Poultices, Bolus, Ointments, and Fomentations
First lets define:
Poultice - Made of plants that are chopped, bruised, or grated and put on externally over a wound, injury or inflammation. Some people heat the poultice, while others add capsicum (cayenne pepper) while some apply moist heat.
Bolus - Basically a internal poultice (without the cayenne pepper)
Ointment - Herbs in an oil or bees wax base.
Fomentation - Compresses made by extracting the healing properties from plants by seeping in hot water.
Advantages of a topical applications are many. For one thing you do not have to satisfy the nutritional needs of the whole body before an isolated part will heal. For example, if you are calcium deficient and you hurt your back. If you take a calcium supplement the body will share that calcium with the blood, maybe another bone etc and the back may only get a portion of the calcium. While when done topically the body tends to use more of it on that particular part.
My daughter is 20 1/2 years old and has only been on antibiotics 2 times in her life, once for a strep throat that she couldn't kick and once when I panicked because she got scarlet fever. (I think she could have done without the antibiotic)
The only other time she took a prescription from a doctor was when she swelled up after being stung by a bee (2 times until we slowly built her immunity up with honey) and needed iron pills because I was giving her too much milk.
That all happened before she was 6, since then she went 3X to a doctor, once because she swallowed a penny and was X-rayed, 5 times to get warts burnt off (which came back until we used natural means)and once to get a physical for her drivers license.
My son also has only taken antibiotics 2 times (For an ear ache and scarlet fever) and (I am ashamed to say before I knew about herbs.) Ritalin for a short time. Until he moved in with his dad at age 16. Emergencies visit and stitches I am not even going to try to guess. See my son had an evil kanvil syndrome.
Using home remedies has truly kept my medical bill down and I believe my kids healthier.
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