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Boils, or furuncles, are painful bumps that develop into a pustule over the course of a few days. They appear most frequently on the neck, face, buttocks and underarms.


The condition begins as a red, painful bump on the skin. It develops a pustule in the center of the bump within two to four days. It resembles a very large pimple. A white spot often appears in the centre of the boil. Because the infection is often buried deep under the surface of the skin it may be difficult to administer treatment until a little later in the life of the condition.


They are caused by a bacterial infection, most commonly by staphylococcus aureus. The infection begins deep inside a hair follicle or a sebaceous gland. The infection gradually works its way up to the surface of the skin. They can be triggered by stress, illness, allergy, low immunity, toxicity or thyroid imbalance. Diabetes is also linked as a cause of the condition.


If a boil does not go away, you could have an underlying infection that is using it to manifest itself on the surface. Sometimes boils may spread beyond the obvious affected area and cause a systemic infection that spreads to the lymph glands. See a medical professional if either of these things occur. They are contagious, so don't let the pus that drains out get on the skin on other parts of the body. Scratching can cause the infection to spread. If it spreads in the same region so there are multiple pustules, it is called a carbuncle.

Herbal Treatments

Internal Applications

For infection:

To detoxify the body:

Burdock and Yellow dock 3 times a day can aid in detoxifying.

External Applications


Useful essential oils include:

Apply the essential oil directly by using a cotton wool bud or other soft, sterile instrument.

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