Best effective natural home remedies for boils (skin abscesses)

how to get rid of boils

Boils are a skin condition which happens when in your hair follicle is settled a deep bacterial infection. In the beginning is a red, small, and painful nodule. But after some period this nodule is starting to grow. They are very painful. In some cases, people who have a boil can have a fever. Some causes of this skin condition are diabetes, poor nutrition, chemotherapy, poor hygiene, exposure to harsh chemicals, poor immune system, friction from tight clothing, and alcoholism.

In some cases, this condition can take a long time for its natural treatment. But if you have decided to use natural remedies for this condition, then you should not use antibiotics. If you have noticed a boil, then you should visit your doctor. He or she will tell which is the best natural treatment for your condition. Here are some home remedies which can help you to cure your boils:


15 Home Remedies for boils

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is one of the most used natural cures for boils because it has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. When you are applying this natural remedy to your skin, then you can reduce the swelling [1]. Also when you are using turmeric as a natural treatment for boils, then you can draw the infection out of your body and skin. What is important to know before you start using this natural remedy is that you should not take this remedy internally.

This natural remedy is one of the best antiseptics which is used as a natural treatment for boils and other skin problems.

You should put one drop of tea tree oil directly on the boil. If you are using tea tree oil constantly, then you can speed up the curing process. Soon you will feel better and also you will feel relief from the pain caused by this condition. Put tea tree oil on cotton. You should apply the oil on your boil but dab it with gentle moves. You should repeat this step a few times per day, several times per week until you feel better and your boil is gone. Before you start using tea tree oil as a natural treatment you should make a skin test to be sure if you are allergic to this remedy or not.

Colloidal silver

This natural remedy is known as a natural drawing agent. This remedy is also keeping the balance of good bacteria in your body and also is helping you to heal from the infection which is cause for your boil.

Indian Lilac

This herb is also known for its name Neem. This herb contains antibacterial, antiseptic, and antimicrobial properties which are making this plant a perfect natural remedy for boils [2,3]. Also, this remedy can help you if you are suffering from other types of skin infections. This natural remedy can relieve the pain which are you feeling.

You can make a paste from Indian Lilac leaves. You should use a handful of neem leaves. When you have made the paste, you should apply the paste to the boils (it is recommended to apply directly on the boil).

Also, you can put neem leaves in water. Boil this mixture until in the pot there is 1/3 of water. You can use this water to rinse the area which is affected by boils.

Garlic and onion for boilsGarlic

This vegetable is one of the best natural remedies not also for skin infections and boils but also for many other kinds of diseases. This is possible because garlic has anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties [4].

You can eat 2-3 raw cloves of garlic per day. You will notice quality results. That means you will not feel pain anymore. If you do not like to eat garlic because of its taste, then you can make a paste of it. You will need 2-3 fresh raw cloves. When you make this paste, you should apply it directly to the affected area.

Also, you can take one hand of garlic cloves. Heat those cloves. You should put this remedy on the affected areas. Let it stay for 10 minutes and repeat this step a few times per day.


This vegetable has anti-microbial and anti-septic chemicals which are making it the perfect natural treatment for boils [4]. You will need to cut a thin slice from the onion. Put this slice on the boils. Wrap the slice with cotton. You should heat it to the boils. Leave the onion for a few minutes. You should do this remedy a few times per day. It is recommended to repeat 3-4 times per day. You should repeat this process until your boils are gone.

Bread poultice

When you are having a boil, then you can use bread poultice because in many cases it has shown quality results as a natural remedy for boils. You will need one piece of bread. Soak this piece in warm water or in warm milk. When the bread is soaked you should put it on the affected area (where you have boils). Let it stay for a few minutes. This kind of soaked bread will reduce inflammation. The heat which comes from the compress will make more white blood cells which will fight against the infections. You should repeat this natural treatment twice per day until you are not seeing any boil on your skin.

Black seed

This natural remedy is used as a natural treatment for boils. Also, it is very helpful for treating other skin infections [5]. People who suffer from boils are having pain which comes from this condition. Many medical experts are recommending using the black seed for treating the boil. It will reduce the pain.

Make a paste from black seed. You will need some black seeds. You should grind the black seeds to make a paste. After the paste is done, you should apply it to the boils. In many cases, people who have used black seed oil instead of black seed paste have seen quality results. Also, you can make a mixture which you will drink twice per day. You can make ½ of black seed oil in a cold or hot drink. You should drink this remedy twice per day. In most cases is recommended to drink this mixture for several days, but you should always talk with your doctor before you take black seed as your natural remedy for your boils.


This plant is known as a blood purifier. It is known that people who suffer from boil are having pain. This plant has anti-inflammatory properties which can make to reduce the symptoms caused by boils. Make a mixture for drinking. Mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder in one glass of water or milk. The recommended daily intake amount is 3 times per day. You should drink this mixture for 4-5 days. If you do not like to drink this mixture, then you can make a paste from turmeric and fresh ginger. Apply this mixture on the boil and cover the past with cotton (be sure that your cotton is clean).


This natural remedy has been used in medicine for treating the boils for decades. Milk is very effective for this condition because it relieves pain. Also, this remedy can speed up the healing process [6].

Heat one cup of milk. Add in this cup 3 teaspoons of salt and mix them. Then, add some flour from crumbled bread for thickening the mixture. Put this mixture on your boils. You should repeat this step a few times per day until you have seen better results. Also in many cases, the milk cream has been used as a natural remedy for boil. Make a mixture of turmeric, apple cider vinegar, and milk cream. Put this mixture on the affected area.

Parsley leaves

You will need some parsley leaves. Boil them in water. After you have warmed the leaves, you should wrap them in a cloth (it is recommended to use a thin cloth). This cloth you can use as a bandage on the affected areas.


You will need some slices of salt pork or if you are not having salt pork, then you should use bacon. Take two pieces of cloth. Put the bacon between them. If you are using this treatment, then you will be free from the pus of the boil.

Iodine and baking soda

You should make a paste from the baking soda. Add some iodine ointment to this paste. Apply a thin layer from the paste on the boil. Patch this paste with a band-aid. Baking soda will draw the pus out and the iodine will disinfect the affected area. This home remedy has helped many people. [7]


The white from the eggs are used for treating a boil. You will need one egg. Boil the egg and then you should peel it. Then, you should wet the white from the egg and then apply this remedy to the affected areas. Cover this remedy with cotton.


This natural absorbent is used as a natural remedy for boil. Put ½ of the water to boil. Add cornmeal to the water and make a paste. Apply this paste to the affected areas and then cover it with clean cotton. You should repeat this step a few times per day until the infection is gone and the boil is softer.


Nutmeg is also known for its name Jaiphal. This herb is stimulating blood circulation in the body [8]. Make a mixture of ½ teaspoon of nutmeg mixed with one hot cup of water or milk. Drink this mixture because you can prevent yourself from the bacteria caused by the boils.


[1] Carson CF, Hammer KA, Riley TV. Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil: a review of antimicrobial and other medicinal properties. Clinical Microbiology Reviews. 2006;19(1):50-62.

[2] Tiwari R, Verma AK, Chakraborty S, et al. Neem (Azadirachta indica) and its potential for safeguarding health of animals and humans: A review. Journal of Biological Sciences. 2014;14: 110-123.

[3] Ajaba MO, Brooks AA, Emanghe UE. Antimicrobial potency of neem (Azadirachta indica) leaf extracts on pathogenic bacteria isolated from wound infections. International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research. 2016;7(1):1501-7.

[4] Tripathi PC, Lawande KE. Medicinal properties of onion and garlic. National Research Center for Onion and Garlic. Working Paper. 2006.

[5] Yimer EM, Tuem KB, Karim A, et al. Nigella sativa L. (Black cumin): A promising natural remedy for wide range of illnesses. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2019.

[6] Rozenberg S, Body JJ, Bruyere O, et al. Effects of dairy products consumption on health: Benefits and beliefs—A commentary from the Belgian bone club and the European society for clinical and economic aspects of osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal diseases. Calcified Tissue International. 2016;98:1–17.

[7] McDonnell G, Denver Russell A. Antiseptics and disinfectants: Activity, action, and resistance. Clinical Microbiology Reviews. Retrieved from

[8] Agbogidi OM, Azagbaekwe OP. Health and nutritional benefits of nut meg (mystica fragrans houtt). Scientia Agriculturae. 2013;1(2):40-44.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.