Essiac Tea Poultice: Another option for self care
Many people use an essiac tea poultice from time to time. It's worth considering if you want to use a poultice in addition to or in lieu of ingesting essiac. A poultice is a cloth that is moistened with something (in this case essiac) and then applied to the area that needs attention. Leave the poultice on the skin for a minimum of 20 minutes.
While an essiac poultice is not our first suggestion for most cases, some people use a poultice because they have trouble ingesting essiac for some reason, while others would like to supplement drinking essiac tea with applying it topically.
Before modern medicine, poultices were a very common method for helping the body work through a variety of ailments. The skin is a living organ and whatever is applied to it can have an affect on the body.
The best thing about a poultice is, when used correctly, the side effects are basically zero and you have the option of addressing a particular area of the body directly.
Quite often due to this direct approach, a poultice can work more quickly than oral use. However, we still suggest sticking with oral use for best results and using the poultice to compliment the oral use.
2. Soak a cloth in essiac tea and apply to affected area for at least 20 minutes, up to 30 minutes three times a day. Make sure the skin is clean and free of any oils or lotions. Note: the poultice works best when the tea is warm. We suggest heating the tea. Keep in mind that when drinking the tea it's best to do that cold.
3. Thoroughly clean the area after application of the poultice.
4. Always use a clean cloth for each additional application.
5. Do not use a poultice on broken skin.
Using essiac tea as a poultice works especially well for topical conditions such as growths on the skin. It can also be used with animals who don't want to drink the essiac. One problem with the poultice is it's tough to include the herbs as part of the soak. This is another reason why we suggest ingesting the essiac as well.