Thursday, June 6, 2013

A Make-Ahead Charcoal Poultice

When I was a young girl I seem to remember my grandmother talking about "a poultice". To my ear it sounded like something to do with the "milk toast" that was part of Grandma's comfort food outlay when children were sick.

 I have no idea where the association came from between 'poultice' (A soft, moist mass of material, typically of plant material or flour, applied to the body to relieve soreness and inflammation)and 'milk toast' (a soft, milky mass of white toast and warm milk, butter, and sugar applied to sick children to relieve them of hunger and boredom). But just recently I began to be interested in the idea of poultices again.

 That is not to say that before this current interest I haven't read a little about poultices, seen some simple ones demonstrated, and even tried my hand a messy one or two myself. I have. The operative word has always been "messy".

 A friend has been suggesting that I watch some videos by Aussie Naturopath, Barbara O'Neill. I finally began looking at them this week and I am fascinated-- both by the strong, petite O'Neill with her vibrant method of presenting about natural health, and by the content of her lectures at her Misty Mountain Health Spa.

 The video that has spoken strongest to me so far is the one about Poultices.