A poultice, also called a cataplasm, is a paste made of herbs, plants, and other substances with healing properties. You will spread the paste directly on your skin. This popular home remedy has been used for centuries to treat inflammation, insect bites, and more.

Precautions when using a poultice

An allergic reaction is possible when applying any substance directly on your skin. Test a small site on your forearm before applying the poultice to the affected area.

If you’re making a heated poultice, it should be warm — not hot — to avoid burning your skin.

Know that by changing the temperature of the poultice, the healing actions can be altered. A warm or hot poultice will help to increase circulation to the area, and a cold poultice can help soothe inflammation.

How to make your poultice

  • Take the dried herbs I gave you and combine with just enough hot water to moisten them. Simply add hot or cold water a little at a time to create a thick paste.
  • Spread the paste evenly over the desired area.
  • Wrap with plastic and secure with a bandage.
  • Place over affected area for 30 minutes or overnight.

To your Health!

Yamin Chehin L.Ac. Dipl.O.M