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A poultice is usually made of herbs and placed on the skin to treat a variety of conditions. Either fresh or dried herbs may be used for the poultice; however, you must research the particular herb to make sure it isn't an irritant. Before you make your poultice, find a list of commonly used herbs and their uses. Added: Poultices act by increasing blood flow, relaxing tense muscles, soothing inflamed tissues, or drawing toxins from an infected area. Thus, they can be used to relieve the pain and inflammation associated with abscesses; boils; bruises; carbuncles; fibrocystic disease; fractures of bones; enlarged glands in the neck, breast or prostate; leg ulcers; nerve or muscle pain, sprains; sunburn; tumors; and ulcerated eyelids and other ulcers. They are also used to break up congestion, draw out pus from infected wounds, and remove embedded particles and foreign articles from the skin such as splinters.

Difficulty: EasyInstructions
Make a Dried Herb Poultice
Step 1: Grind dried herbs into a powder with a mortar and pestle.

Step 2: Add enough warm water to make a paste. The paste should be thick enough to be applied to the affected area, but it shouldn't be stiff.

Step 3: Spread the herbal mixture over a piece of gauze, cotton or muslin that is large enough for the affected area.

Step 4: Clean the affected area before placing the poultice on it.

Step 5: Wrap the poultice with a towel or plastic wrap and secure it into place.

Step 6: Keep the poultice on for anywhere from 1 to 24 hours depending applying a fresh poultice as needed.

Make a Fresh Herb Poultice
Step 1Chop up about 1/2 cup of the fresh herb and mix with 1 cup of water in a saucepan.

Step 2Simmer herbs and water for about 2 minutes.

Step 3Squeeze out excess moisture, but don't drain.

Step 4Spread the herbal mixture over a piece of gauze, cotton or muslin that is large enough for the affected area.

Step 5Clean the affected area before placing the poultice on it.

Step 6Wrap the poultice with a towel or plastic wrap and secure it into place.

Step 7Keep the poultice on for anywhere from 1 to 24 hours depending applying a fresh poultice as needed.

*For Oils*:

Step 1: Fill a clean, sanitized, jar with fresh herbs. If the are large or bulky, lightly chop them up.

Step 2: Pour oil over the herbs until the jar is almost full.

Step 3: Seal the jar up and place in a window for 3-4 weeks.

Step 4: Open the jar up and strain the herbs out, while pouring the treated oil into another clean jar.

Step 5: If the scent is not strong enough, re-fill the first jar with fresh herbs and pour the treated oil back over them. Repeat steps 3-4 if needed.

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