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How to Make a Basic Herbal Poultice

Herbal poultices are great for your body. They can be used to treat many things, and have the potential to increase blood flow, relax tense muscles, soothe inflamed tissues, and draw out toxins from an infected area of the body. They are typically used for pain and inflammation caused by things like abscesses, bruises, boils, fractures, pressure ulcers, and other ailments. They can also be used to break up chest congestion or remove particles that are embedded in the skin. Making herbal poultices is not difficult, either.

Herbs and Other Ingredients

1 C dried herbs
1 C boiled water
French or  Bentonite clay, corn meal, or flour
Flanner or soft cloth

Recipe for Basic Poultice Preparation

Mix the dried herbs with the water, then add enough of either the clay, corn meal, or flour to make a paste thick enough to apply topically. Spread the paste onto a square of cloth that is about 6-8 inches square, then apply the cloth directly to the affected area. Press the cloth down so the paste sticks to the skin, then cover the area with a dry cloth. Leave the paste on until it dries and pulls away from the skin.


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