Before we dive into the world of poultices, I want to talk quickly about a similar, and often-confused, herbal healing technique: compresses. Both compresses and poultices are a way of applying raw herbs to the skin, so they can sink in slowly and deliver their healing properties directly to the injury site. But the difference has to do with their delivery method:


For an herbal compress, you want to soak a clean cloth in an herbal extract (or tea). Then wring out the excess liquid before applying it to the wound. If using a hot compress, once the cloth cools, soak it again in the hot liquid and reapply as needed.


Although the word “poultice” sounds strange, it’s similar to a compress, except instead of using the liquid extract you’re going to use the whole herb. To make a poultice, you simply want to crush the herbs into a pulp and spread it directly onto the skin, where it will be held in place with muslin or cheesecloth.

As opposed to creams and salves, using fresh herbs allows you to reap the healing benefits while the herbs are at their freshest and most potent. For both methods, the temperature can alter the healing action. A warm or hot herbal mixture will help to increase circulation, relax tense muscles and alleviate pain, while a cold mixture is said to help soothe inflammation. Choosing warm, tingling herbs (like ginger root) can also stimulate the skin, increase circulation and improve healing.


When learning how to make an herbal poultice, it’s important to choose your herbs wisely. Herbs affect everyone differently and your body can develop a reaction overtime, so always do a spot test before applying herbs for long periods.

  • Calendula – Calendula flowers are said to have antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that might make it useful in healing wounds.
  • Burdock – Often used to treat inflammatory skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
  • Dandelion – Dandelion speeds up healing and promotes healthy skin.
  • Rosemary – Fresh rosemary has long been used to speed up the healing of wounds and bruises when used externally.
  • Turmeric – Soothes skin, boosts your immune system and works as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Thyme – Often used as a home remedy for acne and rashes. It also heals sores, wounds, cuts and scars, and relieves burns.



  • Fresh or dried herbs of choice (I find that turmeric, rosemary and thyme are often universally beneficial and the easiest to find, but always do your research before choosing the herbs that are right for you)
  • Clean muslin or cheesecloth
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Bowl for mixing
  • Spoon (or mortar and pestle)
  • Water (optional)


1. Pick out your herbs and estimate how much you will need based on the size of the area that needs to be covered (your best guess is fine).

2. Chop the herbs into small pieces and place them in a bowl. Using the back of a spoon (or a mortar and pestle if you have one), crush the herbs into a pulp. As you mash, the herbs will release their natural juices but you may need to add a teaspoon of water to help the mixture come together.

3. Spread the crushed herbs onto the injury. How much to apply  is up to you, but just make sure that the area is evenly and completely covered.

4. Finally, wrap skin with a layer of gauze or cheesecloth to hold the paste in place. Since cheesecloth is rather porous, I use several layers to keep herb mixture contained. You might even wish to finish up with a layer of plastic wrap to keep the liquid from rubbing off on clothes or bedding.




Views: 34

Have questions?

Need help? Visit our Support Group for help from our friendly Admins and members!

Have you?

Become a Member
Invited Your Friends
Made new Friends
Read/ Written a Blog
Joined/ Created a Group
Read/ Posted a Discussion
Checked out the Chat
Looked at/Posted Videos
Made a donation this month
Followed us on Twitter
Followed us on Facebook


Please consider a donation to help with our continued growth and site costs


Visit The Temple
on Facebook:


Blog Posts

The Sol Assassin (VI)

Posted by Quingu on January 26, 2020 at 11:00am 0 Comments

The 7 Sisters

Posted by Quingu on January 25, 2020 at 10:30am 0 Comments

Djinn (Fire Spirits)

Posted by Quingu on January 25, 2020 at 9:00am 0 Comments

The Sol Assassin (V)

Posted by Quingu on January 24, 2020 at 10:59am 0 Comments

Sol Assassin (IV)

Posted by Quingu on January 23, 2020 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

The Sol Assassin (III)

Posted by Quingu on January 23, 2020 at 9:00am 0 Comments

The Sol Assassin (II)

Posted by Quingu on January 22, 2020 at 10:30am 0 Comments

The Sol Assassin

Posted by Quingu on January 19, 2020 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

The Fallen Angel

Posted by Quingu on January 16, 2020 at 10:30am 2 Comments

The High Storm

Posted by Quingu on January 15, 2020 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Natalie Merchant - Carnival

Posted by Helela on January 14, 2020 at 7:12pm 0 Comments


Posted by Rosey on January 14, 2020 at 6:00am 2 Comments

The Beam of the Scale (Tarazed)

Posted by Quingu on January 12, 2020 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

The Heavenly Wolf

Posted by Quingu on January 10, 2020 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

The Wolf Moon

Posted by Quingu on January 9, 2020 at 10:30am 3 Comments

2020 Predictions

Posted by Helela on January 5, 2020 at 10:02am 15 Comments

Unless They Call

Posted by savlove on January 4, 2020 at 5:53am 5 Comments





© 2020   Created by Bryan   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service