Natural Remedies for Cysts

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Cyst Natural Remedies

Cysts are benign lumps that form in the body that often respond well to home treatment. They are usually filled with fluid, air, or other bodily cells. Natural remedies for cysts are easy to implement and can include castor oil, essential oils, and herbs like turmeric.

Cysts can occur anywhere in the body. While cysts are usually benign, cysts should be evaluated by a medical professional to verify that indeed, it is a benign cyst and not a sign of a more complicated concern. Once a diagnosis of a benign cyst has been made, home remedies can be considered.

Cysts may be a cosmetic concern, depending on the size and location of the cyst. Cysts can be physically irritating or may cause pain if they are pressing on a nerve.

Additionally, even if a cyst is completely benign and not an irritant, the presence of a cyst indicates that something within the body is not working quite right. If cysts occur frequently, even if they respond well to natural remedies, it may be that some changes to improve overall health are indicated.

Topical Remedies for Cysts

Castor Oil

Castor oil can be massaged into cysts twice daily. Castor oil promotes circulation and increases white blood cells. It is used to heal a variety of growths and abnormalities in the body. Castor oil is a pure, natural emollient oil that softens and nourishes the skin. It is excellent for sore muscles and stiff joints. Use an organic and cold-pressed castor oil if possible.

Essential Oils

Tea tree essential oil and Frankincense essential oil are each useful for cysts. They can be used singly or together. Tea tree and frankincense are sometimes used “neat” (without diluting) on the body. However, for delicate skin areas or on sensitive people it is wise to dilute them at least some. Castor oil is a perfect carrier oil for essential oils used to treat cysts, since castor oil alone will often heal a cyst on its own.

To use essential oils straight, massage one drop of essential oil on the cyst twice daily. To dilute essential oils, add 5 drops of essential oil to one teaspoon of a carrier oil.

Lugol’s Iodine Solution

Lugol’s iodine is sometimes used topically to treat cysts. Lugol’s solution can be applied directly to the cyst, though it will cause temporary staining. 5% Lugol’s iodine is stronger than 2% iodine, and may need to be diluted some when used topically, depending on the location of the cyst and the individual.

Lugol’s Iodine is sometimes used internally for cysts. When iodine deficiency is the cause of cysts in the first place, this remedy is obviously especially useful. Lugol’s Iodine does taste strongly of iodine, but one drop is easily disguised in a cup of coffee or glass of grape juice. Folk doctor D. C. Jarvis recommended 1 drop of Lugol’s iodine in a glass of water with ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar for many health conditions.

Turmeric

Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory herb that also fights infection, viruses and fungus. Turmeric is notably useful for cysts that are causing some type of pain.

Turmeric can be purchases in capsules. A common dosage is 4 capsules twice a day.

Though slightly less convenient, an even better way to take turmeric is by making “Golden Milk.”

Turmeric is sometimes use topically for cysts, especially cysts that need to drain or is infected. Turmeric can be mixed with water to make a paste, applied to the cyst, and covered with a bandage. The turmeric paste bandage should be changed when it dries out or after 12 hours, whichever comes first. Mixing turmeric with French green clay or bentonite clay makes a more cohesive paste to apply to the skin and the clay has healing properties, too. Use equal parts of turmeric and clay. Mix them together and add water to make the paste.

Epsom Salt

Some cysts respond well to Epsom salt. Epsom salt can be used as a soaking agent for cysts. If there are multiple cysts all over the body, Epsom salt baths can be useful. Add 1-2 cups of Espom salt to a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes several times a week. For localized cysts, Epsom salt compresses can be used. Mix 3 Tablespoons Epsom salt and 1 cup water. Soak a cloth with the Espom salt water and apply to the cyst for 20 minutes a couple of times a day. Covering the Epsom salt cloth with plastic wrap and a heating pad may be beneficial.

If the above remedies are only providing temporary relief, or if there are multiple cysts throughout the body, or additional health problems exist, consider the following remedies to promote overall well-being and the cysts may disappear never to return.

Cyst Remedies to be Used Internally

Dietary Changes

A nutritious diet promotes balance in the body and provide the needed nutrients for maximum function. A nutritious diet does not have to be cumbersome. Sometimes implementing a few changes can produce significant results.

  • Eat a variety of whole foods.
  • Keep sugars and processed foods to a minimum.
  • Consume more water and less coffee, soda and energy drinks.
  • Consume some raw fruits and vegetables each day.
  • Include smoothies in the diet a few times a week.

Exercise

Exercise benefits the body is so many ways. It moves fluids around in the body, including blood and lymph. This helps to remove waste products from the body. Taking a 20 minute walk several times a week is a good place to begin. A mini-trampoline or rebounder can be used inside year round, even while catching the daily news or weather report. Even 5 minutes of rebounding several days a week will allow significant movement of the blood and lymph.

Essiac Tea

Essiac tea is a gentle natural cancer treatment, but it is also used to help the body eliminate chronic lesser diseases as well. It helps to eliminate growths and purify the blood.

Vitamin Supplements

It can be difficult to get the necessary nutrients even with a very good diet due to depleting of the soil in which food is grown and the chemicals in the environment that can affect the body’s being able to optimally benefit from the foods consumed. Vitamin supplements, in this case, can help with cysts and other health problems, giving the body what is required to implement its natural ability to heal.

Some basic vitamins that may help include vitamin C, A, D, and B. Zinc also supports the immune system.

Do you have a natural remedy for cysts? Please send us some feedback! Continue reading to see how our readers have used natural remedies to heal their cysts!


Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Gennie (NL, Canada) on 02/27/2021
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My husband had a cyst on his back. It was red, painful, and hadn't erupted yet. Saw family doctor who referred us to a specialist. With COVID and Surgery pending, I was concerned. ( He has COPD).

I soaked some sterile cotton pads in ACV with the Mother. Placed it on his back and covered it with Plastic Wrap. Taped it in place. I did this twice a day until the cyst began oozing. Then it required more changes. A week plus later all evidence of cyst had disappeared. He was healed without surgery or scarring. I canceled his day surgery. I was asked and the appointment clerk was amazed.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Terry (Madison, Wi) on 02/03/2015
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I had a myxiod cyst for 7-8 years on my toe. Had the doctor remove it twice - kept coming back. I saw an article on drinking 1 oz. (2 Tablespoons) of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water every day for the cyst, so I did. After three weeks it was gone and never returned. Totally gone!! I don't have a clue why, but it works.


Baking Soda

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Posted by Jill (England) on 07/29/2015
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Hi, I came on this site when I was told I had a cyst. I had never had one before but I instictively 'knew' how to treat it. I am a healer of sorts if you will. So I thought I would share. It started out as a small dot. I went ot the doctors who told me it was a cyst and nothing to worry about. But week on week it got bigger! I decided to treat it myself with Sodium Bicarbonate. Bicarbonate of soda! It is alkalike and 100% natural and can be used for many things. It is naturally alkaline and isn't patented for that very reason ( not owned by big pharma so they will not shout about all its health benefits as it doesn't make them any money! )

I won't bash on about the other health benefits of bicarb (though there are many) I will let you google that for yourself!

You can get premium grade bi carb from the chemist, but the stuff from the supermarket is the same , just lower grade. And its cheap!! I get mine from Boots, a tub for a quid. As bi carb is alkaline it balances the bodys natural PH, especially with all the acidic products we allow into our bodies, and gives us what we need. (again look into this for yourself).

Basically I mixed a teaspoon of bicarb with a smidge of water and made into a paste. I then used some savlon antiseptic cream (smidge on your finger to pick up/carry the bicarb paste) and pasted it/rubbed into the area.

This I did four times a day.

I also ingested a teaspoon of bi carb ( mixed with warm water) three times a day.

Within 24 hours it had shrunk. Within 72 it had all but gone!

A cyst is acid. Bi carb is alkaline. Dig??

I'm guessing apple cider vinegar works in the same way a lemon does on the body. Its acid but the body turns it to alkaline.

I hope this helps!

Replied by Mandy
(Australia)
07/31/2015

Thank you very much for posting this amazing method! I have a small cyst on my head the size of a pea that seems to be growing. I'll try your method ASAP, rather than the black salve that I was going to try.


Bloodroot

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Posted by Lynn (Canada) on 02/17/2014
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I applied bloodroot paste to my cysts and it slowly works to create an eschar around the entire cyst, including the sac and then it falls off. I apply it directly to the cyst and put a bandage over it. I leave it on for a day and check on it, then reapply and bandage again. I keep reapplying for at least 4 days or so, or until I feel a lot of swelling. At that point there may be a bit of oozing from the cyst liquifying and pushing its way out from all the pressure of the swelling. It's optional to continue applying the salve depending on your comfort level and whether it stings too much. Eventually by about day 6 or 7 the cyst will fall out on its own, or with a little pulling with sterilized tweezers. It leaves a large crater at the site, but eventually this fills in completely and with almost no scarring. I am finding discolouration from the site, like any other scar, but the area is now flat and there is no indication of any part of the cyst left.

I did find one cyst on my neck wasn't completely removed, so I did a second treatment with the bloodroot salve after it healed completely. Sure enough, it found the area with any cyst material and surrounded it. That too fell out and I'm hoping I got all of it this time around.

Not only does this work great for deeply embedded cysts, my sister found it worked great for removing a mole on her arm. The exact same application was followed, although she may have had to leave it on a bit longer than I did for my cysts. By about a week and a half the mole just came off on its own with a little help with tweezers.

During the healing process I felt what was probably scar tissue, so I did try reapplying on my elbow but found no reaction. It left a bit of a chemical burn, but nothing major, just uncomfortable itching. I've also tried on other miscellaneous scar tissue/bumps and it didn't do anything but leave a slight stinging sensation and discolouration (that eventually disappeared.)


Chamomile Tea

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Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 09/19/2014
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Sebaceous Cyst

Brew some chamomile tea and place a soaked cloth as hot as you can bear. Repeat during the day. In Europe this is an ancient remedy that works well.

All the best, Om


Clay Tablets

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Posted by Philippa (Surrey, BC, Canada) on 03/17/2009
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I have problems with cysts/ganglia developing on my wrists and finger joints. I usually have to have them removed surgically. This was a real problem as I had to limit activity and keep the surgery site dry for several weeks after each surgery - not to mention the pain.

I had started developing another cyst on my left wrist that was becoming big enough to be considered my parasitic twin. I was putting off having it looked at due to the pain, the surgery, the inconvenience, etc.

I had previously been taking Terramin Clay tablets (1 tablet per 50 lb. of weight) to help cleanse my system; but, had stopped for some unknown reason. I started taking the clay tablets again without realizing that they could help my cyst.

Over a period of several days, my cyst shrank and disappeared. I had no idea how it happened; but, was delighted nonetheless. Two days later I happened to stumble upon the Terramin site at a place that was explaining how the clay in the tablets was small enough to break through the blood/tissue barrier. These particles were so small they had the ability to enter the cyst, start cleansing it and eventually remove it.

I'm back on my clay and loving it!


Coconut Oil

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Posted by Maria P. (Australia) on 06/10/2019
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Coconut Oil for a Sebaceous Cyst

I dissolved a large sebaceous cyst on my scalp successfully by rubbing in some virgin coconut oil every night and pressing as I did so. I

had this idea from reading about the dissolving of acne in "Coconut Cures" by Bruce Fife N.D. 12 weeks later, it was reduced to a large flat dark scab which could be picked off leaving behind a teeny hole.


Cream of Tartar

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Posted by Gavin (Manganui, Northland, New Zealand) on 05/12/2012
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I got a cyst after what could be referred to as a detox.. I think that the Lymph system might get overloaded, with the accumulated crap leaving the body, It was more a cyst, but Turmeric and Cream of tartar got rid of it.

I started off with just a teaspoon of Tumeric, then added a teaspoon of cream of tartar to it, poured in some milk, gave it a stir and drunk it all down. Then as it improved I just used Cream of tartar.

The Cream of tartar seemed to kick start the healing, not the Turmeric. The sting came out of it about the second dose. I used it internaly. I got through about packet of Cream of tartar from the baking isle of the supermarket. I'm sure the boil/whitlow its something to do with the general cleaning up of the body, with the natural cleansers ive been taking. Ive only had one like that before.


Cysts and MRSA

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Posted by Karen (Georgia) on 10/02/2016
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Warning

To all of you looking for cyst remedies: I would be very careful! I had a "cyst" that was lanced at the ER and later diagnosed as staph at the ER, lanced, drained and packed. Finally wound up at the surgeon's office. It was MRSA and resistant to ALL but two antibiotics. It still never totally went away and required surgery. MRSA is VERY serious and can even be deadly.

Please if you are ever in serious pain or these self diagnosed "cysts" are growing rapidly, consult a physician IMMEDIATELY and get tested for MRSA. This can also be very contagious if the skin is broken and it is MRSA.


DMSO, Colloidal Silver, Turpentine

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Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc ) on 05/05/2015
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I have used a few methods of dealing with surface cysts and below skin cysts. I say cysts; but I "lump" fatty tumors; cysts of mass as well as fluid in a single group.

I first want to make sure the cyst is not caused by infection or accompanied by infection. So I place on the site a poultice of colloidal silver mixed with DMSO. I let that sit for fifteen minutes on the surface.

I have also used a charcoal poultice and a turpentine poultice. I mix the turpentine with DMSO and colloidal silver. The turpentine is caustic so I don't put too much on skin for too long.

I've used Healing Clay. Not as a poultice. I just put a half spoonful of the clay with colloidal silver and then place the "goo" onto the site. I let dry.

All the above I repeat many times.

JUST in the past three days I found a number of "nodules" on my chest wall. They were sore and the size of a pencil eraser. I used the colloidal silver and turpentine plus DMSO on day one. Day two I used colloidal silver with tea tree oil and DMSO as a poultice and then did a colloidal silver with turpentine and DMSO poultice. The nodules covered an area about the size of three by four inches.

In only two days the sensitivity is down by 80 percent and the size of the five or six nodules is reduced by over half. I theorize I had an infection perhaps in my lymph glands. I will continue this poultice application for a month.


DMSO, Lugol's Iodine

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Posted by Colleen (Wisconsin) on 12/26/2018
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I had a sebaceous cyst in my groin area for years that was pretty small, not really visible, but if you felt around for it, was always there. I had one bout with a cyst in this spot as a teen; it appeared suddenly, got quite big within a few days, and drained on its own. Painful but over with quickly and no recurrence until I was in my 30s. This time it was a bit bigger but never irritated and sadly never threatening to burst or progress at all. So I finally decided to see if I could make it go.

I started with castor oil, which did seem to shrink it a little, but after several days seemed to stop having any further effect. I next tried ichthammol salve, which smelled god-awful to me, but if it made this thing come to a head and be over with, was worth enduring for a few weeks. After several days of keeping it coated, not much was happening so I started taking warm epsom salt baths while continuing with the ichthammol.This did make it slowly start to grow in size, soften up, get irritated, and kind of come to a head. It was not totally effective though. I think the warm baths may have had as much to do with it progressing as the ichthammol, not sure.

But regardless, although this protocol did bring it to a head (I could see a white dot forming) when I went to express it, maybe only a third of the material (white stuff) came out. Huge disappointment. I considered going back to the ichthammol again, but I was starting to suspect that a true boil might be better treated with that stuff. My cyst was perhaps too old and dry to be coaxed out.

I decided to totally switch to another remedy I'd seen hinted at: Lugol's iodine. I've had really good success with other ailments by increasing iodine in my diet (eating dulse flakes) in the last few years, and I know I've been deficient of this essential element in the past. I'd also read that mixing Lugol's with DMSO (50/50) would do a better job of getting it to absorb at the site. I had both ingredients on hand though I'd never used the DMSO before.

Mixed up a few ounces in a small glass container and applied it twice a day for about a week. (I used Crow's 5% iodine and pharmaceutical grade DMSO--both purchased on Amazon.) Right away I could feel something happening, a tingling. Within a day or two, the cyst, which as I mentioned had become larger and inflamed and only partially drained, was much smaller and starting to dry up. It was probably less than ten days before it was entirely healed over.

What really surprised me was that it was completely flat at that point--no sign of a bump--for the first time in maybe ten years. It's now been about three weeks. I stopped applying the iodine/DMSO once it was healed and flat and it so far has not come back at all. If it does, I won't be going back to the ichthammol again. I'll just try the iodine/DMSO.

One tip: I used a Q-tip to apply the solution directly on the cyst and would "paint" it thoroughly for about a minute to get as much of the stuff to absorb as possible. Because of where this thing was, I didn't bother to try to get a band-aid to stay in place and just used panty liners to keep my underwear clean. Once absorbed it didn't seem to be very wet or getting all over the place, so this was more of a precaution than a necessity, but keep in mind iodine does stain clothing. Also, iodine will spread all the way up the Q-tip, which seems to waste it. I wanted to saturate just the end, so I eventually figured out that dropping oil (I used castor oil) onto the part of the cotton about halfway down from the very tip would block the iodine solution from "running, " if that makes sense.

Definitely try this if you have a stubborn old sebaceous cyst. Hopefully you can avoid the attempts to poke at it and get it to come to a head--it really is possible to get even an old cyst to absorb and clear out with your body's help if you use iodine. Good luck!


Eliminate Gluten

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Posted by Gorettia (Lena, Louisiana) on 02/27/2012
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Just want to help anyone suffering from chronic painful cysts... Gluten intolerance may be your problem. It was mine. After YEARS of fighting a loosing battle, my bloodwork came back positive for celiac (over the limit anitbodies showed up). I had to give up soy, dairy, sugar, gluten, wheat, yeast, and most starchy foods like white potatoes, corn and beans... But I thoroughly enjoy healthy eating... Broccoli, cabbage, carrots, sweet potatoes, lean ground beef, salmon, turkey and a few other foods. For years dermatologist told me diet had nothing to do with it... But I am now convinced diet has everything to do with it ... Plus getting your stomach in good working order. Pantothenic acid (b5) in 500 mg per day and acidipholus and digestive enzymes are a must in my daily regimin.

Just hope I can help someone else with this advice... Give up the junk food and gluten and see if it helps. God revealed to me what I needed to do... So I give him all the praise and glory for my progress. Believe it or not, I now actually like the taste of FOOD without all the sauces, toppings and added "stuff" we destroy it with. Blessings!!!


Garlic

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Posted by Nicole (Montreal) on 09/09/2016
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Hi,

I had a cyst on my forehead, for the last 4 years, the size of a green pea.

Last night (2016/09/09) at 2:30AM, I crushed a clove of garlic and applied it on my cyst and around it. I held the crushed garlic in place with scotch tape. It burned quite a bit for half an hour. I went to bed with the garlic and scotch tape in place.

7 hours later, I woke up and looked at my forehead. Under the scotch tape, the crushed garlic had turned green overnight.

I removed the scotch tape and garlic.

To my great surprise, the cyst had COMPLETELY DISAPPEARED. A small puncture mark was left, probably due to where the liquid was drawn out by the garlic.

Also redness of the skin; better than that cyst that reminds you of witches.

I am on a waiting list to get a family doctor. I should be waiting another 4 years to get one.

That is the reason I tried the garlic treatment and it WORKS.

Nicole


Garlic
Posted by Humberto (USA) on 01/10/2008
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I had a cyst behind my ear. I would pop it and white stuff came out that smelled really bad.

1. I cut a clove of garlic and smeared the juice on it.

2. I put a cut clove on it with a band aid and left it on for 15 minutes. 3. I minced the garlic and put some juice on it.

(DANGER) 4. I made garlic paste with extra virgin olive oil. Crushed/minced up garlic, add extra virgin olive oil. Put it in a glass jar. It turns into a paste (like jam or jelly). I left it on for 1 hour. I made a mistake. I should had left it on for only 15 minutes. I burned my skin.

WARNING: Only leave it on for 15 minutes. The cyst is gone. The garlic killed it.


Herbs

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Posted by Selvi (Bangalore, Karnataka) on 09/18/2012
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Traditional Herbs used to treat cysts include burdock, mullein, yarrow, vitex, dandelion, black cohosh, St. John's wort, red raspberry, nettles and Siberian ginseng. Chinese herbs include astragalus, ginger, dong quai, cinnamon, rehmannia root, and scrophularia root



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