| Randall Agee
A boil is a deep, localized infection that typically begins as a sore, reddened area approximately a half inch across. Within four to seven days, the lump in the boil's center turns white from pus that has accumulated beneath the skin. Boils often respond well to natural treatment; however, some will worsen despite treatment and require medical intervention. See your doctor if a fever or swollen lymph nodes develop and seek medical attention if the pain worsens or redness radiates from the boil, if additional boils appear in the area, or if the boil fails to drain.
Lavender-Tea Tree Soak:
MAKES 1 TREATMENT
- Draw a warm bath and add 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 10 drops of tea tree essential oil to the running water.
- Soak for at least 15 minutes. Use caution when getting out of the bathtub, as it may be slippery.
- After toweling off, apply the remaining 1 drop of lavender essential oil and 1 drop of tea tree essential oil directly to the boil to speed the healing process, if desired.
- Repeat this treatment 2 to 4 times a day until the boil ruptures and drains.
MAKES 1 TREATMENT
Lavender and frankincense essential oils help stop bacterial activity and the heat of a compress helps promote drainage.
- 1 Pint Hot Water
- 1 Drop Lavender Essential Oil
- 1 Drop Frankincense Essential Oil
- 2 Drops Carrier Oil
- In a medium glass bowl. add the hot water.
- Using your fingertips apply the lavender essential oil to the boil, followed by the frankincense essential oil, then the carrier oil.
- Submerge a towel in the water, wring it out, and apply the compress to the affected area. Leave the compress in place for at least 10 minutes or until it cools to body temperature.
Repeat this treatment up to 6 times a day until the boil has ruptured and drained.