Medicinal Plants Poultice For Pain

The fresh turmeric root and custard apple leaves
The fresh turmeric root and custard apple leaves | Source

What is a Poultice?

A poultice is a mushy mixture or substance that is usually made from herbs and other natural ingredients and is used to treat injuries, sprains, muscle aches, tendinitis, pain, inflammation and skin problems. Another name for poultice is cataplasm and is usually applied externally. In this article I will tell you how to make poultice from turmeric and custard apple leaves. This particular poultice is good for treating strains, sprains, inflammation and muscle pains.

A few years ago I pulled my Achilles tendon and could not walk. My grandfather made this exact poultice and by the following morning I was able to walk and within three days my tendon was healed. Follow the instructions and you will have a natural sprain, pain and anti-inflammatory topical treatment.


The turmeric root freshly dug.
The turmeric root freshly dug. | Source
The turmeric plant
The turmeric plant | Source
The turmeric root in the ground
The turmeric root in the ground | Source

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a root that resembles ginger and extract is used to make dyes and as an added ingredient in yellow curry. Turmeric is what gives curry its yellow color and can also be used fresh or in powdered form.

This very aromatic root is used in many dishes around the world especially in Southeast Asian cuisines. The fresh root has a more intense flavor than the powdered form and must be used with care when cooking. Personally I prefer the fresh turmeric root when making curries.

Turmeric has been found to have medicinal properties that include

  • reduces the risk of leukemia in children
  • study in mice showed it prevented cancer from spreading to the breast
  • Antiseptic and antibacterial
  • prevents many cancers from metastasizing
  • natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.

There are so many medicinal uses that I could not list them here. For information on the medicinal values of turmeric click here! Turmeric Medicinal Information.


The custard apple leaves
The custard apple leaves | Source

A little about the Custard apple

The custard apple is a fruit that is mainly found in South East Asia, Africa, India and Australia. This plant is very popular in Jamaica and the leaves are used for medicinal purposes. Custard apple is also known as Bull's heart or Bullock's heart and prefers warm climatic conditions. Maybe that is why it thrives so well in Jamaica.

The fruit is quite creamy in texture with brown seeds and when the fruit is ripe the skin is pinkish in color. The leaves when crushed are natural remedy for boils, pain, ulcers and abscesses.


The pulpy stuff - poultice
The pulpy stuff - poultice | Source
The poultice ready for use
The poultice ready for use | Source

The Poultice Recipe

This is pretty simple to make and takes just a few minutes so long as you have your ingredients handy.

Here is a list of all the things you will need:-

  • 12 custard apple leaves
  • 3 roots fresh turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • a kitchen mortar and pestle or a flat surface with a pestle
  • a long bandage or cloth to use to bandage the poultice to affected are

Method: You may cut the leaves smaller if you like. Pound the leaves in your mortar into fine pieces. Leaves will be moist but not mushy. Cut the turmeric into pieces and add to pounded leaves and pound into a pulp. Pound both turmeric and leaves together until a bit mushy. Add vinegar and continue pounding. Pound as fine as possible. Poultice will be moist but not mushy, this is fine. Place poultice in the center of cloth and wrap around affected area.

Change poultice once daily. The best time to apply the poultice is just before bed. The poultice can be made without the custard apple leaves but wont be as intense and may take a little longer for the injury to heal. This is a great natural healing medicine.

Note: Poultice will stain cloth. The skin will have a stain mark for a few days after removing poultice.

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is a totally new treatment to me. I don't think we grow Turmeric here but it sounds like an amazing poultice. My Mother used to make a poultice out of different things, one that i remember is a potato poultise. It reduced swelling. Thank you for sharing...


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

You are welcome Ruby. I am going get together some other remedies that my granddad use to make and post them here.


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

I've never used this type of poultice before, but I'm quite familiar with them in general.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

If ever you are in pain you can try this one.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi Cardisa! Wow, this is some great information. I don't like to use the medicine provided by the pharmaceutical companies. Nature has provided many cures for us as you have put forth in this excellent hub. Voted up, up and away!


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

I too hate pharmaceuticals Dexter so we try to use as much natural remedies as possible. There are many more remedies I know so I will be sharing some here. Thanks for voting Dexter!


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rasta1 5 years ago from Jamaica

you should do your own video, that would be cool, I am planning to do some videos like this next year.


Josephine 5 years ago

Any remedy that ain't manufactured, I'm in! Thx for the information, knowledge is power!


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

You are right Rasta. I'll do a video for my next poultice recipe.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

You are welcomed Josephine. Thanks!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Beautifull! I am very interested in natural remedies, especially uses of natural plants. I am sorry we can't get more tropical plants here - the weather is too hard for them. Like I don't think I could even find custard leaves here.....but plenty of tumerick.

I love how professional your articles are and beautiful pictures.


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Phyllis Doyle 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Cardisa, Thank you for this information. I love herbal/home remedies and make my own liniment and other remedies for many ailments. This is a very good hub and well-written. Where can custard apple leaves be obtained?


Hubertsvoice 5 years ago

That is a very interesting poultice. My Grandma Williams used to make poultices for everything. She would never let us watch, so we never learned how to make them.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks RealHousewife! You could make the poultice from the turmeric alone especially for normal pain relief.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Phyllis, it's hard to tell you exactly where in the US you can get it but the fruit is also called "bull's heart" and "bullock's heart". It likes warmer temperatures so maybe California or Florida and other warmer States. I think the best way to find it is to ask someone from a green market, a fruit seller or a natural herb store.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

I can't remember half of what my Grandfather did but the good thing is my fiancé` has the gift of herbal healing so he helps me.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Cardisa, you are a woman of ALL trades..your hubs fill the spectrum of human experience...and are so enjoyable to read...with lots of honesty and a big dose of humble 'ness.' And yummy treats to boot!!!


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Lucky Cats...you should be my PR person...lol

Thanks for that wonderful comment!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

LOL


leann2800 5 years ago

I have turmeric in capsule form here but I Have not heard of custard apple. Thanks for sharing this treatment.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Most welcome Leann, I thank you for stopping by!


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Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

Great Hub Cardisa, and I see a great future for the land and soil based hubs, I am happy to see that the brief turnaround you made, that short lived stint with you normal flow came back inclusive of these types of goodies.

The land holds all the answers and you being a proud daughter of her , there are only good things in store.

Nice work !

As I was saying to rasta1, this is whence I came many years ago. That Jamaican Rasta man, who rode down the rivers in Jamaica on a bamboo raft, explaining the roots and leaves as he went,I miss him, but he played a great part.

Give Thanks..


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moonlake 5 years ago from America

My grandmother used poultice for many things but I can't rmember her recipe. I know when my nephew had a boil the doctor told my sister to use a poulice of bread soaked in milk to draw it out.

Great hub.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Moonlake.

The custard apple leaves are great for boils too. As a matter of fact I know a few tricks to help with that.


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Cardisa, I have heard of the great health benefits turmeric has to offer, but never heard of the custard apple leaves. I will give it a try. I always look for natural remedies first, before I try out anything else. Very interesting subject. Great images. Voted up and sharing.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi SanneL, yes the custard apple leaves are great for pain and inflammation. My Grandfather first made this poultice when I snapped my Achilles tendon and in a few days it was alright.

Thanks for stopping by.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

One of the best thing about Hubpages is learning new things, just like this. I haven't heard of these things before. I amazed by all the healing properities of the items you have shown us. Well done and so helpful.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Tammy, I am glad I could teach you something today. My granddad use to make poultices for everything. My fiancé knows a little about herbal medicine too. Thanks for stopping by Tammy, have a blessed day.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica

Tumeric is used to manage cholesterol problems for the older people in my family.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hey Rasta, turmeric is good for a lot of stuff, that is why Asian people are usually so healthy.


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the rawspirit 17 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Aruba - Carlsbad, CA - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert, AZ

Thank you for your article. I am a believer in poultices. I really like the use of turmeric. My favorite base for poultices is Comfrey. Blessings


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Cardisa 17 months ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks for stopping by The Rawspirit. I have never used Comfrey before.


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the rawspirit 17 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Aruba - Carlsbad, CA - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert, AZ

Its amazing. I will be writing about using it as a basis for poultices that are needed for wounds, bruise and brakes. Other uses as well, but I love it for these. Blessings.


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Cardisa 17 months ago from Jamaica Author

I have heard about the plan but haven't researched it much. It's common here in Jamaica.

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