Poultice with clay and cabbage leaf

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Preparation time3 min
Waiting time15 min
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Ready in18 min

The best poultice for inflammation and joint mobility!

The main property of clay, in the case of poultices, is that of absorption, meaning exchange of minerals and toxins between clay and body. Basically, clay yields minerals and trace elements and in return receives the toxins that the body has. Clay absorbs liquids from the skin like a sponge, thus better capturing toxins. Clay poultices are good for reducing inflammation, for draining and absorbing skin impurities and for improving joint mobility. Arthritis, bruising and dislocations, neuralgia, abdominal discomfort and even pain caused by cancers in metastasis can be ameliorated with clay poultices.


Quantities for a poultice on a single area!


Estimated cost: 0.1


  • - wooden spoon / spatula
  • - clay softener


  • Poultice with clay and cabbage leaf - Preparation step 1Put powdered clay or lumps in a bowl.
  • Poultice with clay and cabbage leaf - Preparation step 2Add enough water to cover half the clay and mix a few times with a spoon (preferably wood), then cover the bowl with a foil / lid and let it dissolve for 5 minutes to a few hours (or even can be left overnight).
    Depending on the type of clay, whether it is powdered clay or lumps, the time of dissolution in water is faster or longer. Therefore, it is good to check the dissolution status from time to time.
    If the resulting clay paste is too solid, it can be diluted by adding a little water, and if it is too liquid, it can thicken, adding a little clay.

    Optionally, the clay paste, before application, can be heated on the bain-marie (or by adding hot water), or cooled in the freezer.
    If the painful area is inflamed, red, burning, cold poultices are preferred, and conversely, if the area is cold, warm poultices are preferred.
  • With a wooden spatula put the clay on the cabbage leaf or directly on the cotton band (elastic).
    If you do not have a cabbage leaf or a bandage, you can use a paper towel on which to put the clay paste.
    ⚠ It is important that the clay forms a layer of at least 3 mm. The thicker the layer of clay paste, the better (remember and the drying time will be longer).
  • Poultice with clay and cabbage leaf - Preparation step 4Apply the poultice directly to the painful spot. Wrap the painful spot several times with an elastic band so that the poultice is firmly attached.
  • Poultice with clay and cabbage leaf - Preparation step 5With food foil, applied over the elastic band, the poultice can be easily sealed, so as not to spread.
    ⚠ Caution: The food foil must not come into contact with the skin, as it may irritate you. If you do not have food foil, you can use whatever you have at hand to keep the poultice fixed in the painful place.
  • Poultice with clay and cabbage leaf - Preparation step 6The moment you feel that the clay has completely dried, we can consider the poultice finished.
    The type of drying of the clay paste differs depending on the thickness of the clay layer, the type of clay and what we used to apply the clay: cotton band (elastic), cabbage leaf or napkin.

    The application time is a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of 2 hours.
    ⚠ If you feel severe itching, you need to be careful: you may get irritated. Therefore, in these situations it is recommended to remove the poultice.

    Wash the place with lukewarm water, and if the skin has become too dry you can apply a moisturizer in a very thin layer.

There are many types of clay: green clay, white clay, red clay, .., each with its peculiarities in curing diseases.

⚠ When preparing clay pastes avoid using metal utensils, use: ceramic, wood or plastic.

⚠ Clay, especially green clay, can absorb radioactivity and heavy metals from the body.

Green clay poultice soothes back pain!

Poultices with clay on the vital organs and on the spine, are always put warm!

Poultices with clay on the joints are placed as follows: on joints with a cold sensation are placed warm poultices, and on those with sensation hot, put cold poultices.


⚠ For severe inflammatory conditions or headaches, warm poultices (30 minutes) can be alternated with cold poultices (30 minutes).

⚠ For sinusitis or colds, the clay paste can be enriched with salt and / or lemon juice (a few drops).
Water can also be replaced with saline, which has salt (sodium chloride).
⚠ Beware of application time, using salt and / or a few drops of lemon juice, the paste may become much too astringent for the skin, causing irritation.

⚠ Be careful, if you feel itching of the skin more and more intensely on the applied area, it means that something is not right for you and that there is a risk of irritation. Irritations can also occur from the elastic band if it is not sterile or from the foil that touches the skin.

Leave breaks between applying poultices for at least 1-2 hours, to restore the skin tissue, and after applying the poultice it is recommended to wash the area and apply a moisturizer!


  • relieves arthritis pain,
  • cures bruises,
  • cures dislocations,
  • fights neuralgia,
  • fights sinusitis, colds;
  • fights inflammation,
  • relieves muscle pain,
  • relieves abscesses,
  • relieves rheumatism,
  • relieves osteoarthritis,
  • soothes abdominal discomfort,
  • relieves the pain caused by metastatic cancers.

Side effects

- irritations on the applied area and this if you are sensitive to the skin, if you hold the poultice for too long, if you are allergic to one of the ingredients, or if the bandages are not sterile.


- people with sensitive skin or allergic to one of the ingredients
Another information
Clay is rich in minerals such as calcium, sodium, magnesium, aluminum oxide, silica, potassium, iron, sulfur, manganese, phosphorus and zinc.
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