9 Powerful Home Remedies for Festering

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Home remedies for festering include the use of chamomile tea, green tea, fenugreek, honey, garlic, onions, salt water and several other products in different forms. These are some of the products that can reduce festering or help the wound heal faster.

Home Remedies for Festering

There are many home remedies which can be helpful in drying these wounds by removing the pus. These remedies can also be used for acne problems, which are common among teenagers.

Close up of a young woman's eye suffering from fester


Fenugreek is commonly used to treat arthritis. However, it can be very helpful as an herb for curing many other ailments too. The healing power of fenugreek can be attributed to its antioxidant properties. Grind fenugreek seeds finely and make a paste, then apply this paste on the wound to protect it from bacterial infection and subsequent festering.

Chamomile Tea

This is an herb which has a number of anti-inflammatory properties. One can use the chamomile leaves, grind up the seeds, and apply the paste on the wound. Use of the concoction of chamomile seeds and boiling water is also a cure. Dip a cloth into this water and leave it on the wound for an hour. It will dry the wound, thereby eliminating the chances of developing pus.


It is not necessary to apply honey directly on the wound, just the intake of honey can help cure festering to a great extent. Honey is considered to be a natural treatment for many kinds of ailments due to its powerful antioxidant capabilities. According to a study published in the journal Bioengineering, honey can be very effective in wound healing.

Green Tea

Green tea works as a natural way to combat festering wounds. Drink green tea twice a day and you can see the difference in the rate of your wound healing and the protection from various infections.

Olive Oil

Olive oil can also do wonders. Just apply olive oil and massage after a hot shower or bath. You can also add olive oil to bathwater as a whole-body cleanser.

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Salty Water

One can also apply salt water on the wound and it will help dry the pus. Do this 3-4 times in a day.


Onions are considered to be very ‘warm’ as they are heat producers. Chop the onions or make an onion paste and apply it on the wound. Leave it there for around 5-6 hours. It will squeeze the pus out of the wound, thus leaving it dry and helping it to heal much faster.


Garlic is also a supernatural herb. Make a garlic paste and apply it on the wound, then leave it for a few hours. One might feel irritation or itching for a few minutes, but it will help to kill the bacteria. Soon, you will notice that the pus has been dried up, which will help heal the wound at a faster rate. Garlic contains a compound named allicin, which has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Research has shown that allicin has powerful wound-healing capabilities.


Drink a lot of water and fresh fruit juices. This will help cleanse the internal system and wash away the dirt inside the body. This also helps dry the festering and cure the wound.

Please avoid using essential oils, if you are suffering from a festering wound. Also, make sure peanuts are used in minimal quantities, as they can exacerbate the condition.

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Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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