'Mix 2oz garlic with 8oz hops and 1 quart water. Bring to the boil, squeezing well with a wooden spoon. Simmer until reduced to one pint. Cool. Take one egg cupful each morning for about five mornings.'
Benbridge, Northern Ireland, UK, 2003
'Peel off the under layer of a pennywort leaf (Umbilicus rupestris) then use the leaf as a dressing to draw out the boil or septic spot. This method was still in use during the 1940s.'
St Martin, Guernsey, Channel Islands, 2002
'As a teenager I suffered repeatedly from boils. My fingers looked like sausages and the swelling reached my elbow. A poultice of hemp agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) soon extracted all the pus and my arm returned to normal.'
Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK, 2001