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How To Make An Onion Poultice For Kids

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com


  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • Water to cover the bottom of your sauce pan


  • Put the water in the bottom of your sauce pan along with the onion and bring to a simmer with the lid on for 10 minutes.
  • Strain out any extra liquid and put the steamed onion into a thin kitchen towel or tea towel and fold it up. I like to lay the towel out horizontal and fold the top and bottom up over the onion, then fold the sides in – like making a burrito. Their little chests are so tiny so just be sure the onions in the middle aren’t all spread out.
  • Let the poultice cool for about 5-10 minutes before applying to your child’s chest. My youngest needs it cooled even longer as her tolerance for warm even in a bath is cool to me! Let the poultice sit on their chest up to 20 minutes if they will sit there long enough.
  • You can re-heat the poultice throughout the day. I like to just put the whole poultice right back in the pan and warm it on low heat. Discard the onion after using it for a day.