How To Make Poultice With Natural Herbs

How To Make Poultice With Natural Herbs

How To Make Poultice

Today, I’m going to show you How To Make Poultice. Making poultice is very easy to do and takes just a few minutes. As long as you have all the right ingredients, you should have no problem at all. Before I show you how it’s done. I want to explain what poultice is.

Poultice is a mixture of natural herbs used to sterilize and heals wounds on the skin. Such as cuts, scrapes or scratches. Poultice can also be used for bug bites and skin irritation. This is the same exact remedy our forefathers used and can be still used today!

Poultice is also used for things like burns and even shingles. Poultice can be used on your chest to help with congestion. It is a topical super remedy. Why it’s not used more than it is, is beyond me. I’ve also read it can be used for arthritis and joint pain.

The secret is in the juices of the herbs. When mixed together, they become a powerful natural remedy for topical use only. You simply apply the poultice to the affected area of your skin. Then you cover it with gauze and hold it in place.

How To Apply Poultice

Or, you can use a piece of plastic to wrap around the area to keep the poultice in place. Plastic is a good idea to keep the poultice from making a mess. There are juices in the poultice that will run down the affected area if you don’t use gauze and/or plastic.

Poultice takes a little longer to work than other topical remedies and is a bit messier, that’s why you should use a wrap. Other than that, it’s the best topical remedy you can use. It’s best to use your herbal poultice remedy at night.

This way it can do it’s thing while you sleep. Unlike creams or oils used in modern topical remedies, herbal poultice is completely 100% natural. There are no manmade ingredients or chemicals. There is no better way to heal your body than naturally.

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The Ingredients Needed For Poultice

There are several different herbs traditionally used to make poultice. It’s important to note that you never want to use herbs that are NOT intended to be used for poultice. Other types of herbs should never be used when you are making your own herbal poultice.

The reason why is, the poultice remedy will be absorbed through your skin into your bloodstream. Poultice will also draw out the impurities in the affected area of the skin. Here are five herbs that can be used to make poultice. Using substitute herbs is not an option and dangerous!

#1. Chickweed Leaves & Stems

Chickweed Leaves & Stems

Chickweed is a nutrient rich weed that is edible. You can find chickweed growing in urban and farm areas. You can even find it growing on the side of some roads. Chickweed can also be added to soups and salads. In this case, were going to use chickweed for our poultice remedy.

#2. Calendula Flower Petals

Calendula Flower Petals

Calendula Flower Petals are in the daisy family and are also known as marigolds. They grow in the Mediterranean, South East Asia, Micronesia and Western Europe. Just like anything else, if you don’t have Calendula flowers growing in your local area, you can buy them online or at your local plant store.

#3. Dandelion Leaves

Dandelion Leaves

Dandelion Leaves can be found in North and South America. It can also be found growing in Eurasia as well. Dandelion is a type of flower that is edible a has a lot of nutrients in them. Dandelion Leaves are also used in China for medicinal purposes.

#4. Burdock Root

Burdock Root

Burdock Roots are edible and eaten as a vegetable. It is very popular in Asia and used in many traditional dishes. Burdock Roots are especially popular in China and Japan. The Burdock Root is a very tasty vegetable. It has a crispy sweet pungent taste.

#5. Plantain Leaves

Plantain Leaves

Plantain Leaves are similar to banana leaves but they are larger and stronger. Those of you that have ever eaten a tamale know that the tamale comes wrapped. It’s wrapped in a Plantain Leaf and then cooked. The Plantain Leaf gives the tamale such a delicious unique flavor. I love Tamales!

Important To Note: According to my research, these five herbs are safe to use. If you’re going to use other herbs in your poultice recipe, make sure they are SAFE! I suggest getting a book on flowers and plants. Not knowing the right herbs and plants to use can literally harm you!

The Final Step Is …

… to cut up all your ingredients into small pieces on a cutting board. You can even use a food processor or blender to make things easier. The next step is to put your ingredients into a pestle or mortar. The last and final step is to crush the herbs into a pulp.

That’s it, it’s as simple as that. As far as how much of each herb to use. I would say one equal part for each herb. For example. one cup of each ingredient. The best thing to do is use your own judgement and only make as much as you need.

Now You Know How To Make Poultice

The Lost Ways BookThank you for reading my article on poultice today. For more tips like these, read my review on the Lost Ways Book now! Just click on the red button below. The Lost Ways Book is full of survival tips. You can even learn how to brew your own beer.

Learn how to build a survival shelter and much, much more! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below or email me. I would love to here your thoughts on Poultice. Thanks again, and don’t forget to read my Lost Ways Book review!

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10 thoughts on “How To Make Poultice With Natural Herbs

  1. Hi Jack

    Great article explaining how to make a poultice and what to use it for. I’ve always known and heard about the use of poultices, but never really knew about them? Now I do from this post.

    I liked your statement something like this “why it’s not used more than it is, is beyond me?” Well, of course it must be that we find it more convenient to go buy an aspirin? Or run to the doctor for every ailment that appears?

    I always look for what I call “more natural” ways to get through life, which by the way, is usually a supplement instead of a prescription. But since I have most of the ingredients in my back yard, and can get the rest easily, I think I’ll try a little more nature, and make a poultice for my next topical remedy.


    1. Hi Mike,

      I’m glad you liked my article on how to make poultice and what it’s used for. I never heard of poultice until I found it in a book called The Lost Ways.

      After reading the entire chapter on poultice, I decided to write an article on it to share with my readers. I think it’s one of natures best kept secrets.

      Thank you for your great comment Mike. I hope you come back and share your experience with your poultice remedy.


  2. Hi Jack, thank you for a very interesting article. I am always looking for new natural remedies. I never heard of poultice before so I am glad that I came across your article. Do you have to use fresh herbs to make this mixture? How long can you keep the poultice and would you store it in the fridge or at room temperature?


    1. Hi Grace,

      You do not have to use fresh herbs to make poultice. You can you use dried herbs. They work just as good as fresh herbs. All you have to do is add just enough water to moisten the mixture. You don’t want to make a poultice soup. To store poultice, just make sure you seal the container so your poultice doesn’t dry out.

      I’m guessing you can store it in the refrigerator for a day or two. During my research for this article, I wasn’t able to any information on how long poultice will keep. However, I think it’s best to make it as you need it. That way you have a fresh poultice remedy. I’m glad you enjoyed my article. Thanks for your questions as well.


  3. When I was a kid, my grandmother used to put plantain poultices on me for insect bites and abscesses to draw out the sting and the infections. It was especially useful for deer fly bites.

    Her lemon balm poultices worked the same way when plantain leaves were not available.

    People these days are so used to the expensive salves and creams they get at the drugstores that they have lost the value of the old ways. And, the old ways actually were much more effective remedies.

    Another of her favorites was using comfrey leaf poultices for sprains and bruises. But, for the life of me, I don’t think that one worked as well. Maybe it is because as an active youngster, I could never keep the poultice on long enough for it to be useful.

    We need to re-educate folks to the healing therapies of our ancestors. If something happens and they are not able to get their $10 drugstore cream, they will at least have a tried and true backup cure.


    1. Hello Jim,

      Thanks for the great and very informative comment. I bought this book called The Lost Ways a few months back. This book has 22 Chapters of what we call survival skills today.

      These very same skills were used by our forefathers 150 years ago. They used these skills on a daily basis just to survive. Not only did they survive, They THRIVED!

      I never heard of poultice to came across an entire chapter in The Lost Ways Book. I was so amazed at what poultice is and what it can do. I had to share it in this site.

      Thank you for educating me on your grandmother’s poultice remedies. You hit the nail on the head when you said we need to teach folks these long lost skills.

      Can you imagine if the lights went out for a year? Most of the population would starve to death in a matter of months. Thanks again for an AWESOME comment Jim.

      Best Wishes,


  4. A lot of my friends practice natural health care within their own homes. So far, I’ve experimented with essential oils. Since they bring it up a lot, I’ve been curious about what a poultice was, when to use it, and how to make one. I didn’t want to sound uninformed, so I decided to do some research and found your site.

    You mentioned using dandelion leaves. Just the other day, my sons and I were working in someone else’s yard. We commented on how crazy it is that we kill the dandelions in the yard, then go to the store or restaurant to buy dandelion leaves in a salad.

    Thank you for introducing me to what a poultice is and some of the basics for making one. I am curious how easy it will be for me to find some of those ingredients in my area.

    1. Hi Becky,

      I’m glad you found the information you were looking for on my website. Poultice becomes a very interesting subject once you know what it is. I just touched on the tip of the iceberg with poultice.

      There are lots of plants and herbs I didn’t mention the article. It’s funny you mentioned dandelion leaves. My wife has been using them for years in her salads and I didn’t even realize it. She mentioned if I knew she was using them after reading my article. 

      I hope she keeps using the dandelion leaves and whatever else she uses in her salads. It’s delicious, I’m not sure what they taste like on their own. I’m going to have to give it a taste. If you can’t find these ingredients locally, you can easily find them online.

      Thanks for your comment and question Becky. I’m glad you found the information in my article useful. Let me know how your poultice recipe turns out.


  5. Hi Jack!

    We usually turn to medicines when something happens to us, and tend to forget that nature has always a cure for anything we can think of.

    This poultice is very easy to make and seems very useful for many different issues. Do you think it would also be helpful when it comes to dermatitis or skin problems like that?

    Thanks a lot for sharing this! ; )

    1. Hello Israel,

      You’re absolutely right about natural healing. There a countless plants and herbs that can be used for all kinds of health benefits. Just eating more fruits and vegetables can lower your risk for heart disease.

      In some cases, some diabetics have even been able to reverse their disease by changing their diets. During my research on poultice, I read that poultice is also used for some conditions such as dermatitis.

      Thanks for your comment and question Israel,


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