Natural Cures for Bartholin Cyst

Sitz Bath, Salt Scrub, Tea Tree Oil

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Posted by Annas (Littleton) on 06/23/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Okay so I have had Bartholin cysts for about 10 years. One grew the size of a lemon because I didn't have insurance to get it treated. The one I just currently resolved I did completely on my own.

First I took 2 sits baths each day for two days.

Second I used a lavender salt scrub on the affected area before the site baths. After all this is caused by a clogged duct. What do we do to our faces when we have clogged pores from makeup? Anyways it sounded logical to me.

After the bath I would pat dry and then applied tea tree oil to the affected area. After just 1/12 days ( or 3 treatments of each) the thing ruptured and completely drained itself. It was much less painful than enduring the cyst or having the procedure done. Hope it's just as effective for you as it was for me. I also want to note that for two days after I rubbed tea tree oil on the site. Tea tree oil is a natural bacterial. The only side effect that I noticed from using it was a tingle down there.


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Posted by Dlk88 (Milwaukee, Wi) on 04/12/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I had my cyst drained about 10 days ago and I wish I had just done it right away. The surgical drainage brought me instant relief and it turns out mine was very abscessed, which is nothing to mess around with.

Going back, my problem started on vacation. I had no idea what was wrong, but didn't want to see an island dr., so I toughed it out. The day after I got home I went in and was diagnosed. My Dr.offered to drain it at that time, but I wanted to try natural remedies first.

After almost a week of sitz baths, with and without Epsom salts, the swelling was going down a little. The area of swelling had gone down to the size of a largish cherry tomato. But I decided to up the ante with Serrapeptase and Cypress oil. I don't know for sure that they triggered anything, but the problem got much much worse--worse than it had been at the beginning. By the end of the 2nd week, I had swelling that extended all the way to the crease of my leg. The area of swelling was at least the size of an egg. It hurt to walk, sit, and lay down. So I called my doctor and had to wait another week to get in. I'm not exaggerating when I say it was excruciating.

I should mentioned that I talked to an OB-GYN of acquaintance and asked what SHE would do it if were her and her body. She said she'd get the procedure because the relief would be instantaneous. I also called another Dr.I see, who has more of an integrated / holistic approach to medical care. HE supported the surgical drainage. I was convinced--plus I couldn't take the pain anymore.

By the time I saw my dr., I was tired of being in pain and quite crabby. The procedure took 20 min. at most. She gathered the instruments, disinfected the area, numbed me up, and made a small incision. She did not put in the catheter; she holds that back for recurrence. The worst was that she had to push on it to try to get the yucky stuff out, because it turns out it was very abscessed. (That hurt like heck.) I hadn't run a fever and the area didn't feel hot, so I was surprised by the infection.

I was prescribed antibiotics, and she suggested continuing the sitz baths to encourage further drainage. It's too early to comment on recurrence, but my suggestion is that if you have insurance and a trust, just get it drained. Save yourself a lot of time and discomfort. Plus, you could have an infection and not know it.

Replied by Amber
(Sunnyside, Ny)

So no marsupialization or catheter? I had mine for 3 weeks, the last being excruciating. Was on vacation and finally desperately on the drive back, asked my boyfriend if we could stop at the ER. The pain was passout pain, and the only relief could be found lying down. I assume because it takes the pressure off. Anyhow, the doc finally set me up, applied lydocain (sp?) and started the procedure. I've never screamed so much in my life! The relief was totally worth it. I assume the duct must be so blocked (maybe with scar tissue) that there was no chance for it to drain. I'd been taking the baths for 8 days. It may be that I didn't start the baths until week 3, however.

Anyhow, he attempted to insert the catheter, but too much had drained, and he couldn't get it to drain. Thank hurt so much. But NOW he wanted me to go to a gyno to get the marsupialuzation, which I really prefer not to do! I have a rather large incision (done on Sunday, it is now Tuesday). I'd just like a little advice prior to the doc recommending what the book tells them. I generally take no drugs or antibiotics. But in this case, am taking the antibiotics and Motrin.

So sorry for all enduring. This is such an unpleasant experience...

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Posted by Shawn (Los Angeles, Ca) on 04/05/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Tea Tree Oil for Bartholin Cyst is the best treatment.

I get them periodically, 1 every 2-3 years and only Tea Tree Oil helps burst the cyst.

I use use a Tea Tree body wash but I have used the oil diluted with some coconut water. I soak some tissue and wear it in my underwear and within hours it starts to work.

Replied by Sarah
(Coronado, CA)

How much coconut oil and how much tea tree oil do you mix together? Can you use straight tea tree oil? Does tea tree oil go bad? I've had fine s couple of years now.

Thank you for any help!!


I've just gotten one... I read the comments and unfortunately I see that the previous person hasn't replied... but I am using straight tea-tree oil and put it on a tissue like they described. It burns a bit but isnt terrible. I also saw someone else said they used 100% tea-tree oil they just use some coconut oil afterwards cause the tea-tree oil kinda dries it out down there. Hopefully this helps!

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Posted by Monica (Sudbury, Ma) on 07/25/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Tea tree oil saved the day!!!

The first and last time I had a bartholin abscess was 7yrs ago. I didn't know what to do, so by the time I had gotten to the doctor it almost the size of a golf ball and I had to have it surgically drained.

This time I started feeling off over the weekend and woke up Monday in pain. In the shower I noticed a small marble shaped ball that was hard. It was already midday and I couldn't get to my OB until the next morning. I knew a sitz bath would help but as I researched the internet, I found many websites (including this one! ) that talked about tea tree oil. The cyst was rapidly growing so I was willing to try anything!

I took two sitz baths in a bucket in my shower. I had added about a tsp of the oil (4-5ml). I sat for about 10min once in the afternoon and once at night. I also did try a soaked cotton ball in the oil directly on the bump for about 20min. It does have a slight hot sensation but nothing compared to the pain of the cyst. Rinsing off and swabbing with some witch hazel on the area helped to soothe it. I wore a heating pad overnight to help with comfort and also took ibprophen thoughout the day.

The next day my cyst was about half the size! I saw my doctor who confirmed that tea tree oil has been known to have positive effects. He put me on 3 days of antibiotics to kill any infection and told me to keep doing the sitz Baths. I had to run errands in the afternoon so I put a soaked cotton ball down there with a pad. At 4p I checked it and it had shrunk even more and there was a discharge that had been released. So in just over 24hrs tea tree oil helped to break down my cyst. Amazing!

Replied by Aura
5 out of 5 stars

I found out about tea tree oil from this site. I'm using it for the same problem like urs. I think it works

Replied by Mel

I have been suffering from these cysts/abscesses off and on for years. Currently have another one that keeps growing. It has completely limited my lifestyle and taken away simple joys like going for a jog. Reading this gives me some hope that there may be a solution that may help that does not require surgically removing the entire gland. Thank you SO much for sharing your experience! Would you mind sharing the brand of Tea Trea Oil you used and any other sugestions/tips that worked well for you. I appreciate it tremendously. Thank you.

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Posted by Aj (Gaithersburg, Md) on 07/12/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Tea Tree Oil for Bartholin Cysts

Wow! Tea tree oil really works! I did heat compresses for the first 2 days, using cloth dipped in warm water and a homemade heat pack. I made the heat pack by putting uncooked rice in a clean sock and heating it in the microwave for 1min. I usually massaged the wet cloth with the heat pack. I also washed and cleaned the area with warm water and soap after every compress. Then I put rubbing alcohol and neosporin on the abcess. I took a long hot shower the second night, did another compress, and went to sleep. By morning it was just ready to burst and hurt like hell

I used a cotton swab to dab tea tree oil onto the big bump. I waited about 2min, then applied a maxi pad soaked in very warm water to the area. I felt it burst! Then I massaged it with my heat pack, and swapped pads and did this until the blood flowed slower. Then I took another hot shower and put a dry maxi pad on the wound to pick up any discharge. I will continue heat compresses and tea tree oil😊

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Posted by Wani27 (Riviera Beach) on 06/26/2017
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This is for anyone suffering from bartholin cysts. I have had them on and off since I was 23 i am now 27. I have tried everything serrapeptase worked great the first few tries along with 800mg ibuprofen which helps with fluid retention. Then I tried epsom salt soaks only to find that it did nothing for me. I bought some tea tree oil and which hazel but that did nothing for me. So I was reading about essential oils I found 100% tea tree oil and I put it on a cotton ball and less than 30 minutes it burst and i felt istant relief. I caution you to buy real essential oil they are more potent and they really do work. But when you use it be sure to dilute it with another oil like coconut oil because it is will burn the skin a little bit.

Replied by Linda
(Lagos, Nigeria)

I have the same issue and I don't know where to get the original Tree tea oil.

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Posted by Sha (Malaysia) on 03/15/2017
5 out of 5 stars

For the past 2 years, I had 4 Bartholin Cysts/ Abscess. The first time I had it I was so scared and went to the doctor with excruciating pain that I never felt before. Walking, sitting down is a torture. The doctor subscribe me with antibiotics and on the 4th day, it rupture own its own. The first time I had it I never did much research on how to do home treatment because at that time I am too focused with the pain I totally relied on the antibiotics.

The second time I had it, I couldn't think much because I know how painful it's gonna be so I went straight to the hospital. I was admitted for 3 days and was about to do marsupiliazation when it ruptured in the operation room right before the operation so the doc decided only to lance it. Even that is so painful.

The third time I had it I was like I am just gonna wait till it burst own its own. Without antibiotics it took longer time to burst, but the amount of pain is still, indescribable. At this stage, epsom salt/sitz bath helped me alot to relieved the pain. You could get the epsom salt at the pharmacy.

The fourth (hopefully last) was recently about 2 weeks ago. This time I decided to do home treatment and combined it with the doctor's antibiotics. I used tea tree oil at least three times a day. Just wipe it on the cyst, you will feel a tingling sensation but only for a little while. It will make you feel relieved as well for awhile. And guess what? It ruptured 2 days after I started using the tea tree oil. I recommend the australian tea tree oil as the smell is quite relaxing as well. At the same time, I took sitz bath with Epsom Salt three times a day.

Good luck! Hope this post could help you.

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Posted by Maya (Seattle From Phoenix ) on 12/08/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Tea Tree Oil for Bartholin Cyst

I don't know where I read it but tea tree oil is the best! I hadn't had a cyst in 2 years! The last 2 I had (out of 5) at the time opened on their own after a painful week. The first 3 were helped with a catheter. The most recent 2 (total 7) opened on their own with tea tree oil along with hot compresses! It opens up my scar from the catheter and drains with no pain. Just gotta follow up with hot compresses and make sure you drain it well!

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Posted by Trinaray (Michigan) on 06/07/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I had a bartholin cyst that started about 6 days ago. I read about the tea tree oil remedies. I'm happy to say it works and saved me from the knife!

I applied tea tree oil 2x daily and took 2 sitz baths. After the 2nd bath (didn't have time to do more) on the 6th day it burst. The doctor wanted to cut it open and put a catheter in it on the 6th day. I had that procedure before and it's extremely painful so I decided to give the tea tree oil a few more days. I came home and did the 2nd bath and then applied tea tree oil and in less than a hour it started draining. Oh what a relief. I wish I knew this the 1st time.

Thanks for the great remedy it really worked. Mine grew to the size of a golf ball hanging and as it gets close to bursting it becomes VERY painful but when I applied the tea tree oil it seemed to numb the pain. It definitely did the job and the pressure is relieved. The doctor gave me antibiotics and I only took one today so I know that it was the tea tree oil. Thanks ladies.

Replied by O
(Ny, Ny)

When you went through this process, was it an abscess at this point?

Replied by Ingrid
(Oldsmar Fl)
5 out of 5 stars

I had the same thing happen to me. I put the tea tree oil on my cyst and it drained fast. I'm so happy thanks for the info. God bless you for that.

Replied by Sonia

Did u put it on top or some how inside?

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Posted by Eve (Tallahassee Florida ) on 02/12/2016
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Tea tree oil helped alot with my recurring cyst. A week of rubbing it on the labia saw good results in a week. I also cleansed internally by ingesting fresh garlic with olive oil on toast (to avoid upsetting the stomach), manuka honey in tea and acf immune booster extra strength .I may have had an infection and now I'm all better. I also avoided sex for that week as well.

Replied by Hopefuldreamer

Does it occur again?

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Posted by Jan (London, UK) on 04/15/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I've just got rid of my bartholin cyst using Tea tree oil - rub it in neat twice a day - bingo! No need for antibiotics etc, they seldom work anyway

Replied by Lea
(New York)
5 out of 5 stars

How long did it take for the cyst to go away?

Replied by Joanne
(South Africa)

I woke up Monday with this lump - consulted with Dr Google and decided it was a Bartholins cyst (hoped it was) and then found this site yesterday. I had been applying a drawing ointment with tee tree oil in it, but decided to add to my treatment by cleaning with colloidal silver, then applying the ointment 3-4 times a day. Yesterday (Wednesday) I also decided to drink an alkilizing soda) - someone's comment suggested our bodies may be unbalanced (this resonated with me because I had been eating too many sweets). This morning on checking - I noticed a head on the lump, I squeezed it and pus came out - much smaller now - cleaned it with colloidal silver and applied Traxa and drank some more alkalizing soda. Holding thumbs- I do like to heal myself!!

Replied by Elizabeth
(Hazlet, Nj)

I have a pea size cyst - not abscess...It was normal color and I irritated it to the point where it is red, purplish..I pressed it down with tea tree, calamine, and witch hazel. I'm so scared now! Doesn't look like it can pop. Did yours turn red?

Replied by Burgundy
(Martinsville, Virginia)

Does anyone know how long it takes for tea tree oil to heal the cyst?

Replied by Lawanda
(St. Louis, Mo)

I too have the unbearable task of trying to get rid of this recurring cyst!! I used the mixture of calamine lotion, tea tree oil, and witch hazel. But to be honest, it seems to have made it worse!! (Uhh) So because of your advice, I too am using the tea tree oil by itself. I will let u know the results!! Thanks in advance...

Replied by Lovebug

How long do you keep tea tree oil on the cyst? Like each time you apply it?

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Posted by Brooke U (New York) on 07/29/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Bartholin cyst: I had a marsupilzation done in November. After this terribly painful procedure I believed the cyst would not come back, it came back ten folds about four days ago. I did not want to go back to have this done again, so I googled natural cures and found Earth Clinic. This was the best thing I could have done!

I started with the tea tree oil rubbing it on the cyst with a cotton ball, then taking baths with Epsom salts. I stayed in the bath for about an hour due to the severe pain I was in. I put castor oil on a wash cloth, plastic over that( it did does stain) and boiling water in a water bottle, and propped my butt up on a pillow, applied the washcloth, then the plastic and then the water bottle to the cyst and went to sleep. When I woke up the next morning, I was in severe pain. I took another Epsom salt bath, and then rubbed the castor oil right on the cyst, and covered it with medicated white tape. I suggest letting this come off in the shower or bath. It's quite painful to just rip it off.

That afternoon I was in so much pain I decided I had to go to the Dr, just as I was on my way out the door, the cyst started draining.I took a cotton ball and started pushing lightly all over my golf ball sized cyst, and it was instantly so much relief! I used the castor oil pack that night, and then again in the morning took another Epsom salt bath, only 20 minutes this time, and rubbed the castor oil right on it again. The cyst drained again. This was a miracle for me, way better then an awful procedure, at least 3 days of recovery, and in my case no sex for 5 weeks.

The natural cures took 3 days with none of the terrible after math. I do have a dr appointment in a few days just to make sure, but that's just a safety precaution. If I had done this the first day I had noticed the cyst instead of when it was awful, I could have avoided all the pain. I am so happy this information is available, and I do not have to go through torture every time I get one.

Replied by PatsyJane

I'm glad you got relief, but can't help seeing some irony in your statement about returning to the doctor whose treatment caused so much pain and difficulty "as a precaution". I know it is what most of us were brought up on. I'd try a practitioner of Chinese medicine (acupuncture and herbs), an Herbalist, Naturopath or Homeopath. Anyone trained in more natural forms of healing, not one of those practitioners of the barbarism known as "modern" medicine.

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Posted by Juliet (London, U.k. ) on 05/29/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Ladies I can't thank you enough for sharing your stories. My cyst popped up from no where I went doc's got put on antibiotics and then 48 hrs later developed a really bad fever and ended up in the A&E. so went there and they thought it had burst but a week later it came back full force painful to sit, stand and sleep and worse I was on holiday and had to endure a long flight unable to sit, stand etc it was so bad.

So 3 days after finishing my antibiotics I started getting mini fevers with shivering for 3 days and basically had to take paranormal and ibuprofen to keep the fever down which worked and it went.

With no option of seeing a gynea I took all your advice as I was on holiday. I sat in warm/hot baths which soothed the pain so much and helped me sleep but the cyst was growing more painful daily. So I decided to us apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball. I was only able to do this for 2 days (3 application over the days) cause it hurt so bad and to be honest I thought it made it worse but that is part of the healing. The pain got so bad at the airport on my way back home I put Vaseline down there to help soothe but that didn't help. Ounce I got home 12 hours late in so much pain (pain killers were not working I took. Othc patacetamol and ibuprofen) I sat in a bath with table salt cause I couldn't get anything else cause it was 12pm for 30mins then I applied tee tree oil and within 1 hour the cyst popped and started to drain. I did help it along cause I didn't want anything left inside it. I then sat in a warm bath again and applied more pressure to make sure it all came out. Then rises with saltly water then water mixed with tee tree oil and got a hot compress and now I'm in bed and all the pain is gone. Thank you so much ladies natural remedies really do work well, takes a few days but they work and once the cyst pops pain relief is instant.

Replied by Aj

I've been dealing with my Bartholin cyst for a few days now. I've noticed it a year ago when it was just a small lump the size of a small grape. It never hurt it just grew a tad when I would have sex and I'd feel it when I wipe myself after using the toilet. It would come and go though, and again never painful. As of about November 28 it started growing bigger and as of two days ago it became very painful. I'm thinking it's infected but I'm not experiencing any fevers. Since it started hurting I have taken about 4 baths in the past two days. I am applying tee tree oil and castor oil to the area. Right now I'm on ib profen so the pain is bearable. I had to call off work today but I really want to encourage it to rupture. I can't call out forever. I have no insurance for this year. I enrolled for the 2018 year, so hopefully it'll be resolved by then.

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Posted by Mia (Los Angeles ) on 09/27/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I had this terrible cyst about a year ago and I noticed it started to swell again several days ago and I immediately started to panic because my first experience was extremely painful and scary. I got it lanced the first time because that was all I knew but I'm a strong believer in natural remedies so I stumbled upon this site and saw quite a few but I wanted to to witch hazel, tea tree oil diluted with coconut oil but eventually excluded the coconut and just used tea tree and the witch hazel. I also did hot baths with epsom salt and when I ran out of epsom salt I used sea salt and soaked for about 20 min each time. I would do hot compress and immediately after I'd apply the tea tree oil and then the witch hazel and by the 3rd or fourth day it had burst in the wee hours of the morning (which was today) I felt so much relief as the pain was excruciating! Thanks so much for your stories they have really helped. I no longer have to go under the knife, thank God! Well wishes to all. :)


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Posted by Llars (Nj) on 11/07/2017
5 out of 5 stars

While wiping myself three days ago, I noticed a smallish bump which I believe is a Bartholin Cyst after it has tripled in size and doing research. I didn't have anymore tea tree oil in my house so I made a paste of coconut oil and turmeric, drenched a cotton ball in it and put it on the cyst. 5 hours later I came home and the cyst had popped. I cleaned the area and applied a new paste. Woke up this morning and the cyst has gone down by half. So thankful for the first person who reviewed the turmeric.

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