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How to Make an Herbal Thyroid Poultice

Did you know that nearly 20 million Americans have some sort of thyroid disorder? And according to the American Thyroid Association (ATA), one in eight of that 20 million are women. Furthermore, even though thyroid disorders are common and can lead to other medical problems, nearly 60% are unaware they have a thyroid condition and do not seek treatment.

About the Thyroid

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits at the front of our necks. It is relatively small, measuring about 4-6 cm. Your metabolism and the rate at which your brain, heart, muscles, liver, and other organs function are affected by the hormones your thyroid produces.

Most thyroid problems result in either excessive or insufficient synthesis of hormones; namely thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Together, T3 and T4 thyroid hormones impact your:How to Make an Herbal Thyroid Poultice - thyroid gland

  • Metabolism
  • Body temperature
  • Heart rate
  • Brain function and mood
  • Muscle strength
  • Reproductive health
  • Appetite
  • Bone strength

The thyroid gland also manufactures calcitonin, which aids in the absorption of calcium by bone cells and the formation of new bone.

Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid produces too many hormones, and symptoms include increased body temperature, perspiration, irregular heartbeat, difficulty getting pregnant, weight loss, bulging eyes, anxiety, and uneasiness. Hypothyroidism, which manifests as fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, depression, faulty bone formation, menstrual irregularities, and stunted growth, occurs when the thyroid does not generate enough hormones.

Certain thyroid conditions are autoimmune in nature, like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ Disease, meaning that the body’s immune system has mistakenly attacked the thyroid gland. Sometimes, people develop inflamed thyroid nodules, tumors, and goiters. These growths typically result from thyroid inflammation. Occasionally, they become malignant.

The thyroid poultice recipe below is a general thyroid remedy that can help alleviate swelling and inflammation regardless of your thyroid condition.

How This Thyroid Poultice Works

In general, the most effective and gentle way to support a thyroid that isn’t working well is through antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. These support healthy thyroid function and safeguard the gland from damage.

This thyroid poultice is super easy to make. It only contains two simple ingredients, but both help to minimize the size of cysts, swelling, discomfort, and inflammation around the thyroid gland. Both compounds have anti-toxin properties and directly affect the lymphatic system, which is where your body excretes the toxins it eliminates from other organs. One-third of your lymph is found in your neck, alongside your thyroid.

When applied directly to the thyroid, this herbal poultice can draw out built-up toxins and excess hormones lingering inside the thyroid gland, making it super detoxifying and beneficial for thyroid health.  Especially since environmental pollutants have been linked to decreased thyroid hormone levels and an increased risk of autoimmune thyroid illness. This, in turn, helps regulate thyroid function and symptoms and reduces pain and swelling.

Let’s look at how both ingredients benefit thyroid function.

Dandelion Leaf
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Dandelion leaves contain a chemical known as taraxasterol, a naturally occurring substance long recognized for its anti-inflammatory qualities. The leaves of the dandelion plant are rich in many minerals and vitamins, leading to its incredible antioxidant activities, which, of course, also nourish the immune system. As a result, dandelion leaves can help minimize thyroid gland swelling and improve symptoms.

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Castor Oil
How to Make an Herbal Thyroid Poultice - castor oil

Castor oil has historically been used to support thyroid disorders of all kinds, like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Graves’ Disease, and Goiter. Castor oil helps to engage your body’s cleansing and relaxation mechanisms naturally.  It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling in the thyroid gland. It detoxifies and helps in the conversion of T4 to active T3.

Although applying castor oil topically doesn’t have the same effect as it does when you ingest it, some precautions should be taken.  This remedy should not be used by pregnant women. Avoid using it if you have an IUD since it can release too much copper into your body and cause it to become loose. Avoid this treatment while having your period. As with any herbal cure, it’s best to start with smaller increments of time and then gradually increase them to see how you react.

A Note About the Liver

Since the liver is one of the main places where T4 gets converted to T3, proper thyroid function depends on it. Thyroid health may be negatively affected by insufficient detoxification or a stressed liver. This organic thyroid poultice is also an excellent tool for promoting mild liver detoxification, which could, in turn, enhance thyroid function.

To bolster your thyroid therapy, you can apply the same poultice to your liver once or twice a week, using the same steps as with the thyroid. You can also just apply some castor oil directly to the liver a couple of times a week, which will also help, or make a quick castor oil pack.

Thyroid Poultice Recipe

How to Make an Herbal Thyroid Poultice - ingredients
You will need:
  • a few fresh dandelion leaves (or dried)
  • 1 teaspoon of castor oil
  • a large waterproof bandage that’s big enough to fit over the thyroid
  • a mortar and pestle
  1. Pick some leaves from a sizable dandelion plant.  You simply need the plant leaves; no blossoms need be present.How to Make an Herbal Thyroid Poultice - pick dandelion
  2. Rip the leaves into quarters and add them to your mortar. Mash them slightly.How to Make an Herbal Thyroid Poultice - mash leaves
  3. Add about one teaspoon of castor oil to the mix, depending on how many leaves you use. One teaspoon is plenty for four or five decent-sized leaves.How to Make an Herbal Thyroid Poultice - add castor oil
  4. Mash again until it forms a sticky poultice.How to Make an Herbal Thyroid Poultice -mix (2)
  5. It should look something like this.
  6. Your poultice is now ready.How to Make an Herbal Thyroid Poultice - put the mixture into a bandage

How To Use

To apply your thyroid poultice, you’ll need to smear it onto a bandage.How to Make an Herbal Thyroid Poultice - apply it to the neck

A premade dressing is best since it keeps the oil from seeping through and it sticks well to oddly shaped surfaces, like the neck. Spread the poultice over the padded part of the bandage and apply it at the base of the neck.

Your poultice can be worn for up to five hours, and you can do this four to five times each week, or until the swelling and inflammation subside.

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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR OFFERING THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION!! So easy and dandelion leaves are basically free and plentiful in Spain and Summer!! What a simple, easy recipe, too!!

Of course, like usual “automatic spell check” screwed up my post again! I typed plentiful in Spring, not SPAIN!! STUPID spell check!!

That’s about as bad as when I was texting someone about antibiotics and spell check typed in anti-aircraft. Totally changed the story, to say the least.

Hi Jes,

You’re very welcome! We’re happy the information is useful to you.

Many blessings and good health!

What can one expect when using this treatment during and afterwards? How does one know it is working? If one has nodes will this reduce them?

I’d like to follow this post for help with the same and maybe get some more insight into using the poultice for my thyroid cyst.

Thank you for writing an article on this topic! I love your articles and your books!! I am curious if you can use this if you are currently on a medication for hypothyroidism (levothyroxine 88mcg). Also, if you were to do a liver detox where would you place the poultice patch?

I had to removed my thyroid because of cancer . My T4 is very low, TSH is high .I’m on a journey to get my body back .

I’ve had my thyroid removed, will this poultice still help? Will it help to help the medication work at all? Over 15 years and I still don’t feel any better!

My daughter was just diagnosed with graves disease will try this her doctor said that her leves went from low to slightly normal we eat spring mix salads and it has dandelion greens in it. So I’m gonna try this poultice on her and myself to see if it will boost my natural metabolism and keep her lvls normal.

I have been doing simple castor oil packs on my thyroid. This is even better and a must. Thank you for your site and channel. God bless.

I have been having thyroid problems for a long time. I thought that the only thing I could do is go to the doctor where he could prescribe a pill of some kind. When I saw this – I thought to myself – Why not? Old mountain medicine is what I think of when people talk about putting a poultice on what ails you. If this works – I will probably kick myself for not doing it sooner.

Thank you for all your great information love it I’m going to use this on my horse who has a thyroid problem and can’t be operated on Thankyou again

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