Garlic Poultice

Garlic is such a powerful natural antibiotic, that when anyone in my family is laying low with a fever or some type of infection or virus, I’m anxious to get it in their system!  As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, fresh garlic can be added to foods to boost the immune system. It can effectively kill viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi, yeasts, and molds, even many that cause serious disease in humans. Below is a list of things that garlic can kill or inhibit:

Acinetobacter calcoaceticus
Aspergillus flavus
Aspergillus fumigatus
Aspergillus parasiticus
Aspergillus niger
Bacillus cereus
Candida albicans
Candida lipolytica
Cryptococcus neoformans
Debaryomyces hansenii
Escherichia coli
Hansenula anomala
Herpes simplex virus type 1
Herpes simplex virus type 2
Histoplasma capsulatum
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV)
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Human rhinovirus type 2
Influenza B
Kloeckera apiculata
Lodderomyces elongisporus
Parainfluenza virus type 3
Vaccinia virus
Vesicular stomatitis virus
Micrococcus luteus
Mycobacterium phlei
Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Paracoccidioides brasiliensis
Pneumocystis carinii
Proteus vulgaris
Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Rhodotorula rubra
Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Salmonella typhimurium
Salmonella typhimurium
Shigella dysenteriae
Shigella flexneri
Staphylococcus aureus
Streptococcus faecalis
Torulopsis glabrata
Toxoplasma gondii
Vibrio parahaemolyticus

Another way I like to get garlic directly in the bloodstream is by making a garlic poultice.  Here’s how~

Crush 2 or 3 garlic cloves with a fork to get the juices going.  Use larger or more cloves for an adult. 
  Fold the cheese cloth a few times to make it a little thicker, but not too thick.  Place the cloves on cheese cloth or a thin towel.  Make sure the cloves are spread out.  You don’t want them in a smaller bunch, as this will be too strong for one spot on the skin.  Garlic can “burn” the skin if it’s too strong on one spot. 
 Fold the cloth up like a burrito.  Like this…
 …and this.

Pour a small amount of hot water over the poultice.  Make sure it’s hot, but that it won’t burn the skin.  The heat helps to release the healthy properties that the skin will absorb.
Place the poultice on the chest or wrist for 15-20 minutes. You want to place it on an area that has a lot of veins so the garlic properties can be released in the blood stream and do its work! Garlic releases its strongest properties the first 10-15 minutes after being crushed, so be sure to use it right away.    You can also use this poultice on the chest for congestion.  If you use this on a baby, check the poultice every 1-2 minutes to be sure it’s not irritating their sensitive skin.  For my older girls, I check every 2-5 minutes.

 A garlic poultice is an easy remedy to boost the immune system when sick.  What an amazing plant God gave us to use!

Click here to read my post on garlic as a natural antibiotic.

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  1. says

    Just found you via Homemaker by Choices blog hop. I am so excited! I dream of being more herbal savvy and more self sufficient. I will most certainly be “poking” around your site for some tips:-)

  2. says

    Stopping by from the barn hop. I value the use of garlic and often make a garlic tea for congested colds.

    Your instructions for a poultice are great; I will try this. Thank-you for your informative post.

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