Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines a poultice as “a soft usually heated and sometimes medicated mass spread on cloth and applied to sores or other lesions.”
The purpose of a poultice is to cover the affected area, similar to a bandage. But it is more than just a bandage that covers a wound. A poultice puts the healing remedy in contact or proximity with the skin. Because charcoal is messy and black, you don’t want to put it directly on the skin. A layer of cloth or paper towel should surround the charcoal.
See my blog about activated charcoal uses.
How to Make a Poultice:
paper towel or tighter-weave cotton cloth (something the charcoal powder can not leak through) or bandage
powdered activated charcoal
Choose a poultice option:
1. Cut (2) pieces of paper towel or cloth to a size somewhat larger than area to be covered by charcoal.
2. If using a regular self-stick bandage, cut away the white tabs covering the pad, place it face up, and cut (1) piece of paper towel to the size of the sterilized pad.
3. If you prefer cloth, you can sew a re-usable cloth bag.
Carefully put a thin layer of activated charcoal powder in the center of cloth or bandage.
Cover charcoal with the other piece of cloth. Do not move the poultice until you have done Step 3. If necessary to move the poultice, be very careful to not spill the charcoal.
Pour a little water (hot or cold, depending on the need) over the poultice, so that the charcoal is saturated and both layers stick together. Place the poultice on the area to be treated, cover with plastic wrap, and secure it on all sides with bandage tape.
The poultice should remain over the affected area for at least a half hour. You should notice some relief within that time. This process can be repeated as necessary. I don’t think there is a limit on how often you can do this.