Today I will discuss some home remedies for boils. Boils are an infection of the hair follicle. They are also called a furuncle. These are most commonly caused by a bacterial infection which results in the area of a skin to become painful and swollen filled with pus and dead tissues.
These are found around the hair follicles, usually bumpy and red filled with pus. They tend to be very painful and tender to touch. Boils can happen on any part of the body. A cluster of boils is called carbuncle.
If the boil last longer than two weeks, is very painful, increase in size or quantity and you have bouts of fever and swollen lymph nodes; better call your doctor asap. Pricking and squeezing a boil can lead to spreading the infection on other parts of your body and even to others you come in contact with. Ignoring these factors might lead to sepsis (blood poisoning) and infections on internal organs.
Poor hygiene, low immunity and obesity are one of the key factors found in people who get the bacterial infection causing boils. Antibiotics are not the best remedy as only very few are effective. As a precaution, as soon as you see a boil, begin with the following home remedies which may help in quicker draining of the boil and healing without it spreading.
1. Indian Lilac (Neem)
Indian Lilac is also known as Neem. It is known for its anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-septic properties which help immensely with boils and other skin infections.
- Make a paste out of a handful of Neem leaves by grinding them.
- Apply on the affected area for a couple of hours.
- Alternately, you can also boil the leaves in water till its quantity reduces to one-third.
- Strain and use the water to rinse the affected area every time if possible.
2. Black Seed
Black seeds are also known as Kalonji. These are used as one of the popular therapy for skin diseases including boils. Black seeds contain some medical properties which cause relief from boils pain.
- Grind some black seeds into a paste.
- Apply to the affect area for a couple of hours.
- Black seed oil can also be applied to the affected area.
- You can also drink a black seed mixture twice a day for 4-5 days for internal cleansing.
- Add a teaspoon of black seed oil in a cup of hot or cold drink.
3. Bread Poultice
Bread poultice is quite beneficial in home treatment of boils It is basically soaked bread. Bread poultice helps bring a boil to the surface and reduces the inflammation. The heat from this compress will also help increase circulation, sending more infection-fighting white blood cells to the site of infection.
- Take a piece of bread and soak it in warm milk or warm water. Put the soaked bread on to the boil for a few minutes.
- Repeat twice daily until the boil is healed completely.
4. Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is another product which naturally contains anti-bacterial, anti-septic and anti-fungal properties. Regularly using it can cause quicker relief from pain and fasten the healing process of boils.
- First you need to do a patch test before using tea tree oil. On some people it may cause skin irritation which may make the boils worse if you scratch and prick it. This is only to be applied externally. Not for internal or oral use.
- Take a clean cotton swab and soak it in tea tree oil.
- Dab it directly, lightly on the boils.
- Repeat this few times till the boils are gone.
Turmeric also known as Haldi, is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it effective against the boils. It can used both orally and externally.
- In glass of boiling water or milk, put 1 teaspoon of turmeric.
- Drink this mixture 3 times a day for 4-5 days.
- For external use, make a paste by taking equal amounts of fresh ginger and turmeric.
- Apply this paste on the boil and cover with a gauze or clean cloth.
6. Warm Washcloth Compress
One the simplest, easiest and effective remedies for treating boils. It helps in reducing the pain, inflammation and helps in increasing the blood circulation to the boil for faster healing.
- Take a clean washcloth and dip it in medium warm water. The water can also be warm salt water.
- Make sure the compress is warm enough but not too much to hurt.
- Place the compress over the boil for 10 minutes.
- Repeat 3-4 times a day till boil gets better.
Similar to neem, onions also contain anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties which makes it another easily available product to treat boils. Onions are also naturally warm hence they provide the heat needed to get the boils to discharge quickly.
- Simply take an onion and cut a thick flat slice.
- Place the slice over the boil and cover it with a clean cloth for few hours.
- The cloth will enable the heat from onion to penetrate.
- Repeat 2-3 times a day till the boil comes to top and drains.
Garlic again contains similar properties as onions, turmeric and neem therefore it can also be used in treating boils.
- Take 2-3 fresh garlic cloves and make a paste. Apply to the boil.
- You can also directly heat a garlic clove and place it on the boil for 10 minutes approx. several times a day.
Milk was used as an ancient remedy for treating boils and other skin diseases. Since it is still used, you can imagine its effectiveness. Milk helps in healing and pain relieving.
- In one cup of hot milk, add 3 tablespoons of salt. Mix thoroughly.
- Add bread crumbs or some flour to thicken this mixture.
- Apply this mixture to the boils several times a day.
- Alternately milk cream can also be used for treatment. Just mix a teaspoon of milk cream with turmeric and vinegar. Apply mixture to the boil.
Cornmeal is a natural absorbent. Using it for treatment of boils enables it to suck the pus out quicker.
- In half a cup of boiling water, add some cornmeal to make a thick paste.
- Apply this paste to the boil and cover with a clean cloth.
- Repeat several times a day till the boil softens and the infection drains out.