1 - 2 onions
1 cloth and gauze
1 woollen cloth or towel
Warm water, if needed
For an onion poultice, finely slice 1 to 2 onions and wrap in a cloth. Use cold for acute pain, and warm for chronic pain.
Leave the poultice on for 15 to 30 minutes. The poultice should always feel pleasant to the patient; if not, the poultice should be removed immediately.
For a warm poultice, heat the onion in warm water or in a warm steam bath.
- Sore throat: Finely slice 1 to 2 onions and wrap in a cloth. Use cold for acute pain, and warm for chronic pain.
- Earache: Slice 1 - 2 onions, wrap in a cloth and apply the cool poultice to the ear. Use three times a day for around 30 minutes.
- Toothache: Slice onion, wrap in a cloth and apply to the painful cheek.
Onion poultices can have the following effects:
- Promotes sputum
Sore throat, earache, sniffles, toothache