Jun 12, 2007 at 12:51 o\clock


            HERBS FOR BOILS

A boil is a skin infection that starts in a hair follicle or oil gland. At first, the skin turns red in the area of the infection, and a tender lump develops. After 4-7 days, the lump starts turning white as pus collects under the skin. Individual boils can cluster together and form an interconnected network of boils called carbuncles. In severe cases, boils may develop to form abscesses. Generally the boils appear on the face, neck, armpits, shoulders, and buttocks. If several boils appear in a group, this is a more serious type of infection called a carbuncle. 

There are many causes of boils. Some boils can be caused by an ingrown hair. Others can form as the result of a splinter or other foreign material that has become lodged in the skin. Boils are generally caused by an infection of the hair follicles by Staphylococcus aureus or staphylococcus epidermidis, a strain of bacteria that normally lives on the skin surface. It is thought that a tiny cut of the skin allows this bacterium to enter the follicles and cause an infection. This can happen during bathing or while using a razor. Hidradenitis suppurativa causes frequent boils. Boils in the armpits can sometimes be caused by anti-perspirant deodorants.


Bitter gourd

For boils filled with blood, bitter gourd acts as the perfect boils home remedy treatment. Take 1 cup juice of bitter gourd and add 1 tsp limejuice to it. Consume this mixture empty stomach in the morning on a daily basis for a couple of months and see the magical results. 

Garlic and Onion 

The juice of garlic or onion may be applied externally on boils to help ripen them, break them, and evacuate the pus. An equal quantity of the juices of these two vegetables can also be applied with beneficial results. Eating of two to three pods of garlic during meals will also bring good results.  

Betel Leaves

Betel leaves are a valuable remedy for boils. A leaf is gently warmed till it becomes soft. It is then coated with a layer of castor oil. The oiled leaf should be spread over the inflamed part. It should be replaced every few hours. After a few applications, the skin boil will rupture, draining out all the purulent matter.  

Cumin Seeds

Cumin seeds are beneficial in the treatment of boils. The seeds should be ground in water and made into a paste. This paste can be applied to boils with beneficial results.  

Margosa Leaves

The use of margosa leaves has proved effective in boils. They can be used as a poultice, decoction, or liniment with beneficial results. To make the decoction, 15 gm of margosa leaves should be boiled in 500 ml of water till it is reduced by one-third. 


To treat boils, this vegetable should be steeped in boiled water till it is soft and juicy. When comfortably hot, it should be wrapped with clean muslin or linen cloth and applied to the boils as a poultice.  


Application of turmeric powder on boils speeds up the healing process. In the case of fresh boils, a few dry roots of turmeric are roasted, the ashes dissolved in a cupful of water, and then applied over the affected portion. This solution enables the boils to ripen and burst. 


The leaves of the Wild pansy, catnip, dock, chickweed, burdock, or yarrow herbs are effective healing treatment for boil. Soften any of these leaves by steaming. Apply it on the boil.

Linseed -On a boiling water, place crushed fresh linseed to create a paste. Put it on the affected area of the skin and cover it with clean cloth.

Lemon-Cut the lemon in half and place it on the boil.

Comfrey - Combine comfrey with garlic and honey. Apply it on the boil. Apply the juice of onion or garlic on the boils, as it helps in evacuating the pus.

Kala Jeera - Purple Fleban
 Mix the powdered kala jeera with basil and neem, and apply it on the affected zone. This mixture can be preserved for nearly a week.

Manjishtha - Indian madder
 Apply an amalgamation of Indian madder with red sandalwood powder, turmeric, kuth and fuller's earth (multani mitti) on the affected area.

Virang (Embelia ribes)
For heat boils and acne, mix vavdinga with Bavchi oil and turmeric and apply.

Chamomile and Roman Chamomile Essential Oil are very effective in the treatment of most skin ailments, including acne, boils, burns, cuts, and wounds, irritated and sensitive skin.

Red Clover

This powerful blood cleanser is one of the most useful remedies for children with skin problems, including childhood eczema. It is good for skin
disorders, abscesses, bacterial infections and a weakened immune system. It also acts as a natural antibiotic and blood purifier.


This is a good detoxifier and helps with problems that are caused by blood impurities. It’s used for scaling skin conditions such as psoriasis.

Yellow Dock

This is a good blood purifier and cleanser that tone the entire system. It’s used extensively in the treatment of chronic skin complaints such as psoriasis. A detoxifier that helps for acne, boils, abscesses and psoriasis. 


Arsenicum album

This remedy is useful for deeply infected boils with intensely burning pain and offensive discharge. Warmth and hot applications usually are soothing. The person may feel exhausted and ill, yet anxiety and discomfort also make them restless.


This remedy is often indicated in early stages of inflammation, before much pus has formed. Boils recurring in the spring also indicate the remedy. Arnica produces a crop of boils all over, beginning with soreness, go on to suppuration, and another crop follows. When the boils partially mature and shrivel up Arnica is the remedy indicated. 


This remedy is often helpful as a topical application for boils and infected sores. It can be used in herbal form or in low dilution as a tincture, ointment, or compress. Taken internally, Calendula can help the body overcome infection.

Echinacea angustifolia

This well-known herb is often used to help the immune system overcome infection. In homeopathic form, it sometimes helps a person with recurring boils. People who need this remedy typically feel sickly, lethargic, achy, and chilly.

Hepar sulphuris calcareum

When a boil is extremely tender and sensitive to touch, this remedy can be helpful. A splinter-like sticking pain is often felt. The boil may produce deep pockets of offensive pus or be slow to heal. This remedy is also indicated when boils seem to be spreading. A person who needs this remedy usually is vulnerable and touchy, with extreme sensitivity to cold.

Mercurius solubilis

This remedy is indicated when boils are very sensitive with advanced development of pus. The person may have moist or greasy-looking skin, with swollen lymph nodes and offensive breath, and be very sensitive to changes in temperature. Warmth may aggravate the pain.

Tarentula cubensis

This remedy may be indicated when a boil is sore and swollen with stinging, burning pain, and purplish or bluish discoloration of surrounding tissues. A person who needs this remedy may also have restless feet and difficulty sleeping.

Sulphur This remedy produces a tendency to boils and is applicable to scrofulous persons.

Phytolacca is said to be specific in boils. 

 Belladonna, Arnica and Lycopodium is efficient in the treatment of boils. Berberis vulgaris hastens suppuration in boils and prevents their recurrence.

 Arctium lappa and Echinacea is excellent remedies with which to break up the "boil habit". In the latter remedy profound prostration is an indication.


This is a great boil remedy, and, in conjunction with Hepar sulphuris, prescribed for the general indications of abscess will cover many cases. It is a remedy to prevent boils. It produces inflammation of the connective tissue, and following the boil will be a plastic indurated and often inflamed lump, which Silicea will remove.

Calcarea sulphurica is also a remedy to remove the tumefaction of boils. Arsenicum and Carbo vegetabilis come in boils of a low adynamic type. 


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