Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: February 1, 2000

I’m writing to you in desperation concerning these disqusting boils that I have in the most sensitive parts of my body. I’ve have major surgery under my right arm thinking that would solve my problem. I’ve had doctors to tell me that its due to stress, anxiety, and nutrition. I have made effort to change my intake such as salt other related matter to possible reduce these boil from reocurring. Even after the surgery, they continue to appear and won’t go away. I’ve sat in hot water with epson salts, applied hot compresses and I’m taking off too many days of work to combat this problem. Now the doctors are suggesting surgery again and I don’t want to be cut-on again. My supervisor advised that someone he met was suffering with this same problem and they started drinking this tea that helped to solve the problem. Could you possibly recommend some type of herb to use and suggest where to purchase it? I’m told that these abscesses have something to do with the blood and possibly a cleanser would help.

Boils are red, hard, inflamed swellings caused by staphylococcus bacteria infection of the hair roots and sweat glands.

A cleansing tea can be made by boiling Dandelion root, Burdock root, Yellow dock root (Rumex crispus) and Echinacea root for twenty minutes, one to two teaspoons of the combined herbs per cup of water. After 20 minutes, remove the tea from heat and add one teaspoon of Nettle leaf per cup of water, and allow to steep for 10 minutes. This tea should be taken three times a day. These dried herbs are available at Richters or at a health food store.

Because the pus from one boil can affect another skin area, the skin must be kept scrupulously clean. After cleaning, wipe the boils with a lotion of Tea Tree oil, made by mixing 5 drops of Tea Tree oil to an ounce of boiled water. This should be done three times a day.

Fresh garlic acts as a preventative. Chop one or 2 cloves of garlic in pieces small enough to swallow. Take with water every evening.

It is important to find and treat the underlying cause of the boils. If in your case the underlying cause is stress, anxiety and nutrition, then these must be addresses in order to avoid further recurrence of the boils.

The diet should be low in fat and high in fibre. Fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and fish should make up most of the diet. Dairy products should be avoided. Soy or rice products can be used as an alternative to dairy. Fried foods, foods containing sugar, sweeteners, artificial flavourings or colouring, white flour products, coffee and alcohol should be eliminated from the diet. Following this diet while cleansing is taking place ensures that most of the food ingested is helpful to the skin and to the immune system, while foods that cause stress to the immune system and foods that slow down clearing of the bacteria are avoided.

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