By Steven Horne, RH (AHG) & Kimberly Balas, ND
A poultice is a mixture of crushed fresh herbs or dried
herbs moistened with water to make a paste. The crushed
herbs or paste are applied topically. It is similar to a compress, but plant parts are used rather than liquid extraction.
To make a poultice with fresh herbs, simply crush, chop or
mash the fresh plant parts and apply topically. To make a
poultice with dried herbs, use a base of mucilaginous herbs
like comfrey root, slippery elm or marshmallow and add other herbs to it. Add enough water to form a thick paste.
Apply the paste directly to the skin.
Poultices can be covered
with a gauze bandage or other dressing. Change the poultice
once or twice daily.
PIS II is a poultice blend in capsules. Simply empty the
contents of the capsules and moisten with water or aloe vera
juice to make a thick paste. This can also be done with lntestinal Soothe and Build or Bone/Skin Poultice. Activated
charcoal also makes a good poultice, but can be rather messy.
Single herbs to consider for poultices include:
good for moistening other herb powders in
place of water to bind poultice. Cooling, moisturizing, anti-inflammatory.
astringent, cooling, drying, styptic, good
for deep/ Infected wounds
vulnerary, soothing, absorbs, mild astringent, not for deep wounds
binding and drawing agent, soothing,
lubricating, emollient, softening, nutritive, warming.
astringent, vulnerary, antiseptic, good for
antipoisonous, stimulates lymphatic drainage, relaxing
binding, soothing, cooling, moistening
very drawing, pulls slivers, disinfectant,
warming, drying and astringent
drawing, anti-inflammatory, mildly astringent, antipoisonous, stimulates lymphatic drainage
binding, mildly drawing, absorbs
binding and drawing agent, cooling,
White Oak bark:
astringent, cooling, drying
astringent, drying, stimulating, good for
deep/ infected wounds
Non-Herbal Items for Poultices
drying, drawing and binding
Instant Potato Flakes:
Can be mixed with the juice of a
fresh herb (plantain juice or fresh plant tincture) for an
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Therapies: Poultice helps deal with Physical Trauma, one
of the root causes of disease.
Herbs: Aloe Vera, Lobelia, Slippery Elm, Yarrow, Golden
Seal, Marshmallow, Psyllium and White Oak Bark
Herbal Formulas: Bone/Skin Poultice, PLS II and
Intestinal Soothe & Build
Nutrients: Activated Charcoal