People Paste, an Herbal Poultice for Bruises, Cuts, and Infections

People paste, an herbal poultice for cuts and other wounds

For fifty years my family has used my mother’s People Paste, a recipe for an herbal poultice to heal cuts and other wounds. Now you can use it for your own family.

This paste is supposed to be good for bruises, cuts infections, blood poisoning, boils, and even gangrene. Can take the place of stitches in an emergency. We’ve used it on burns, stings, cuts and when I’ve stepped on a nail. Once my husband cut off a portion of his thumb, and it healed so well you can barely tell. We use it all the time!

Disclaimer

Before I give you the recipe, here is the required disclaimer. I am not a medical doctor, and there have been no studies on this mixture. If something is seriously wrong with you, PLEASE go to the doctor! If you use this and don’t heal, go to the doctor. If you need stitches, go to the doctor. Same with blood poisoning. Sure, use the people paste in a pinch, but make sure you get checked out as soon as possible.

Where to buy the herbs

You can buy all the herbs at your local health food store or online. You may have to buy several ounces of each, but you can mix it all in a big, tightly sealed jar and store it in your refrigerator.

Recipe for People Paste (an herbal poultice)

Mix in four equal parts of powdered herbs:

Lobelia (for pain)

Slippery elm (for replacing flesh and skin)

Comfrey (to heal and pull toxins)

Goldenseal (a natural antibiotic)

Directions for use

Mix the powder with water to form a paste, enough to cover the wound completely. Apply directly to your wound, cover with plastic to keep moist and tape. Leave for 12-24 hours and then replace, if necessary. If you make too much, don’t worry. You can keep the mixed herbs and water (the paste) in a covered container for a couple days. I usually mix up enough for a couple applications if I know I’m going to be changing it often.

Remove the plastic right before changing. You do not want to let the herbs dry out too much between reapplications, but sometimes they do. If you take the plastic off and the herbs have dried and are sticking to the wound, soften with water to remove most of them (no need to scrub it all off) and then reapply NEW herbs. In certain instances, if your skin gets too wet and swollen (like hands and feet do when swimming), you may need to leave off the herbs for an hour or two before reapplication.

The herbs will stain your skin a bit, but it goes away. My whole family swears by this herbal poultice. Thanks to my mother who has passed it down to all of us. Good luck!

Teyla Rachel Branton

 

 

 

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15 Responses to “People Paste, an Herbal Poultice for Bruises, Cuts, and Infections”

  1. Winnie Thomas

    This sounds so intriguing, Teyla. Where is the best place to get the ingredients?

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    • Teyla Rachel Branton

      If you’re my mother, you grow, dry, and powder your own herbs. If you’re like me, you go to the nearest health food store and buy the powdered herbs there. Hope this helps! I updated the post to talk about where to buy it and how to store the mixture.

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  2. Carla

    Do you mix it with any liquid? How do you make a paste with the dry herbs?

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    • Teyla Rachel Branton

      Hi Carla. You mix however much of the herbs you need with a few drops of water. I corrected the original post to show that. I appreciate you asking!

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    • Teyla Rachel Branton

      Oh, and Carla, you can keep the mixed herbs and water (the paste) in a covered container for a couple days. I usually mix up enough for a couple applications if I know I’m going to be changing it often.

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  3. nicholas

    when the plastic is removed and it has hardened do you leave , soften or reapply

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    • Teyla Rachel Branton

      You remove the plastic right before changing. You do not want to let it dry out too much between reapplications, but sometimes it does. If you take the plastic off and the herbs have dried and are sticking to the wound, soften with water, and then reapply NEW herbs.

      Reply
  4. Jason

    Hi Teyla, when applied should I remove the herbs and then apply the new herbs, or apply the new herbs onto the old?

    Thanks

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    • Teyla Rachel Branton

      You remove the old herbs. No need to scrub it all off, just remove the bulk of it. If it has dried too much and is sticking to the wound, soften the old herbs with water, remove them, and then reapply with new herbs.

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  5. Valerie

    Can you use this poultice on dogs?

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    • Teyla Rachel Branton

      We have used it successfully on animals before. You just need to make sure that they won’t rip off the bandage.

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  6. Susan

    I love people paste. I used it to treat a MRSA skin infection.
    I was instructed to mix it with medicinal strength Manuka honey. Immediate relief from my pain and quick healing with very little scarring!

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    • Teyla Rachel Branton

      Great! The honey with its antibacterial properties sounds like a good addition!

      Reply

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