As painful and frustrating as boils can be, many individuals dealing with them bypass any other remedy and head straight to the doctor for a prescription. However, boils can be treated effectively at home using a number of natural remedies. A few of the home remedies found to be effective are turmeric, onions, colloidal silver and tea tree oil.
Natural Cures for Boils
Being mindful of one’s hygiene is one of the most important considerations regarding treatment, several natural remedies can also be applied to remove infection and soothe the skin. Colloidal silver, tea tree oil, and turmeric are a few of our favorite remedies.
A spice common to Indian cuisine and mustards, this warm, orange spice is actually the best remedy for boils. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. When paired with dietary fat and black pepper, it is even more effective. You can buy turmeric in bulk at a local international grocery store, or locate bottles of organic turmeric powder and turmeric concentrate supplements called curcumin online.
2. Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver is considered a natural drawing agent. When used in the system, it helps pull out infection and rebalance the good bacteria in your body.
3. Tea Tree Oil
This oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. Applied to the boils, it helps calm the swelling and also draws the infection out of your skin and body.
Treating boils can be difficult; however, you can successfully treat boils at home without antibiotics. Try one of these natural options and let us know how it works for you! Continue reading below for feedback from our readers dating back over a decade who have tried a variety of natural cures to heal boils.
What Causes Boils?
Boils appear as round, pus-filled bumps and are actually the manifestation of skin infections. The bumps or lumps you see (and feel) on your skin are actually mechanisms for toxin release, making them extremely contagious.
The majority of cases of boils are caused by a single germ – staphylococcal bacteria. This germ penetrates the skin’s surface via tiny nicks or lesions in the skin and can even enter the body through the hair follicles. A number of factors contribute to an individual’s susceptibility to skin infection including diabetes, immune system issues, poor nutrition, poor hygiene, and exposure to chemicals or irritants.
What’s Wrong with Antibiotics?
When boils form, the skin around the boil becomes infected and is typically red, painful, hot, and swollen. As such, many individuals think the only, or at least the best, way to treat this skin issue is antibiotics. However, this treatment often only makes things worse. While antibiotics may appear to treat the issue, these medications make the boils dormant, as the infection is often resistant to this type of treatment. As such, once the antibiotic is discontinued, the infection reoccurs. Additionally, antibiotics change the natural balance of bacteria in the body, which can lead to additional issues.
Continue reading to learn what remedies worked the best for Earth Clinic readers in curing boils.