Turmeric and Other Remedies for Painful Boils

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If you’ve ever had a boil anywhere on your body, you know how painful they can be.

You can take antibiotics to get rid of the infection, but sometimes going the natural route is much more effective, especially when the bacteria has for some reason grown resistant to regular antibiotics (which is happening more and more often).

Turmeric is an extremely effective cure for boils and is found to work well when all other methods fail.

There are two ways to use turmeric to cure boils.

Method 1: Eat it or drink it

Simple enough, but most of us might have trouble swallowing raw turmeric. So do what suits you.

Some suggestions include adding the turmeric to:

  • water
  • tea
  • milk

If you’re able to cook, you can add turmeric to:

  • stir fries and curries
  • broths and soups
  • rice (add a little turmeric in the water as you boil it)

Whatever method you choose to take the turmeric, the dose is 1-2 teaspoons of turmeric powder three times a day, and more if you can take it.

Combine turmeric with good fats and fresh ground black pepper. To increase turmeric absorption, combine it with any good cold-pressed oils or fats (such as almond oil, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil, sesame oil or grapeseed oil). Black pepper added to turmeric has also been proven to increase the bioavailability of turmeric.

Paul recommends combining turmeric with Ghee or the butter fat in creamer. He wrote:

I contracted via a Surgery that cleaned and Sticky Plaster closed a gash on my Leg. Soon a large area of infection appeared on lower leg above the Ankle roceeded to give me large doses of PENICILLEN for 6 month, saying that that was their only Remedy.
Eventually thats topped growing but then I gashed my other Lower Leg on a Suitcase. This also blew up like a Boil and spread seriously. Again more Penicillen for over another 6 months until my Bowels became very constibated which I never previuosly had. So I looked on GOOGLE and found many entrys that gave fabulous reports on success. Did this and allclear up immediately then with Whole grain Soya & Linseed Breads (4-6 Slices daily) got it all working again.Poroven that Tumeric is not Water Soluble and nes to be dissolved in GEE (Butter heated to remove Water and Solids.) Howver I use Cream on my Coffee or Tea and float half Teaspoon on that and its dissolves into the Cream which itself goes Yellow as proof. Now with the Butterfat in Cream, the Tumeric can go into the Bloodstream to do its work, which otherwise would have nbeen wasted through the Bowels and less effective. Seems that mixed with Honey and Butter or Cream would be ideal as a Poultice and highly reccommended. Talk to an Indian about TUMERIC which they all take Daily and really in that unhealthy country, MANY ARE NEVER UNWELL AND LIVE TO A RIPE OLD aGE.. GOOD lUCK. PAUL

Method 2: Apply turmeric paste over the boil

You can either use water or milk to make the thick paste. Keep it covered with a bandage. (Be prepared to see a temporary yellow tinge on your skin from the turmeric, though! This will fade in a couple of weeks, and I think its a small price to pay for getting rid of the boil.)

Although there’s two popular methods here, I would recommend using both at the same time.

This way you’re attacking the infected boil internally, by cleaning your body and skin of infection, and even more importantly, preventing the boil from re-infecting the surrounding skin (one boil can sometimes spread to more, or recur after some time elsewhere).

And the turmeric that’s applied externally would hasten the drainage of the boil.

Why turmeric works

Turmeric contains curcumin, which has antitumor, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin is a remarkable substance that scientists have studied for its abilities to fight cancer. Turmeric’s powerful blood cleansing properties also helps it to successfully cure resistant MRSA infections when antibiotics have failed.

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Reader submissions

This page has received some useful information shared by generous commenters. I update this list periodically as more comments come in.

Thank You to all the commenters for sharing!

Alternative methods to curing boils submitted by commenters

  • Turmeric and Honey

Henrietta successfully drained her boil with a honey and turmeric paste left on overnight.

She wrote, “It works: I had a strange boil for over 4 weeks, it kept getting bigger until I couldn’t take it anymore and decided to take action. I’m seeing my doctor Monday but on Friday I started applying Hydrocortisone cream…with no effect. Then, Saturday night, I made a topical paste of honey and turmeric, left it on overnight with gauze bandages…in the morning, I felt that the boil was smaller, and when I looked under the gauze–it was a miracle! The boil had started to drain! Definitely a very effective home remedy. Strongly recommended.”

  • Boil Ease or Draw Out Salve (commercial product)

Nik used Boil Ease which made his boil recede in 3 days (it costs about $10 and can be bought over-the-counter at CVS, Rite Aid, Eckard in the First Aid section).

He wrote, “Anyone who is affected by LARGE, PAINFUL boils please try BOIL EASE or DRAW OUT SALVE. This is a true story. I am in no way affiliated to this company. Boils and their treatment have a special place in my heart because I have had many, many, many large and painful boils… too many to even count. I’ve visited 5 different doctors, have a lot of medical bills from them draining my boils at the hospital, thought I had MRSA… overall, very bad experience. Like everyone said about antibiotic abuse, my doctor would refill my antibiotic Rx without me even seeing her EVERY MONTH! that’s how often I got them. Long story short, a friend told me that her doctor recommended BOIL EASE, an over the counter ointment that can be bought at CVS, Rite Aid, Eckard… in the FIRST AID section (i couldn’t find it at first). I bought it, used it, my boil was HUGE and it did take a while but it went away in about a week and hasn’t returned. when i get boils now, as soon as i notice them, i put Boil Ease on and it goes away in 3 days. Def. try it! It’s only 10 dollars, they have the cheaper version DRAW OUT SALVE for like 7 dollars. Try it… from someone who has been suffering with this for almost 7 years, you WONT REGRET IT! I feel like I need to pass this information on because I didn’t know about it and now I wish I didn’t have scars from being operated on for NO REASON!! I wish i had known about this and I hope you all pass this information on as well.”

  • Potato or Peach Tree Leaves

Sheila shared her father’s remedy of using a scraped potato or peach tree leaves.

She wrote, “When i was a kid my dad would scrape a potato and wrap it in a gauze and apply it to boils and stys to draw out the infection, it works and if in the right season peach tree leaves poltice is another good source.”

  • Pepper leaf

Ruth Brown, a missionary in Nicaragua, said she had many problems with boils. She says, “the Nicaraguans taught me to put a pepper leaf on the boil that they picked off of their pepper tree. It worked better than anything I could have bought. Unfortunately, when I am in the States or elsewhere, I don’t have access to pepper trees or their leaves.”

Julie McKenzie also wrote about using pepper leaf for boils, “When I was a little girl back in the 1950s my mother always put Mecca Ointment and a pepper leaf on a band-aid and applied it to any boil I broke out with. It always worked and the boils went away.”

  • Tea Tree Oil and Spirits of Camphor

Sage mentions putting tea tree oil and camphor on boils.

She wrote, “Topically, I use Tea Tree Oil and Spirits of Camphor for boils and had great results also.”

  • Salt Pork

Little Lee had good results treating a boil that was across an armpit with salt pork. The salt pork relieved the soreness immediately and led the boil to drain. His boil was cured after two days and has not recurred even after 6 months.

He wrote, “I had a boil that ran all the way across my armpit. It was so red and swollen I couldn’t lay on either side to sleep. Antibiotics and warm compresses didn’t help. I remembered an old remedy. I bought a slab of salt pork, cut off a hunk and stuck it on the boil. Immediately almost all the soreness was gone and in five minutes there was a horrid smell. The boil was draining! It took about two days but it is gone. Thank goodness! I haven’t tried anything else but I will keep it in mind.”

Little Lee also mentions that he is a diabetic in another comment, “By the way, I am diabetic also. The boil hasn’t come back and that was about 6 months ago. May not work for someone else but for me it was the cure!”

Salt pork poultice is an old remedy. The fat and salt content of salt pork help to bring boils to a head.




  • Banana Peel

Ashley described her success at using banana peels on her boyfriend’s boil on another article (Banana Peels Works on Warts).

She wrote, “banana peels work great on boils. my boyfriend had a big nasty paintful boil on his butt and i put a banana peel on it for 10 minutes because it stung and itched right away. the next morning it was almost completely drained and totally pain free.”

Special Medical Conditions

  • Kidney transplant patients

Vicky asked if turmeric is safe for kidney transplant patients such as herself.

She wrote, “I am a kidney transplant patient and have suffer from boil for quite sometimes. Is tumeric powder is safe for me to take?”

My answer was: 

Hi Vicky, turmeric seems to be okay and may even be beneficial for kidney transplant patients. However, its still best if you clear it with your doctor first.

Below are some extracts from the web. You can click on the links to read the original text in full.

From cancer.org
“One small study of curcumin (edit: curcumin is found in turmeric), along with another antioxidant called quercetin, was done in adults who received kidney transplants. Those who received the combination in high dosages had fewer transplant rejections than those who received lower doses or placebo. More studies are needed to find out if this holds true. Curcumin may also promote the emptying of the gallbladder, but again, more human studies are needed.”

From drugdigest.com
“In addition to their anticancer effects, antioxidants in turmeric may protect the brain, kidneys, and liver from damage by alcohol, drugs, radiation, heavy metals such as lead, or chemicals such as dry cleaning fluid.”

From tcwellness.com
“Studies on diabetes induced kidney disease show promising indications that cucurmin inhibited the progression of damage. Lesions of the kidneys were reduced and the kidneys continued functioning well with a .05 percent turmeric diet.”

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  • Turmeric for pregnant women

Catherine asked if turmeric is safe to eat during pregnancy.

She wrote, “my grandaughter has several under her arm she can not take script because of pregancy is this safe?”

My answer to her was this:

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Hi Catherine, I found contradicting views when checking on whether or not turmeric is safe for pregnant women.

On one hand, turmeric is used in so many Indian dishes that many Indians ingest turmeric everyday.

On the other hand, I also found a quote that mentions how turmeric cannot be recommended during pregnancy or breast-feeding in large amounts (greater than what is normally found in food) as turmeric may stimulate contractions of the uterus and may alter menstrual periods.

To give you an idea of how much is in “foods” – in most Indian dishes, very little turmeric is actually added (usually a pinch or half a teaspoon). But so little an amount may not have much of an effect to clear your daughter’s boils.

You can go to this page to read up more on using turmeric. There are many user accounts of it.

But I can’t tell you for sure whether or not it is safe for your daughter to take turmeric as I don’t know myself. Perhaps its better to err on the side of caution and at least wait until she has given birth and stopped breastfeeding?

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In summary, small amounts of turmeric like those used in cooking appear to be safe but larger amounts is not advisable as not much is known about the effects to the mother and infant.

More information about turmeric and pregnancy can be found here (a forum where Indian women share their experiences with pregnancy and eating turmeric)

Other comments

  • Diet can affect the incidence of boils

Sage wrote, “I must agree with Henrietta’s statement about the importance of changing and improving your diet. Most of my issues with boils have occurred after consuming candy, cake and other sugary sweet baked goods. Dealing with abscesses too was unbearable until I totally removed soda pop from my diet, thus eliminating the abscesses. I also use turmeric (thanks to Earthclinic.com) and Black Seed Oil with plain yogurt when I have a problem. In the past I drank Turmeric with tea, but constipation sometimes resulted. So now, I mix 1 tsp of Turmeric, 1/2 tsp of Black Seed Oil with a half cup of yogurt and it has worked wonders. In addition to turmeric, I also drink Burdock and Echinacea with Goldenseal teas to help strengthen my immune system. Topically, I use Tea Tree Oil and Spirits of Camphor for boils and had great results also.”

168 Replies to “Turmeric and Other Remedies for Painful Boils”

  1. Viruses can not be killed by antibiotics therefore do not respond to antibiotics anyway. boils are most often caused by a bacterial infection of the hair folicles.

  2. Hi catherine, I found contradicting views when checking on whether or not turmeric is safe for pregnant women.

    On one hand, turmeric is used in so many Indian dishes that many Indians ingest turmeric everyday.

    On the other hand, I also found a quote that mentions how turmeric cannot be recommended during pregnancy or breast-feeding in large amounts (greater than what is normally found in food) as turmeric may stimulate contractions of the uterus and may alter menstrual periods.

    To give you an idea of how much is in “foods” – in most Indian dishes, very little turmeric is actually added (usually a pinch or half a teaspoon). But so little an amount may not have much of an effect to clear your daughter’s boils.

    You can go to earthclinic.com to read up more on using turmeric. There are many user accounts of it.

    But I can’t tell you for sure whether or not it is safe for your daughter to take turmeric as I don’t know myself. Perhaps its better to err on the side of caution and at least wait until she has given birth and stopped breastfeeding?

  3. Tumeric is probably helpful externally and internally. One does not need to eat a jar full to get benefit. better yet, ask “why am I getting a boil?” Answer in almost every instance is too much rancid oil in the diet, or just too much oil, usually complicated by other poor quality food being eaten such as white flour and sugars. Result is over-burdened lymphatic system and hyper-stimulated immune system. Easy way to clear the system is to eat nearly zero fat diet of organic brown rice and steamed vegetables. For meat, eat only steamed fish high in omega 3 with fat and skin trimmed off. One does not need a pound a day. 4 ounces per day is more than enough. Then eat some boiled beans or lentils with this. This type of eating will restore a clogged lymphatic system in a week in most cases and will result in cleaner blood not clogged with fat. Insulin levels will return to normal also. Key is getting guts clean, which will clean blood and lymph systems. If these systems are clogged with fat and excess protein and sugars, over-refined food, then that person should expect to be sickly and infected all of the time. Tumeric will not rescue a person from a bad diet. No magic bullets for poor eating habits.

  4. It works: I had a strange boil for over 4 weeks, it kept getting bigger until I couldn’t take it anymore and decided to take action. I’m seeing my doctor Monday but on Friday I started applying Hydrocortisone cream…with no effect. Then, Saturday night, I made a topical paste of honey and turmeric, left it on overnight with gauze bandages…in the morning, I felt that the boil was smaller, and when I looked under the gauze–it was a miracle! The boil had started to drain! Definitely a very effective home remedy. Strongly recommended.

  5. Before you post crap like that vodoo medicine piece maybe you should give some facts instead of give us this anti-natural bs that your doctors and pharmaceutical companies push. If you have facts against this working post it otherwise shut the F up!

  6. Thanks for summing up the load of shite that painful article was. BTW have read it before too. I am a Scientist and Naturopath…..and proud of it. (lots of)Pharmadrugs are so anti-health. Turmeric rocks for more than a boil do a simple pub med search for evidence… you will become a fan.

  7. A few points:
    1. The original article wrongly mentions about viruses causing boils. AFAIK, they are caused by a bacterial infection. Someone correctly commented above “viruses cannot be killed by antibiotics”
    2. True, more and more bacteria are becoming resistant and that is mainly due to antibiotics abuse.
    3. I have bad boils (some really painful ones) and although antibiotics and turmeric have cured it, they somehow do reappear once in 1-2 months, which puzzles me since I thought antibiotics would get rid of them once and for all. Thanks to the Very good comment above on “preventing” boils, I realized that the main reason is my poor diet (too much oil, white flour & sugar).
    4. The biggest boil I had was of nearly an inch in diameter in my armpits. Don’t know if its true but somewhere I read that boils in armpits can be caused by anti-perspirant deodrants.
    5. Last but not the least, turmeric stains on clothes will not go! So us gauze or bandage to cover the turmeric paste applied on the boil.

  8. Most people would buy the powder than making it themselves. You can buy turmeric powder in most good supermarkets, look either under the spice section, or the Asian food section. If you can find it where you live, ethnic Indian food stores will also sell turmeric cheaper and in bulk.

    To make the paste, just add water to the turmeric.

  9. I want to say that I am so glad for this article and all the comments that everyone has left. I have suffered from hydroatnitis (boils) since I was about 10 years old. I have seen them progress into the monsters that they are now. I have done the hot towels, the peroxide baths, injections from the dermatologist, plastic surgery in my arm pits. I still get them in other areas and sometimes more intense. Thank you guys for the information. With changing my diet and stuff I need some help for when they do come up. I also have to thank my friend for giving me this site information. And it’s nice to know that I am not alone. This sounds so much better than going to the hospital everytime they don’t go away.

  10. Hi Vicky, turmeric seems to be okay and may even be beneficial for kidney transplant patients. However, its still best if you clear it with your doctor first.

    Below are some extracts from the web. You can click on the links to read the original text in full.

    From cancer.org
    “One small study of curcumin (edit: curcumin is found in turmeric), along with another antioxidant called quercetin, was done in adults who received kidney transplants. Those who received the combination in high dosages had fewer transplant rejections than those who received lower doses or placebo. More studies are needed to find out if this holds true. Curcumin may also promote the emptying of the gallbladder, but again, more human studies are needed.”

    From drugdigest.com
    “In addition to their anticancer effects, antioxidants in turmeric may protect the brain, kidneys, and liver from damage by alcohol, drugs, radiation, heavy metals such as lead, or chemicals such as dry cleaning fluid.”

    From tcwellness.com
    “Studies on diabetes induced kidney disease show promising indications that cucurmin inhibited the progression of damage. Lesions of the kidneys were reduced and the kidneys continued functioning well with a .05 percent turmeric diet.”

  11. Anyone who is affected by LARGE, PAINFUL boils please try BOIL EASE or DRAW OUT SALVE. This is a true story. I am in no way affiiliated to this company. Boils and their treatment have a special place in my heart because I have had many, many, many large and painful boils… too many to even count. i’ve visited 5 different doctors, have a lot of medical bills from them draining my boils at the hospital, thought I had MRSA… overall, very bad experience. Like everyone said about antibiotic abuse, my doctor would refill my antibiotic Rx weithout me even seeing her EVERY MONTH! that’s how often I got them. Long story short, a friend told me that her doctor recommended BOIL EASE, an over the counter ointment that can be bought at CVS, Rite Aid, Eckard… in the FIRST AID section (i couldnt find it at first). I bought it, used it, my boil was HUGE and it did take a while but it went away in about a week and hasn’t returned. when i get boils now, as soon as i notice them, i put Boil Ease on and it goes away in 3 days. Def. try it! It’s only 10 dollars, they have the cheaper version DRAW OUT SALVE for like 7 dollars. Try it… from someone who has been suffering with this for almost 7 years, you WONT REGRET IT! I feel like I need to pass this information on because I didnt know about it and now I wish I didnt have scars from being operated on for NO REASON!! I wish i had known about this and I hope you all pass this information on as well.

  12. when i was a kid my dad would scrape a potato and wrap it in a gauze and apply it to boils and stys to draw out the infection, it works and if in the right season peach tree leaves poltice is another good source.

  13. I have read all the letters and comments, and nowhere can I find where you say how much turmeric to have and how often. I would like to know. ASAP.
    Thank You

    1. Hi you can take a teaspoon 2 to 3 times daily with warm water if you can stand the taste or i mix it with Soya Milk. I feel the and see the difference.

  14. Hi Carole, I think you missed this line “the dose is 1-2 teaspoons of turmeric powder three times a day, and more if you can take it”. HTH!

  15. I must agree with Henrietta’s statement about the importance of changing and improving your diet. Most of my issues with boils have occurred after consuming candy, cake and other sugary sweet baked goods. Dealing with abscesses too was unbearable until I totally removed soda pop from my diet, thus eliminating the abscesses. I also use turmeric (thanks to Earthclinic.com) and Black Seed Oil with plain yogurt when I have a problem. In the past I drank Turmeric with tea, but constipation sometimes resulted. So now, I mix 1 tsp of Turmeric, 1/2 tsp of Black Seed Oil with a half cup of yogurt and it has worked wonders. In addition to turmeric, I also drink Burdock and Echinacea with Goldenseal teas to help strengthen my immune system. Topically, I use Tea Tree Oil and Spirits of Camphor for boils and had great results also.

  16. I have receding gums and finally bought Tumeric. I did find a recipe for the gums, 1 tsp. Tumeric, 1/2 tsp. salt, and you mix it with mustard oil. It makes a paste and you rub it to the gums 2x a day. I was also wondering – I heard that 1 tsp mixed with milk is good for you. How many glasses can you drink a day? And long do you do this?

    1. Hi Evelyn,

      You can prepare a face mask using raw turmeric and fresh milk cream. Mix both of them in a grinder. After applying keep it for 30 minutes and then remove it first with milk and then with warm water.

      Regards,
      Mona

  17. yes i have many many boils that have came up on my lower belly area after i and my daughter and went to a doctor and thethey put me on bactrin and told me to bath more hello i shower 2 times a day once in the morning and once at night . doesnt seem to help i cant stand it any more i ahve gotten where i lance them my self and i scar i hate it but the doctors wont do any thing. there has to be a reason why i get these and why they keep coming back. i dont just want to drain and get rid of one i want to make them all diapper. never to return agian. they hurt and there ugly my lower tummy is nothing but boil scars. i lost alot of weight and would like to show it off but cant due to the boils and boils scars. its just a nasty sight to see. i want to know if there is a way to get help for them and the scars. i ahve tried everything and i cant handle much more so please if theres any one out there that can help me please let me know thank u

  18. My diet is really good but I get boils because of poor digestion due to a health problem and I get them because of exposure to toxins environmental exposure. I started using honey and my boil already feels better and is getting smaller and closer to the surface. I have had it for a week already and finally it is beginning to improve. Tea tree oil did not help this one. In the past it worked but this is much larger than the past boils. I will try the tumeric and honey paste. I am also drinking infusion of rosemary and oregano and echinacea tea. Also taking milk thistle. Honey helped with the pain. I am also using hot compresses then following with the honey then cover with cotton dressing.

  19. I have had boils for the past few months. I have used various antibiotics with no success. My problem is that they won’t stop draining. Does anyone have this problem? I haven’t seen any postings yet on this. I had one lanced but it came back. I went through surgery and the healing was very painful with stitches. I think I had a really bad doctor. Anyway I’ve this for a year now and it hasn’t stopped draining. I’d appreciate any suggestions. Thank you!!!

  20. Yea, I have the same problem. Doctors and conventional medicines don’t help. I don’t believe it has anything to do with your diet. It’s just one of those super viral infections. I’ve decided to try natural cures… Working on it..

  21. i want to know for those who has taken turmeric for their boils for a long time. once it disappear does i comes back. has anyone gotten rid of them for good.

  22. Try homoeopathic remedies: hepar sulph,silica or mercurius for boils/abcesses that won’t resolve. I am a diabetic with serious boils the above is what i’m trying at the moment dose 6x at least twice a day. my poor doctor was out of ideas!

  23. I had a boil that ran all the way across my armpit. It was so red and swollen I couldn’t lay on either side to sleep. Antibiotics and warm compresses didn’t help. I remembered an old remedy. I bought a slab of salt pork, cut off a hunk and stuck it on the boil. Immediately almost all the soreness was gone and in five minutes there was a horrid smell. The boil was draining! It took about two days but it is gone. Thank goodness! I haven’t tried anything else but I will keep it in mind.

  24. By the way, I am diabetic also. The boil hasn’t come back and that was about 6 months ago. May not work for someone else but for me it was the cure!

  25. In the upper middle of my back between the shoulder blades I think I have a boil or cyst? I popped/drained it and lots of whoite stuff came out followed by pus an odor and some blood. Now it scabbed hard in a large area and very very painful!!! What can I or should I do now?

  26. How long can you be on turmeric?I seen its properties for curing MRSA, which to me is awesome, i work as a nurse and have had two boils now, and i never want another one. They are horrible. i just wonder if i should be on this for life?

  27. I too suffer from painful boils. I get about 3 to 4 per year. Suprisingly, noone has ever tested me for MRSA. The last boils I had covered teh entire right side of my stomach. When it drained the puss was a weird brwon color and it was extremely smelly. I’m a bit nervous about taking tumeric because I was just recentky told by my docotr that i suffer from cellulitus. I don’t want to keep taking anitbiotics though.

  28. I am a missionary in Nicaragua, living amongst the very poor. I had many problems with boils and the Nicaraguans taught me to put a pepper leaf on the boil that they picked off of their pepper tree. It worked better than anything I could have bought. Unfortunately, when I am in the States or elsewhere, I don’t have access to pepper trees or their leaves.

    1. When I was a little girl back in the 1950s my mother always put Mecca Ointment and a pepper leaf on a band-aid and applied it to any boil I broke out with. It always worked and the boils went away.

  29. discovered this home remedy for boils i got under my armpit that showed up out of no where, was using magnoplasm but didnt seem to drain it quick and the infection i could see went a fair way down. Made a batch of the tumeric paste and put it on over night, by morning, two had completely drained and the large painful one was starting to ripe. cleaned it up and made a new batch, checked at the end of the day and the large one had almost fully ,leaving a nice large whole in my under arm. been drinking it aswell to fight the battle internally and externally.
    drinking it with a juice rather then water hides the furry yucky feeling when you drink it

  30. I contracted via a Surgery that cleaned and Sticky Plaster closed a gash on my Leg. Soon a large area of infection appeared on lower leg above the Ankle roceeded to give me large doses of PENICILLEN for 6 month, saying that that was their only Remedy.
    Eventually thats topped growing but then I gashed my other Lower Leg on a Suitcase. This also blew up like a Boil and spread seriously. Again more Penicillen for over another 6 months until my Bowels became very constibated which I never previuosly had. So I looked on GOOGLE and found many entrys that gave fabulous reports on success. Did this and allclear up immediately then with Whole grain Soya & Linseed Breads (4-6 Slices daily) got it all working again.Poroven that Tumeric is not Water Soluble and nes to be dissolved in GEE (Butter heated to remove Water and Solids.) Howver I use Cream on my Coffee or Tea and float half Teaspoon on that and its dissolves into the Cream which itself goes Yellow as proof. Now with the Butterfat in Cream, the Tumeric can go into the Bloodstream to do its work, which otherwise would have nbeen wasted through the Bowels and less effective. Seems that mixed with Honey and Butter or Cream would be ideal as a Poultice and highly reccommended. Talk to an Indian about TUMERIC which they all take Daily and really in that unhealthy country, MANY ARE NEVER UNWELL AND LIVE TO A RIPE OLD aGE.. GOOD lUCK. PAUL

  31. Like many people, Ive had these boils for many years. I have been surfing the net for ever looking for different ways to try and handle them. I have gone the medical route, had them lanced, gone on antibiotics, tried salt-pork, eggs, heat … nothing works. Now I am drinking tumeric with juice and have just applied a thick paste to the one under both of my arms … wow I hope it works!!!

  32. I’ve just had a boil once, I applied vicks to it and covered with a band aid. I just did this overnight for 2 nights and it worked. But using turmeric will be my cure next time as it seems to have so many other benefits.

  33. About 3 weeks ago, I found a small zit like bump in my arm pit and thought that it was just that, a zit. Until the next day when I woke up with this small zit being four times it’s size and very painful. I thought that since my roommate had dealt with skin acne and other skin conditions in the past, I asked him what i should do. I was told to alternate hot and cold with a wash cloth for 3 days about 2-3 times a day.I followed his instructions and every day it was more and more painful. I finally was in so much pain that I went to a doctor and they cut it open and basically drained it. She left a small piece of gauze tape sticking out of the opening and dressed it as any wound. I was told it was an “ingrown hair.” Now, 3 weeks later that “ingrown hair” has pretty much healed all the way but I now have 5 MORE of these BOILS in the same area. I found a few home remedies by simply typing, “how to treat boils” in Google.I found that lancing it or messing with it at all is the worst thing you can do! I am now at my computer with damp gauze pad with Turmeric on it taped to the underside of my armpit. I’ll keep you updated as to its effectiveness!!!

  34. My 2 1/2 year old son got a boil on his theigh when he was just 2 weeks old. I didn’t know what it was, but it stopped looking irritated within a week or so. It never completely went away, but I thought that it was just a scar. Well, today, I saw it getting red and irritated again (more than 2 years later!!!) and to my horror I saw a little white dot growing about an inch away. I read about boils and tumeric, so I gave my son two 1/2 teaspoon doses covered with honey. Within 10 minutes, I read you could apply it topically as well, so I went to apply a paste and lo and behold the white dot had vanished! I am hoping that the other boil will finally go away as well with our newfound tumeric medicine.

    1. I know your post is old, but I had to reply! I see many things about mixing tumeric with honey. Giving honey to children under the age of 3 is dangerous! It can give them Botulism.

  35. i have a boil on my groin area around the panty line that is so painful. im going 2 try the tumeric first thing when the store opens in the morning. thanks 4 the advice i pray it works. these are so painful.

    1. i know how you feel about the boils in the panty area i have had so many its starting to look like hamburger down there. is there any treatment to prevent these?

      1. You might want to research a disease called hidradenitis supporativa. It is a rare condition that I suffered with for 40 yrs before I was diagnosed and boils in the groin and underarms are the main problem with it. Good luck!

  36. I have a boil on my stomach. I used cider vinegar and overnight it ruptured and started draining. But now it is like an open wound. Will applying a tumeric paste be beneficial or make things worse??? If I take tumeric internally is there something I should do to avoid constipation (I do not like yogurt)??

    1. Turmeric is a good antiseptic, so a turmeric powder or paste can help to speed up your wound’s healing and protect it from becoming infected.

      It might seem strange to do this to an open wound, but this has been practiced in Ayurvedic medicine for a long time. Try googling turmeric “open wounds”. The only exception I think, is that it may not be suitable for larger wounds. A small boil should be okay, but use your own good judgement on this. If you’re not sure, wait until the wound closes before applying turmeric.

      I’m not sure if turmeric causes constipation, but if you’re worried, you can take good bacteria in pill form (probiotics).

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