How to Make a Charcoal Poultice or Compress


Charcoal Poultice


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Did you know there is a simple remedy that has been used by cultures around the world that is easily affordable and should be in every home?  It’s activated charcoal, and recently I’ve learned of its many uses, one of which is making a poultice or compress for wounds or insect bites and stings.   

The charcoal poultice draws out the infection or toxins from wounds and bites.   Spider bites, bee stings, wasp stings and snakebites are just a few things that charcoal is used for.  Read a story here about how charcoal helped heal a brown recluse bite.   Activated charcoal should be a part of every first aid kit and kept in the home and vehicles for emergencies as well as simple remedies.

How to make a charcoal poultice or compress:

  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbs charcoal
  • 2 tbs ground flax meal as a binder to keep charcoal moist longer

Mix with a spoon until it forms into a paste.  It should not be runny or too dry and crumbly.

How to use the charcoal poultice or compress:

You will need:

  • Paper towel
  • Piece of plastic

The charcoal will work through the paper towel.

  • Spread the charcoal mixture ¼ inch thick on the paper towel
  • Fold the 4 edges of the paper towel inward.  Then fold it in half so that it makes a rectangular poultice pad.
  • Place this over the wound or bite and cover with the plastic.   The plastic keeps the moisture in.
  • Tape down all the edges of the plastic to hold it in place.
  • Wrap an Ace bandage or towel around area and secure, if needed.

You can also put a small amount of the charcoal mixture on a Band-Aid for insect stings.

Leave the compress on for 6-10 hours, and then wipe the area with a clean cool moist cloth.

Watch the video below to see how the poultice is made.

How to Make a Charcoal Poultice



Charcoal by John Dinsley

Activated Charcoal Powder by Multavita 

Click here for my article Uses for Activated Charcoal.

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