One of the most effective things that healing herbs can be used for is to treat inflammation and soothe the skin. A poultice is an easy way to apply the healing properties of a plant to the skin in the easiest and most hassle free way, and it’s a great option for people who want to avoid heavy chemicals or products for topical skin application. Today, we’re going to look at just a few common medicinal plants that can be used with the approval of your child’s doctor to soothe the skin, deliver important nutrients, and calm inflammation.
Making A Poultice
The easiest way to use an herbal poultice is to brew a strong cup of herbal tea using the herb, soak a clean towel or cotton ball in the tea, then apply to the skin once the temperature is safe. Most herbalists suggest 2 teaspoons of herb to 8 ounces of just-boiling water steeped for about 8 minutes.
Some herbs also work great directly on the skin. They can be briefly soaked in warm water, then laid gently on the skin before being covered with a clean cloth.
In both cases, 3-5 minutes of poultice application is usually a good place to start as you discover how your child’s skin reacts.
Eczema Poultice Herbs
This herb has a long history of use for the skin. You can create a gentle herbal tea skin wash using organic cleavers and gently pat the skin or bathe it with the tea blend. Cleavers is extremely gentle and is believed to have a positive influence on the lymphatic system which may help the body react better to eczema presence.
Oat straw is packed with essential vitamins and has gentle all-natural antibiotic properties. A cool herbal tea made from oat straw can be soaked into a clean cloth and laid on the skin for soothing, healing relief. Oat straw should not be used when a child has gluten sensitivities or allergies.
Chamomile is antiseptic and antibacterial, and it is a famous skin soother. This is a great wash to use on the skin whenever itching, pain, or irritation is present. Chamomile is wonderful after being chilled in the fridge and soaked into a cloth as a light poultice.
This powerful herb is a great option for an all natural skin wash that may fight bacteria and soothe the skin. It is best used externally in a very watered down poultice as it is very strong.
Calendula herbal tea soaked in cotton balls and applied to aggravated areas of eczema can be a real blessing. This herb cools, cleanses, and soothes without the use of harsh chemicals, and it’s very easy to find.
As with all herbal remedies, make sure that you choose the medicinal, organic version of all the herbs you work with and consult with your child’s medical professionals before adopting their use. Herbs are a gentle and effective way to treat a variety of health concerns, but caution should be used because they can be very potent.
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