Boils are painful, pus-filled bumps under the skin that originate from hair follicles that are infected and inflamed. According to the Medlineplus site, it is “an infection that affects groups of hair follicles and the adjacent skin tissue.” Boils can occur anywhere on the body, although they are most common on the face, neck, armpits, buttocks, and thighs. It can only happen once or it can be a recurring problem. There are some home methods to counteract its negative effects, although it is always important to consult a doctor to treat them.
Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that can help treat a bacterial infection. It should be noted that it should not be applied directly to the skin because it can cause a burn; you can mix about five drops in a teaspoon of coconut or olive oil and then with a cotton ball apply it on the boil two or three times a day (daily).
Turmeric possesses anti-inflammatory properties that can help dry up the painful pimple. Also turmeric can help the outermost layer of the skin to dry (after drying) which will allow a secretion of pus and subsequent relief. How to apply it: make a cinnamon tea and then apply on the boil with a wet cotton (in the tea)
Epsom salts have multiple properties that benefit health, including helping to fight boils thanks to its ability to dry pus; that is, to drain the bulge. How to apply it: dissolve a few tablespoons of salts in hot water and then wet a compress and apply to the boil, you can repeat the process up to three times a day.
Another of the natural products that possess antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help treat skin infections, including boils. It is also known as “Indian lilac”. You can apply the oil directly to the boil three to four times a day. It is important that you wash your hands before and after application.
Castor oil has a substance called ricinoleic acid that has anti-inflammatory ability. It also serves as a natural antibacterial that helps in the elimination of boils. You can apply a small amount on the wound (no need to rinse) and you can repeat it 2 or 3 times a day.