Natural and Home Remedies

Boils and Carbuncles Home Remedy

Signs and Symptoms of Boils and Carbuncles


A boil (also known as a furuncle) is a bacterial infection of a blocked oil gland or hair follicle. A boil usually appears suddenly as a painful pink or red bump about half an inch in diameter. The surrounding skin also may be red and swollen. Within 24 hours, the bump fills with pus. It grows larger and more painful for five to seven days, sometimes reaching golf-ball size before it develops a yellow-white tip that finally ruptures and drains. Boils generally clear completely in about two weeks. Small boils usually heal without scarring, but a large boil may leave a scar.

A carbuncle is a cluster of boils that often occurs on the back of the neck, shoulders, or thighs, especially in older men. Carbuncles cause a deeper and more severe infection than a single boil. As a result, they develop and heal more slowly and are likely to leave scars.

Causes of Boils and Carbuncles

Boils and Carbuncles

Recurrent boils are commonly caused by gastrointestinal bacteria which prompt a skin infection. They can also be caused by consuming too much sugar, either refined or even from fruit. Open boils and carbuncles are contagious, therefore, can also be contracted from others. Most small boils that are less than half an inch can be treated at home, but boils that are larger than that and that don't heal with home remedies and require immediate medical care. Boils and carbuncles that are around sensitive areas (for example face, armpits, groin and breasts) should never be squeezed. If you see red lines radiating from the boil or it is accompanied by fever, chills, or swelling in other parts of your body, you should consult with your health provider right away. If you have diabetes, you should always consult with your doctor as soon as any kind of boil or carbuncle appears.

Home Remedies for Boils and Carbuncles

Boils and Carbuncles Home Remedy Using Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has been used as an antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic agent for centuries. As a result, many people have used it for the treatment of boils and carbuncles since it often speeds up the healing process and relieves discomfort.

  • Dab a cotton swab into a mix of a half tsp each of tea tree oil and olive oil.
  • Gently apply the oil mix onto the boil/carbuncle with the swab.
  • Dispose of the used swab and be careful that it does not make contact with uninfected parts of your skin to prevent further infections.
  • Repeat this several times a day.

Home Remedy for Boils and Carbuncles with Turmeric

Many people have found the spice Turmeric to be an excellent remedy to treat boils and other staph infections. Turmeric is a traditional Ayurvedic spice that is often used as a blood purifier and anti-inflammatory remedy. It can be purchased in powder form from many Indian grocery stores. Using this powder, a simple and effective remedy for boils is the following:

  • Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of warm water.
  • Drink 1-2 times per day.
  • Healing will begin within a few hours.
  • Repeat for 3 days.

If you don't like the Turmeric mixture with water, look for Turmeric capsules at a health food store.

Also applying a paste of Turmeric powder onto the boil and keeping it wrapped for a few hours may help. Keep changing the bandage every 3-4 hours.

NOTE: Regular high doses of turmeric can lead to dehydration and constipation, so be sure to take the above remedy only when necessary, such as when you begin to see signs of a boil. A single weekly dosage of the remedy is also acceptable at other times as a preventative measure. Also drinking plenty of water may keep you hydrated.

Hydrotherapy for Boils and Carbuncles

Hydrotherapy, which consists of warm or wet compresses, has been shown to help soothe the pain associated with boils. By compressing a boil with warmth, blood is drawn to the infected area, which helps the body fight the infection more quickly.

Washcloth Compress
Washcloth compresses are the best and easy way to treat a boil. Take a clean washcloth and dip it in fairly warm salt water and place it onto the boil. The compress should be very wet and warm and it should be placed on the boil for 10-15 minutes at least 5 times daily. It speeds up the process of bringing the boil to a head, which leads to draining and then healing.

Bread Compress
A bread compress is an old folk remedy and people find it works quite well. Soak a slice of bread in warm milk and apply it directly onto the boil. Keep replacing the bread slices to keep the infected boil warm for 15 minutes at a time, four times a day.

Tea Compress
Simply place a warm Green tea bag on the boil for 10-15 minutes at a time, several times a day.

Vegetable Compress
Heated slices of tomatoes, raw onions, mashed garlic, or the outer leaves of cabbage can be pressed directly onto a boil. Place heated chunks of any of these vegetables onto the boil for at least 15 minutes several times a day. Make sure that you keep the area warm by replacing it with new heated slices whenever you feel the area getting cold.

Natural Remedy for Boils and Carbuncles Using Onions

Onions have been known to contain antiseptic chemicals which can act as an effective antimicrobial irritant. Therefore, they can be used to treat boils by "heating" a boil and drawing blood to the infected area. A simple remedy is the following:

  • Cut a thick slice of onion and place it over the boil.
  • Wrap the infected area with a cloth.
  • Change the onion every three to four hours until the boil comes to a head and drains.

Home Remedy for Boils and Carbuncles with Oil of Oregano

Oil of Oregano is known for its antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and immune boosting properties. Simply taking 3-4 drops of the oil of oregano daily may help with the infection of the boils and carbuncles.

Note: The longterm use of the Oil of Oregano is not recommended due to its interaction with the absorption of the iron in the body. It's recommended to discontinue its use after about 7 days.

Applying a mix of one drop of Oil of Oregano and one tsp of Coconut or Olive oil with a cotton swab directly onto the boil or carbuncle can help speed up the healing process.

Carefully dispose of the used swab and avoid any contact with the other parts of your skin.

Natural Treatment for Boils and Carbuncles With Black Seed Oil

Black Seed Oil has been used for hundreds of years as a natural remedy for skin infections including boils/carbuncles. Therefore, a simple boil remedy is to mix half a teaspoon of black seed oil into a hot or cold drink, and take this twice daily during a boil infection.

Herbal Remedy for Boils or Carbuncles Using Echinacea

Echinacea has been found to be effective at healing boils. The active substances in the herb helps to clean your blood and lymph glands, allowing antibodies to circulate better and fight off infections. Therefore, a simple boil remedy is to take two 300mg capsules of Echinacea per day. However, it is not recommended that you take echinacea continuously for longer than two weeks.


  1. on said:

    I just had a carbuncle removed in hospital, they left the wound open, the wound measured 6cm × 4cm x 3cm deep, I have to get the dressing changed every other day. I'm trying to eat healthy and cut out sugary stuff.

  2. on said:

    Get yourself some good black seed oil and mix a few drops of BSO with ivory Shea butter. First clean your face with witch hazel. Then put black seed oil and Shea butter mixture on your face every morning and at nigh it doesn’t clog pores and no acne or boils ever on your face. You will thank me later. I have been using this for 7 years now and my skin is flawless. They sell witch hazel at Walmart and Shea butter at Amazon.

  3. on said:

    I take a few drops of black seed oil every morning and have been for the last five years it works wonders for your well being. And I drink golden milk three times a week. Look it up on YouTube! You will be grateful you did.

  4. on said:

    Hey, can you please tell me how did you use black seed oil? Did you directly apply it on the boil?

  5. on said:

    Not sure if this is a permanent solution but I'm dealing with a painful armpit breakout, which is driving me particularly crazy as I wear outfits that will show armpits from time to time.
    Anyways I found that if you get some pure essential oils (best mixture I've had so far is, 1 Oz lotion, 3 drops peppermint oil, mix well, then add 10 drops tea tree oil, and mix everything well. If your potion doesn't want to mix, you can use a half teaspoon of talcum powder (yes I know the carcinogenic factor but you'll be using a small, non airborne amount, for a very short period of time. And it works perfectly!)
    Mix the powder CAREFULLY and SLOWLY until it's pasty like toothpaste. Add a dab to each carbuncle and gently rub in until it's as absorbed as possible. Find a long cloth, maybe twice your own height, or at least 6 ft long and a foot or so wide. And pick up a package of Safety Pins.
    Now, fill up a long sock with dry, uncooked rice, tie it up well, microwave it for 2:30 minutes. Locate the middle of the clean long cloth, and secure the rice filled sock in the middle with safety pins and wrap the fabric twice around the sock. Then take a small, clean, and soft washcloth and wet it just enough that it is moist and not dripping wet. Wrap the wet washcloth around the heated sock (which is attached to the long strip of fabric) and place it over the carbuncle (which already has the Tea Tree Oil / Peppermint mix rubbed on). Then use the long fabric to secure this compress by wrapping it around your arm or waist or however you can, using safety pins or knots as so it doesn't keep sliding off. Remember to secure it in a way that it is easy to replace as well.
    First time is darned complicated. But by the second time you have already done all of the work, so it's easy peasy to wear your new hot, moist compress, along with your antibacterial, skin healing and good fresh smelling, lotion 3 times a day by simply microwaving the sock and re-lotioning the carbuncles. Keep the compress on until it's hot and replace with a reheated one once it gets cold. It will be great if you can place a waterproof material between the washcloth and the sock, so any bacteria doesn't get into the rice. Oh, and that nasty itch? Ahhhh it will be Gone because the peppermint oil cools and soothes both the pain and itching away. Leave the Calgon on the shelf! ♥️
    This remedy helped me a LOT and I hope it helps you as well!!
    Take care ~Susie

  6. on said:

    Deepak, I have dealt with this nuisance for a long time, and thankfully these tips have helped me. Take 3-4 drops of the oil of Oregano everyday and cut down on sugary and carbs filled foods. Also keep your environment dry and clean. Bacteria thrives in damp environment. Rinsing the affected area with Tea Tree oil mixed water also keeps the bacteria away. Simply add 4-5 drops of Tea Tree oil in a cup of water and rinse the affected skin at least twice everyday. Good luck!

  7. on said:

    My situation is worse. Boils keep coming back. Any permanent solution?

  8. on said:

    I am thrilled to have read this comprehensive guide to handling boils and carbuncles effectively using natural remedies. I loved the insight, especially the idea of using regular food products such as onions and turmeric to cure the infection. Boils and carbuncles can be quite painful, especially if they appear in areas prone to constant contact. I would give a leg and an arm to lift the pain. That's why the black seed oil caught my attention and led me to order mine right away and I am hoping to chase away all those ailment with this magic oil.

  9. on said:

    Thank you all for this information. I also suffer from boils and I'm going to try the oils and the Dial soap remedies and also I have purchased the black seed oil.

  10. on said:

    There are many minerals and vitamins found in great quantity in walnuts which provide nourishment to the skin. Walnuts keep the skin moisturized which is very important for glowing and healthy skin. A scrub of walnuts and yogurt is one of the best solutions for skin discoloration. Take some yogurt and add crushed walnuts to it. Make a thick paste and apply it on the dark skin. Scrub for a few minutes and then allow it to dry. Use cold water or rose water to wash it off.

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