Infected sores, boils, abscesses, carbuncles as well as infected acne can be treated with slices of potato (for sores) or a potato plaster. The potato draws out purulent matter and infection. Thus, the sore, abscess or boil will heal faster.
- For sores, just apply slices of potato to the infected area.
- For boils, abscesses, carbuncles and infected acne as well as contusions, burns, sprains, fractures, hemorrhoids, appendicitis, arthritis, neuralgia and eczema, use the following recipe for a potato plaster:
Peel and grate ordinary potatoes and mix half of them with an equal amount of green vegetable leaves, like spinach, radish or cabbage. The vegetable leaves should be coarsely pureed in a food blender before you mix them with the potatoes. To this wet mass add 10% white flower, then mix everything thoroughly by hand in a big bowl. Add just enough ice water (never warm water) to give the paste a wet, somewhat even and thick consistency.
How to apply the potato plaster:
Apply plaster directly on the skin. For sensitive skin, rub the affected area with olive oil before and after applying the plaster. Put a clean cloth over the plaster and secure it with a linen bandage. When the plaster dries out, apply warm water on the dry mass until it becomes moist again. Let the plaster sit in place for about 3.5 hours, while reclining. Remove plaster and rinse skin with warm water.