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Healing With Food Make A Bread Poultice

Updated on February 20, 2013




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Healing foods

We all know the health benefits of a well balanced diet, but food is good for healing purposes too, using food wrapped in bandages can help speed up healing and even help with skin problems, different foodstuffs in a poultice can have different effects on different skin ailments.

To make a poultice mix the ingredients into a paste, cover damaged skin with a pourus cloth; stick the ingredients onto the cloth and wrap with a bandage.

Bread Poultice

Bread Poultice You take homemade bread and soak it in a little water and oil (cooking) to draw infection from sores and cuts

Bread and Milk Poultice

Bread and Milk Poultice mix bread and milk together to make a paste, useful for bringing boils and abscesses to a head.

Bran Poultice

Make a paste with hot water and bran; apply as hot as can be tolerated. Used for inflammations, strains, sprains, and bruises.

Potato poultice

Is a traditional home remedy for inflammation. Applied to the skin, it is used to heal skin conditions such as eczema. Over the joints, it is used to relieve arthritis.

Onion Poultice

Sautee chopped onion in oil add 1-2 tablespoons of flour and wrap in cheesecloth. Apply to area. Excellent for drawing out impurities. High sulphur content makes it good for inflamed areas.

Mustard Poultice

Use powdered mustard and mix with water to make a paste. Add flour to hold paste together. Do not apply directly on skin. Wrap in muslin or cheesecloth or cotton towel between skin and paste. Cover with plastic wrap. Remove immediately if stinging or burning occurs. Use with caution. Do not use on sensitive or broken skin. Good for arthritic joints and any condition requiring increased circulation. Used to help relieve congestion, aid asthma; relieve coughs and assists in getting rid of colds and flu when used on the chest.

Salt and onion

Put salt in boiled onion to make a poultice and tie it on a boil so that it breaks.


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      MLynne 6 years ago

      How do you think the villages out beyond medical science survived over the centuries. They learned the benefits of the plants that grew near by. These remedies have survived the ages. Granted like modern medcines they don't work the same way on everyone. You can take the advice of people who have used them for what modern medcine calls contraindication i.e. poor results but they do work more frequently than not. With fewer side effects. A Septegenarian still looking for cures Thank You Jimmy

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      Kita 6 years ago

      I remember when I was about 15... I had an abcessed tooth and my mom and auntie made a poultice of boiled onion and salt, placed it on the swolen gum and the next morning... poof... gone... it really works!

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      minimacmoos 6 years ago

      Very interesting. My Dad was in the Royal Army Medical Corps and treated us kids with poultices, mainly bread but sometimes mustard. They were particularly effective on boils.

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      suven 9 years ago

      nice hub i am felling glad to know that u also know ( POWER OF NATURE )

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      Milange 9 years ago from India


      Great Information .I just wanted to share something with you all about home remedies.The natural things are just perfect for everyone .No side effects and anamazing effect on the illness.I am quite impressed by the article and thanks for the good work done.

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      starrkissed 9 years ago from Arizona

      wow, i never knew any of this. great information!

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      Mundargi08 9 years ago from India

      A hub with great information.It is a fact that the vegetables we eat daily not only nourish our body, but also cure many of the common diseases.

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      Ricardo Nunes 9 years ago from Portugal

      Oh Jimmy, thank you for the shout. You have so many good hubs that I haven´t been able to find them all :D . Great hub with healthy tips.

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      burn-fat 10 years ago

      Good info. I'm a big believer in natural healing methods.

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      justjanice 10 years ago

      These are interesting, and more so, as we were talking about them at home recently. My grandson, had what we thought, was a little mosquito bite gone sceptic. We applied sunlight soap and sugar to a plaster, expecting everything to be drawn out overnight. It turned out to be a tick bite, maybe that's why nothing happened. My mum insisted the onion poultice is best.

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      James Paterson 10 years ago from Scotland

      thanks for sharing that one dalene.....jimmy

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      Dalene 10 years ago

      Another one that your readers might be interested in, and it works extremely well, is a remedy for mosquito, spider or other bites. As soon as you are bitten, cut a slice of onion and rub it on the bite for a few minutes - or - mince up a piece of onion, and using the minced onion juice with the minced onion, apply it to the bite and hold on bite with plam of hand for five or ten minutes. It will take away the itch and reduce the size and redness of the bite. Later, if it begins to itch again, do the same thing again. Much better than the over-the-counter commercial anti-itch ointments.

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      James Paterson 10 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks livelonger,talking about bee stings reminds me that the bread poultice is also good for drawing out the poison from them too,

      people laugh at some of the old remedies,but a lot of them do work take leeches for example, years ago they were used in medicine, today they are becoming very popular in healing burn victims and people with wound infections.

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      Jason Menayan 10 years ago from San Francisco

      This was interesting. I wonder if certain spices stimulate the immune system to act. I read years ago that people use bee stings to heal arthritis.

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      James Paterson 10 years ago from Scotland

      my mother used that 1 too Dalene, without the sock though i should have remembered lol because the menthol smell lasted for days afterwords.....jimmy

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      Dalene 10 years ago

      Great information. My Gramie used poultice as home remedies. The only one I remember not liking was the one she used for sore throats and colds. Menthol ointment applied to the chest and throat area and then a woolen sock over the ointment on the throat area. It was very itchy.