14 Effective Home Remedies for Boils

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Some of the home remedies for boils include the use of tomato, bitter gourd, tea tree oil, vinegar, garlic juice, onion juice, turmeric, parsley, cumin seeds, betel leaves, castor oil, margosa leaves, water, and saline.

What are Boils?

Boils refer to raised, red-colored swellings on the body that are painful. These are caused due to improper functioning of the immune system, poor diet, unhygienic conditions, or diabetes. Apart from this, a  bacterium can also be responsible for the occurrence of boils. Though curable, they should not be left untreated for long. Home remedies are available that can be followed quite easily to eliminate and treat boils efficiently.

Certain home remedies for boils have shown good potential for treating this problem. They are a kind of inflammation of the skin that is usually initiated at the oil glands or hair follicles. These appear as a swelled, raised red-colored lump that gradually stiffens and becomes filled with pus.They may also be caused due to a peculiar skin bacteria named staphylococcus.

Boils usually occur in the armpits or on the buttocks, legs, eyes, face, or neck. According to the eMedicineHealth, boils may also be caused due to poor hygiene, diabetic conditions, poor nutrition, or malfunctions in the immune system. If they persist for a long duration or the pain is severe, one should not take any chances and should immediately consult with a dermatologist.


Symptoms of Boils

Common symptoms include:

Appears as a raised nodule

Slowly fills up with pus

Reddened region having a yellowish tinge indicative of pus

Initially soft, but later becomes hard and stiff

Itching and irritation in and around the boil area

Pus comes out as the boil develops

Fever and pain may accompany the boils

Home Remedies for Boils

There are several home remedies for boils that are easily available and have been found to treat boils efficiently. These are summed up below:


Make a thick paste of tomatoes and apply it on the boils. This is one of the easiest and simplest home remedies to cure this condition.

Bitter Gourd

Prepare a fresh juice of 3-4 bitter gourds, which are well known for their antimicrobial activity and cleaning of the circulatory system, and then mix a spoonful of lime juice to it. This can be taken daily to eliminate hard, blood-filled boils.

Tea Tree Oil

It is advised to rub a small amount of tea tree oil on your hard boils every night. It is observed that this treatment eliminates boils in as little as three weeks.


Take a brown paper bag with a size that fits the boiled area. Soak it in vinegar and cover the boils with a bandage. In a day or two, the boil will dry and pop off.

Garlic Juice

Garlic juice can be applied over the boils, which will cause them to ripen and finally rupture. This is also a simple home remedy to follow to eliminate boils.

Onion Juice

Onions play a similar role to garlic and their paste can also be applied to obtain beneficial results. One should also eat more onions if boils are frequently appearing on your body.


Turmeric is known for its healing properties and can be used both externally and internally. Turmeric root powder is mixed with a small amount of milk cream and applied over the boils. Have a cup of hot milk containing a half teaspoon of turmeric powder at night until the boils disappear.


Boil parsley leaves in water and filter it. This extract can now be applied on the boils by soaking it into a muslin cloth and wrapping it over the affected region.

boilsinfoCumin Seeds

Grind a few cumin seeds in water to obtain a paste. This paste can be applied over the boils to get beneficial results.

Betel Leaves and Castor Oil

Betel leaves are kept in warm water for a certain amount of time until they soften. They are now coated with a castor oil layer and can be used to cover the affected area. This can be repeated several times a day until the boils disappear.

Margosa Leaves

Margosa, which is called ‘Neem’ in Hindi, is a well-known blood purifier as well as a germ remover. This plant is famous worldwide as the best cure for boils. Neem leaves can be ground to obtain a paste that can be applied to the inflamed region. Otherwise, ‘neem’ paste or a few leaves can be taken on an empty stomach with water every morning to protect your skin from developing boils.

Plenty of Water

One must drink at least two liters of water every day to keep the body free from boils.


As per the National Health Library, it is advisable to soak a cloth in warm saline water and press on the boil gently.


Maintaining proper hygiene, using separate towels, bed sheets, pillows, and other items of daily use and bathing properly can help you keep away from boils to a great extent.

One should also maintain a healthy balanced diet, avoid alcohol, exercise regularly, and use antiseptic soaps for daily purposes.

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