How to Make a Bread Poultice

How to make a bread poultice : Natural Family Today

If it wasn't for personal experience, I would not have believed that a little bread and milk could make a useful natural remedy. As it turns out, it does. Bread poultice makes a great remedy for boils, eczema, and other problem areas.

A poultice doesn't have to be made out of bread and milk, either. Technically, a poultice can be made out of just about anything. Before we get into all that, let's talk about what a poultice is and what it can be used for.

What is a Poultice?

The word poultice is used to describe any soft, moist substance (usually warm) that is used for medicinal or other useful purposes. The word “poultice” actually comes from the Latin words puls or pultes, which means “porridge”.

Indeed, it's possible that porridge may have been the very first poultice used for topical skin treatment, or it got its name from its similarities to porridge. Either way, its name derivative suggests that making a poultice is an age-old natural remedy.

It has been demonstrated that covering a wound or a boil with a poultice will “pull” out the pus and infection. For boils that are still largely under the skin, it can bring them to a “head”, which essentially means it will draw the pus toward the surface of the skin.

Knowing how to make a poultice is beneficial because of its many uses.

Other Uses for Bread Poultice:

  • Treat bruises, inflammation, arthritis, and sprains
  • Can be used on wounds and cuts
  • Acne treatment
  • Eczema treatment
  • Removing splinters

How to Make a Bread Poultice : Natural Family Today

How to Make a Bread Poultice

Making a bread poultice is very easy. The typical bread poultice uses simply bread and milk. You can use any kind of bread, homemade or store bought, fresh or stale. If you have some stale bread lying around, it makes sense to go ahead and use it for this purpose.

You don't have to use milk, either. You can use any kind of liquid you feel comfortable letting sit on your skin. Plain water will do. You'll also need something to secure the poultice to your skin, usually a bandage that will fit over the application area.

What you need:

  • Bread
  • Milk or water
  • Bowl
  • Fork to mash
  • Bandage


Place the bread in a bowl. You can break the bread into pieces if you prefer. Pour the milk or water over the bread, just enough to moisten the bread. Mash the bread into the liquid with a fork until it's thoroughly incorporated and moistened. You can use your hands if you want to.

Use as much poultice as needed to cover the affected area. Secure the poultice to the skin with a bandage. Wear for 8-12 hours (overnight works well). Clean the area and repeat daily until desired results are reached.

How to Make a Bread Poultice : Natural Family Today


You can also add essential oils or fresh herbs to your poultice. Some people like to add lavender or tea tree oil to help kill any infection in the skin.

Read: Top 4 Uses for a Bread Poultice

A poultice can be made with all kinds of ingredients. Here are some other poultice recipes and articles you might enjoy:

How to Make an Herb Poultice

How to Make an Onion Poultice

More Poultice Recipes


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Vanessa Pruitt
Vanessa has lost 80lbs on a keto/low carb diet and is a certified wellness coach. Her goal is to inspire others to get healthier through a ketogenic diet, fitness, and mindful living. She also writes at Nerdy Millennial.

21 thoughts on “How to Make a Bread Poultice

  1. I have never in my life heard of a bread poultice. How interesting! My mom uses cabbage for everything, which seems to do the same thing as the bread. I think I’ll try the bread the next time I don’t have any cabbage and I have one of those weird boils or whatever they are.

    Thanks for sharing! I learned something new 🙂

  2. Is this something I could try out for what I have?

    I had a tiny bump on my back, after looking in the mirror I noticed there was a black dot which signaled it may be a blackhead. I left it alone hoping it would just go away if I left it alone. I first noticed it 2 months ago. I recently went to see a physio for a slip that happened. It was within that week following the visit from the physio that the bump grew bigger to eventually feel like a pebble on my back and I could no longer sit against my back as it was just too painful. I then went for a back facial for an extraction to remove it. That was two days ago. I am now in pain with what feels like a gold ball of swelling on the area and also a bruise to match that gold ball size. I have a suspicion there is still sebum/pus (actually a lot more than before) and the person I went to for the back facial mentioned I may need to come back a second time to remove the remainder sebum/pus. So, hence my question in the beginning. Would be great to hear your insight on this.

  3. I remember my gran using a poultice when i was very young. It consisted of bread, suger & some very moist soap to enhance the “drawing” effect. I burned my hand three weeks ago & it healed quite well except for a small part which has now hardened & is very swollen & tight. After consulting a doctor i am now going to use this “recepie” to see if i can draw out the pus underneath. Plz wish me luck…

  4. Hi. I am Gerald and I have a story that gives me the ability to tell you that this remedy works and works awesome.

    When I was 16, and I am 59 now, I had a ruptured appendix. I I had the surgery and 2 weeks after my surgery, I was talking with my father and I asked him if I could go rabbit snaring with him. He told me no because of my condition but I promised him that it was Ok and it was healing well.

    Half way into the trip 4 miles behind my house into the woods, my cut from the surgery ripped open and I was bleeding. My father gave me his T shirt to plug the opening and we returned home. Not wanting to return to the Hospital because I was afraid that the Dr would re stitch everything, I told mom that it was getting better. 3 days later I was so sick with aa terrible pus filled and very open wound, I cried to ask Mom to bring me to the Hospital. Mom looked at the terrible mess I was in and she immediately made a Bread poultice with bread, scalding hot water with milk un the water while boiling and she added molasses. She said that the Molasses had the drawing components needed to bring all of the nasties out of the body.

    She put the poultice into a T-Shirt Material, twisted it until it was damp and not fully dry and then placed it on my infected opening, I went straight to be, and when I woke up 7-8 hrs later it was like someone murdered someone in my bed, as there was Blood and other stuff all over the sheets and my stomach that was drawn out by this poultice. Mom cleaned up the bed and my side area and placed another one of the same pultice and repeated it again. 6 Hrs later Mom came in and checked and there was little to nothing showing. Mom left it on my side for over night and the next day I was like it never happened. My dressed my side with bandages and a antibiotic cream and till today I make my own when necessary. They work. Geerald

    1. I used to constantly have boils when I was a child, in fact I was born with one. My Mum used to make poultices all the time to get rid of them. It always worked! Now trying it myself at 59 as have an infected thumb!

  5. I had a hard pimple type thing on my lip and nothing worked until I tried a hot poultice. It took a few mins and wham the gook came flowing out, so they do work.

  6. I am almost 60. I live in rural Renfrew County, ON. Canada.

    We were always using Bread Poultices for every kind of infection or illness.

    I am glad you finally caught up with the country folk!!

    Diane L.

  7. I wasn’t sure if the bread poultice would work. But was willing to give it a try. Had bad abscess swelling on left side of jaw. Hard to sleep pain on back of neck. Just put two pieces of bread into a clean piece of cotton wrapped it up soaked in hot water from tap. Then applied to jaw. Within about six hours I started feeling better.,fever went away, so did sore throat, ache on back of neck disapeared. Red spot size of loonie appeared then pus began to drain in few spots. Then a hard crust skin formed there but still draining. Felt remarkably better withing about 24 hours. Well enough to go out to get some tasks done. Soon lockjaw got better was able to chew food and brush teeth.then after few days whole crusty skin came off, new healing skin underneath. I thought there would be a scar on face but no. Looking at me would you know I suffered this?
    This poultice is a miracle…if I hadn’t seen it’s healing powers with my own two eyes…sure glad it worked…I’m not on any medical,insurance and didnot want to go see the Doctor. I recommend it….

      1. I’m glad too. The thing is when your sick like this you don’t really feel,like leaving the house, it’s good to know something around your house like a few slices of bread can do the trick just fine. I remember my dad using a poultice on me when I was a little girl. I had stepped on a nail the nail went into my foot, he made a poultice and put it on the bottom of my foot.. Anyways this web site really saved me from a lot of needless suffering and I Thank you very much!

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