Have you ever experienced the pain and irritation caused by a boil?
What are boils?
Boils are a kind of skin infection that may begin deep in the hair follicle or the associated gland. Boils are caused due to Staphylococcus bacterium. The affected area of the skin becomes red and swollen, as pus collects there.
Generally, boils may occur on areas of the skin where hair is present such as face, neck and underarm.
Can boils be treated with herbal remedies/Are there any herbal remedy for boils?
The answer to this question is yes. As for several other ailments, nature has a cure for boils too. Many herbs have proved to be extremely useful in the treatment of boils. However, you must consult your doctor before going in for herbal remedies.
Also remember that you should never squeeze a boil.
Let us take a look at the various remedies that nature has given us to deal with this skin condition.
Ginger tea: Ginger forms a strong component of the medical world owing to its great anti-inflammatory properties. Prepare some ginger tea and soak a clean piece of cloth in the container containing the tea. Let the cloth be in it for a few minutes. Now take out the cloth and rub it gently over the affected area of your skin.
Repeat this remedy daily for excellent results. Ginger has healing properties and so it can work effectively for the treatment of boils.
Cat's claw: This plant, which grows as the vine is used for various medicinal purposes. The bark and root of cat's claw are used to make herbal supplements. The herb is known to boost the immune system, and it also relaxes the smooth muscles. Furthermore, it aids the body in getting rid of excess water and lowering the blood pressure. An amazing thing about this herb is that, it helps the patients of osteoarthritis in getting rid of knee pain.
Cat's claw is also an anti-oxidant and an anti-bacterial agent, and works efficiently in treating boils.
Pregnant women must refrain from this herbal treatment.
Echinacea: This herb belongs to the daisy family. Like Cat's claw, Echinacea is also known to enhance the immune system. A better functioning immune system can fight off the bacteria responsible for the occurrence of boils more efficiently.
The anti-inflammatory property of this herb makes it effective against boils, as well as many other skin ailments such as psoriasis and eczema.
Other than this, Echinacea is also used for several other medicinal purposes such as upper respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, herpes, Candida infection, etc.
Black seeds: They are obtained by compressing the seeds of a plant known as Nigella sativa. Black seeds are also referred to as black cumin. Their anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant characteristics make them a good herbal cure against boils. Black seeds enhance immune functioning, which in turn aids in fighting off infections.
Apart from boils, black seeds are used for the treatment of various other conditions such as toothache, headache, stomach issues, upper respiratory tract infections, different kind of allergies, etc.
Neem: We all know this herb really very well, since it has been used in the field of medicine for centuries. Every civilization has accepted neem as an all in one cure for several ailments.
Neem has an important role to play in the herbal treatment of boils. The anti-bacterial property of the herb does miracles, and can kill the bacterium that causes boils.
Grab some fresh neem leaves and place them in a container of warm water for a few minutes. After that, crush the soggy leaves in a mortar and pestle until they unite to form a paste. You can now apply this paste on the boils.
Turmeric: Like neem, turmeric has also been used due to its many medicinal properties. Its anti-inflammatory characteristic is of great use in the treatment of boils.
Turmeric also has anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties, which in turn strengthens the immune functioning of the body. This spice acts as a blood purifier too. Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and drink this concoction daily.
You can apply turmeric paste on the affected part of the skin and cover it with gauze.
Tea tree oil: Here comes yet another great herbal remedy for the treatment of boils. Tea tree oil works by the virtue of its anti-septic properties. Take some cotton, dab it in the oil and then, apply it over the boil gently.
Follow this remedy five to six times a day for several days until the boil heals.
Castor oil: Castor oil aids in decreasing the pus from the boil. Dip a cotton ball in castor oil and place it on the boil and cover it with gauze. This will help in easy healing of the boil.
Onion: The antiseptic properties of onion aids in resolving the boil quickly. Place a slice of onion on the affected part and cover it with a clean cloth. Change the poultice within every three to four hours.
Oregano: This famous spice has tickled the taste buds of most of us. But did you ever know about its medicinal benefits? Well, oregano also behaves as an anti-bacterial agent and hence, is useful in resolving the boils.
Garlic: Like onion, garlic too has anti-septic characteristics. You may follow any of the following given methods to use garlic as an effective herbal remedy against boils.
- Grind two to three fresh cloves of garlic and make a paste. Apply this paste onto the boils
- Include garlic in your diet
- Take a clove of garlic, heat it and place it over the affected area of your skin. Do this around ten to fifteen times a day.
Remember that herbal remedies require some time to show results. Do not expect instant results. Allow some time for the remedies show result and make sure that you use them regularly. If any sign of some allergy appears while using any herb, stop the remedy immediately and consult a doctor.