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How to Make a Turmeric Paste or Turmeric Poultice

Updated on July 4, 2012

Tips on Creating a Turmeric Poultice

Although many natural remedies involve recipes with turmeric designed for ingestion, using turmeric as a paste is a great way to speed the healing of a MRSA infection. Creating a turmeric poultice is simple and can be completed in less than five minutes. Remember, turmeric use can cause staining of stain clothing, skin and other items. Please be careful and protect your clothing!

Items needed:

  • Turmeric
  • Oil or water
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Utensil for mixing
  • Bandages, gauze or cotton to cover the area


  1. Measure one teaspoonful of turmeric. Place the turmeric in a small container suitable for mixing.
  2. Measure one-half teaspoonful of tea tree oil, olive oil, melted coconut oil or water. Combine with the turmeric. ***Some people and animals are sensitive to tea tree oil, so please exercise caution when using this substance as the liquid component of the paste.***
  3. Mix the two substances together to form a paste. The paste should be thick. Add more liquid if necessary.
  4. Apply the turmeric paste generously to the affected area.
  5. Cover the infection with a bandage, cotton ball or gauze if desired. Personally, bandages seem to irritate my skin. So, I usually wear old clothing that can become stained instead of covering the area.
  6. Allow the turmeric paste to sit on the MRSA-infected area for as long as possible. Apply a new paste every six to eight hours.


Tip: Turmeric is sometimes misspelled as turmerick or tumerick. When purchasing this spice, look for the correct spelling...turmeric!


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      MARIA TROISI 9 months ago

      So far so good - Have been using poultice for couple of days , seems to work, on a scale of 1-10 I give it a 7... Hope it keeps working -

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      ReeGastation 19 months ago

      Taking turmeric by mouth caused me dizziness and headaches. I'm wondering if I can make a poultice and not suffer the side effects?

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      figmoe 5 years ago

      I mixed it with aloe vera. It mixes better and goes on the effected area easier,

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      Alfreta Sailor 5 years ago from Southern California

      I'm just beginning to use turmeric, although I've had it for sometime, so hubs like this helps me understand it a little better. Very good hub. Voted up, useful, and interesting.