"calf manure poultice", no joke. VERY effective for drawing out thorns, splinters, etc.
by John Fordyce
When I was a kid we raised calves to butcher and sell. One day I was playing around some palm tree cuttings, the kind with the long spikes near the base, bare footed as usual. Yep, you guessed it, I got one 4 to 5 inches into my heel with tip exiting higher above my ankle bone. My father, wise with many home remedies for just about everything, put my foot into the "freshest" calf manure to draw out the pieces that had broke off in the wound. Within 30 minutes the pieces were at the surface. This may sound far fetched, but I assure you, I gain nothing in disclosing the fact my dad made me stand in cow s#*t.