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Under a abscess one understands the accumulation of pus under the surface of the skin. The abscess is usually accompanied by inflammation of the skin around it.

On the following pages you will find recipes and home remedies for abscess treatment with medicinal herbs and medicinal plants.

Help with abscesses

At first just a slight reddening
When an abscess develops, a slightly painful, somewhat reddened, nodular structure initially forms. In the second stage, a pus eye appears in the middle of the reddening.

Immunodeficiency as a trigger for abscesses
A major trigger for most abscesses is a weak immune system. Especially for people who are prone to the formation of abscesses, you should therefore pay attention to a healthy diet and plenty of exercise as a preventive measure.

Regions of the body affected by the abscess
The abscesses usually form on the back, thighs, lips, neck, armpits, groin or buttocks of those affected.

Never express abscesses
One should never express or squeeze an abscess. If the abscess is not yet "mature" enough, squeezing the abscess can cause the collection of pus to open inward. This can lead to blood poisoning and dangerous infections. The formation of fistulas is possible and the abscess can become chronic.

Hygiene is important
Anyone suffering from an acute abscess should wash their hands thoroughly with soap after each touch. In order to avoid transferring the abscess to other areas of the skin, one should refrain from bathing and prefer showering.

Medicinal plants help with an abscess
Applications with medicinal plants can promote the maturation process of the abscess and thus accelerate the important emptying of the boil. Another function of the medicinal plants is to let the inflammation subside and to accelerate the healing of the wound.

On the following pages you will find recipes and home remedies for abscess treatment with medicinal herbs and medicinal plants.

Put compresses on the abscess

Fresh garlic
A compress soaked in fresh garlic juice is placed on the abscess. The compress should be renewed every 3 hours.

Wheat bread, fresh leek
A compress of kneaded wheat bread crumbs and fresh leek juice is placed on the abscess. The compress should be renewed every 4 hours.

Place poultices on the abscess

White cabbage
A poultice made from crushed white cabbage leaves is placed on the abscess. These cause heat to develop in the area around the abscess for some time. As soon as the feeling of warmth subsides, the poultice must be replaced. The treatment with the crushed cabbage leaves must be repeated until the inflammation around the abscess has subsided.

Black elder, salt, vinegar
A poultice made from crushed, fresh black elder leaves mixed with a little salt or vinegar is placed on the abscess. This poultice should be renewed about every 3 hours.

Swiss chard, Quendelseil, Wild fennel, Lentils or sorrel
One of the above plants must be boiled in water for 10 minutes and then crushed to treat the abscess. The pulp thus produced is placed on the abscess in a poultice and renewed every 4 hours.

Onions or rhubarb
Onions or chopped rhubarb stalks are boiled in water for 25 minutes and then crushed. The resulting pulp is placed in an envelope on the abscess. The poultice must be renewed every 3 hours. You can use winter onions or kitchen onions for this application.

Small-flowered mullein, milk
Crushed plant parts of the small-flowered mullein are boiled in milk for 15 minutes. Then you make a poultice from the cooked plant material and place it on the abscess. The envelope is renewed approximately every 4 hours.

Figs, milk
Dried, quartered figs are boiled in milk for 25 minutes and then made into a pulp. The envelope with the fig porridge is renewed every 2 hours.

Roots and leaves of the wild mallow
Roots and chopped, freshly collected wild mallow leaves are heated in a pan. After heating, the parts of the plant are grated and placed on the abscess in a lukewarm compress. The envelope is renewed every 4 hours.

linseed, Bittersweet nightshade
A poultice is made from crushed flaxseed mixed with a handful of crushed, bittersweet nightshade. The envelope is renewed every 6 hours.

Barley grains
Barley grains are briefly boiled in water and then left to steep for another 20 minutes. The swollen grains are squeezed into a pulp. The poultice is placed on the abscess and changed every 3 hours.


A poultice made from the following fresh plants is placed on the abscess:

Crushed leaves of woodruff, hemp, night violets, black elder or coltsfoot, carrots, roots of the real marshmallow or good Heinrich and ripe, black olives. This envelope should be renewed every 4 hours.

Promote scarring and healing

Great burdock leaves
The freshly collected leaves of the large burdock are placed on the already opened abscess and fixed with an envelope. The application should be renewed once in the morning and in the evening.

Roots of concrete
Take 50 g of crushed, dried roots of a concrete tree and boil them in red wine for about 20 minutes. After cooling, the brew is strained. The root pulp is used to make compresses that are renewed every 12 hours.

Leaves of concrete
100 g of fresh concrete leaves are boiled in 200 ml of water for 10 minutes. After cooling, make a poultice from the separated leaves and place it on the opened abscess. The envelope is renewed every 12 hours.

General home remedies for abscesses

Here you will find general home remedies for faster healing and better scarring of the skin surface after the abscess has been drained

Tea with nettle leaves
Pour a heaped teaspoon of nettle leaves in a cup of boiling water. The tea has to steep for ten minutes. You drink 3 to 4 cups of this application daily.

Compress with milk
Make a compress out of heated milk. The compress is applied as warm as it is barely tolerable. Be careful not to get burned. The milk compresses have to be renewed several times a day.

Onion slices
Put well-warmed slices of onion on the abscess. The onion slices should be changed every 30 minutes. You can use winter onions or kitchen onions for this application.

Compresses with fenugreek seeds
Mix one tablespoon of mashed fenugreek seeds with some well-heated water to a pulp. Put the fenugreek pulp on a compress and place it on the abscess. This application is done 3 times a day for 30 minutes.

Warmed cabbage juice
Crush some leaves of fresh cabbage. The escaping juice is warmed up slightly and smeared onto the abscess several times a day.

Crushed garlic
Crush some cloves of garlic and put the pulp on the abscess. Use a compress plaster or a gauze bandage to fix it.

Daisy decoction
Add five tablespoons of daisy leaves and flowers to one liter of boiling water. The decoction needs to cook weakly for another 10 minutes. Then soak a compress in the daisy decoction and place it on the abscess. This application should be renewed at least 4 times a day.

Propolis tincture
Spread a little tincture of propolis on the abscessed area.

Flaxseed porridge
Beat a pulp of crushed and then heated flaxseed into a cloth (cloth handkerchief) and place it on the abscess. Make absolutely sure that the pulp is not too hot, otherwise there is a not inconsiderable risk of burns. If you are doing this treatment on a mature abscess, the abscess should break open.

Pull ointment
Use pull ointment, this can lead to a quick and very good result in the case of an abscess. Train ointment is available in pharmacies.

Please also note this notice

Although the applications with medicinal herbs often have a positive effect on complaints, one should always consult a doctor before using medicinal herbs.

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Book recommendations

- Everything about medicinal plants

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