How to Make a Bread Poultice

Bread poultice is beneficial in healing boils, skin infections and splinters. When applied to the skin like a compress the poultice will help pull toxins from the skin, which will speed up the recovery time. Bread poultice is soothing to the skin and can be made at home and applied as often as needed. Milk or water can be used to make the poultice.

Bring a Boil to a Head

Warm 2 to 3 tsp. of milk in a small pan over low heat. Remove the pan from the stove when the milk is just warm enough to be comfortably placed on the skin.

Place a slice of bread in a bowl. Slowly pour the warm milk on top of the bread. Let the bread soften. Stir the bread and milk to make a paste.

Apply the paste to the boil and let it dry. Repeat this method twice a day until the boil ruptures.

Remove Splinters

Break up one slice of moldy bread into bite-size pieces and place in a small bowl. (Moldy bread is used because of its natural penicillin content.)

Fill the bowl with boiling water. Allow the bread to sit for a few minutes until the bread is mushy. Pour the mixture in a strainer to drain off any excess water that was not soaked up by the bread.

Use a rubber spatula to scrape the bread pieces back into the bowl.

Stir the bread until it forms a paste. Cover the splinter with the poultice and allow it to remain on the splinter as long as possible.

Heal an Infection

Place a small pot of milk on the stove and heat until it reaches a temperature that can be comfortably put on the skin.

Remove the pot from the stove and place one piece of bread in the milk. Wrap the infected area with gauze.

Remove the bread from the pot, then place it on top of the gauze on the infected area. Wrap the location with another piece of gauze to keep the bread in place. Leave the bread on until it has completely cooled off.


Do not use a poultice on an open wound.

For severe infections, conditions or open wounds, see a doctor immediately.