Updated: Jan 5
Mustard poultices have been used as a folk remedy for centuries as a treatment for bronchitis, pleurisy and pneumonia, as well as other ailments.
It is said that relieves pain and also increases circulation to the area. It also increase perspiration and heat to help release toxins through the skin.
½ cup mustard powder
2 cups flour
1 egg white (can use more water if you have an egg allergy)
Enough water to make a paste.
Using wooden spoon, spread out between two layers of cotton cloth or cheese cloth and place on chest.
You can cover with Saran wrap/plastic bag and a towel, although that is not necessary. The mustard mixture should not be directly touching the skin.
It should stay on NO LONGER than 20-30 minutes and be removed at first feeling of burn sensation or redness. If it stays on too long it will blister the skin.
DO NOT do on people who are asleep, or who cannot feel burning pain, or when you are too busy to stay by the side of the patient and monitor them closely.
For children check after a few minutes for redness. Do not use on children longer than 10 minutes.
After doing the poultice on the chest, turn patient over and repeat on back with same concerns for burning. You can do once or twice a day.
If you wish to make the poultice even stronger, place a heating pad over the towel.
*This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional.
*You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
*Always speak with your physician or other healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem.