These steps of how to make herbal poultice paste are used to help heal boils, burns, splinters, infections and to reduce inflammation. Herbs, flowers and different ingredients can alieve so many different ailments.
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Herbs are a great ingredient to use when treating your own ailments and making sure that you are in excellent health. WellnessMama recently blogged about herbal poultices after realising that not many people know what a poultice is. It is an old remedy that is still very much used in modern society.
A poultice is a paste made up of herbs, clay, activated charcoal, salts and any other beneficial minerals. It is then wrapped in a piece of cloth and put on the skin in order to treat a wound, burn, infections or other skin problems.
How to make a poultice
Making a poultice is incredibly simple and easy to understand. The whole herb is used and then ground with a mortar and pestle. Water is then added in order to make a paste. Hot water is usually added to treat an abscess whilst cold water is used in order to treat inflammation. Healing clays and salts are then added in order to enhance the healing qualities of the paste.
You can apply the poultice directly to the wound or you can place it between two layers of cloth and apply the cloth to the wound. It is advisable for you to leave it on the skin for at least 20 minutes. Repeat if necessary.
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A good idea would be to wrap the poultice in waterproof food wrap in order to keep it protected and to secure the paste on the skin.
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