Swollen Lymph Node Remedies

Oil Pulling  

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Posted by Steveplc (London, UK) on 04/27/2009
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i've been oil pulling for three months now. The lumps under my jaw have swollen and i assume they are lymphs. They started swelling about a month into oil pulling, any clues? Thank you

Replied by Kjirsti
Central Alberta, Canada

A lot of people will get swollen lymph nodes a few weeks into oil pulling, it's usually from lack of water. Are you drinking 2-3 glasses after you pull?

Massaging the area, rebounding and yoga have been beneficial to get rid of the swelling for most people. Some also use detox tea, and/or increase their salt intake by a little bit.

Always remember to drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins :)

Peppermint or Castor Oils  

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Posted by Ky Mama (Clinton, Ky) on 04/07/2013
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20 years ago I had several lymph glands that were swollen for at least 6 months. All tests were normal and so was a biopsy. I still get swollen glands sometimes and there are a few things that help. One is peppermint essential oil. I massage it into the gland. (Avoid contact with mouth or eyes. ) Another thing that helps is castor oil. Massage the oil into the swollen gland a couple of times a day. You could alternate with peppermint oil.

One time when I was sick, a gland in my neck was very sore and swollen. I made an herb poultice and kept it on overnight. It helped so much. I mixed 1 part red raspberry leaf and 1 part plantain leaf. I moistened them with hot water and wrapped them in a piece of flannel. I used a bandana or something to attach it to my face. I didn't know about peppermint or castor oil then.

Had I known about these remedies twenty years ago I would have saved myself surgery.

Daily exercise is helpful to keep lymph flowing and so is plenty of water. (Water with Apple Cider Vinegar would kill two birds with one stone there.)

Hope you get some relief.


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Posted by Ad (Qatar) on 09/07/2015
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Pineapples, I was having a lot of trouble with swollen lymph nodes in neck. Pineapple instantly cures the inflammation. And I mean INSTANTLY.

Replied by Dampwire
Bklyn, Ny

Hi, where did you apply the pineapples. Or did you eat them?


Posted by Susan (New York) on 08/31/2012

Hi Ted, What is your experience with Rebounding on Trampoline ? Is that suppose to be good for lymph system? Flushing the lymph while stimulating the immune system and defending against cancer and other ailments.

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa

Hi Susan, I'm not Ted but I have had a rebounder for years. They are very instrumental in keeping the lymph system healthy. Even if you aren't super fit, you can do what they call the health bounce and that will be just as beneficial. I know for the rebounder that I ordered, you can even get an attachment which is a handle for those who are older or unsteady so you can gently bounce for the benefits. Hope this information helps. Lisa

Replied by Anonymosaurus Rex
Somewhere, Alone, Listening To Radiohead

As an addition to Lisa's comment - jogging or skipping (or just jumping up and down on the spot) can also give you the similar benefits without the need for extra equipment.

If you are not in physical condition to do either of those, gently bouncing whilst sitting on a properly inflated exercise ball will help, and it will provide a good exercise to help get your muscles into better condition too.

Red Wine Vinegar  

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Posted by Happygal (Warner, Nh) on 05/05/2011
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I have had issues with very painful lymph nodes under arms since contracting lyme many years ago. The homeopathic for unblocking was not working fast enough. In desperation I googled natural remedies for sore lymph nodes and voila this site was at the top. The poor grammar nearly made me go elsewhere but I read on.. Could anything so cheap and simple work? Alas no ACV but I did have red wine vinegar on hand. 2 TBS in water. Amazing, In less than a minute the pain is nearly gone. I am going to read more into alkalinity and natural remedies.

Replied by Bcnu147

Happy Gal - I read somewhere a few days ago about a man who was saying that he took colloidal silver 3 X per day for 6 weeks and his Lyme's disease was no more.

Rubbing Alcohol  

Posted by Mel (Mi, US) on 12/01/2014

Does rubbing Alcohol help shrink a lymph node?

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Hulda Clark makes great warning to not use isopropyl alcohol as it is a chemical solvent which the body has difficulty detoxifying. In this case, rubbing alcohol could potentially cause swollen lymph nodes. So, it is advised to use pure grain alcohol or maybe 100 proof vodka for topical medical remedies. Weather this safer alcohol would help swollen lymph, I don't know.

Magnet therapy and/or herbal detoxifier like "Red Clover Combination" would help. A warm washcloth dipped in Epsom Salt would help. A Mama-To-Many charcoal poultice would also help.

Swollen Gland Remedies  

Posted by Janeinlondon (London , Uk) on 06/11/2013

This is my third bout of swollen glands in 2 months. Tonsils are out. I do not have any other symptoms of flu-throat, nose fine, no aches, not even a headache. Is ACV good here too? Thank you.

Replied by Jessica

I have painless swollen lymph nodes. Behind my ears, neck and under the chin and my tonsils are enlarged. Which remedy can I use? Help me please.

Replied by Prioris
Fl, Usa

There are many videos on YouTube regard Lymphatic Massage Drainage. Find one specific to your problem area. It only takes a couple minutes to do them and costs nothing.


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Posted by Gtcharlie (La, Ca) on 04/06/2013
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For swollen lymph nodes: Before anyone suggest a supplement or treatments from your doctor, you can perform a DIY to see if it helps. It involves no cost, no drug, and no pain!

Method: cup your hand, keep all finger tips together forming a semi circle, peck/tap on the nodes on your neck, gently first and progressively with a little more effort. That area will become warm in just a few minutes, showing the increase of blood flow. Do as often you like. Be patient, it takes a long time to form the swelling and it will also take time to remove it! If you notice improvements in a week or so, find a good diagram of the Lymphatic System on the web, work according to the flow of the ducts (towards the collar bones). Do both sides at this time. The purpose is to move the lymph fluids!

Lymphatic fluids are moved by muscle contractions. If one sits all day long, the fluids become staid that can cause a buildup.

Replied by Ellenf
Leander, Tx
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GtCharlie-your tapping remedy should have a thread if it's own! I've had a swollen gland on the right, below my ear, under my jaw for two days now. I read somewhere that one if the keys to longevity is to rub/massage anything that hurts. I have been rubbing like crazy for about 24 hours now trying to get this thing to drain. It hasn't been working.

I read your reply amongst the ACV comments and decided to try it. I made my fingers into a semicircle and started tapping. Within a couple if minutes there was a marked decrease in pain. I tapped some more and could feel the swelling going down and some muck draining down my throat. I have chronic allergies and get sinus infections, so I'm sure that's how this whole mess started.

Thanks Charlie!

Replied by Samd
Longmont Co
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I woke up this morning with horribly swollen lymph nodes under my jaw, and am working on a cup of hot water with honey and apple cider vinegar, per recommendations elsewhere in this thread. Kept reading, and I'm glad I did! I tried tapping as described here and got instant relief- my entire jaw and throat loosened up within 30 seconds or so, and swallowing is much easier and less painful.

I think that between tapping and ACV I'll be able to keep this under control without heading to the medicine cabinet or drugstore. Thank you, Gtcharlie and other earthclinic posters!

Replied by Nicole
Neptune Beach
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GtCharlie - THANK YOU!! Since I have been rubbing and poking at the painful areas on my upper right & left jaw and behind my ears and down my neck for weeks, I really didn't think the semi circle tapping would do anything different. AAAAHHH! Relief! I've just been doing it for the last 20 minutes (intermittently) and my jaw pain is pretty much gone. My neck feels so much better and behind my ears are already less tender. I thought my upper traps hurt from stress/sitting at the computer, but the tapping relieved the tension their too - so I'm thinking maybe that was the lymph just sitting there not draining. Thank you for sharing. <3

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Posted by Nick (Baltimore, MD) on 04/02/2009
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I am so thankful for these home remedies. This time last night, I was in terrible pain from a swollen lymph node in my groin area. This is the first time I ever had one in this area. I have had them under my arms, but this was a first. After taking pain medicine and getting very little relief, I tried the 1 teaspoon of sea salt and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. By morning, the pain had diminished tremendously. So much so, I did not take anymore pain medicine, and the swelling had gone down some. I decided to take a tablespoon of castor oil, and then 3 hours later, around 9:00am, I took 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in just a little water. What had been pain was now just discomfort. By noon I took another 2 tablespoons of ACV and put a warm compress on the area because I noticed that it was actually turning into a boil that was preparing to drain. What is so incredible about this is that the night before, there was no sign that this mass was going to drain at all! Within 10 minutes of using the warm compress, the boil began to drain and there was instant relief. Tonight I have taken another 2 tablespoons of ACV and I've drank a little more of the 1 teaspoon sea salt and baking soda. I am sure I will have a good nights rest, unlike the last 3 nights.

Posted by Jaqueline (Lawrenceville, Georgia) on 03/03/2009
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I'm having so many symptom due to my under-active thyroids and Multiple Sclerosis. Dry skin, hair loss, extreme fatigue, insomnia, swollen lymph node, candida infections constipation and etc... The last three symptoms before the etc are the most bothersome because of the pain and discomfort. So I came across this wonderful web site and tried Ted's remedy of 1/2 tsp of sea salt and 1/2 tsp of baking soda in a glass of water. Well, I must say, I'm am impress with this remedy. This really works as a laxative, and my candida, lymph swelling and tenderness went away. I am going to try other remedies in this web site which hopefully can help me with other symptoms and illnesses I have.

I'm definitely going to recommend this to all my family and friends.

EC: Cross-posted to the Multiple Ailments page as well, thank you!

Posted by Damaris (Kissimmee, Florida) on 09/18/2007
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My daughter woke in the morning with her neck swollen on one side. I took her to the dr/ to see what it was. I was told she had a lymph node infection. He prescribed antibiotics for it. I don't agree with antibiotics so I went to this website and search for the cure. I did the 1 cup of water with 1 teaspoon sea salt and 1 tspoon of baking soda. I made her drink as much as she could of that. She's 5 yr old and its difficult to make her drink anything she don't like. I also gave her a few yogurts to eat. And bathed her in a bath of water with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1 cup of epsom salts and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide. I made sure to continuously pour the water over her throat area. well, I was amazed to see that it was no longer swollen that night and the next morning she was just fine like nothing ever happened. I love this website!

Replied by Patrick
Chicago, IL
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I am 42 to years old and never believed in Natural Remedies always antibiotics. Now I'm a believer. I just tried the 1 cup of water with 1 teaspoon sea salt and 1 teaspoon of baking soda remedy (Dam that's nasty) for swollen glands. I am amazed how quickly it reduced the size of my swollen gland in my neck. As I type this I occasional check it and it's gone from the size of a hard kidney bean to a long piece of gum. Thank you for posting this natural remedy. I'll have to try ACV. From what I've read it cures quite a few things. My mom has it in her frig ever time I visit her and laugh and think "you old fool". Now who's the fool? Me! Just checked my gland and it's still sore but taking on a new shape. Long, flat and now vertical, but still sore to the touch. I'll post later if time allows regarding my prognosis.

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, TN

Your lymph system is the sewer for your cells. It has no pump like your blood system. The only natural way to keep the system flowing is to exercise. Another good way to keep it flowing is to dry brush your skin prior to your bath. Since the system flows to your bowels, brush only in that direction. The constriction of your skin to the brush causes the fluid to flow. Swollen nodes is a sign of pluggage. Google dry skin brushing for more specifics. I continue to be amazed at the simple things we can do to obtain better health. Just sorry I waited until I was in my 70's to begin to learn.


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Posted by Rebel (Somewhere Usa) on 01/13/2017
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I would like to add for the swollen lymph nodes in the neck, to rub a small amount of Turpentine ( Pure gum Spirits ) along the lymph nodes on both sides of the neck. I did this and in less than 24 hours the nodes had went down and the infection was gone.

Vibe Machine  

Posted by Lauren (Queens, Ny) on 02/04/2015

Hi Bill....I am curious to know what are your thoughts on the vibe machine used mostly at the chiro's office for supposedly lymph cleansing...I have heard a lot of people say how much better they feel after using it but thought before I invest why not get my favorite people in the world input first. Anyone with knowledge is free to comment. Thank you everyone for all you do...don't know what a lot of us myself included will do without this site...its more than a blessing...peace...

Replied by Mia
Vancouver, British Columbia

I ended up buying one, and would not be without it.

Of course I tend to be too sedentary. This machine gives me one easy way to flush out all nodes, as the lymphatic nodes do not have any natural pumping mechanism, they re a passive filtration system.

Always drink water before and after, to balance electrolytes.

Vitamin C  

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Posted by Marigold (Usa) on 06/30/2014
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Vit C always helped me with swollen glands. Whenever I had any problems, I'd just take several vitamin C tablets throughout the day. Usually the problem was gone in a couple days.

Posted by Dave (Stoneham, Ma) on 03/15/2011
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I had very bothersome lymph nodes for many years(about 8 years). Mainly my neck. Had every test under the sun. Everything was negative. The thing I finally found that worked was vitamin C. About 4 grams a day. It took a about a month till they were hardly noticeable. Even now(12 years later)... If I feel them even a little, I'll take more and usually a day and I'm fine again. The past year I haven't taken any. Just figured I'd share this. They were very bothersome all the time... I know what it's like.

Replied by Kyle

Thanks mate, will give this a go. Have swollen lymphs in my neck for the last few months. Been addicted to citrus fruit lately, maybe the body has been trying to tell me something.