My Dad's Poultice

by Colin
(UK )

My Dad was an RAF nursing orderly during WW2.
His cure- all poultice was a paste of epsom salts and glycerine applied under lint and held on with a bandage overnight and repeated if necessary.
His other cure-all was methylated spirits which he used for general sterilizing, hardening skin, treating cold spots and other ailments.

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Makes Sense
by: Jodi

This totally make sense because the key to a poultice is not only finding the correct drawing ingredient but keeping it moist. The glycerin would keep it moist and the lint would hold it in place!

Boston hospital recipe for comfort
by: Anonymous

Years ago I worked at the New England Baptist Hospital. I worked on a primarily surgical floor and was introduced to the use of flaxseed poultice for comfort for patient with abdominal surgery. The only thing different was that we also put in I think it's baking soda but I'm not sure of baking soda in this. Lift it up and made it very very light so the abdominal patient didn't feel a heavy weight of the poultice on their incision. It was comfortable and cheap we nurses used to use it on our backs when we had pulled muscle.

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