Boil, Soap and Sugar Poultice for

April 30th, 2008

Poultice made of yellow or soft soap and brown sugar, equal parts. Spread on cloth and apply faithfully.” This makes a good strong poultice, and has great drawing powers and would be apt to create a good deal of pain, but would draw the boil to a head. The above remedy was sent in by a number of mothers, all of whom said they had tried it with success when other remedies failed.

Source: Mother’s Remedies: Over One Thousand Tried and Tested Remidies from Mothers of the United States and Canada, T. J. Ritter


One Response to “Boil, Soap and Sugar Poultice for”

  1. Kathleen Hennesset on May 7, 2017 7:38 pm

    As a child growing up before antibiotics, I regularly saw soap and sugar poultices successfully used. In 1948, my brother had a serious infection (“blood poisoning”) with a red line up his right arm. My mother used FelsNaptha soap and brown sugar poultice which caused a large pus-filled blister on his right wristbone. His fever subsided, the red line disappeared, and he recovered after the blister broke depositing the yellow mess from the blister onto the poultice. I regularly use the same formula for insect (including brown recluse spider) bites, slivers and splinters.

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