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Turmeric and Mustard Oil Topical Herbal Remedy for Skin Infections

Updated on July 15, 2012

It was just four days ago when our baby was having a skin lesion on her leg with some fluid inside it. She was having immense pain when touched on the lesion and also was unable to walk properly without having pain. We took her to her pediatrician where he evaluated the lesion, diagnosed an infected skin lesion, and prescribed an antibiotic ointment and syrup. He told us that it will take around 4 to 5 days for this skin infection to settle down and it will go away completely after that.

My wife gave her the antibiotic and applied the ointment on the lesion prescribed by the doctor. Two days passed away but the pain and the swelling did not calm down despite taking the antibiotics. My baby was crying due to pain and we were not able to help her. Suddenly, I remembered a topical herbal remedy that my mother used to apply on our skin lesions when we were young. It was a paste made up of turmeric powder and mustard oil. I got into the kitchen, picked up a small bowl, pour some turmeric powder and added a few drops of mustard oil into it and mixed the stuff with fingers so that it changes into the form of a paste. Then, I applied this paste directly onto the lesion using a sterile piece of cotton. I also applied the paste on the area around the lesion.

To our wonder, our baby was feeling very relaxed after this application and within an hour, the lesion started draining some liquid. It was whitish pus-like drainage that we removed with soft cotton. Soon after removing the drainage, I applied the paste again onto the lesion and surrounding areas. Then it happened again after every 20 to 25 minutes throughout the day. By midnight, there was a dramatic change in that skin lesion. The swelling had got down completely and it was not painful at all. Next morning, the lesion area had new skin and there was no pain at all on touch, walking, or moving around. We were happy that we were able to treat our baby’s pain and swelling within a day with the use of herbal paste made up of turmeric powder and mustard oil.

Turmeric powder and raw turmeric
Turmeric powder and raw turmeric | Source
Turmeric powder
Turmeric powder | Source
Mustard oil used at home to make curries
Mustard oil used at home to make curries | Source

Now it is totally clear in our minds that turmeric powder contains anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-infection agents and mustard oil as it is claimed by several naturopaths is definitely a natural skin healer. I have also read on the Internet that turmeric contains curcumin, the principal curcuminoid, which works wonders for human health. Curcumin in turmeric reduces gastric acidity, prevents gallstones, reduces bad cholesterol, eliminates swelling, treats scabies, and cures diabetes. So all in all it’s a wonderful herb that we use on a daily basis in our diet. Of course, most curries in India are made up by addition of a little bit of turmeric powder and I am glad that we do it.


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    • krbalram profile image


      5 years ago from Bangalore

      Turmeric is India ancient medicine.Very useful hubs soni2006.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for the comment LittleFairy.

    • LittleFairy profile image


      6 years ago

      Very helpful info, I also believe in the healing properties of turmeric and use it regularly.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      @dinkan, thanks for sharing ur knowledge about turmeric buddy. @ardot, I am so sorry that you get those rashes but believe me that the above remedy will definitely help.

    • Ardot profile image


      6 years ago from Canada

      Very informative hub, thanks!

      I'm happy you were able to help relieve your baby's pain.

      I must wear safety boots all day at work and in the summer I often get rashes on my feet. I will try this paste you speak of and see if it helps.

    • dinkan53 profile image


      6 years ago from India

      Tumeric is a herb that everyone should consider taking on a daily basis as it got countless health benefits. Thanks for this article. Rated us useful.


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