21 Simple Home Remedies to Cure Boils At Home

Updated on March 2nd, 2020
Home remedies for boils

Skin boils or skin abscess is one of the common skin infections seen in people of all age groups. Boils are large and hard pimples that are filled with pus in the center. Boils generally begin with tenderness and redness of your skin. When the skin becomes tender, certain white blood cells, proteins and bacteria get filled in the center of the boil and form pus.

Generally, the boils are painful and tender to touch and are found in various forms like cystic acne and pilonidal cyst. Boils may occur in any part of your body and are highly contagious.

How to get rid of a boil at Home?

Boils can be cured at home with simple natural home remedies. The common remedies used for curing boils include the following:

1. Milk

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Milk is an ancient home remedy used as a cure for boils. Take a cup of milk and heat it and add three teaspoons of salt in it. Mix all the ingredients well. You can also add some bread crumbs to this mixture for a better consistency.

Take this thick mixture and apply on your boils. You can repeat this process several times a day for quick relief.  You can also use milk cream to heal your boils.

2. Warm Compress

You should not try to pull out pus because it can spread infection and make the situation worse. Take a clean cloth and dip it in warm water containing salt. Place this warm cloth on your boils for 10-15 minutes daily. You can use the same remedy 5-6 times daily to cure boils naturally.

3. Turmeric

Turmeric is an ancient remedy used to cure boils and other skin infections. Turmeric(1) has an anti-inflammatory property that helps in curing boils. Take a glass of warm milk and stir a spoon of turmeric in it. Drink this herbal mixture 2-3 times a day as a natural cure for boils.

You can also make a paste with ginger and turmeric and apply directly on boils for effective results.

[Read: Benefits of Turmeric ]

4. Castor Oil

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Castor oil is antiseptic in nature and it can cure boils effectively. Take a clean cotton ball and put few drops of castor oil on it. Put this cotton ball on your boils directly. Applying castor oil on your boils helps in drawing poison out of your boils.

[Read: Health Benefits of Castor Oil]

5. Onion

Onion is known for its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Take a thick slice of onion and place it directly on the boil. Take a clean cloth and wrap the onion on your boil so that the heat reaches inside the skin. You can use this remedy 3-4 times a day to drain out your boil.

Onion is an effectual remedy used for boil cure.

6. Egg

Egg white can be used for curing boils naturally. Take an egg and boil it. Peel and separate the white part of the egg. Wet the white part of the egg and apply directly to your boil. Cover it with a clean cloth to cure boils naturally.

7. Tea Tree Oil

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Tea tree oil is one of the effectual natural cures for boils. Tea tree oil(2) can helps in healing different skin problems. Apply a drop of tea tree oil directly on your boils for quick relief. You should not consume tea tree oil as it is only for external use.

[Read: Tea Tree Oil Benefits]

8. Bacon

Take bacon and roll it in salt. Place this bacon in between the two pieces of cloth. Put this cloth on the boil to drain out the pus from the boil. You can also use this remedy several times a day for quick relief.

9. Cornmeal

Cornmeal is one of the best home cures for boils. It is generally considered as a natural absorbent. Take half cup of boiling water and add some cornmeal in it to form a thick paste. Apply this paste directly on your boil and cover it with a clean cloth. Repeat this process until the pus completely drains out. You can use this process multiple times a day as a natural cure for boils.

10. Cumin Seeds

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Grind few cumin seeds and make a fine paste by adding some water to it. Apply this paste directly on the boil. And wash it with water after a few minutes to cure boils naturally.

11. Neem

Indian lilac commonly called as neem has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. It is an effective natural remedy to cure boils and also helps in providing relief from pain. Take some neem leaves and make a paste. Apply this paste directly on your boils for quick relief.

Alternatively, you can also boil some leaves in water until the water evaporates to one-third of its quantity. Use this boil water to rinse your infected area. Neem leaves also help in speeding up the healing process.

12. Parsley leaves

Parsley leaves are known for its medicinal properties. Take some parsley leaves and boil it in water. After warming, wrap the leaves in a thin cloth. Tie this on your boil as a bandage to cure boils. This remedy will help to burst out your boils naturally without any infection.

13. Black Seed

Black seeds commonly called as kalonji is an effective cure for boils. Grind some cumin seeds and add water to form a fine paste. Apply this directly on your infected area to naturally cure boils.

14. Garlic

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Garlic, the most common ingredient available at home to cure boils. Use garlic cloves to form a paste and apply it directly on your boils. Alternatively, you can also heat one garlic clove and put it on your boil.  You can also use this same remedy several times a day to cure boils naturally.

You can also have 2-3 garlic cloves daily to cure boils and other skin diseases at home.

15. Bread poultice

Bread is one of the easily available ingredients at home. Bread poultice or bandage helps in healing boils quickly. Take a slice of bread and soak it in warm water or milk. Place this soaked bread directly on the boil to cure boils. For boils to disappear naturally, you can use this process twice a day for better results.

16. Nutmeg

Nutmeg also called as Jai phal helps in stimulating your blood circulation. Take half teaspoon of nutmeg powder and mix it in 1 hot cup of milk or water. Drink this mixture daily to prevent the risk of infection in your boils.

17. Eucalyptus Oil

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Take 3-4 drops of eucalyptus oil and mix it with 25 grams of powdered slippery elm. Add boiling water to form a thick fine paste. Apply this paste directly on your boil. Repeat this process until the pus drains out. Eucalyptus oil helps in naturally curing boils.

[Read: Eucalyptus Oil Benefits]

18. Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is one of the effective home cures for boils. Add Epsom salt in your bathtub. Take bath with this mixture to alleviate boils.

19. Asafetida and Basil leaves

Asafetida commonly called as hing can be mixed with crushed ginger and basil leaves extract to form a fine paste. Use this mixture on your boils to heal it in a short time.

20. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an effectual remedy to cure boils naturally. It helps in curing bacterial infection. Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties that help in relieving pain and soreness caused due to boils.

You can also use apple cider vinegar by putting few drops on a cotton ball. Either you can use raw apple cider vinegar or diluted one to cure boils naturally.

[Read: Apple Cider Vinegar for Boils]

21. Potato


Potatoes are rich in calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamins that make it one of the best home cures for boils. It is anti-inflammatory in nature thus, it helps in alleviating pain, swelling, and redness associated with boils. Potatoes are alkaline in nature that makes it effectual cures for boils.

Take one raw potato and peel it and try to squeeze out the juice from the pulp. Take a clean cotton ball to apply it on your boils and the skin around it. Allow the juice to get soaked into the boil. Repeat this process 4-5 times a day to speed up the healing process.

Boils are one of the common symptoms or side effects of a diseased condition. It also occurs when you touch any hot object. You can cure boils at home naturally with the above mentioned effective remedies.

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