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DIY herbal poultice

DIY Herbal Poultice Recipe

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  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Yield: 1 application (reuse 5 times) 1x


A poultice is a natural, at-home remedy that’s typically filled with beneficial herbs that can quickly heal an area, fight inflammation and improve blood circulation. It’s also very easy to make.


  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated or chopped turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons chopped lemongrass
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated or chopped ginger
  • 1/2 cup small raw sliced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 drops oregano essential oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • white cloth or muslin
  • thick string (optional)


  1. In a pan on low heat, add the coconut oil and lightly sauté the ginger, turmeric, lemongrass, onion and garlic. You can put a lid on it for a few seconds to let it steam. You want it to remain mostly dry or slightly moist from the coconut oil. You can use a tiny bit of water if needed as you do not want it to burn.
  2. Turn off and move the ingredients to a bowl to cool.
  3. Add the essential oils and stir to blend well.
  4. Next, lay out your cloth. Take a big spoonful of the mixture and place it into the center of your cloth.
  5. Now, just fold or lay the outside pieces on top of each other so you have a pack. Some like to pull long pieces up into a “handle” at the top and tie it with yarn or thread. It doesn’t really matter as long as you keep the ingredients nestled tightly in the cloth so nothing falls out or becomes loose when in use.
  6. Next, place the poultice on the affected area for 20–30 minutes two or three times a day. (If you’re applying to a wound, you must use a new application each time.)
  7. For non-wound applications, you can place it in the fridge and reheat in a steamer or microwaves, using it four or fives times, before making a new one.