How to make a Garlic Poultice

This week I had to bust out one of my tried and true remedies for my little guy, he had an earache due to a back up from a cold. I really don’t like to put things in the ear unless necessary so I decided a garlic poultice was the remedy for his earache.

A garlic poultice is an easy remedy that helps kill infections. I like it because garlic can be difficult to get into little kids, however, a poultice applied to the skin is great because you receive the benefits of the garlic, without the fight.

I know that the world of home remedies can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Simple practices like a poultice (using garlic that you can find in a grocery store!) can be just as effective as fancy oils and tinctures. Start with the basics to get your feet wet.

It can be a time of trial and error as you learn but you can build up your skills and knowledge by starting with the basic. Garlic is used for so many things, it is great to have on hand and learn about what it can help with.

A simple step by step guide on how to make a garlic poultice. Garlic poultices are not only easy but are super effective to help with illness.

How to make a garlic poultice:

1.) Peel a clove or two of garlic and mash it up.

I use this handy tool (Affiliate Link) but a garlic press will work well. You want to mash it up to release the juice as that is what helps kill the infection.

2.) Put the garlic on a warm, damp paper towel.

Fold it so it’s like a little pocket. You don’t want the garlic to fall out. (add a dash of oil to help the garlic get into the skin better)

3.) Apply to infected area.

We applied behind the ear and on the lymph node in the neck for a few minutes each. (Feet are also a great place to apply poultices)

A simple step by step guide on how to make a garlic poultice. Garlic poultices are not only easy but are super effective to help with illness.

And that is it! Poultices are easy and sometimes overlooked because of their simplicity. But, the skin is our largest organ and it is an effective way to get things into our systems. That is also why you should be cautious of what you put on your skin, as it will also readily absorb toxins. (But, that is a whole other post.)

If you are a fan of home remedies, come follow my Pinterest board, they are one of my favorite things to pin!

Is garlic a go to remedy at your house…how do you use it? 


*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*


    • says

      Laurie, I have not with a garlic poultice. I have heard of it happening though. That’s why I use a paper towel and don’t apply directly to skin. Their skin can be sensitive to do different things. I have one that I can use some essential oils on (diluted) and with the same dilution, it’s too strong for the other one.

      Garlic oil might be a better option as it is more diluted. Poor guy! :(


  1. says

    I’m a huge garlic fan, but I’ve never used it like this! Wishing I had known about this last year when I had a nasty double ear infection :( Have it pinned and shared if I need it in the future. Thanks!!


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