Bacon Fat Poultice for a Sebaceous Boil

by I Kinnell
(Scotland)

One of my fathers and the most impressive thing I've seen!


My brother was afflicted with a large boil to the side of the nose. A blocked sebaceous gland.
Minor surgery had been mooted, however my father saw it and said 'Don't talk nonsense come here..' He cut a small strip of bacon fat placed it over the boil and secured with a sticking plaster, saying "Come and see me at the end of the week"
My brother did so and I was on hand to see the sticking paster removed and with it every last ounce of the boil. Not a pretty site. However after a wash, the skin healed perfectly within a couple of days.

Apparently the raw bacon fat breaks down the skin/flesh making it, for want of a better word 'rotten' soft & pulpy...Yep that's about right!

I've never heard of it before. My Father's from Glasgow by the way and a child of the war years and post war austerity. He has a very straightforward way with ailments, from a (apparently) scientific viewpoint and mistrusts doctors and just about all medication. His mantra is if an ailment is caused by a foreign or rogue body, it's because it finds the conditions perfect. Make the condition uncomfortable! From Lime juice cordials to raise acidity in the stomach for minor upsets (works) to eating raw onions for throat infections or gargling salt. He's a hit at kids parties!
No painkillers either. It rubbed off on me and saved my life.
Never taking painkillers - I phoned a friend for some one night. She actually came to the house to see what was wrong because she knew I never take painkillers.
A few hours later I was in intensive care... but that's another story.

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Help?
by: Anonymous

I'm very interested in this idea of not taking pain killers!! I am in chronic pain daily and stuggling with day to day life. I am regularly taking opioid medication due to not having a choice about it. I hate doing it, but currently haven't found any other options. Can you suggest anything that might help me... I broke my eye socket 4 years ago, had surgery to fix it all, but the surgeon made mistakes and now I have permanent nerve damage and other issues. I can not even touch my face to wash, itch, apply sunscreen.... anything! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you!

bacon fat DOES draw...
by: Anonymous

When I was a young child (nearly 50 years ago) I thought it was a great idea to slide down an old, weathered board that my grandmother I called Big Mama used to prop-up the clothesline laden with wet, heavy clothes. It drove a huge splinter (nearly 2inches long) deep into my right buttock. It was extremely painful!!! Big Mama taped a fairly large peice of bacon fat over it and I slept with it. The next morning it had drawn the splinter SO far out that the rest came in tact and ease. I will never forget that!

glad to see this
by: Anonymous

I was about 13 when I had some sort of boil on my arm. I couldn't get it to heal. My mom had no recommendations other than leave it alone other than keeping it clean. My grandmother told us how stupid we were, and made me put a little piece of bacon fat under a bandaide and put it on the spot. The next morning every bit of infection was drawn out. It still seems counter intuitive to me today, but it worked then as well as a couple of other times I tried it.

Bacon fat cures boils and infections
by: Anonymous

It is the combination of the fat as a moistener and the salt in the bacon that draw out the impurities. Usually overnite will work but if not completely healed reapply fresh fat and leave on another 24 hrs.

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