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Natural Healing Using Food From Your Kitchen

Updated on March 10, 2018

A Simple Bread Poultice

When I was younger I stood on some glass in my bare feet and cut myself, the next day, I awoke to a swollen foot with green pus coming out of the wound.

My dad who was once an army medic, back in the days when National Service was in force in the UK, knew exactly what to do, He was going to make me a bread poultice.

He took a simple piece of bread, squeezed it in his hand, and put it on the cut on my foot, he then wrapped a bandage around it and told me to put my sock on and keep it on until I awoke the next morning.

When I awoke the next morning the smell emanating from my foot was rancid and I couldn't wait to take my sock and bandage off so that I could wash my foot.

When I removed the sock and bandage the piece of bread on my foot was a disgusting mess, a mixture of green pus, blood and goodness knows what other substances were in there.

When I washed my foot the wound was clean and almost healed, who would have thought a humble piece of bread would be so effective in healing an infected wound.

That simple bread poultice was used to soak up and draw out the infection from my foot and with the infection gone my foot was able to heal quicker.

More recently I have been researching the healing properties of Food products that actually work and this article is the result.

Plain White Bread

Plain white bread perfect for a poultice
Plain white bread perfect for a poultice | Source

How to Make a Food Poultice

Making a food poultice is really quite simple, you mix up the ingredients into either a paste or a dough apply to the affected area and then bandage up the poultice and the infected area, leave it on for at least 12 hours and you will notice the results as soon as the poultice is removed.

Remember to clean the affected area as soon as the poultice has been removed.

This should not need to be stated but please do not be tempted to eat the poultice ingredients when you have removed them from the affected area of your body.

Squeeze your bread

Squeeze the bread until it has the consistency of a dough.
Squeeze the bread until it has the consistency of a dough. | Source

Other Poultice Foods and What They Help to Heal

Bread Poultice (To draw out an infection from a cut to help speed up the healing process)

For best results use a fresh slice of plain white bread or fresh home made bread, if the bread is slightly stale use a teaspoon of water to help soften it down. Squeeze the bread until it goes back to a doughy texture, apply to the wound then bandage around the dough leave on for around 12 hours.

Bread and Milk Poultice (Helps to bring out the head of an abscess or a boil)

Mix a teaspoon of milk to plain white bread and mix until they make a thick paste, apply to the abscess or boil and cover with a bandage or large band aid, leave on for at least one hour.

Bran Poultice (Helps to reduce inflammations, strains, sprains, and bruises)

Make a paste with hot water and bran; apply as hot as can be tolerated. bandage and leave on the affected area for about 30 minutes.

Potato poultice (Helps to relieve Arthritis pain, reduces skin conditions such as eczema and reduces swelling)

Thinly slice a raw potato (think potato chip) apply to the affected area, bandage and leave on for at least 2 hours. for arthritis sufferers cover the affected joints and bandage again for at least 2 hours.

Onion Poultice ( Excellent for drawing out impurities.High sulfur content makes it good for inflamed areas)

Saute a chopped onion in oil add 1-2 tablespoons of flour and wrap in cheesecloth. Apply to area for at least an hour.

Mustard Poultice (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.)

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.

Salt and Onion Poultice ( Burst a boil painlessly)

Add salt to boiled onion, place on infected area and keep it on with plastic wrap this works usually within 20-30 minutes.

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A Used Teabag for Healing

Not only can you have a lovely cup of tea but you can reuse the teabag to heal your body.
Not only can you have a lovely cup of tea but you can reuse the teabag to heal your body. | Source

The Healing Powers of a Simple Teabag

Teabags not only help to relieve stress as any English person will tell you "Everything feels better with a nice cup of tea," Hot sweet tea is also prescribed to someone suffering from symptoms of shock and the used teabags can also be used as a part of your beauty routine.

We all know that cucumber placed over the eyes helps to relieve tired eyes and puffiness but did you know that a warm used teabag has the same effect and takes half the time? Just close your eyes place two warm used teabags over them and remove them when they have cooled down, no more puffy eyes.

There are many uses for a humble teabag in natural healing. and because the tea is already in a bag you have a ready to use poultice.

Healing Powers of a Teabag


Allow a used teabag to cool down, while it is still wet gently rub it on to sunburn, it will cool the skin and reduce irritation.


A used teabag allowed to cool down also helps to reduce the swelling of a bruise and ease the pain, hold the still wet teabag on the bruise for around 30 minutes for best results.

Stings and Insect bites

A cooled wet teabag pressed onto a sting or insect bite helps to draw out the poison and relieves the pain.

Black Eye

Hold a warm used teabag onto the swelling of a black eye to reduce swelling, ease the pain and it can stop discoloration of the shiner.

Stopping Bleeding

If you cut your finger and are finding it difficult to stem the blood flow, a used teabag pressed on to the cut will stop the bleeding within minutes, tea contains caffeine which helps to reduce the blood vessels stemming the blood flow.


I am a writer and not a doctor, This article is based on thorough research from many resources and some through personal experience, please note that although these natural home remedies may work for some people they may not work for you. should your symptoms persist please consult with a medical professional.

Please also note that if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients mentioned in this article do not use them under any circumstances.

The products mentioned in this article are all natural products which are found in most homes, these remedies if tried are at the persons own risk and the writer takes no responsibility for any adverse affects or if they don't work as expected.

© 2018 James Paterson


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    • JoanieMRuppel54 profile image

      Joanie Ruppel 9 days ago from Keller, Texas

      Back in the day, when I was a child, I remember similar home made remedies, especially having some liquor for a sore throat. We'd get arrested now! Great information in your article!

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      Peggy Woods 9 days ago from Houston, Texas

      How interesting! Home remedies have often been passed down from one generation to the next. Will pin this to my health board. Thanks!

    • Tom Cornett profile image

      Tom Cornett 10 days ago from Ohio

      Good Hub. I remember my parents and grand parents using some of these methods of healing and they worked. I had a painful, swollen,blackened big toe once and my aunt mixed kerosene, honey and vinegar....poured it on a patch of cloth and wrapped my toe. The next morning my toe was pink and not the least bit sore. The cloth was soaked with infectious fluids. I had no more troubles with the toe.