Thursday, May 8, 2014
Herbal Drawing Poultice
The other morning I was changing my one year old's cloth diaper and noticed an angry red area about the size of a penny that had a small scratch in the middle of it on her little bottom. It was slightly raised and though there was no white head, it did not look very nice.
I immediately decided to try a drawing poultice to help heal the area and get rid of any possible infection that might be occurring. I keep a lot of herbs on hand and it's times like these that I am grateful for the wide variety of herbs in my pantry.
There are a number of herbs that can be used for this purpose, but these are the ones that I happened to have on hand. This is approximately the recipe I made, as I was in a hurry and did not have time to do specific measurements.
*Echinacea Root and Leaf Mixture
These I put in a spice grinder and ground until they were of a powdery consistency. To this I added:
*Goldenseal Root Powder
*Tumeric Root Powder
I added enough filtered water to make a paste. I placed some on a waterproof bandaide and placed this over the reddened area....
Three hours later, the area completely down and there was just a trace of redness around the scratch. I removed the bandaide, cleaned the area and applied a drop of tea tree oil.
Amazing the power of herbs!! I did apply another drop or two of tea tree oil during the day and then at night placed a little of the paste on a cotton ball and placed that over the scratch.
I have also used this paste on my husband when he has had infected ingrown hairs with great success.
Disclaimer: Please do not misconstrue this as medical advise. With any medical condition, please seek the help of a physician with any medical questions or concerns that you might have. I am not a physician, nor do I give medical advise, diagnose, or treat medical conditions.