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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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35 thoughts on “Medic for Boils and Abscesses”

  1. I have reoccurring boils on the inner thigh and would like to know how to get rid of them for good..It has been some time ..I keep area clean and put castor oil ..tee tree oil…they are painful..I do wear tight undies.. I heard that putting baby powder on the thighs help after cleaning and treating..Is that a proper thing to do? I am thinking of the perfume in the powder.

    1. I get boils in my inner thighs as well, so i know the pain you go thu.
      Depends if you can see the boil, but if not you may need someone to help you.
      Get a layer of onion, and apply oil and pinch of salt (Mustard oil works great)
      Heat it up and apply to the boil. The hotter it is the better it will work, but only you know how much heat you can handle. Leave it on the area until it cools down. If you are not in a hurry, i would leave that on for as long as you can.
      Do this 2 twice daily for 2 days. Mine was gone the 3rd day, but i don’t know if you would have the same outcome. The pain is HUGE factor for me, and mine usually goes away the first day. But i always get someone else to apply it for me, it makes things a little easier.

      1. You may want to go to the Dr, it could be hydradenitis supperativa.. Its treatable, and will give so much more relief when it stops reoccurring. My daughter had that.. just a thought.

    2. You have to clean yourself internally and that starts from parasitic cleanses. All skin issues are a sign that there is an internal issue. Yeast is a parasite and it causes all kinds of skin issues. Yeast doesn’t always try to escape the body through a vaginal canal. It also tries to escape through the skin.

    3. Have you ever been tested for PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome…. Many women have no clue they have, but one of the symptoms is reoccurring boils not associated with mrsa

    4. Hey my names CJ I have H.S just letting you know that you should see a specialist – dermitoligist (to be diagnosed) as HS symptoms have reoccurring boils in certain places on body and that’s one of them.mine started on the bum the the thighs and then the armpits. Not fun. Plus helpful tip for anyone with them, wear lose/er clothes.it helps. Try emu oil, give me a lot of relief as it has anti inflammitry properties.

  2. After I soaked my boil with a onion for about 3 hours I soaked a piece of papertowel with rubbing alcohol and it started to act like a heating pad I’m not sure why .But it felt geat.

  3. I used the three day remedy with hot water (like dish water safe) and Epsom Salt.
    a. It started as a pimple on my upper eye lid. Because of the location I used the hot water first.
    b. Second day took a clean wash cloth dipped finger portion in the hot water, then made a paste with the Epson salt and compressed with the salt and placed it pressing on the eye lid for about 20/25 seconds each 3 times a day as needed.
    c. Day # 3. After waking up, cleaned the matter from the eye that morning. Repeated the next morning three times. By noon it was gone. Only remnants remained until naturally turning back to normal skin.

    This is only the second time I had it on my eye lid. I usually get it on the lower extremity (If you know what I mean). I try to eat a lot of garlic in my diet to keep it down. It works.

  4. Make a paste of garlic and onion same portion an applau on boil, do it for couple of time in a day, u feel so relax an it will help boil bust quickly, I just did it an within few hours I feel so good an one boil already bust .

  5. I get boils sometimes but when it is still VERY small like a pimple, I apply ice to it. Believe me or not after a few hours it just disappears like a miracle and saves me days of pain. But I’m not sure if this is really advisable. Everyone applies something hot or warm. And not cold as ice. Just sharing my experience.

    1. im curious about applying ice…i got boil in my underarm and its just started today.i just want to know how many times should i use ice on it? tnx

  6. I have a few boils on my body. i don’t have pain with mine unless i mess with them. i have ones that i have had for years. they aren’t big but they r on my leggs and arms. some have gotton bigger but only the size of a dime. i have tried popping with pins but nothing has happen they start to bleed. i get scared thinking i might make it worse or infected.i had one cut out once on my legg and now I’m left with a nice scare on my legg. since then two more have grown near the same area. some of the ones i have on me i have had for years now. wondering if it matters how long they have been there. Any advice would be great. just want them gone. i don’t even want to wear shorts or short sleave shirts because i have a real big one on my arm near my sholder. i will try anything someone please help and let me know what i can do to get rid of them.i really don’t want scares all over my body. i just don’t know if doing the things that people wrote on here would be good for me. because they have been there for years. any help would be great.

  7. I just taped a slice of onion to my inner thigh.. Never thought i was going to say that in a lifetime xD hope this helps!! Because it hurts like heeeeell,, But maaybe i can already feel the cooling of the onion

  8. I always do the wrong thing and try to pop pimples in groin area now this thing is big and sore gonna try the onion slice when I get home from work will let you know if it works or not

  9. Take a small chunk of a detergent soap (powder it). About 5 gms. Mix it with 10 gms of sugar (white) add few drops of water and mix it until it becomes warm. Apply this mixture on the heat boil. All the boils no matter how severe, will vanish overnight.

  10. I have had so many boils and im many places and have had many surgically removed wich is soo soo painful. My doctor told me to yous dial antibacterial soap only. And every day. I have been doing this and havnt had no issues at all its been about a year in a half now.
    Good luck!

  11. I used to get boils terribly bad. My mom would put a slice of red onion on each of the boils and wrap them in gauze over night. By morning there would usually be a head to the boils and she would open them up and apply a poltice of ground sage and shortening, covering with a gauze pad or bandaid. Within a couple of weeks the boils would be gone. I do this now, even if it’s just an in grown hair or pimples ( the sage and shortening) and it doesn’t leave a scar. My husband says it’s less painful this way when he gets boils.

    1. Nowadays i am also having boil it is in my back below the shoulder. Initially I applied turmeric but it is very painful then i visited the doctor. Dr operated this once but again it becomes worse and again dr.cut and dig the area. Now i am going thru the painful cleaning and bandage also antibiotics injections. Anybody pls tell me if the treatment is correct or not.

  12. Try apple cider vinegar & honey, mix 2gether, dip ball of cotton wool n2 mix & squeeze onto boil, cover with gauze, 24-48hrs should have dried up

  13. My daughter had a medium sized boil on her outer thigh and at first we tried an onion based on the comments above. It worked a little bit. Then we tried black drawing salve and it worked like a charm. Drew the puss right out. You just need to ask your pharmacist for it and they will find it for you. We applied it twice a day for several days and covered it with a bandage. We also wrapped it with an ace bandage to apply pressure to the bandage.

  14. i got a boils almost 3 times during 6 months and it was really hail as too much pain and burning. I got quared by doing hot compress initials and as per doctor advise I did antibiotic course and it gave me quick drying the boils

    I understand the neatural way can heal the boils but it is taking times and if do both Togather medicines and natural therapies sure it will give u less pain and fast realese from the boils

    Rajesh shah…..Dubai

  15. I have a boil on the side of my forehead in the temple very strange place to be anyway I am going to try apple cider vinegar and honey and if that doesn’t work I’ll use a hot cloth. Has anybody ever heard of one being there or maybe it isn’t a boil

  16. 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.

  17. 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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