A boil is a skin infection that starts in a hair follicle or oil gland. At first, the skin turns red in the area of the infection, and a tender lump develops.
After four to seven days, the lump starts turning white as pus collects under the skin.
1. Neem oil
Neem oil, also known as Indian lilac, has antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties that help treat skin infections including boils fast.
To treat boils with neem oil, apply the oil directly to the boil three to four times a day. Make sure you wash your hands before and after application.
2. Over-the-counter antibiotic ointment
You can’t go wrong with an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment, many of which are both fast-acting and soothing. Since many people keep a tube of Neosporin in the medicine cabinet, you might not even have to look far to get it. It may also help keep the infection from spreading.
Apply the antibiotic ointment to the boil at least twice a day until the boil is gone.
3. Castor oil
Castor oil contains a compound called ricinoleic acid, which is a natural but potent anti-inflammatory. This, combined with its powerful antibacterial properties, make it a great natural treatment for boils.
Apply a small amount of castor oil directly to the boil at least three times a day until the boil is gone.
4. Apply heat
Heat helps to increase the circulation in an area, bringing more white blood cells and antibodies to the area to fight the infection, so applying heat to a boil is one of the best home remedies you can use.
Apply a warm compress to the area for 20 minutes at a time. Do this three or four times a day, every day, until the boil is gone
5. Tea tree oil
Tea tree essential oil has strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which can help to treat the bacterial infection causing the boil.
Tea tree oil should not be applied directly to the skin, as it can have a burning effect. Mix five drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of coconut or olive oil. Put diluted tea tree oil on a cotton swab it and apply it to the area two or three times per day. Do this daily until the boil is completely gone.
6. Turmeric powder
Turmeric powder has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which can help heal a boil and get rid of it quickly. It’s been used as a natural blood purifier for thousands of years in eastern medicine as a result.
You can choose to ingest turmeric powder, use it topically to treat boils, or both! To ingest it, boil a teaspoon of turmeric powder in water or milk, and drink it three times daily once cooled.
To use it topically, mix turmeric with water and/or ginger to make a paste, and apply it to the boil at least twice a day.