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poultice for infection

Posted by June_Ca (My Page) on
Fri, Jan 2, 04 at 18:07

My boyfriend broke his leg 1 1/2 years ago. He had 7 screws and a metal plate in his leg. After a year the leg became infected and the doctor removed all the metal from his leg. The leg immediatly became infected again and he has been on mega doses of antibiotics. He cannot get in to see a specialist until the end of January. I am afraid by that time he may have serious complications from this infection. (metal was removed Nov. 22)
I would like to try a poultice to draw out this infection. What are your suggestions?

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Could you please give a more detailed description? Is it a wound or just a skin inflammation?

1)You can use kalanhoe juice and leaves.

2)Grated carrot - put on the wound and around, cover with a wrinkled cabbage leave and secure with a bandage. For the first day do it 3 times a day. Between changing wash the wound by caledula poultice and leave open for 10-15 minutes.
On a next day do it twice a day and after that only overnight.

3)Mixture of good honey and fish oil (1:1) working well.

Good luck.

RE: poultice for infection

If it is coming from deep inside, I'd recommend 5 days of echinacea, and put HOT packs on it...heat help kills infection....tell him to take HOT baths too, if he can.
Sounds like something else is in there causing infection, degrading bone chips? I crushed my thumb, and the doc was worried that the bone chips would rot.

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Plain epsom salts in the hottest water he can stand to be in and stay in it until the water starts to get to room temp. Good luck.

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June, if your boyfriend has increasing pain along with redness,swelling,etc..fever? inspite of hot packs and soaking and antibios....
Get him to the emergency room if you are unable to see a doctor.

RE: poultice for infection

A warm mash of fresh chickweed or plantain, burdock leaves, or the much maligned comfrey might help draw out superficial infection, but this situation may be beyond that. Can you find a naturopathic physician in your area?

In the meantime, you might encourage him to take acidophilus/bifidus supplements between doses of antibiotics. Intestinal health is key to a healthy immune system, which is what he will need to overcome this infection.

Best of luck,

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I am a little late, I am afraid, but some people might want to know my remedies for future use. I know some of the native poultices for infection from various countries, and I have used them on infection which is either on the surface of the skin or in muscles. The only time I had to rely on antibiotics was for a bone infection which had gotten into a joint when a rusty nail had gotten lodged in it.

Here are the poultices which I use otherwise:

  • From Germany: raw sliced onion or raw mashed garlic
  • From the court physician of Louis XIV of France: raw mashed cabbage
  • From the Indian shamans of Manitoba Aboriginals: wet clay, kept wet with a plastic wrap. This is my favorite, draws out any poison, including poison ivy
  • From China: mixture of pollen and raw honey, effective even on
    gangrene. I have not tried it because the clay works so well, and it costs nothing. I just dig it up in the garden.

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Some more good advice from a variety of folks not just some one who knows nothing about herbs.

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arttulip! you are talking about Kolanhoe and does any one know where you could buy Kolanhoe juice or leaves??? Please help.

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Essiac Tea's remnants make a good poultice.

The ingredients for Essiac Tea (a must for fighting cancer) are as follows:

Slippery Elm
Burdock Root
Sheep Sorrel
Turkey Rhubarb

For the correct mixture go to and read about Essiac Tea. The site recommends 2oz of the mixture for one gallon of tea I believe the recipe to be 4oz of the mixture. After straining the tea you'll have plenty of poultice left.

One does need to have cancer to reap the benefits of Essiac Tea.

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OOPS I meant to say "one DOES NOT need to have cancer to benefit from Essiac Tea"...

RE: poultice for infection

butterfly_2008, sorry, I mean kalanchoe plant.
You can find it in garden centers.

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I am told that marshmallow root poultice has been used effectively on gangrene

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I've used Calendula & Comfrey, with a small amount of Lavendar oil & Thieves Oil. It works wonderful on stasis ulcers, bedsores, or any area that just refuses to heal.

1/4 cup of Calendula
1/4 cup of Comfrey
1 drop of Thieves Oil
2 drops of Lavendar Oil

Cover with sterile water in a mason jar. Shake it up,
daily, and keep out of the light. After day 4, strain the liquid off the the herbs, and place into a glass container.

Saturate a sterile cotton ball & apply to wound. No dressing is needed unless area is weeping. Do not use on deep cuts.

I recently started using the Essiac tea, making my first batch this afternoon. I took some to my daughter, who is battling a terrible chest cold. Normally, she relies on
antibiotics, but this time we're using Allicin & Essiac tea.

Hope she gets to feeling better, real soon :)

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I found quite a few listings on Google for Kalinchoe medical properties; the link is for a website in India, but I have no idea how valid their input is.

I read somewhere that Comfrey can cause a wound to seal up too quickly, leaving an infection inside.

There is a medical specialty now called "infection management". If he continues to have problems he should ask for a referal to a specialist in that field. Additionally, I agree that someone with a serious infection should be brought to the Emergency Room if he cannot be seen in a timely manner by his specialist.

Here is a link that might be useful: Herbal Cure India

RE: poultice for infection

Eibren, you're right-- don't use comfrey on a puncture or deep wound because it can seal a wound. Clays, while a pain in the butt to soak out of a wound, do a great job of drying up "weep" so the wound can scab. Colloidal silver deprives the wound site of oxygen & helps kill off the bad bugs.

I've had good luck with plantain for drawing redness & swelling from surface wounds & boils but don't know how effective it would be on deep wounds.

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I had a bad broken leg and got infestion also. I had accute osteomylitis. when it flared up I would use epsom salt compresses, as hot as I couild stand it. It used to bring the infection to the top and out it would come. get him to the doctor to check for that infection, it ended up breaking my leg again by eating the bone between the break. It used to flare up every year or so and I had to get it cut out. My doctor was an ass and I waited for a month to get the results back, thus the rebroken leg. good luck

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