12 Best Home Cure for Boils


Turmeric is a blood purifier and has antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties. Take one teaspoon turmeric powder and add it to a glass of warm water. Drink this thrice a day.

Turmeric powder can also be applied over the boil, which speeds up the healing process. For fresh boils, take a few dry roots of turmeric and roast them. Dissolve the ashes in a cup of water and apply over the affected portion. This enables the boils to ripen and burst.


2.Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil has antiseptic, anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. It speeds up the healing process and relieves the discomfort. Dab a cotton swab into the tea tree oil. Apply this on the boil /carbuncle. Repeat this several times a day. Dispose the cotton swab and make sure it does not make contact with uninfected part of this skin.


3.Cumin seeds

Grind the seeds ground in water and made into a paste. Apply this paste on the boils for better results.



Steep parsley in boiled water till it is soft and juicy. When comfortably hot, it should be wrapped with clean muslin or linen cloth and apply this to the boil as a poultice.


5.Margosa’s leaves

To make a decoction take 15gm of margosa leaves and boil it 500ml of water. Boil it till it is reduced by one-third.


6.Bitter gourd

Bitter gourd is beneficial for blood filled boils. Take cup of fresh bitter gourd juice. Mix a teaspoon of lime juice and this should be drunk slowly. This should be taken on empty stomach daily for a few months.


7. Garlic and onion

The juice of garlic or onion can be applied over the boils to help ripen them, break them and evacuate the pus. Mixing the juice of onion and garlic in equal quantity and applying it over the boil is also a good home cure for boils. Eating two or three pods of garlic during meals is also effective for this condition.


8.Betel leaves

Warm one betel leaf till it is soft. Coat it with a layer of castor oil. Spread the oiled leaf over the inflamed part. Replace the leaf every few hours. The boil will break and drain out all purulent matter after a few applications.


9.Bread compress

Soak a slice of bread in warm milk and apply it directly on the boil. Replace the bread slice to keep the affected part warm for 15 minutes at a time, four times a day.


10.Black seed oil

Mix half a teaspoon of black seed oil into hot or cold drink. Give this twice daily to get relief from the boils.


11.Vegetable compress

Heated slices of onions, tomatoes, mashed garlic and outer leaves of cabbage can be pressed directly over the boil. Place any of the heated chunks on the boil for at least 15 minutes several times a day. Replace the slices or chunks regularly and keep the area warm whenever it gets cold.

Warm moist compresses should be applied three or four times a day over the tender area.

12.Milk cream

Take one teaspoon of milk cream; mix it with half a teaspoon of vinegar and a pinch of turmeric powder. This helps in ripening the blood boils and in their healing without allowing them to become septic.


Foods to Avoid

Avoid refined and processed foods, tea, coffee, starchy and sugary foods, especially, cakes, chocolates, sweets, white bread etc.

Lifestyle Changes

Boils is an indication of high level of toxicity in the blood. Cleansing the body of the harmful radicals is therefore very essential to treat boils.
The following may be tried:

  • Hot Epsom salt bath -taken two or three times in a week till the boils persist.
  • Dry massage followed by a cold sponge in the morning
  • Fresh air breathing
  • Mild outdoor exercises