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Swollen Lymph Node Remedies

Last Modified on Nov 22, 2015

Treatment of swollen lymph nodes centers on identifying and treating the underlying cause of inflammation; however, effective options include both homeopathic remedies and herbal treatments. Treating infection homeopathically stimulates the system and boosts immune response. Likewise, herbs reinforce natural wellness and treat problematic conditions.

What are Swollen Lymph Nodes?

The lymph nodes or lymph glands are responsible for fighting off viruses, bacteria and other illness. Located throughout the body, lymph nodes affected by swelling are often found in the neck, under the chin, in the armpits and at the groin. Swelling in the lymph nodes is most often caused by a viral infection; however, other infections including bacterial and parasitic can also cause swollen lymph nodes. Symptoms associated with inflammation in the lymph glands include a tender, painful lump, a bump the size of a pea or kidney bean, runny nose, fever, sore throat, and night sweats. Additional symptoms may indicate a more progressive infection, immune disorder or cancer.

Natural Treatments for Swollen Glands

Homeopathic remedies are often particularly effective for treating swelling in the glands. Ferrum phosphoricum and Mercurius solubilis are used for treating swollen glands as well as underlying issues of swollen glands. The treatments trigger the immune response and reset the lymphatic system.

Herbal Remedies for Swelling in the Lymphatic System

The healing properties of herbs serve as an effective treatment options for swelling or inflammation in the lymphatic system. Echinacea, garlic and cleavers are effective options for treating and healing the lymphatic system. With antibacterial and cleansing properties, herbs treat infection and flush the system.


Echinacea is a frequently used herb with strong healing properties. Used as a treatment, Echinacea is capable of healing and strengthening the lymph system. Likewise, this herb eliminates infection by purifying the blood and lymph nodes.


Similar to Echinacea, garlic is an antibacterial herb that cleanses the system. Garlic is also anti-inflammatory, so it naturally helps reduce swelling. Eating two garlic cloves or taking six garlic supplement capsules daily will help alleviate swollen glands and any associated illness.


Cleavers is an herb that is typically thought to be one of the best lymphatic draining tonics. Also known as clivers, goosegrass and stickyweed, the herb stimulates the function of the lymphatic system and other organs to reinforce proper functioning. The herb also helps to cleanse and purify the blood.

Not a disease itself, swollen lymph nodes are typically the result of an underlying condition. Nonetheless, natural treatment options eliminate the underlying conditions and reduce swelling of the lymph glands safely.

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Posted by Sal (Uk) on 09/28/2015

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Hi everyone,

I had a swollen node right under my collar bone about 2 years ago.My first reaction was to freak out and I thought of the worst. After going to doctors and getting all the tests done, they concluded that it was granular TB however, the last test which is an acid test they do to determine if it is TB was negative. but the doctors made me go through a whole 6 months of TB medication which was horrible for me.

I was very scared at that time and just did not read up much or did any research. The doctors also removed 3 nodes from my neck area.

Now two years later I have found another swollen node and I am freaking out again. After reading some of the things written on this website I took a shot of the ACV just plain concentrated. it felt like hell but to my surprise the node shrink in size.

it has not totally gone away but it has become smaller. And the pain around my neck has gotten better.

Please can someone tell me if you have also experienced this and what did you do and how long should I keep drinking ACV?

Any advice will be welcomed. I am scared!

Replied by Mama To Many Donate


Dear Sal,

When I was in my early 20s (I am 48 now) I had trouble with my swollen lymph nodes. I had no idea what to do for them and did nothing except go to a doctor once in a while. It was scary to me. I eventually had some lymph nodes removed and biopsied but all was fine.

I still get swollen lymph nodes, especially in the area where I had some removed. (Now the ones that are left have to work harder!!! ) Massaging castor oil with some peppermint essential oil (maybe 3 drops peppermint to 1 teaspoon castor oil) helps mine to feel better immediately.

Exercise is great for the lymph nodes, especially jumping on a rebounder (mini-trampoline). (Even just light bounces will be helpful.)

Drinking plenty of water will help your body to flush out toxins and will help your lymph system.

Consider some immune boosting supplements/herbs. (Astragalus root, vitamin C, garlic.)

See this page for ideas on improving your general health.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Sal

Dear Mama,

Thank you for your reply.

After reading all the posts and doing some research online I feel a little better. I have been drinking some ACV and some hot tea to try and see if it would make a difference.

To my surprise, ACV does help for a while. The pain does go away but come back in a few hours.

Posted by Cece (Tx) on 07/29/2015

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Hello, my lymph nodes have been swollen for a few weeks. I saw that taking ACV could help them, and after taking 3 TB of it shot style the pain has already went down. I'm simply wondering how long will it take for my lymph nodes to completely unswell and to return to normal?

I'm also concerned because I hear ACV has a lot of great health benefits but causes weight loss? I don't want to lose weight but would love taking ACV for those benefits...but if it causes weight loss I'd prefer to avoid it after my lymph nodes unswell. Thanks!

Posted by Fran (Connecticut, US) on 10/30/2014

[YEA]  So glad I searched for remedies. Swollen lymph nodes went down and only started Apple Cider Vinegar today; thanks to all on this site so much. Had flu 2 weeks ago then nodes swelled this week. Thanks again no pain, swelling down I can swallow yay

Posted by Kristi (Hawaii) on 04/14/2014

[YEA]  I had a tonsillectomy this past October, and since then my lymph nodes on my throat and jaw have been more sensitive. I did find relief while drinking elderflower tea, but it can get a bit pricey and it only helps for so long. The pain was getting worse because of a sinus infection I was trying to kick. I got antibiotics but still, nodes were on and off again painful. Saw this blog, left work for 20 mins and bought some ACV. It has been about 30 mins since I took it, and I gotta say there is some improvement in my right side node. My left is still a bit sensitive, but not as sensitive as it was earlier. Will take another shot before class! Thanks to everyone who posted about it, I was hesitant until I read all the great responses. Mahalo

Posted by Peter (New Orleans) on 08/11/2013

[YEA]  I'm not usually one to post on forums, but I was having some of the worst pains ever from my lymph nodes and throat. I'd been taking medicine that really just wasn't helping and decided to look up a natural remedy. I came across this page and went to the grocery, got some ACV, and came home and mixed a shot with a small glass of water. WOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWW

Not only can I swallow again, but my lymph nodes are 1/2 the size they were before. The effects were almost instantaneous and gradually my symptoms have been decreasing. Thank you so much to whoever made this page.

Posted by Lisa (Orlando, Fl) on 07/17/2013

[YEA]  I have two stories. First, when I was 16 I had swollen glands at neck and groin for years. The Dr. had me return bi-weekly and be subjected to pelvic exams - then after 6 months of my objections - my parents could not longer get me to go after many missed visits - (Dr. recommended by Dad's sister, a nurse, so only Dr. considered). At the final visit - Dr. declared me a hypochondriac. Three years later, in college went to student health center with a female interning Dr. She immediately told me I had an inguinal hernia, and would have to get a referral for a surgeon from a Dr. Was brought back to same Dr. to get the referral - he didn't believe females could get inguinal hernias - pressed so deeply into my swollen gland that my eyes saw a curtain of black as my legs gave out with extreme pain - he let go at last second to check his medical books - came back after leaving me standing in an area with no chairs - about 15 or so minutes - and gave a referral. In this case swollen glands indicated an inguinal hernia.

Second story - 8 years after a hit and run rear-end crash - herniated discs - whiplash - pinched occipital nerve (discovered 2 years later after being unsuccessfully treated for "migraines" for 2 years) - still having symptoms of lethargy - weight gain - inability to walk without pain in knees, ankles and feet - growing pain in jaw and neck - hormonal induced swelling and pain in neck jaw and head area. Finally found an osteopath who does gentle adjustment - in one visit - imbalance in legs went away, including knee, ankle and most of hip, allowing me to work on painful callus that had formed on feet. So, I decided to go on a ketogenic diet to speed metabolism, knowing many toxins will be released, deciding not to take NSAIDS. Hormones came and horrible pain in side of head and neck. (no longer down to feet, just mid-back now). By the third day could no longer take it - Osteopath had mentioned lymph may be affected when jaw became affected - as this happened at 6 years with no further trauma - and said jaw pain is bodies last physical line of defense.

Now, recognizing and able to focus on upper pains, realized the lymph on left back of head was cause of the swelling, could not lean back on a chair, hours to get to sleep, neck and jaw pain too much to sleep on my preferred left side. I read this forum and took a spoon of ACV - with an ounce of water, and 3 days of pain - fighting myself not to take NSAIDS - and RELIEF! I read hot water throughout day also helps, and cut up fresh ginger in it to keep lymph circulating. Read sleeping on left side, or lying on left side for 10 minutes after meals - puts organs in natural position to move lymph and bile to help digestion and lymph flow.

I also took what essential oils I had: wintergreen, thyme and rosemary into some avacado oil, and rubbed into swollen glands and around neck. The ACV and oil worked immediately, and as the day went by the hot ginger tea seemed to give gentle relief. Last night I was able to sleep on my left side - first time in many years. Today, all but some sore swollen areas in the back of my neck and under throat, are gone, and discomfort is not considerable. Someone mentioned the ACV also will help jaw pain - my jaw clicked less than usual - though hormonally I usually have a few good days during this time period - and I will continue the ACV for the lymph and jaw. Was hesitant about taking my iodine lugols, but now am taking it without hesitation.

Thank-you, this forum saved me from spiralling back into a circle of pain, swelling, drug relief and weight gain. Now I can continue my ketosis diet, and rid my body of the fat stored toxins use the ACV and these methods to naturally allow my body to heal itself without unbearable discomfort to my mind and body.

Thanks so much people of this earthclinic forum!

Posted by Wendy (Coon Rapids, Mn, Usa) on 07/06/2013

My brother has had a swollen Lymph Node on his neck for a while, it is on his right side it looks like it might be getting smaller from the bottom up. But what would you guys suggest he uses, apple cider vinegar? I am in a powerwheel chair and it is so tough for us to get into the doctor for a visit, he doesn't drive. My friend who is an EMT suggests rest and possibly antibiotics, but yet again we cannot get into a doctor, and tried to get them to prescribe something over the phone but would not at all. He has no pain at all, just fighting a cold right now with body aches and pains and sore throat etc etc.

Replied by Happy
Up The Creek In, Wv, Usa

In reply to Wendy from Coon Rapids, to clear the lymph gland nodules in your brothers neck, and reduce the swelling there, and clear up his sore throat which is also being caused by the swollen lymph glands; then have your brother go out and pick some mullein leaves, and, or flowers; cut them up, put a hand-full in a quart jar, pour boiling water on them, let cool enuf to drink, and drink 3 cups per day for about 1 week, or longer. The lymph gland swelling should go down, and the sore throat cured.

2nd remedy- echinacea herb. herb, root, or tincture. Make a herb tea of then echinacea, or buy the tincture and take 20 drops three times per day, for 1 or 2 weeks. Can be taken at the same time as the mullein leaf and flower tea.

The swollen lymph glands in the neck [and elsewhere] used to be called "SCROFULA", in the 1700's & 1800's.

Replied by Vincent
Longwood, Fl

Why don't you try DMSO? There are a lot of discussions here on this forum for the use and application of DMSO.
Replied by Wendy
Coon Rapids, Mn Usa

Thanks I'll have him try this, the gland is like two inches in length right now, and about a inch wide, it is not growing at least, and doesnt look like a golf ball or anything like that, just looks puffy, and if he tightens his neck it is kinda ovalish in shape, hes tried to take pics, but they are always looking worse than it actually looks lolol. I cant help with pics due to being in a wheel chair, but will have him try these remedies. Thanks will update how its going :) Wendy
Replied by L
West Point, Ny

Do you drink this or apply as a compress?
Replied by Wendy
Coon Rapids, Mn

Well my brother still has the lymph node, it is still the same size but he's the type that expects over night results ugh and is stubborn. I thought I had saw a reply on here about massaging the lymph downward and that would help it shrink? as a reminder it is about an inch wide and oh I'd say about from bottom of jaw down maybe, MAYBE two inches. We went to a CVS minute clinic in August just to see what they said about anything homeopathic or whatnot and all they said is go to the doctor etc etc. Neither have insurance and his weight when this started was I think 173 on July 3rd and he's at 190 as of right now. Wendy
Replied by Marigold

Vit C always helped me with swollen glands. Whenever I had any problems, I'd just take several vitamin C tablets throughout the day. Usually the problem was gone in a couple days.
Replied by Rob
Manhattan, US

You could try painting the area with Lugols iodine...if it is irritating then rub a little rosemary oil on it (few drop essential, mixed with tablespoon of olive) ...or Thieves oil....though, I still agree it is a good idea to get to the doctor to see what is causing it....especially if it doesn't go away in the next week or more.

Posted by Lee (Conway, Sc) on 06/12/2013

[YEA]  I have swollen glands under my chin, neck and chest. I read these Apple Cider Vinegar postings and off I went to my local market. I got home and took two teaspoons of ACV and within one minute I felt relief. It is hard to believe, but this worked. I plan on taking some before bed and in the morning. Thanks to all who posted on this subject it saved me a trip to a walk in clinic which would have ended up costing me money, time and no doubt the doctor would have prescribed antibiotics.

Posted by Loretta (West Palm Beach, Fl) on 02/10/2013

[YEA]  Hi everybody, I have been addicted to this site for the last 3yrs and it's amazing how many health problems ACV really does cure, it's a miracle itself. My lymph nodes on my throat have flared up twice now in the last two weeks and I'm sure it's from smoking more than I usually do. I cured it the first time by boiling chopped up ginger and garlic and adding cayenne peppper. The stronger and more concentrated the tea the better if you ask me. I add tsb of agave honey to help it taste better and added virgin coconut oil and ACV after to the tea. It sounds like a crazy drink but I actually like it as I know it's going to fix me. After 1hr my pain had gone. I was so happy! I also tried it with white vinegar and raw coconut vinegar which was still effective. If you only have that in the kitchen still try it as it also eased my pain. I hope this helps someone else.

Thankyou Earthclinic, u changed my life! <3

Posted by Rose (Chappell, Ne) on 12/16/2012

Had tooth with abcess pulled 6 days ago, now have pain in groin lympth. On antibiotics to help healing of tooth site per dentist. Just starting ACV after reading your site. Wondering if I can stop using med to make ACV more effective Thanks for this site.

Replied by Lumpyincalgary
Calgary, Alberta

I have had a very large lymph node on my neck between my chin and ear on my right side. Tucked up nicely under the jawbone. It has been there for about 1.5 years now. Does not get bigger or smaller and does not hurt at all. It has been been needle biopsied and it all looks negative. It just won't go away. Yesterday I began the ACV to see how it goes. I am skeptical but am willing to try at least. So far two days in and no change. Will advise as a continue the test.

Posted by Davie (La, Ca) on 06/29/2012

[YEA]  I had a barium swallow and follow through procedure. Two days later I had a swollen lymph node and I tried the apple cider vinegar it worked quickly. I was highly impressed.

Posted by Ley (Birmingham, Alabama, Usa) on 06/25/2012

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  Hi, I've begun taking the apple cider vinegar for an infection that had moved into my lymph nodes. I had improvement after 60 seconds and the problem was solved completely within 3 days. (I'd had the infection for a year. ) I've continued taking it and even increased the dose - a capful in about an ounce of natural juice 3 or more times a day, sipping throughout the day. It's an enormous help with chronic pain and I'm hoping that it will end an issue with an ovarian cyst (??). The question I have is in that I've noticed a marked irritability, and I'm wondering if that is typical and if so, will it work itself out? Could I be taking too much? REALLY hate the taste and don't want to drink it with just water and honey, but wondering if that is the problem. I've been taking it for 2 weeks, and had planned on drinking it forever because of the help it provides - do you think that is a bad decision? Unfortunately I am not loosing weight nor have I noticed even a slight decrease in appitite, which I was hoping for. Do you think that it is blocking sugars that had been 'leveling' me out? Love the impact ACV has made in my world and maybe too hopeful for further progress.

Quite grateful to Earth Clinic for the shared worldly knowledge. Thank you so very much for making this site available!

Posted by J (Seattle, Wa) on 06/20/2012

[YEA]  Hello all, I hope someday my story will help someone who has gone through what I have.

For over a year, the glands on both sides of my neck, and also on the back of my head have been swollen, which made me scared that something was wrong. I had blood work done and also saw a healer, nothing came back as serious, but still, your glands swell up only because your body is fighting something.

I bought organic Apple cider vinegar. I take a shot in the morning, and have only been doing this for two days. The glands are no longer swollen! Within two days, the ACV has worked a miracle and I no longer have swollen glands!

Posted by Blondetwit (Kelso, Wa, Usa) on 01/06/2012

[YEA]  Suffering from a bad cold that turned to pneumonia, the glands on the left side of my neck, getting horribly bad to the point of concern of needing to go to the emergency room, I found this site, drank the ACV in water, and ohmygosh! At about 15 minutes the pain had abated about 50%, now, at about 45 minutes, it's abated about 75%!!! I'm sure now I'll asleep tonight and continue to get well. Thanks for all the posts on this!!!

Posted by J T (Melbourne, Australia) on 12/07/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Hello I was reading the threads for Swollen Lymph nodes and under Ted's recommendations as the Lymph nodes under my chin to the left of my face have swollen to 3 times normal for 5 weeks now.. I still don't know what is causing it though the CT showed no serious ailments..... Amoxil and Doxcycylin didn't work so I tried Apple Cider Vinegar. I just started drinking swigs from the bottle an organic brand here called Macro... I have so much energy today I feel something is definitely improved in those area regarding ACV.... I am also a firm believer in Calcium Ascorbate... Pure VIT C and have been taking that as well.... I recommend take the AC vinegar with some suitable foods as its a bit strong or mix with other suitable juice or water... I am going to keep taking it. I felt like I was sweating out an infection overnight and hope in time this marvelous tonic called AC Vinegar might help thank you to everyone who wrote under this topic for Swollen Lymph nodes you helped me!! Cheers all the best to you...Jane