The scientific name of the Four-O-Clock plant is Mirabilis Jalapa. Vaidyas (Ayurvedic Practitioners) have used it since time immemorial to help drain out the contents of stubborn and painful abscesses.
8-10 Four-O-Clock Leaves
Mortar and Pestle
Sterilised Gauze and Cotton
Surgical Tape or bandage
Harvest fresh leaves of Mirabilis Jalapa. Grind them to a fine paste using a mortar and pestle. Cover the abscess with generous amounts of paste. Once you have applied this poultice, cover it with cotton pad placed between a folded piece of gauze. Use surgical tape or a bandage to hold the pack in place. You will have to make fresh paste every time you want to change the bandage.
If the abscess is very painful and has not yet ruptured, keep the bandage on for 10-12 hours before applying fresh paste again. After the boil has ruptured and is oozing contents, you can change the bandage every 6-8 hours depending on the size of the abscess and the volume of contents.