Herbal Remedies for Abscess
Abscesses are bacterial infections surrounded by inflammed tissues where pus collects. Here we are primarily concerned with abscesses of the skin or teeth. For internal abscesses of tissues or organs, consult a physician or qualified herbalist.
Apply a flax seed poultice (grind seeds to a powder, add water to form a paste); change frequently until it drains. Apply fresh plantain pulp or reconstituted dried powder, or calendula flowers powdered and reconstituted. Apply a cotton pad soaked with echinacea tincture. Change all poultices 3-5 times a day; keep using until abscess has drained and mostly healed. For abscesses that won't heal, try applying an escharotic herb such as bloodroot in liquid extract form (apply to a sterile cotton pad and fix in place for a period of time), which will help remove the dead and stagnant tissue. Be cautious with these herbs, for they can damage healthy tissue if left on too long. Consult a qualified herbalist if in doubt. After the abscess is cleaned out, apply a healing, immune-stimulating herb such as echinacea. Saturate a sterile cotton ball with the tincture and apply directly to the abscess. Change several times daily. Take echinacea or baptisia (false indigo root) internally for 7-10 days. If the abcess persists, see your doctor or qualified health care practitioner.
Herbs Used To Treat Abscess
|Andrographis||antibacterial||capsules, tincture, tea|
|Echinacea||immune stimulant||apply cotton pad soaked with tincture; take internally|
|Flax||anti-inflammatory, soothing||apply moistened ground seeds as a poultice|
|Mallow||anti-inflammatory||tea as a wash|
|Plantain||soothing antimicrobial||apply reconstituted leaf powder as a poultice|