How to Use Garlic to Treat Boils

By LeafTV Editor

How to Use Garlic to Treat Boils. The use of garlic for a variety of medicinal reasons has been widely documented for centuries. For instance, garlic is often used to treat boils, a skin disease caused by infected hair follicles, due to its powerful healing properties and its ability to strengthen the immune system.

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Use Garlic to Treat Boils

Step 1

Confirm that the infected skin lesion is indeed a boil. Boils are characterized by a pus-filled abscess covered with a "head" made of dead, crusty skin. Boils are usually painful to the touch.

Step 2

Use garlic to treat your boil by using either a garlic press or juicer to extract the juice from fresh garlic cloves.

Step 3

Apply the garlic juice directly to the head of the boil. Cover the boil with a loose bandage until the head of the boil begins to soften.

Step 4

Add the juice from several fresh onions to the garlic compress. Combining onion and garlic juice will accelerate the softening of the head of the boil.

Step 5

Remove the compress once the head of the boil has softened to the point where it can be removed easily with a clean dry washcloth and warm water. If you experience too much pain while trying to remove the head, use your garlic juice compress a little longer.

Step 6

Pour more garlic and onion juice into the wound, which will help to disinfect it. Flush the garlic out with warm water, and cover the boil with a bandage.

Step 7

Keep the boil covered with a bandage until it has healed properly, taking care to change the dressing at least twice a day. Apply some anti-bacterial or antiseptic cream to the boil to facilitate healing or continue to squirt garlic juice on the affected area.

Step 8

Check with you doctor if the boil has not completely healed within 10 days. Improper care of a boil can lead to sepsis, a potentially life-threatening infection.