How to Make an Onion Poultice for Lung Congestion and Crud Print
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How to Make an Onion Poultice for Lung Congestion and Crud

  • Author: Joybilee Farm
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Herbal Remedy
  • Method: Poultice



Used for lung congestion and tightness in the chest in the pioneer era and where people were remote from medical help. Less likely to burn the skin like a mustard plaster can.


  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • flour sack towel or other light cotton (100% cotton is best)
  • Heating pad like a flax bag or rice bag. (rice or lentils in a sock works if you don’t have a ready made flax heating pad.)


  1. Cut up half an onion, diced
  2. Put it in the middle of a flour sack towel
  3. Lightly press with a kraut pounder or muddler to crush the onion.
  4. Apply a salve to the chest (calendula salve, plantain salve, lotion bar etc). This protects from skin irritation.
  5. Roll up onion poultice inside the flour sack towel and place on chest. Cover with heated flax bag or heating pad. Cover with clothing.
  6. Leave it in place for several hours, replacing heating pad as needed to keep it warm.


For information purposes only.  Not medical advice.  Not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for a medical disease.  Consult your doctor for personal recommendations in your specific circumstances.

Keywords: poultice, onion, cough, congestion

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