Boils are caused by a bacterial infection, usually the staphylococcus aureus bacteria, that begins deep in a hair follicle or a sebaceous gland, and gradually works its way up to the surface of the skin. They most often appear on the neck, face, underarms, or buttocks. Boils begin as a red, elevated, and painful bump, that develops a pustule in the center of the affected area within two to four days. Rarely, a boil may spread beyond the affected area and cause a systemic infection in a nearby lymph gland. A boil that doesn't go away could be a sign of an underlying infection that is manifesting itself through the skin.
Herbal Remedies For Boils
Burdock Root - Has antibiotic properties, helps clear toxins. Dandelion - Cleanses bloodstream & liver. Echinacea - Stimulates immune system, helps cleanse lymph glands. Flax - Mashed pulp used as compress. Goldenseal - Helpful for staph infections. Oatstraw - Anti inflammatory. Onion - Is boiled, mashed and used as a poultice. Pau d' Arco - Antibacterial. Propolis - Has antibiotic properties which help prevent infection. Red Clover - Cleanses the liver & blood and helps fight bacteria. Slippery Elm Bark - Applied topically as a poultice to relieve inflammation. Tea Tree Oil - An antibacterial which is applied topically to help prevent staph infection.