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 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 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!

Alum and Mouth Wash

Posted by Cb (Ny, US) on 10/23/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I waited until a month after I tried my remedy to write this post to make sure it didn't come back. I found out that I had gotten a muceole (cyst in mouth) from biting my lip and did EVERYTHING wrong. I tried to pop it like a pimple, I poked at it with a needle, ate hot/ spicy foods, and played with it with my tongue and teeth. Of course after two and a half weeks of having it, I learned what it is and everything I shouldn't do. I should say muceoles seem to expand and contract everyday or so - I thought a few times it was going away by itself, but it always came back until I tried this remedy.

Buy some Alum (a pickling agent, should be able to find it in the spice aisle) and some mouth wash (I don't think it matters but I used a antiseptic tartar control one). Using your finger or a cotton swab dab some (not much, maybe a pinch) of alum onto the muceole and leave it alone as long as you can keeping the area dry by holding your lip (or wherever) out of the wetness of your mouth. I did for a about 20 mins - then wash it out carefully. WARNING - alum does not taste good and will feel strange in your mouth. Then use the mouth wash. The alum should "dry up" the muceole and the mouth wash will keep it from getting infected or bigger.

The next day (I did the first time at night) I noticed where I had placed the alum had dried the skin, much of my mouth was dry with peeling skin (not as bad as it sounds). I repeated this process three times within a six hour period the day after I started the remedy. I recommend starting on a weekend so you have time to do this. At this point I could see the white spot within the muceole (salivary gland) which is a good sign. After that I used mouth wash consistently for three days and my muceole healed and completely went away. It's now been a month without it coming back. Hope this helps someone out there!

Anti-Fungal Cream

Posted by Boilbb (Anonymous) on 01/12/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I had a re-ocurring small groin cyst that wouldn't heal. I would sometimes get small re-ocurring ones on my lower belly too. Sometimes it would come to a head but still a soft marble existed below the skin. I tried so many different remedies (at different times) from apple cider vinegar to iodine to magnesium oil, turmeric, hydrogen peroxide, etc. Honey would help it close up. When I used Tinactin [anti-fungal cream] on them for a week or so, they all healed. I had a feeling the groin boil might be fungal related because it itched a lot. It is worth a try if other things aren't working. I also found it slightly aphrodisiac qualities.

Replied by Cathy
Boynton Beach, Fl

Guess what? The main ingredient in that medicine is undecylenic acid, an organic unsaturated fatty acid, directly derived from castor oil!

Replied by Jon

Not true!

Replied by Christie

My hubs had trouble getting skin to heal so after two surgeries and cauterization we tried sulphur cream- you can get it at pharmacies or animal feed shops or amazon. Kills bacteria and allowed the skin to fully grow back. Good luck!!! Also it works good on brown recluse spider bites.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted by Terry (Madison, Wi) on 02/03/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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 taking 1 oz. apple cider vinegar 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.

Replied by Linda
Pompano, Florida

How would I mix that apple cider vinegar and honey for the kidney. Cysts.

Posted by Tish (Toronto, Ontario,canada) on 10/24/2010

Hey petra from trinidad, i would be very careful using the commercial vinegar. the ones u get in the grocery stores are way too acidic. my nephew tried for a sore throat and ended up with inflamation. so please find one that says organic vinegar unpaturised, u get them at stores where u buy organic stuff. hope this helped.

Replied by Susie
Virgil, Ny
04/10/2015 should say unfiltered...natural...not the grocery kind as you mentioned....

Baking Soda

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

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.

Bee Pollen

Posted by Margie (Austin, Texas) on 04/04/2012
5 out of 5 stars

For those of you that have problems with acne, you should try this. Buy a bee pollen complex that has pollen, bee propolis, and royal jelly that is 1000 mg. This cured the acne on my husband's back and for a couple other people I recommended it to. I discovered it by accident and upon doing some research found that it is a blood purifier which is why it probably works.

Replied by Karen
Saratoga Springs, Ny

The bee pollen, did you apply it or ingest it? I get facial cysts and have been using Proactiv, but find that it can discolor linens and towels and a friend told me she uses bee pollen caplets (ingests them) and tea tree oil if she actually breaks out.

EC: Sounds like the poster ingested it.


Posted by Lynn (Canada) on 02/17/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.)

Replied by Lorna

Hello, I was wondering, what size where your cysts? I have one on my scalp, that I attemted to have removed in the clinic, but it was too hard. As of right now, the part they where able to remove has grown back, and it's bigger than before. about 1.5in . Would a bloodroot salve work for a larger cyst like this ?

Replied by Orange
Orlando, Fl

Lynn, where did you buy your bloodroot paste? I researched a lot and found confusing information. Please advice. Thanks

Castor Oil

Posted by Karen (San Francisco, Ca) on 06/07/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I had a painful cyst between the skin and muscle on my hip, about the size of a grape. My doctor said that it was unlikely to go away, and that I should consider surgery. Instead I consulted Earth Clinic and tried the castor oil suggestion. I rubbed the oil onto the skin over the cyst a few times a day. When I had time, I used a heating pad after application. Day 2 and the cyst was the size of a lentil. By Day 3 it was nearly gone. Gone on Day 4. Miraculous, really.

Told my daughter about my experience. She is a gymnast and has always had large marble-sized ganglion cysts on her wrists. They are painful and inhibit movement. She has been using the castor oil for a few days (only 1-2 times a day), and the cyst is nearly gone! Truly amazing.

Replied by Karen
San Francisco, Ca

Update on my daughter's ganglion cyst. In a week, the cyst (which she had had for over a year) was completely gone. She also had a bump on her achilles from gymnastics strain, and after a few days of castor oil application, that is also gone.

Posted by Rtd237891 (A) on 02/11/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I had cyst on my back in the same spot I had one before, went to a walk in clinic for the first one after it was drained they had me come back for a follow up and was told it wasn't done properly and I had to go to the hospital turned out to be a very long day . So when I felt that lump in the same spot looked here seen all the positive reviews for castor oil . If you're interested in trying this the sooner you start the better I waited a little longer than I would now that I know about this method. Found some at the drug store put some on the back of my fingers it is very thick and massaged it onto the lump. Did this daily for 3 day and it drained while I was sleeping it felt so much better but I could tell there was another right under the first so continued with the castor oil after week it drained also! Wish I new about this method sooner would have begun it at the first sign!

Posted by Karen (Richmond, Va) on 06/22/2015
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To all those suffering with deep cysts, I am please to report that the use of hot castor oil packs really work! I have suffered with both deep gaglion cysts in the balls of my feet and an ovarian cyst. When a flair up occurs for my feet, I apply the castor oil pack (can purchase at the vitamin shoppe) and a good brand of castor oil (about 1 -2 teaspoons worth ) with a sheet of plastic over cloth and rest on a heating pad for 20 - 30 minutes a day. A few days of this and they are dramatically reduced. I have changed the type of footwear I wear to low padded souls and good width to prevent compression. I had extreme pain last year and very little this year.

For my ovarian cyst, the same as above applies but I take the heat off after 20 minutes and leave pack on the rest of the night. Gone the next day. This stuff is truly a miracle. The ovarian cyst often left me in a fetal position for days and severe pain in the middle of my back.

I have so much relief now. Acupuncture has also helped with my ovarian cyst.

Definitely give the castor oil hot packs a try!!

Replied by Teresa
Fort Madison, Iowa

Hello! I just discovered I have a Baker's Cyst on the back on my Knee. Popliteal. I have no idea how long I have had it as it doesn't cause pain. I found it while trying on clothes. I am going to have a ultrasound of it but the Doc said its very common. I am very active and in the healing arts myself, so I just knew there had to be something that could possibly heal it. If it is caused from inflammation which is what they say, and then there is to much synovial fluid and it builds up, it seems the focus should be on decreasing the inflammation. Has anyone tried Castor Oil on a Bakers Cyst?Any recommendations would be helpful! Thank You!

Replied by Holly


I am also looking for a treatment for a baker's cyst behind my knee. Have you tried the castor oil and did it work for you? If anyone has any feedback for this, please share. Thank you.

Replied by Myway

A cyst that can be felt will respond to daily massages of castor oil if done daily. Consistency is key. It takes time.

MyWay :D

Replied by Jezza
Manila, Philippines

May I ask what specific type or brand of castor oil did you use for your ovarian cyst? I also want to try this because I too have ovarian cysts. Thank you!

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Jazza,

I have used several different brands of castor oil for cysts and other things; always with good success.

Heritage, Home Health, Mountain Rose Herbs are the ones I have had around the house the most over the years. I hope castor oil helps you as much as it has me!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Prioris
Fl, US

I really like the idea of using a hair dryer to help castor oil absorb. This can be used on humans also.

Today I was using a hand held infrared device when I was applying castor oil on part of my abdomen. Most infrared devices are just too expensive purchase. The one I had I bought on amazon (infrarex st-302) for $20 and it works for a small area. It comes with an extra bulb. Before I bought it I wondered why it was so cheap and why the other products couldn't bring down the price so I was leery. I have had it a couple years and it's worth every penny. It gives one more options in treating various situations.

I saw a infrared device in a chiropractors office but expensive model. Instead of someone paying $50 a treatment, I had them use this cheap device themselves and they got positive results. It's a good addition to your medicine chest at very low cost.

Many people have difficult financial situations so any DIY approaches to pet care are very helpful.

Posted by Kacy (New York) on 03/12/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I found a humungous cyst about 10 days ago above my butt (sorry to be gross, but that's where it is), was quite alarmed and looked online and was relieved to find it was something called a pilonidal cyst. I felt how wide it went underneath my skin and it was maybe 2.5", like a volcano forming! It was nice to know it wasn't anything serious, but not so great to read everywhere that I'd need surgery or to go on antibiotics. Anyway, I happened to be on earthclinic for treatment for wrinkle cures, saw castor oil, and then upon further reading saw it was also recommended for removing cysts! A great coincidence!!

I ordered castor oil on amazon (cold-pressed, but I dont know if that matters) and didn't even make a castor oil pack. I have just been rubbing castor oil straight on the cyst with my fingers a few times a day. Within days, it has drastically reduced in size and it is almost completely gone. I'm not sure HOW this is happening, nothing is coming out. It's just...dissapearing!

A doctor took a look at it (i as going to a doc for another reason) and she looked shocked. She couldn't believe castor oil could just get rid of it like that so quickly, as when I had previously emailed her about it before I met her she too told me I'd need surgery or antibiotics. When I met her in person and she saw it, she said "dont go on antibiotics or get surgery! Just keep doing what youre doing! " and indeed it is almost gone. Within days. No medicine, no surgery, no embarrasment. and CHEAP. and the stuff makes my skin look amazing too. I've never even heard of castor oil before earthclinic. I saw so many posts on all the other sites where people talked of getting surgery, etc etc. This is incredible, it bypasses all that trouble, expense, and pain.

I would LOVE to know how castor oil works, but wow does it ever. In a few more days it should be completely gone. THANKS to all of you who posted and let me know about this cure!!!! I used to get sebaceous cysts on my head, and if I ever get them back, castor oil will be the first thing I do! Good luck everyone!

Replied by Mbuss
Wisconsin, US

The castor oil sold locally is labeled a laxative. Is this the kind that you used? Will you share the product name and where it is sold?

Thanks, Maria

Replied by Dl
Ohio, US


Have you continued to have success in keeping the pilonidal cyst at bay? As the other user asked, what brand of castor oil did you use?

Replied by Sheila Joy

Hi good evening, can I ask you where can I buy the castor oil, my mom had a cyst on her neck and I am worried and afraid for her, she had a lump on her neck and she go for ultrasound this morning and the doktor said it a cyst and she need to check again by biopsy..

Replied by Jeremy

You should be able to buy castor oil at any drug store (WalGreens, Rite Aid, etc), grocery store or even Walmart and probably at small stores depending on where you live.

Replied by Pinetreelady

Castor oil must be hexane-free and cold-pressed and preferably organic, if you can get it. Don't buy from drug stores. Buy from health food stores.

Posted by Sonja (Florida) on 02/08/2014
5 out of 5 stars

My husband had a small bump in the middle of his back. I read about castor oil packets. We soaked some fabric with the oil, then covered with plastic , then applied heating pad for 30 minutes. Did this every night for about 5 days. The bump started getting bigger, after a few weeks it was completely gone. I believe it was a sebacious cyst

Replied by Common Sense

Re: Castor Oil Packs Healed Sebaceous Cyst. A few weeks? maybe it healed naturally, castor oil did not do anything

Replied by Satya
California, US
5 out of 5 stars

Just because you don't believe, don't tell someone else what their experience was. I've used castor oil for removing cysts on skin before. It's amazing. You need to realize not everything needs to make sense to you to be viable.

Replied by Kara

Our antibiotics and medicine in pill forms, are derived from plants, flowers, trees, etc. Where do you think we get the ingredients in medicine? Where do you think they originally came from? So yes, Castor Oil, could actually heal a person!

Posted by Janie Y (Illinois) on 10/17/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I was born with a very rare disease called Pachyonychia Congenita which causes problems with the hair, nails, and skin. I am more susceptible to skin problems, one of which is being very prone to (sebaceous) cysts. I was excited to try the castor oil remedy that is being mentioned on this wonderful website! I have had a good-sized (very noticeable) cyst in the outer corner of my left eye for more than two years now. The outer part appeared plump and soft to the touch, somewhat yellowish in color, and puffy. I could see and feel the hard-like fluid inside of it, but while poking at it down deep, I could feel what felt like a pea. I had messed with with before, but had given up - Seemed I wouldn't excrete the substance underneath it very well. The stuff was very hard to get out. I would always get a little liquid from it and a little blood, causing it to swell up a bit, then got it infected... I thought it useless to try anymore, so I just left it alone. That is until I discovered the Castor OIL Remedyl!!! Anyways, after reading the posts here, I decided to tackle it again. On Sept. 1st, I started poking around at the cyst, squeezed at it, and got it to secrete some oily like substance and some blood out of it. It was still hard though! I musta messed with it for about an hour. It was really swelled up great by then. It looked like someone had punched me in the eye ( I was squinting by the time I was finished with my treatment of it for the day)! I was determined however, to march on... Well, after poking and prodding at it for an hour, I cleaned it up, rinsed it with warm water, dried it, then dabbed it with the castor oil, and covered it up with a bandage. I did this twice a day. Morning and night. I squeezed it each time, to get more liquid and blood out of it, and then repeated the castor oil/bandage thing. About 7 days later, Sept. 7, the cyst and my eye were still puffy (I got a lot of stares), , but I could tell that the cyst was getting a smaller. The castor oil was softening it up, which made it easier for me to squeeze the substance out of it! It was coming out pretty good by then, with hardly any effort on my part by that time. I could tell that the castor oil was really pulling the stuff out and causing the cyst to drain more! I continued this for about two more weeks. I could really see a big difference by then, so that was great for me. I was trying to be soooo patient, seein' as how patience is not one of my better virtues! After all, I told myself - I did have this thing by my eye for at least two years! By week 3, my eye was looking normal again. The puffiness/swelling was all gone - the liquid was drained from the cyst. The area felt flat! And, it was starting to scab over. All that was left of the cyst was this little pea- sized knot by then). I continued to rub and massage the castor oil into this area each morning and every night before going to bed. I woke up one morning - Sept. 26... to find a small "pimple" had formed in the spot where the cyst was. I squeezed it, and this stringy thread- like substance snaked it's way out. This was the "pea" that I had been feeling for the last two years! I write this on Oct. 17th, and as I run my finger over where the cyst had been... I smile (: The cyst had been my unwelcoming companion for the past two years or so, and it is NOW completely gone, and has been for a couple weeks! The area around my eye is nice and smooth. Yayyyyyy.... Oh - I might also add that... During the time that I was treating this particular cyst, I had several smaller ones on my face, as well. I would massage the castor oil into them all the while and... They are gone too!!! This will now become my ritual for every cyst I see poppin' up on my bod!! We gotta "Zap em before they Happen".. Castor Oil is definately the trick! Thanks be to you guys who write in with your wonderful remedies!!! Have a great "Cyst-free" day!!!

Replied by Mariz Suarez Sumaoy
Dapitan City, Philippines

Where can I buy castro oil?

Posted by Hef (Mississauga, Ontario) on 12/10/2011

I was wondering if any one has experience in using Castor Oil packs on Submandibular cysts.... My nephew has a cyst below his jawbone, which is growing ENT Surgeon has recommeded surgery removal. To me it sounds very convincing to use the packs on the cysts... Anyone else would like to share their experiences in this regard and suggest any pros or cons, if any?

Replied by Kmcgee
Portland, Oregon

I had surgery on a cyst that was located on my neck. It got very big and uncomfortable. So I had it removed. The surgery was easy and over in an hour, but eventually the cyst came back. My docter warned me this might happen, but not much is known about cysts. It hasn't got really big again but comes and goes. I think the surgery is worth a shot.

Replied by Jane
Alameda, Ca

Hi! Turmeric is an incredible remedy for any kind of cyst and may help you. You might also look at other remedies on EC for cysts, including drinking pure spring water!!

Replied by Dar

My personal submandibular gland cyst was surgically removed and after testing was a calcium cyst just like a kidney stone. From my understanding that is what most mandibular gland cysts are. However, it wouldn't hurt to try the Castor oil and at the very least is really good for the skin.

Posted by Daisy (Jacksonville, Florida, U.s.a) on 09/12/2011 9 posts
5 out of 5 stars

I have a small cyst on my face that I have been ignoring for at least a year, but then got hard and started to be annoying. I have no insurance right now, and money is VERY tight, so laying out hundreds of dollars to have it cut out is not an option right now. I've tried a number of things -- iodine, tiger balm, campho-phenique, coconut oil -- but the only thing that even remotely began to be of assistance was holding a hot compress to it for 10-20 minutes twice a day. After a couple of days, it softened it up to the extent that I could get some of the gack out, but only with *tremendous* pressure, and not enough came out to make a significant difference anyway. Repeated efforts didn't do much; it's like whatever got hard in there stayed hard and the heat only got to a small part of it, no matter how often or for how long I applied the hot compress. (I think this is because I ignored it and let it get old and hard, instead of dealing with it when I first got it. ) I didn't want to break the skin over it or get it infected, so I stopped mashing on it and kept looking for something else.

I saw the posts here on EC about castor oil, and after googling for more info I saw where it had worked for other people with stubborn sebaceous cysts, so I got some castor oil and put it on under a band-aid before going to sleep. Already, just after the first application, it's drawing the cyst up and out and softening whatever's in there: it never hurt before, but it did a little after putting the castor oil on, kind of like a tiny bruise, and then when I woke up and took off the band-aid, a bunch of nasty-looking stuff came out with almost no pressure. It's not gone at all, but it's flatter and the castor oil is definitely working to break it up. Many thanks to Abigail from Lawrence, Kansas for taking the time to describe exactly what she did, because that's what I'm doing and it's already working after so much else has failed.

Thanks, EC!

Replied by Daisy
Jacksonville, Florida, U.s.a
9 posts

Update to my last post: you can go ahead and call it a cure! I have been applying a bit of gauze saturated with castor oil to the cyst morning and night, and every time I change the bandage I try to express whatever's in there. Over the last several days, slowly but surely, most of it has come out (there was even a hair buried in there! ?! ) and now whatever comes out is mostly clear.

One thing that became obvious is that it was a lot deeper and more substantial than I gave it credit for. I think it must have had a few loculations too, because when I'd try to express it I'd change the direction of my fingers, and then feel a little pop and get more stuff out. It was a nasty and complex cyst.

I'm going to keep going with it for the next few days, but the area is already flattened out and just about gone altogether, which is what I was hoping for. Will it come back because I didn't get the sac? No idea, but today I'm thrilled that I no longer have the pea-sized lump on my cheek!

Thanks, EC!