Home Remedies to Shrink Lipomas (Fat Deposits)

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Home remedies and dietary changes can be an effective treatment plan for shrinking a lipoma or fat deposit. Our readers report that helpful home treatment for lipomas includes apple cider vinegar, turmeric, and burdock root. Dietary changes can also help, such as avoiding soy or foods containing MSG and artificial sweeteners.

What is a Lipoma?

A lipoma or fat deposit is a slow-developing growth of fat this is usually located beneath the skin and above the muscle. Lipomas are typically easy to identify as the deposits move easily with light finger pressure and feel “doughy” or pliable to the touch. A lipoma is not cancerous and is usually harmless; however, some deposits may be painful or continue to grow. They can also be cosmetically discouraging to those who are plagued with them. While some people have just a few lipomas, others have dozens or even hundreds of them.

The exact cause of lipomas is unknown; however, obesity is not the root cause of the deposits. Lipomas do typically tend to run in families, however, so the cause likely has genetic underpinnings.

Home Remedies for Lipomas

1. Apple Cider Vinegar 

Apple cider vinegar is a simple remedy for lipomas. Drink 1 glass of water with 1-3 teaspoons of raw, organic apple cider vinegar 1-3 times a day. Start with less and increase the amount over time to make sure this remedy suits you.

2. Herbs

Liver and blood purifying herbs have been useful for the reduction of fat deposits. Burdock root, turmeric root, and dandelion root are all good choices. It is easy to add these supplements to your diet.

Burdock and dandelion roots can be found in capsule form. Take 4 capsules twice a day with meals for at least a month.

Turmeric is a common remedy for many ailments and can be taken in capsules, like dandelion or burdock root, or a teaspoon can be added to a glass of milk or water and consumed once or twice a day.

When you are taking purifying (detoxifying) herbs, always take them with plenty of water so that your body can eliminated the toxins easily. One theory about lipoma causes is that these fat deposits are caused by toxins, making detoxifying herbs a good choice.

3. Dietary Changes

As with most health problems, diet can make the problem worse, or solve it all together. While anyone dealing with a chronic health condition will do well to avoid artificial sweeteners, MSG, sugar and processed foods, there are a few other considerations for those who suffer with lipomas. Soy seems to be linked to lipomas. Dairy products, especially ice cream seem to increase lipoma formation in some people.

Natural Topical Treatments for Lipomas

1.  Castor Oil

Castor oil is useful in removing a variety of growths from the body. Massage castor oil onto the areas of the lipomas before bed. Castor oil is greasy so use old pajamas and sheets when you use this treatment.


DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide)  is another natural topical treatment for lipomas. Apply DMSO to clean skin with clean hands. DMSO is a solvent. Avoid chemicals in clothing and on your skin when you are using DMSO as the DMSO can "carry" the chemicals into your body.

3. Turmeric

Turmeric can be used topically for lipomas as well as internally. Turmeric can be added to coconut oil or castor oil and applied to lipomas at night. Turmeric will stain skin and clothing.  Add about 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder to 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil.

4. Iodine

Iodine can be used for lipomas. Use a q-tip to apply iodine to your lipomas twice a day.

Essential Oils for Lipomas

Essential oils are a pleasant way to treat lipomas. Essential oils are very concentrated natural medicines and many of them smell lovely as well! They should be diluted for topical use.

Sage, tea tree, and frankincense essential oils can be used for lipomas. Add 1/2 teaspoon of one or a combination of the above-mentioned essential oils to 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil (Coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil or castor oil) and apply to lipomas twice a day.

How Long Will it Take to Help My Lipoma?

Because lipomas can take time to shrink and disappear completely, do stick with your remedy (or remedies) of choice for at least a month. If you see no change at all, consider adding another remedy to your treatment plan, or try a different remedy.

Everyone is different, so what works for one person is not the solution for everyone. But don't give up. While it is common to hear that the only "cure" for lipomas is surgery, our readers tell a different story, but usually their story includes perseverance and faithfulness to a remedy in terms of weeks or months instead or one or two applications of a remedy.

Have you tried any natural remedies for lipomas? Please share your experience with us! And continue reading and you will find interesting natural remedies and commentaries from our readers.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)

2 User Reviews
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Posted by Caz (Kzn, South Africa) on 12/04/2017
5 out of 5 stars

ACV & Bicarb reduced my neck lump - almost gone now

Hello and Bless you for this website and everyone for their reviews and comments. For the last ten years I have had a lump growing on the side of my neck. I refuse to see Doctors as I have had nothing but negative experiences from them.

I ignored the lump and over the years it grew from a little bean sized lump until it spread right up the side of my neck to the base of my skull and reached my neck spine area. It started has a hard little bean size and became a huge soft moveable spongy lump. It started becoming visible a few years ago ago. Recently it became uncomfortable.

I started using ACV for another reason and noticed that overnight my lump reduced to half its size. I visited Earth Clilnic and read all the negative and positive comments, and decided to give ACV a try. This is the beginning of the third week of using ACV and the lump has reduced to a few small hard bead size, and is no longer visible or uncomfortable. Every single day there is a marked reduction of the lump.

My Recipe and Dosage:

I use ACV with the Mother and bicarbonate of soda.

Pour three table spoons of ACV in a clean glass.

Add 1/3 to 1/2 tsp of bicarbonate of soda, and let it dissolve until there are no further bubbles.

Add water.

Drink on an empty stomach.

I take the above concoction three times a day on an empty stomach:

- First thing in the morning upon waking up

- about 3 mins before lunch

- about 30 mins before going to sleep.

I will continue with this remedy even after the lump has totally disappeared, as I feel physically better taking it, as if I am receiving some type of boost.

God Bless

Replied by Richard Martin

I have combined two methods of natural cures, Turmeric and ACV. Commenced today. Lipoma measured 51 in 2015 increasing to 71 in 2017, 39% growth. Last appointment, nuclear sinologist recommended MRI or surgical excision. Nuclear panicked me a bit, was he going to insert miniature hydrogen bomb and blow my lipoma to pieces, would my head go at the same time, found it concerning?

My decision made up, go natural. Keep ears to the ground, will reply in 30 days. Wish me luck. If luckless, no flowers on box.

Replied by Grace
5 out of 5 stars

I also am experiencing lipomas shrinking and I am positive it is the ACV and baking soda. What a relief... what a blessing and I too will keep on with this even after they shrink away. Thank you for sharing... Grace

Replied by Altagracia

Amén. Thanks so much.

Replied by Attilio

So much enjoyed your post with remedy composition. I have a carrot-size lipoma on my back. Want so much to try your recipe. Will begin tonight. This may be a stupid question, but I must ask: What is meant by Mother? Thanks.


It is unfiltered ACV and will say on the bottle, "with the Mother". You can Google the benefits of... I get mine less expensive at Walmart. KT


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Posted by Frank (Vienna) on 09/10/2019
5 out of 5 stars

I have also many lipomes onto my arms and onto the legs and I found under the link


the following commend:

A physician had told me about his healing of dogs by Borax: "I also have a fifteen year old dog (fox terrier) who had a large right lip lipoma, he reacted extremely well on borax, so this tumor disappeared within a week, I applied a solution weighted internally and externally not necessary, senile dementia blown away: - a new old dog! Procedure: At 10 kg of weight, add 0.5 g of borax to 1 liter of non-fluoridated water. Add 0.5 ml of this solution ("concentrate") with a 2 ml syringe. The rest of the syringe is drawn up with distilled water. You can also take sterile saline, the dogs are not so sensitive ... With 1 ml of this solution (ie half) in this syringe I have placed around the tumor wheals, d. H. small injections around and into the tumor (looks like you've touched stinging nettles - just type in Google "wheals" and look at pictures). Syringe and insulin needle you can get from the pharmacist. The rest you inject the dog - of course, without a needle - in the throat and lets him swallow. I did that for 5 days. You can literally watch the tumor (in my case, a lipoma) melt away - at least that's how it was with my dog. "

Now I will try to put these stinging nettles with borax into and in he near of my lipomes. I will answer if it will be worked!

Replied by Jo D
(Michigan, US)

For borax, do you mean the kind that you purchase in the laundry aisle of a grocery store? Or do you mean boric acid?

EC: Borax - aka Twenty Mule Team Borax in the laundry aisle. See the borax page on Earth Clinic for more information.

DMSO, Castor Oil, Turpentine

1 User Review
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Posted by Sybil S. (North Carolina) on 02/25/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Cure for Lipomas

I had a stone like item inside my buttox cheek when I was about 10 years old. Mom took me to the doctor who said he did not feel anything. It made me feel like I was sitting on a rock. Twenty years later it continued to grow until it was huge. I went to see a doctor who suggested a surgeon. The surgeon did the surgery removing nearly half of my left buttox to make it the size of the right one. It was a 10 day hospital stay and horrible. It has reappeared now and I'm using DMSO, Castor Oil, and turpentine mixture. I rub in on daily and it has decreased in size over half in just a few weeks. I will continue to use it and perhaps add the clove oil.

Always seek out natural remedies before surgery whether it be benign or malignant. Cancer doctors are using the same things they did 40 years ago and nothing has changed. People are still dying of it.

Replied by Ricardo
(El Paso, Tx)

I am very interested in using this process. Might you please indicate ratio of each. Equal parts of each ingredient plus a few drops of Clove EO? Please assist. Thank you.

Replied by Karen

Please send ratios of mixture. Turmeric and castor oil did not work for me. Interested in Apple Cider vinegar mixture.

Replied by Dave H.
(River Falls)

I am also in need of the mixture of how much to use for the Castor oil and the DMSO as well. Along with directions please. I cannot afford surgery, and really hoping I can get rid of this painful Lipoma.

Thank in advance. Dave.

Replied by Imran

Never go for surgery, it is the worst thing for lipoma, coz if you remove it by surgery, it will reappear and will get large than before. I did surgery of lipoma and now these become multiple and large. So natural remedies is good option.

Replied by Blog Shag

Wish I had read this. Because I did get surgery, 3 days later it reappears, somewhat larger than before. And I have a scar to boot.

These things are devastating emotionally. I wish there was a way to get rid of them. The suggestion of remedies seem all over the place.

Replied by Donna

Please can you explain what to do with DMSO, Castor Oil, Turpentine for Lipomas, to help fatty lumps? Thanks.

Replied by Chris E.

Surgery for one of mine it never came back. However, I do not recommend surgery either.

Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation

1 User Review
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Posted by Nicola (Cambooya, Queensland, Australia) on 02/04/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, what about considering using Bill Munro's 'Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation Method' protocol? If it worked for my Dercum's lipomas (painful lumps) in my hips and elsewhere, it might just work for your bursitis. It is harmless, available to all and incredibly cheap and easy. God luck!

Replied by Ascot
(Wyandotte, Michigan U.S.A.)

It was interesting to read the comments regarding those unsightly, annoying fatty lumps just below the skin.

The first one to suddenly appear on me, was on the top of my left forearm at the age of twenty six, shortly after I arrived in the United States. As there are no mosquitoes in Scotland, I suffered terribly from those creatures with swelling in the face, legs and arms from their poisonous bites.

I have to wonder if mosquitoes gave start to to the fatty tumors, because I never knew of anyone in Scotland having them.... certainly none of my imediate family, relatives or friends.

Anyway, to cover all bases I'll be trying the flax, borage, fish oil, AND the 1/2 teaspoon of tumeric in either warm milk or water. If it works for me.... like Arnold, Ah'll be bahk.

Salt and Spit Remedy

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Posted by Amy (Riverside, California) on 09/20/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Spit and salt made my dad's fatty tumor disappear! (Use the suffers saliva only)

My dad had a fatty tumor on his back and he had gone to an elderly lady's house that was known for her home remedy treatments. My mother had stomach problems and a friend of my mother's knew this lady that would massage the stomach area in case food was stuck in the intestines. This lady had saved the friend's nephew's life from food stuck in his intestines as he was dying from the problem and doctors could not help him! The man was so sick he could not eat! The lady was able to dislodge the food with massage therapy and the young man got well and could eat again!

Anyway, while at the lady's house my dad told the lady about a fatty tumor on his back and she looked at the fatty tumor and advised him to every day place spit with salt on the fatty tumor and it would get well. My dad did this every day, his own spit with salt on the fatty tumor every day, and to our surprise the fatty tumor disappeared! She didn't even charge him for this knowledge! But it worked for him! Mind you it was not a cancerous tumor but a fatty tumor.

You use only the saliva from the person that has the fatty tumor, saliva and salt and place this on the fatty tumor every day.

Replied by Amy
(Riverside Ca.)

I would like to add to my fatty tumor post.

My dad said the salt and spit treatment caused the fatty tumor to become like a big pimple with a point and the liquid in the fatty tumor drained out of the point. You must use salt with the saliva or it can get infected without the salt. Thank you.

Salt and Spit Remedy
Posted by Offthegridgirl (Kentucky) on 06/29/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Salt & Spit works GREAT!

I had a sizable lump on my breast. I took AVC with water 3 times daily, drank fresh green juices and cleaned the lump with peroxide then did the salt & spit solution. I would also put organic coconut oil on it.

I wore a tight bra and it started to hurt, it drew the toxins up to the surface of the skin the burst and drained over one week. It hurt a bit, but, all better. While it drained I continued using peroxided to clean and then more spit et salt.

It's all gone and no scar. People, we can heal ourselves. Now, I'm vegan and eating clean and workingout. Good luck.

Replied by Deepa

What's that exactly, salt and spit remedy?

Replied by Margarete
(Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Dear, what kind of salt did you use? and... why spit? I'm curious... can't it be water?

Is peroxide H2O2? Did you mix with water, right?

How long did it take to burst?

I'll try it, thank you a lot

Replied by Jeff

Why do I never see responses to the replies from the posters? I am concerned these are just stories. If they are not, then please respond to some of the questions asked?

Replied by Anon

People who post don't always check back to see if anyone commented on their post. It does not mean the posts are fabricated.

Salt and Spit Remedy
Posted by Jeri (California) on 09/22/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I am sharing this story because it is true and very strange!

A friend of mine knew of a Mexican woman that was into massage therapy and she also used natural herbal remedies to help people. My friend raved about this woman because the Mexican healer saved the life of her nephew that was actually dying of a stomach ailment. The Veteran's doctors could not help him. Since no one could help him and they were desperate my friend took her nephew to the Mexican healer lady. The Mexican woman told her that her Nephew had food stuck in his intestines. The healer used baby oil on the skin on his abdomen and massaged it a certain way. Well whatever she did worked! She dislodged the food from the man's intestines and the man was able to eat when he got home as he had stopped eating! His aunt told me that he was actually dying! This therapy saved his life!

Anyway I took my husband to this healer because he had a fatty tumor on his back (An American doctor examined the tumor and said it was a fatty tumor) This sound ridicules but it worked! The healer told my husband to place saliva on his hand along with salt and place this spit and salt on the tumor every day! And he followed her instructions!

Well guess what? The fatty tumor went away! We could not get over it! I don't know if this works on pets but it worked on my husband! His back is now smooth and clear! It sounds ridiculous but it worked!

Replied by Bonnie

Hi. I found this very interesting! How large was your husband's lipoma and how long did it take to take it away? I have had a rather large one (maybe slightly smaller than a ping pong ball) in the elbow region for several years. The doctor said it was a lipoma and could be removed if it bothered me but otherwise it wouldn't hurt to leave it. I believe it has gotten larger over time so maybe I'll try your method before going for surgery. Thank you for any info you can share as to the size and time to heal.

Replied by Mary
(Arcadia, California)

Hello I too live in California. Can you tell me where this woman is? I truly believe in Mexican Healers. I am too of Mexican descent. Thank you very much.

Replied by Sebastian
(Lafayette, In)

I got a lipoma bump on my neck right behind my ear for the last five years. My hair covers it but its the size of a quarter and I hate the looks of it so badly. How long did it take to go away? I'll try it for a month and see if it shrinks any.

Replied by Jeff
(New York)

I am guessing you used iodine salt. Is that right?

Replied by Jennyd

Hi ..I'm new to this site...was just wondering if you've tried the salt and saliva treatment yet for your Lipoma ....? and if you've had any results as yet .....Jen

Replied by Annette
(Augusta, Ga)

I'm very interested in the Saliva/Salt remedy for a Lipoma which I have on my upper arm. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you

Awadhesh K.G.
(Varanasi, India)

I have lipoma on left Arm. Myself interested to know the treatment like Saliva and Salt. kindly let me know which salt is to be used for the purpose.

Replied by Jan

Hi, I am very interested in the salt and spit remedy that cured your husband's fatty tumor (lipoma?) Did the woman tell you how and why it works?? I have a lipoma/fatty lumpy tissue on my leg that I'd like to get rid of. Why do you think this remedy works and how long did it take? Thanks! Jan

Replied by CJ

Why the mention of pets? I only ask because I am here trying to find a solution to 2 large lipomas on my dog. One on the stomach and one on the side of the neck..I doubt I could get her to drink anything as part of a cure. Any suggestions on what may help her?


Research Thuja oil. I've read many posts about dogs with lipomas that had good results. I am using it myself and believe it is having an effect for me. I am also taking thuja orally at a low dose. Not sure you should use that on a dog though? But definitely the thuja oil mixed with carrier oil, I use castor oil, rubbed on 2 to 3 times a day. I hope you have good results. Go on Amazon and search Thuja oil and read reviews you'll find some good info there.

Replied by Attilio

I have a cucumber size lipoma on my back and I was about to have it surgically removed next week. Thoroughly enjoying all of suggested remedies here to the point that I am wondering which one to try first. I, for one, am totally suspicious of established medicine to the point that at 84 I refuse to take pharms of any kind, so I was tickled pink when I found this site. I have recently started on a small scale, Urine Therapy, which within hours cured a rattle in my throat that avoided all treatments for over a year, and so I think, maybe beginning tonite, I will concoct a blend of turmeric, ACV, and a wee bit of my own wee, soak a two gauze pads of this and carefully lay one or two pads on my cucumber and lay quiet for an hour. I'm excited to try it. Any suggestions. Please do reply.