Soothing Herbal Poultice Recipe


This cooling and moistening poultice is helpful for dry, irritated skin conditions such as psoriasis, rashes, chicken pox, and chafed skin. It can also be used to soothe insect bites, mild abrasions, cuts, and scrapes. The combination of herbs provides a soothing blend of healing properties that are demulcent, anti-inflammatory, and vulnerary (wound-healing).

  • 1 handful fresh calendula flowers (Calendula officinalis)

  • 1 heaping handful fresh violet leaves (Viola sororia and V. odorata)

  • 1 heaping handful fresh plantain leaves (Plantago spp.)

  • 4 to 6 ounces very hot water (not boiling hot)

  • 2 Tablespoons powdered clay

  • 10 drops lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia), optional


Yield: About 2 cups

Using a food processor or a blender, combine four ounces of hot water with all other ingredients until the poultice is smooth, with the consistency of pesto. You may need to add more herbs, clay, or water to achieve the desired consistency. Refrigerate for up to three days, and apply as needed. If using dried herbs, substitute ¼ cup (60 ml) of the dried herb for one handful of fresh herb.


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