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.
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.
- Dab a small amount of castor oil on a cotton ball.
- Apply it on the affected area.
- 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.
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.
- 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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