12 Useful Home Remedies For Boils

A boil is a bacterial infection of the hair follicle or oil gland. Through a tiny cut or a scratch in the skin, the germs enter the skin and infect the hair follicle. It can develop on any hair-bearing part of your body but is more common in areas prone to sweating or friction such as the face, neck, thighs, buttocks and armpits. Boils should not be squeezed or pricked but they should be allowed to rupture naturally. Traditionally, home remedies are used to bring the boil to a head and promote natural drainage. Home remedies are also known to help in fighting the bacterial infection and alleviating the pain, swelling and redness.

The Following Home Remedies Are Considered Effective In Clearing Up Boils.

1. Bread Poultice

Bread poultice is an old folk remedy used for bringing the boil to a head. Soak a piece of bread in hot water until it becomes soft. Cover the boil with the hot bread. Apply the bread poultice several times a day for fast relief. For slightly better result, add a teaspoon of mustard powder to the warm water and then soak the bread in it.[1]


2. Horseradish And Honey

Horseradish and honey are potent antibiotics. In folk medicines, they are combined and used as a remedy for boils. In half a cup of honey, soak a small piece of horseradish for several hours. Apply the horseradish infused honey to the boil.[2]


3. Honey

Mix honey with flour. Spread the mixture on a piece of cloth. Cover the boil with the cloth. It helps in bringing the boil to a head rapidly and provides fast relief from the pain.[3]


4. Potato

Raw potato is an effective remedy for boils. It helps in reducing the swelling and providing fast relief from the pain. Cover the boil with a thin slice of raw potato or grated potato and with cheese cloth wrap the area. To help drain the pus, apply a warm potato poultice to the boil. Cook several whole potatoes with the skin. Allow them to slightly cool down and place them in a sock. Smash the potatoes and close the end of the sock with a tape. Place the warm potato poultice on the boil.[4]


5. Carrot Poultice

Boil some carrots until they become soft. Rapidly puree the boiled carrots through a sieve so that they do not lose the heat. Apply the hot carrot poultice to the boil. It helps in providing fast relief.[5]


6. Ginger

Compress with ginger tea helps in bringing a boil to a head. Grate a ginger root and boil it in water for several minutes. Soak a piece of clean cloth in the ginger tea and place it over the boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Apply the ginger tea compress at least four times daily.[6]


7. Cranberry

Cranberry contains powerful antimicrobial compounds that can help in fighting the germs that infect the hair follicles. Applying poultice of cranberries to the boil helps in bringing the boil to a head and draining the pus. Mash several fresh cranberries. On a piece of clean cloth, spread the mashed cranberries and place it on the boil. Leave it on the boil for an hour. Apply the mashed cranberries poultice daily until the boil clears.[7]

Cranberry Juice

8. Garlic And Onion

Garlic and onion are excellent sources of antibiotic and anti-inflammatory compounds that help in clearing up boils. Mix garlic juice and onion juice in equal amounts and apply the mixture to the boil. This helps in bringing the boil to a head and draining the pus.[8]


9. Ginger And Turmeric

Mix half a teaspoon of ginger powder with equal amount of turmeric powder. Add warm water to make a smooth paste. Apply the warm ginger and turmeric paste directly to the boil. This helps the boil to rupture rapidly. Turmeric works as a topical antibiotic and helps in clearing the infection.[9]


10. Cumin

Cumin seeds are known for their antibacterial property. They are known to help in rapidly bringing the boil to a head. Ground some cumin seeds in water and smear the paste on the boil. Alternatively, combine cumin powder with some water and apply the paste to the boil.[10]

Cumin Seeds

11. Lemon Juice

Lemon is an effective remedy for boils. Warm a whole lemon in the oven and halve it. Place the warm lemon slice on the boil and wrap it with a bandage. Remove it after an hour. The warm lemon juice helps in bringing the boil to a head. When the boil ruptures, mix two tablespoons of lemon juice with two tablespoons of distilled water and use it to wash the affected area two to three times a day.[11]

lemon juice

12. Milk Cream

Make a poultice for the boil by mixing a teaspoon of milk cream with ½ teaspoon of vinegar and a pinch of turmeric. Apply it on the boil. It helps in draining the pus without causing secondary infection.[12]