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9. Castor Oil

Castor seed oil has been part of traditional medicine both in the West and the East. In the Ayurvedic system of medicine, it has been used for the treatment of skin problems, infections, boils and carbuncles.

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Almost 90% of castor oil is ricinoleic acid . Ricinoleic acid has antimicrobial properties and has powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. These properties make it a suitable remedy for skin infections like boils, pimples and acne .


When applied externally to the boil, it draws out the pus from the boil and relieves pain.

  1. Dab a small amount of castor oil on a cotton ball.
  2. Apply it on the affected area.
  3. Repeat this several times daily until the boil disappears.

10. Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is more than a relaxing bath salt. It works wonders for skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis, and also for boils. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate and has unique medicinal properties . It also acts as a detoxifying agent.

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It helps soften the crust of the boil, thereby enabling the boil to burst. Plus, it draws out the impurities from the boil and speeds up the healing process.

  • Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt in a large bowl filled with warm water. Soak a washcloth in it and place on the affected area. Do this for 20 minutes at a time, 3 times daily until the boil is gone.
  • Another option is to mix 2 cups of Epsom salt in a bathtub filled with warm water. Soak your body in it for 15 to 20 minutes. Pat yourself dry after getting out. Do this for 3 times a week.

These natural treatments will surely bring some relief from the discomfort of boils. But you need to follow the remedies without fail for a few days to see positive results. After the boil is drained, clean the infected area 2 or 3 times a day until the wound heals.

Additional Tips

  • To minimize the recurrence of boils, strengthen your immune system.
  • Avoid eating sugar-rich foods as they raise blood glucose levels and increase the risk of developing boils.
  • Maintain good personal hygiene to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Wash your hands before and after applying medicines and remedies to the infection.
  • Never poke the boil and avoid sharing personal items like towels, clothes and bedding with someone who has boils.


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Medic for Boils and Abscesses was last modified: April 5th, 2018 by Top10HomeRemedies
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  1. This really works. Quarter an onion, take 1 quarter of it and put in toaster oven for a few minutes to cook slightly take a couple of layers of it, dab a 1/4 tsp honey on the boil, put the onion over it, a layer of sterile gauze, tape and leave overnight. You will notice immediate results, repeat if necessary.

  2. I had one on my great toe when I was a child. It was huge and very painful making me unable to wear a shoe on that foot. My Mom lanced the top will a sterile needle. The core was very defined. She took a piece of thread folded it in half then laid the thread on my toe with one piece sideof thread
    on each side of the core. Gently began twist the tread until it became tight around the core. After it was tight against the core she just pulled her hands apart causing the thread to pull upward and the entire core came out that about half inch long and and the core was half inch long and the size of a pencil in diameter. It happened so quick there was no pain just IMMEDIATE RELIEF.

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