How To Make An Onion Poultice

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 An onion poultice is another remedy for congestion, and it’s simple to do!  We normally have onion on hand if we don’t have anything else to use.

How to make an onion poultice:

*Bake onion in the oven until you start to smell it cooking, or lightly saute onions in a pan with a little water for a few minutes until soft.  You want the onion slimy, but not browned!
*Place onions in the center of a cloth (cheesecloth or thinner dish towel)
{Note: You can also rub olive oil on chest and place warm, not hot, onions directly on chest and wrap gauze or cloth around the body to keep the onion warm and in place.}
*Roll up the cloth over the onion burrito-style
*Place the onion poultice on chest and cover patient with covers to help the onion stay warm and let it do it’s decongestant work!
*Be sure that the poultice is not too hot, especially for babies
*Check the poultice from time to time to be sure it isn’t irritating the skin
*Leave on all day or over night.
*Repeat later if needed

Onions are useful for more than just cooking.  From ear infections to congestion, be sure to keep some on hand!

JHR Tip:
To keep onions longer, store them in a root cellar or dark corner of the garage.  They store best between 40 and 50 degrees.  They also require ventilation: keep in a mesh bag or pair of panty hose.  Slip the onions inside and tie a knot between each bulb.  Or, use twist ties between bulbs so you don’t have to cut the material to get the bulb out, thus allowing you to reuse the same bag/hose.

Linked to:
Little Natural Cottage   Deep Roots at Home

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  1. says

    I remember my grandmother making such poultices and using them on me when I would get really sick back in Peru. If I remember correctly it worked wonders.

  2. Anonymous says

    My son is 5 months old and caught a terriable bug. He had so much congestion he was struggling to breath. Took him to the doctor was told to use an over the counter cold medicine. It did not help. I’m so thankful I found your onion pulltice. Its amazing and cleared my son right up. Seiously, thank you.

  3. Anonymous says

    I am going to try your onion poultice to relieve the congestion from my whooping cough. After the poultice goes cold, should I reheat or continue to use cold?

    • says

      Onion and garlic both work great on earaches! Another way to do this is to insert an unnicked, peeled garlic clove, or the center piece of an onion in the ear. Place something warm, like a warm rice sock over the ear. Hope you feel better soon!

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