Thursday, September 9, 2010

Herbs Commonly Used in Poultices

Chaparral, Dandelion, and Yellow Dock:  Can be used to treat skin disorders such as acne, eczema, itchy or dry skin, psoriasis, and rashes. You can use one herb, or combine two or three. The greatest benefit will be obtained from using all three. Use chaparral only if you grow it yourself or purchase it from a reputable organic grower.

Elderberry:  Can relieve pain associated with hemorrhoids.

Fenugreek Seed, Flaxseed Oil, and Slippery Elm Bark: Can be combined to treat inflammation. Slippery elm can also be used alone for the inflamed gangrenous sores often associated with diabetes, and for leg ulcers. The use of a slippery elm poultice upon the appearance of sores and ulcers can help prevent gangrene.

Slippery Elm Bark and Lobelia Leaf: Can be used to treat abscesses, blood poisoning and rheumatism.

Goldenseal Root: Is good for inflammations of all kinds.

Lobelia Leaf and Charcoal: Charcoal is available in health food stores. These are combined and used to treat insect bites, bee stings, and almost all wounds.

Lobelia Leaf and Slippery Elm Bark: Combined to treat abscesses, blood poisoning, and rheumatism.

Mullein Leaf: Is used for inflamed hemorrhoids, lung disorders, mumps, tonsillitis, and sore throat. To make the poultice, mix 4 parts mullein with 1 part hot apple cider vinegar and 1 part water.

Mustard Seed: This is beneficial for inflammation, lung congestion, and swelling, and can help relax tense muscles. Because mustard is an irritant, place the mixture between 2 pieces of cloth, rather than placing it in direct contact with the skin.

Onion Bulb: Is good for ear infections, and for boils and sores that have difficulty healing. To make this poultice, place finely chopped onion between 2 pieces of cloth, rather than placing it in direct contact with the skin.

Poke Root: Is good for an inflamed or sore breast.

Sage Leaf: Like poke root, can help relieve breast inflammation and soreness.

Note: that when the mixture used to make the poultice contains an irritant, such as mustard, it should not come into direct contact with the skin, but should be placed between pieces of cloth.

Disclaimer: The information presented herein by New Way Herbs is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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