Boils are pus-filled, inflamed areas of the skin that
can occur anywhere on the body, usually at an infected
hair follicle. Most common sites are low back, thighs,
buttocks, back of neck, and armpits. The infection is
usually due to the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus.
Boils usually start as very painful slightly red bumps.
They then become more swollen, more painful, redder,
filled with pus and with a yellowish-white tip, and
will keep draining or causing pain until the "core,"
a sac surrounding the pus, is expelled.
What To Consider
Recurrent boils can occur in people with decreased immune
function, diabetes, chronic gastrointestinal problems,
underactive thyroid, lowered resistance due to borderline
nutrient deficiencies, and chronic emotional stress.
Bursting a boil can spread it, leaving scars, and usually
does no good until the core is expelled.
plenty of green, orange, and yellow vegetables, which
are cleansing (try to have at least four different types
of green vegetables a day, and keep this up for at least
six months). Increase fluids, drinking water throughout
the day, and drinking water with juice of fresh lemon
and one teaspoon of chlorophyll upon rising and before
bed. Also avoid over-consumption of white sugar and
white flour products.
The following nutrients can all be helpful for treating
boils, due to their ability to boost immunity: garlic
capsules, kelp, chlorophyll, proteolytic (pancreatic)
enzymes (taken on empty stomach two to three times daily
away from meals), vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin
E, coenzyme Q10, raw thymus glandular, and zinc.
For boils compounded by chronic emotional stress, also
consider adrenal and thymus glandulars, vitamin B5 (1
gram four times daily), and vitamin C (1 gram every
Draw out the boil with bergamot,
lavender, chamomile, clary sage.
To bring boil to a head, apply a poultice of cooked
onions. Wrap in cloth and do not apply onion directly
to boils. Application of a paste of 1/2 teaspoon each
of tumeric and ginger powder directly to boil.
Rescue Remedy Cream can be applied (minimum
four times a day) on unbroken skin around, but not directly
on, boils. Flower essences for negative feelings surrounding
the problem, such as Rescue Remedy to help alleviate
stress or Crab Apple for low self-esteem, negative body
image, and feeling toxic.
blend of the tinctures of echinacea, cleavers, and yellowdock
in equal parts, taken one teaspoonful three times a
day can help speed the healing time for boils. Additionally,
drinking a cup of an infusion of nettle, preferably
fresh herb, twice a day, can be helpful.
Bellis, Belladonna, Hepar sulph., Arnica, Silicea,
Apis mel., Arsen alb., and Lachesis are all
useful homeopathic remedies that can be taken alone
or in combination with each other. Phytolacca
is another useful remedy, but it must be taken alone.
Warm Epsom salts baths can help ease the pain of boils and draw out the
Juice parsley, spinach, celery, and pineapple juice may to help purify
the blood. As an alternative, beet root juice can also
be sued, and is a traditional remedy used in Europe
to help treat boils.
Apply a mixture of honey,
the oil from vitamins E and A, and zinc oxide to the
infected areas. Do this several times a day, up to once
per hour. Other effective topical treatments include
a poultice of goldenseal root powder paste, hot Epsom
salt pack (two tablespoons in one cup water), tea tree
oil, or a poultice of one part sesame oil and one part
lime juice mixed and applied externally.
Colloidal silver applied topically can also result in
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures,
seek the help of a qualified health professional.
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