SOAP AND SUGAR POULTICE

by col shepherd
(brisbane Australia)

I remember my mother used it a soap and sugar poultice on me when I was young, and I recently tried it on my 3 year old, with amazing success.
He came to me with a badly infected thunb, from a damaged fingernail, having been to the doctors for it and been given antibiotics, it was getting worse, so I got some soap, and some sugar, and mixed it into a paste, then used a gauze bandage, and kept it wrapped up overnight.
The next morning the infection and swelling was gone, so it left me thinking maybe it works ???

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Confirmation
by: Vivienne Gibson Green

I am Australian, living in Canada. Looking for a poultice recipe I couldn't relate to any of the herbal ones listed then I saw your Soap and Sugar mixture and immediately knew it was the one. Then I read that you were Australian too so no wonder it looked familiar to me. I will try it immediately and apply it to a boil like sore I have on one of my toes. Thankyou

My Irish Grandma's Recipe
by: Anonymous

This was passed down from my grandmoter from Ireland. In her time, there was no such thing as antibiotics to control or remove an infection. When I was about fifteen, I took a particularly nasty fall off my bike. My knee was scraped up pretty badly and became infected. My father prepared a soap and sugar poltice and covered my knee with that and a bandage. The following morning, not only had the infection spilled out onto the bandage, but the imbedded dirt did as well. I've used this recipe on my kids and grandkids. Works like a charm and doesn't hurt in the least!

Soap and sugar poultice
by: Margie

My Finnish mother also used the soap and sugar poultice, although she swore by Ivory soap. Yes, it still works!

it works
by: Anonymous

my grandfather was a country veterinarian - having been trained in France during WWI. Common practice to remove infections from horse wounds was a poultice of home made cane sugar and home made lye soap. Growing up and living in the Ozarks, they were somewhat self-sufficient and they themselves made most anything could, including their log cabin from hand-hewed logs - my dad use to tell a joke that his family were not hill billies, but all of their neighbors were. Once my mother asked her mother-in-law to share her recipe for chicken&dumplins' and grandmother replied , you first grow some corn to feed the chicken : go figure :)

What kind of soap?
by: Diabetic mother

My mother is diabetic and has an infection in her foot. What type of soap do you use, Liquid or a bar of soap?

What kind of soap?
by: Col shepherd

Just your ordinary bath soap, but the old yellow cakes of laundry soap works just as well.

Soap and sugar make amazing poultice
by: Anonymous

My mother used a dish soap and sugar paste as a poultice since I was a child. I'd love to know why it works. Over 60 years experience have shown it does work.

sugar, soap and a slice of bread
by: Jax

Hi, reading your posts reminded me of my mum's poultice which was very similar. Her family were from the Highlands of Scotland and their recipe had the sugar and soap paste on a slice of bread and then attached with a bandage. It's almost a miracle cure for drawing poison from a wound literally overnight!

SOAP AND SUGAR POULTICE
by: Anonymous

When you have hard brown sugar you stick a slice of apple in it and it becomes soft again. The sugar draws the moisture from the apple slice. I think that is part of the reason a soap and sugar poultice works. I was always stepping on things and getting infections. Mom used a lot of Epsom salt soaks and soap and sugar poultices on me. It is probably why I still have feet.

Nana's cure for splinters
by: Anonymous

My grandparents were also from the northern highlands of Scotland and I remember having a soap, sugar and bread mixture on all of my cuts and splinters. I recently tried it on my daughter who had a sand spur broken off in her foot and it was gone after one night of a simple bread ball with dish soap on it, rolled in sugar and topped with a bandage. I don't have a clue how it works, but I know that it's been around for at least three generations in my family and it works great for splinters.

reply to your thank you
by: Colin Shepherd

Vivienne Gibson Green you are welcome, I think a lot of old and "proven to work" are being forgotten and not passed on, so I am really pleased I'm doping my tiny bit :-)

Soap
by: Anonymous

Does it matter what kind of soap you use??

Type of Soap for Poultice
by: HFHR

I haven't tried a soap and sugar poultice but from what others have written I believe they use any bar soap. Shave some slivers off and mix with the sugar. You can add a tiny bit of water to make a paste if necessary.

sugar & soap poultice
by: Anonymous

It's the old wives tale of poison to poison, I have used this for over 40 years, passed down from my mum, her mum etc...the old remedies are the best and actually work better than most modern ones

Still used in Scotland,by those with sense..
by: Anonymous

Still used by those in the know, bar soap of any variety and granulated sugar,sit the soap in hot/warm water for a couple of minutes and used the softened part on a dressing,top with sugar.place directly over affected area and as the poltice dries out it draws the poison to the surface,overnight in a nice warm bed is best as the heat helps the process.
Remove dressing,clean area with warm water and re-dress as necessary.


My great great grandmother and great grandmother
by: Anonymous

Both came from Scotland through Canada and used soap and suger on cuts and slivers and it always work like magic. Until I saw a episode of Grey's Anatomy using sugar on a wound , I was able to google and finally get a idea as to why it worked so well.Everyone used to think I was nuts when i told them about great grams treatment.

On Trial as we Speak!
by: Anonymous

Yesterday I got a splinter in my finger. A portion was sticking out but my fumbling attempts to remove it without being able to find my tweezers only resulted in the rest embedded in my finger.
A couple of years ago my friend told me about a sugar and soap poultice she had used on her horse and sometimes on her son in the past.

So remembering that I just this morning searched online and found this site.

Found a block of soap, shaved some off, added sugar but needed a tiny bit of water to get it going to make into a paste.
I sprea d it on a bit of bread thickly and put over the splinter.

Did not have bandage so used huge plaster( hope this wont interfere with process!)

Will leave it for half day and take a peek and let you know!

splinters drawn out by soap and sugar
by: rosemarie

my mum and grandma in the uk used to use soap and sugar to draw out splinters and it seemed to work

Yes, it really does work!
by: Elizabeth

Hi, I also come from Australia and my grandmother used a sugar/soap poultice on me as a child. I had a swollen lump on my leg and after applying the poultice it not only reduced the lump but also drew out 2 large splinters which had been embedded and grown over, causing the infection in the first place. I think she used ordinary white sugar and yellow laundry soap (Sunlight).

Sugar poultice
by: Elsabe

Hi, I grew up in Rhodesia, and my mom used to make a poultice of Sunlight Soap and sugar, worked well! In recent years here in the USA I subscribed yo a Dr Whitaker's newsletter and he explains the bacteria cannot live in a hyper osmotic solution! The sugar dissolves into the open wound and the bacteria die. Good for drug resistant bacterial infections too, Diabetic ulcers and burns. I think the soap is just a way to keep the sugar under control :)

Cactus woes!!
by: Anonymous

My daughter knocked over my mums cactus plants and one of them landed on my mum, her hand was covered in cactus needles, lots of them were buried deep in her skin. We tried for a few days to remove them but her had was so sore and red and swollen, my aunt told her about the soap and sugar remedy so we put it in and left it over night, next mornin neary every cactus needle was on the bandage! I'm just about to make one for my husbands hand :)

Sugar poultice
by: Yee

My mother grew up in rural southern China in the 1920's - 30's. She married my father and came to Honolulu. Around 1956, I fell and knocked my scalp open, and she got white sugar and rubbed it on my wound. I always thought it was some weird Chinese treatment because she never learned English. I guess all you other folks learned this treatment from the Chinese.

scottish poultice
by: Anonymous

It looks like the remedy comes from Scotland. A nation whose biggest export was their people.

Love this site
by: Anonymous

Thanks to all of you wonderful people! My mother in law was a nurse in WW2 and she used this same remedy in WW2 and used it with all of her kids! Love this as people don't always have to take damaging antibiotics to heal wounds :)Merry Christmas to you all!

soap and sugar for a cat bite
by: Anonymous

I went to pick up my cat and scared her. She bit me and it ran rather deep. Just so you know I was on antibiotics for a tooth infection. My last day of them. My hand was red and slightly swollen even on the antibiotics. (I had washed the bite throughly with soap and warm water.) It had been two days. I started the sugar with antibacterial soap yesterday. The swelling and redness are gone.

Mum used velvet soap
by: Anonymous

I had a piece of salt bush embedded in my foot it healed over but about 12 months later the wound opened up again, Mum put a VELVET soap ( usually used in the laundry )and ordinary sugar poultice over it, the next morning a piece if salt bush about an inch long and the thickness of a match had been drawn out,still have the scar 53 years on.

you wonderful souls!!!
by: juniebeth

So nice to see others still believe in the 'au natural' way of life. I make my own skin cream using beeswax, melted down, add whatever...usually glycerin, aloe vera, and/or tea tree oil, vitamin E oil, orange oil, or other fragrance....and good old fashion 'sheeps lanolin' bought from the drugstore...It is the best cream I have ever made, and I do honestly believe the lanolin is the kicker here. My toe is so sore,,,I cut the toenail down way too far, and being a diabetic I am going to try your soap and sugar remedy,,and I bet it will work after I soak it in Epsom salts first. I don't want to loose my toe....I love my toes...all ten of them. thanks so much. Juniebeth

Poultice for Deep Prickles?
by: Kiwi

Will any of these remedies work for a deep seated invisible prickle? I've had it for about 2 weeks, cannot see it or feel it when I press around, but know it's in my finger. How should I go about getting rid of this?

Many thanks

deep prickles to be drawn out
by: Colin Shepherd

This remedy is meant to draw out things like that, and it's been very effective for me and my children with infections that modern antiseptic creams just can't fix...

Hope that helps.

Col

Poultice for Deep Prickles?
by: Colin Shepherd

Hi Kiwi,
The type of problem you describe is what I use this for,specially if the area is inflamed.
All I ever do is make a poultice with soap by scraping off some soap from a cake of soap (either bathroom or laundry soap) and mixing that with a small amount of sugar, put it in a cup, mix it up, you then have your poultice, which I use an old clean sheet (ripped up), or a bandage, and apply the poultice to the wound site , then wrap it up not too tight, and go to sleep, it's that simple. It should be better by the morning , if not try one more night.

Ingrown toe nails/infections as well
by: Anonymous

I have infection on both big toes due to ingrown toe nails have had two courses of antibiotics and had nails cut twice and still no better!I am giving the soap and sugar a try. will let you know.

Soap and sugar poultice
by: Anonymous

I was delighted to find others had known of soap and sugar poultices. Mother always used laundry soap and brown sugar when I had an infection from a splinter or a bite from an insect. It always worked.

baking soda
by: Anonymous

My mother used to use this as well (Australia) but I remember her adding baking soda as well to the mixture. Anyone heard of that?

brown sugar-ivory soap
by: murrey

I had a boil on my neck when young. I recall my mother making a mixture of brown sugar and scrapings from a bar of ivory soap. It took care of the boil, never to return.

a thousand cuts
by: shy swan

Five years ago, yes, five, I pruned a spiky big palm for hours without gloves. Dumb, I know, and got punctures and scratches that contain micro-splinters all over both forearms, legs, shoulders, face, you name it, and they still itch, are red and scarring. I've been to five, yes, five dermatologists, had a biopsy, ultrasound and prescribed two tubes of cortisone cream. My entire wardrobe is now long-sleeved, even in Summer.
Today, a friend told me about this sugar and soap poultice remedy. I was sceptical, having used every other remedy, Friar's Balsam, pawpaw ointment, Magnoplasm, Savlon etcetcetc and I still soak in Epsom Salts.
I'm now gonna try this and if it works, and by the above recommendations, I feel a ray of hope, my world will change.
Amazing that the medical professionals were stumped. Amazing that this remedy is global. Thank-you all so very, very much.

Wound Care for Animals and Diabetics
by: Elkayen

The trouble nowadays is that vets and doctors all bow to the chemical gods - as they've been trained to do. I had a 13 y.o. cat (Ziggy) who'd been bitten by a spider leaving a necrotic wound down to the bone. The vet said she mightn't survive the surgery to "transplant" a plug of flesh into the wound. Antibiotics did nothing. I caught a fly, bred some clean maggots to remove dead tissue (successfully), then applied 4 hrly alternating poultices of fresh Aloe Vera gel and Manuka honey. The wound healed, the skin AND fur grew back - the vet was amazed. Ziggy lived for 8 more happy years.
As my late mother was a Diabetic I couldn't use the honey on her infected feet, however, I used the Aloe Vera 4 hrly and cured her "unresponsive to antibiotics" foot infections in under 2 weeks.
My housemate told me his late mother always applied the soap and sugar poultices when he had splinters etc, and I've just removed a monster splinter from my dog's "armpit"!
My 17 y.o. tom cat's heart murmur cured in 6 mths by adding half a teaspoon of Macadamia Nut oil once a day to his wet food. Only side effect was an extra glossy coat! My own developing heart disease was cured by 1 teaspoon of the oil per day. If it worked for the cat, why not me? My glucose intolerance cleared up by adding a 1/4 of a teaspoon of "Cassia" cinnamon to my breakfast cereal. PLEASE DO NOT STOP TAKING YOUR MEDICATIONS WITHOUT MEDICAL ADVICE - adding these to your daily diet will not hurt but tell your doctor so you can carefully monitor any changes.

The mystical poultice
by: Gav

Loved reading the good results. Dad showed me this growing up. Twas the demise of many a tricky splinter. Found it soothing on abrasions as well. To the questions I read on why it works: Soap acts to break down surface tension on particular substances (without going into the science) and sugar has absorbing qualities. I.E. - weakens the bad stuff and draws it away. Enjoy....and try not to get burnt at the stake.

Thank you :-)
by: Anonymous

I've had a blind pimple like thing on my face now for over a week - I applied the soap and sugar poultice and this morning it was half the size and totally pain free. Absolutely amazing - thank you, thank you, thank you :-)

Sunlight bar soap and white sugar
by: Anonymous

An effective poultice for boils, pimples and other skin infections; used in my family for over a century!

Yes, it works!
by: Anonymous

My father, who was English-born, but who spent a lot of his life in rural and Outback Australia, always used, and swore by, the effectiveness of the sugar-and-soap poultice.
I'm not sure where he learned it from; it could have been when he was young in England, or when he worked in the Australian bush.

He would get splinters regularly because he was a house painter and was always cleaning up old wood.
Out would come the sugar-and-soap poultice, and the splinter would be drawn out within a day or two, and the infection would be gone.

I recall he had one of these poultices on, when he visited a doctor for some other reason - and the doc wanted to know what he had on.
When he told the doc what it was, the doc just laughed in a sneering fashion, and reckoned it was an old wives tale!

It just goes to show, how doctors are trained only to treat in the specified medical manner, and to consider all other treatments as quackery - when the old treatments are often just as effective, without doctors intervention!

Another good trick is to use neat Lavender oil on 1st degree and moderate 2nd degree burns.
Slap the Lavender oil on as fast as you can, after the burn is incurred. Put plenty on the burnt area, keeping it wet with oil.
You generally need 3 or 4 applications of the Lavender oil over about 1/2 or 3/4 hr, but most of the pain will go in about 15-20 minutes - the swelling will be substantially reduced, and the healing time will be about 1/3 the normal healing time.

home made remedies
by: Anonymous

I just put soap and sunlight under my armpit I have 3 boils I'll let you know how it goes, I had one on my buttocks and the antiboitics could not help and ended up going to theatre I regret it as I have a deep wound which takes forever to heal.

Soap & Sugar for Splinter
by: Gary from USA

When I was a (very active)child I got a LARGE splinter in my upper left leg. Mom & Dad tried to get it out, but it was in too deep. Mom made a paste of Yellow soap and sugar, put it on over the splinter with a bandage an sent me to bed. I remember very clearly getting up and while using the bath room seeing the bandage and remembering the splinter. When I pulled the bandage off, there was the splinter: I had completely forgotten about it!

Sugar and Vaseline poultice
by: A M Sheridan

Recently I had an infected cyste near my rib cage which grew very quickly and was very painful. The Osteopath I was attending told me to make a poultice out of sugar and vaseline mixed together (vaseline was just used to keep the sugar together in a paste form making it easier to apply.) I applied a fresh poultice daily and covered it over with a fresh cotton wool round pad and medical tape daily for over a week and it completely drained the cyst of all the infection.

sugar and soap poltice
by: Anonymous

I had terrible boils appear on my legs when I was a child - I was pining terribly for my Father - who was away serving in the Royal Air Force in Singapore - mid 60s. My Mother took me to the Medical Officer on camp in the UK when one split open because I fell - antibiotics didn't work and the pain was terrible - I was about 8 years of age. She then used a sugar and soap (Lifebouy) poltice - on a scalded flannel - and applied it to my legs. She didn't leave it on over night - but took the sterile bandages off the next day and the pus had all come out onto the bandage. AFter that it healed very quickly and the intense pain went. My Mother was from South Wales, UK and her Father, who was a decorated soldier in the First World War had a great knowledge of herbal medicine which he used on dogs and horses. i don't know if this was one of his remedies - but know that before the National Health Service working people often could not afford the doctor - so, as other contributors have said here - had to be resourceful and self sufficient and use what they had. This method worked for me.

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