, infections, and burns. Herbal poultices are made from mashed or grounded herbs (fresh or dried) in the form of a semi-liquid, pulp-like mass that are commonly placed over wounds, bites, sores, and inflammations. Poultices are usually held in place with a bandage or cloth and applied to the source of inflammation from anywhere between 10 minutes  to 24 hours.

This recipe calls for mullein, chamomile, and raw honey. Mullein (Verbascum tapus) is an herb that treats inflammation of the lungs, glands, and lymph.  This herb is particularly well used for the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, bruises, coughs, inflammation of the eyes, toothaches, sinus congestion and more. Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)  is a commonly used herb well known for its soothing properties to treat insomnia, nervousness, and indigestion. Chamomile tea is also a good wash for sore eyes and open sores. Raw honey is a powerful catch-all antioxidant with anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Raw honey (honey that has not been heated or pasteurized in any way) can be applied topically to heal wounds, rashes, burns, bites, and even acne.Note:Before applying a herbal poultice, remember to check for skin irritation or allergies by applying a small amount on your arm or hand and test for burning, irritation, or if it becomes swollen.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 oz of mullein (leaves)
  • 1/2 oz of chamomile (flowers)
  • 1 tsp of raw honey
  • warm water
  • cheesecloth or muslin
  • mortar and pestle or food processor
Directions (Dried herb Poultice):
1. Mix the mullein and chamomile together in the mortar or food processor and grind into a fine powder. Add honey and enough warm water to make into a thick paste.
2. Spread a piece of cheesecloth or muslin on a flat surface. Spread the paste over the cloth.
3. Cleanse the affected area with hydrogen peroxide or your choice of a gentle cleanser and apply the poultice over the area. You can also wrap the poultice with a towel to prevent the soiling of your clothes or sheets.
4. Use a hot water bottle to keep the poultice warm.
Directions (Fresh Herb Poultice):
2. Spread a piece of cheesecloth or muslin on a flat surface. Spread the paste over the cloth. 1.  Place 2 oz. of the whole herb and about 1/2-1 cup of water to a saucepan. Simmer for 2 minutes. Do not drain.
3. Cleanse the affected area with hydrogen peroxide or your choice of a gentle cleanser and apply the poultice over the area. You can also wrap the poultice with a towel to prevent the soiling of your clothes or sheets.
4. Use a hot water bottle to keep the poultice warm.
Disclaimer: The medical information on this site is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment. Please consult your health care provider before making any healthcare decisions or for guidance about a specific medical condition.
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