Turmeric Paste For Boils: Turmeric Poultice

My first post! I had no doubt about what I wanted to post first. It has to be turmeric, because turmeric was one of the main reasons I started the blog. I suffered from abscess for almost 2 years, on and off. Abscess are nothing but boils filled with pus.

The boils will start off small, usually in my legs or thighs and within a day or two it will get bigger and start filling with pus. I will have a slight temperature and the pain will be so unbearable. For the first year I was going to a doctor to drain the pus. By the second year I became an expert in draining the pus myself (lol).

The doctor did tissue culture and found out it was Staphylococcus Virus and prescribed antibiotics (almost 1500 mg per day). I kept taking the medicines regularly. But I usually kept getting it back, usually few weeks after I finished my medications.

One day someone in my village suggested turmeric, by then I was desperate for anything except medicines. I had started developing slight ulcers too, because of the medicinesI was so desperate that I got a whole kilo of turmeric, made turmeric paste and started applying it every day after bath. I started taking a multivitamin too to increase my immunity.

Miraculously I stopped getting abscess after that. It has been almost a year now and I still use turmeric paste after my bath, though not daily. It still amazes me how a simple every day ingredient like turmeric saved me from so much pain. Anyway here is the way I use turmeric……..

Turmeric Paste For Boils: Turmeric Poultice


1. There are 2 types of turmeric available in the market, (thin ones called virali manjal, fat round ones called kundu manjal). I use the fat ones.

2. The turmeric is hard, so soak it in hot water for few minutes .

3. Take the turmeric and rub it on a coarse stone with little bit of water till you get a thick paste.

4. Apply the paste on top of the boil as a poultice. Usually the boil matures fast and ruptures very quickly and the pus drains. To prevent boils from coming again, apply turmeric paste mixed with little curd after bath and wash off again with soap.


  • The turmeric paste stains the clothes badly. To prevent it – after applying to the body, wash the area with soap again.
  • Turmeric powder we get in the shops usually have added color in them so I prefer making my own paste.
  • Applying turmeric paste alone can dry your skin if you use it on a regular basis. If
    you are using daily mix it with little curd and use.


  1. dhana
    April 12, 2013 / 8:23 am

    i have used turmeric to control swells.but havent used on abscess.will try this too.

  2. Arundhathi
    December 28, 2013 / 12:11 am

    Can I use the thin ones for abscess??

  3. ramya
    December 28, 2013 / 6:17 am

    Hi Arundhathi, Try the fat variety of turmeric for abscess.

  4. Arundhathi
    December 29, 2013 / 4:22 pm

    thank u so much ramya..

  5. Mangala
    April 18, 2015 / 7:08 am

    My 2 year old gets boils every summer, and this time it's all on his head or hairline. The doc has prescribed antibiotics but I'm not going to give it to him. Will try the fat turmeric instead. Thanks!

  6. Jennifer Helene
    August 5, 2017 / 1:36 am

    Do you leave the paste on for awhile? Cover w gauze? Or immediately soap right off? I'm so ready to do this but don't know how to prevent it from staining everything. And what is curd?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 5, 2017 / 1:44 pm

      Curd is just plain homemade yogurt.I apply turmeric paste (I don't cover it), leave it on till it dries completely and then wash it off. You can try wild turmeric (fragrant variety of turmeric), it does not stain much….

  7. Anonymous
    October 3, 2018 / 7:54 am

    is there an online source to get edible turmeric as most of the turmeric sold is chemically treated and coated with coloring……

    • Ramya (Wildturmeric)
      October 5, 2018 / 10:37 am

      Look out for organic turmeric, they are really good….

  8. anonymous
    October 3, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    in addition there is something strange going on with the turmeric and kungumam as it is like 7up or Sprite
    in smell and experience….i read somewhere i think they are using carbonated soft drinks in these powders or roots? not sure why…..if anyone can elaborate on this please write here.

    do not use the chemically treated and externally colored manjil like i did. i used both the gundu and the virali. these are often sold for puja purposes and never ever to be eaten. actually i felt very sick after using it. i soaked it in hot water then began to rub it and just felt so sick by the smell and the feeling it caused to me. maybe they are very old or poor quality covered up with coloring or maybe it is the chemicals used i have no idea, but avoid it or you will feel nauseated. the problem is it is hard to know if it a DISPLAY turmeric unless you ask the supplier who is hard to trace….most turmerics are for Display only and actually I think we shouldn’t offer these for pujas anymore because turmeric shouldn’t be for show when in actuality it will make you feel sick. don’t even gift it to anyone or offer it to temple or pujas. moreover these chemicals will affect your stone cookware and i was washing my stone so many times to get the smell out.

    also i didn’t have a COARSE textured stone i had a smooth granite stone, which doesn’t give good paste.

    if anyone knows where to buy a true authentic manjil kal used to make the paste
    made of the right texture and from the right stone please inform here!!! (do not use these cement like stonewares they will produce a powder that will burn your fingers upon touch they’re not the real stoneware)……

  9. Anonymous
    October 7, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    I spoke to someone regarding above, she told she only offers the FRESH RAW turmeric (which is like a carrot in look and in texture) for pujas. She also
    PEELS off the skin then grates like ginger and uses for cooking. Not sure how.
    However, I have never seen anyone use it, I only see people use the dried one for cooking and for external application. I also find unless we have correct stone the paste won’t come it will be like water and hardly any manjil comes.

    Can someone clarify the difference between raw and dried one? Fresh one comes like fingers and like gundu or fat type too. But the fat one is less in quantity so you have to search for it. I am thinking dried one is suppose to be better and more effective?

    I want to remove black boils.

  10. Anonymous
    March 20, 2019 / 11:28 pm

    i am told the turmeric should be soaked overnight and never in hot water…can someone clarify?
    i wanted to do this to make turmeric paste in our temple for public use and for my personal use but was toldthis method doesn’t seem to generate much paste and soaking is not usually done for few minutes….and not in hot water…..the hot water will ruin it…

  11. Anonymous
    March 20, 2019 / 11:29 pm

    the other question is how to identify we really have edible turmeric
    someone obtained it from kovai for me however they were not sure whether it is edible and neither do i, how to test or check?

  12. anonymous
    August 27, 2019 / 5:53 am

    where to get the RIGHT stone used to make the paste?

    i have an idi kal and no matter how hard i pounded it, it will not make into a paste…it remains hard. i soaked it in boiled water for 15 min, i soaked it overnight in hot/warm water drawn straight from the tap, it will not soften….tried rubbing it inside the idi kal it will not make into paste, the kal is too smooth inside….

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