how to make a Bread & milk poultice
As a traditional home remedy, a bread & milk poultice is an extremely simple one to make, and the ingredients needed are common to most households. Unsurprisingly, this is our most popular remedy, due to the simplicity of the ingredients, and it's effectiveness in drawing out infection, and helping to remove such as splinters & thorns
- white bread
- warmed milk
- Place a small pot of milk on the stove and heat. When the milk is very warm but is not too hot to be comfortably applied to the skin, remove the pan from the heat.
- Break bread into a few bite sized pieces, place into a heat-proof bowl, and carefully pour the warmed milk over the bread.
- Let the bread soften. Gently combine the bread and milk until it forms a paste consistency.
- Apply the bread & milk mixture directly to the boil and let it dry. Remove mixture. Repeat twice daily until the boil ruptures.
- Apply the bread/milk mixture directly to the splinter, cover with a light gauze and leave there for as long as possible
- Wrap the infected area with a light gauze, apply the bread & milk mixture and cover with another layer of light gauze to keep the mixture in place. Keep the poultice on until the bread has cooled, and repeat as necessary.
- if the infection is on feet or hands, wearing socks or gloves will help to keep the poultice comfortably in place overnight).