A poultice is a way to apply herbs directly on the skin. You can accomplish this by making up a paste with a mortar and pestle (or a food processor) and then applying the paste to the skin. Next you wrap it in a cloth to hold the herbs in place. A poultice is an excellent remedy for many common skin issues. When the skin is hot and inflamed, you want to allow the heat to escape; this is where a poultice is recommended over a salve, as a salve will seal up the heat and not let it escape.
1/4 cup bentonite clay powder
5 drops Lavender
5 drops Melaleuca
- Add the clay to a small bowl and slowly add water until you have a peanut butter-like consistency. Stir in your essential oils.
- Apply your clay poultice to your skin and cover with a band-aid or cloth. It’s important to cover your clay poultice to prolong the drying process. Leave on for at least 30 minutes.
- Wash off and reapply several times throughout the day. Store your poultice in the refrigerator between uses.