Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Boil Busting Natural Remedies

Boils are usually caused by clogged sweat glands or hair follicles that have become infected. Although contaminated ingrown hair can also be the cause, people with an already compromised immune system are most susceptible. Good news is there are several home remedies to get this squared away:

Bentonite Clay
Bentonite Clay: Combine water and Bentonite clay until it forms a paste-like texture (poultice), then apply on the affected area. The clay will dry, and then pull the toxins from the boil. Reapply this poultice once its dried out. NOTE: do not mix clay with metal flatware or dishware, as contact with metal can change the clay's chemical composition. Buy Bentonite clay at your local health store or purchase at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Activated charcoal
Activated Charcoal: Just as the above poultice is created, add water to activated charcoal mix together until it forms a paste texture. Then gently rub it on the boil and cover with a gauge. Once the concoction dries out; repeat this step so that the poultice remains moist and continues to have its healing drawing properties. You can buy activated charcoal at your local health food store, or online from Bulk Herb Store. Just like Bentonite Clay, activated charcoal will suck up toxins like a magnet, as its negative ion charge attracts positive ions like heavy metals, pathogens, toxins and harmful bacteria. Note, mostly all disease and infections have positive ionic charge.So both clays and charcoal tend to literally suck the junk out of you.

Raw Propolis
Propolis: This sticky resin, collected by bees, is most touted for its skin healing abilities, as it is a natural antibiotic. This poultice can be created by pouring a little hot water over propolis, so that the poultice is more pliable, apply to the area then cover with a dressing cloth.

If you don’t have any of these items on hand, try a using potato by cutting a slice and placing it on top of the boil, which will draw puss from an already draining boil. You can also use apple cider vinegar to help sterilize it, simply pour it over the draining boil. To reduce the stinging feeling mix a small amount of water to the vinegar. Buy propolis at your local health food store or online at iHerb.

Meanwhile, give your immune system a boost by eating more vitamin-C rich veggies and fruit, such as: oranges, dark green leafy vegetables, tangerines, strawberries, etc.). Find these ingredients at your local health food store or farmers market. Remember to thoroughly wash hands and clothes that have come in contact with the boil to avoid further contamination.

Both Bentonite clay and activated charcoal can be used internally to help further rid the body of invasive toxins. Do not take either within two hours of eating food, as both Bentonite clay and activated charcoal may interfere with the effectiveness of some medications, so ask your health care provider how long it takes for your medications to absorb and verify whether it's alright to take these natural remedies after your medications have been absorbed. If pregnant or planning to become pregnant consult your caregiver first. Got questions or want to share your experience using these home remedies, please share below.

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