Essential oils are growing in popularity for their healing properties.
If you are currently suffering from a ganglion cyst, you may be tempted to look to essential oils as a treatment and remedy. You would be right to do so!
There are a lot of essential oils, and all of them have their own unique qualities that make them an effective form of alternative medicine.
We have chosen the five best ones to help you tackle the pain and symptoms of ganglion cysts. These are explored below, along with three DIY treatment recipes.
Read on to find out how you can help yourself at home naturally and get amazing results with the miracle of essential oils.
What is A Ganglion Cyst?
Ganglion cysts are a type of cyst that exist mainly in the wrist and hand areas of the body. They can sometimes appear in the feet and ankles also. The largest they grow tends to be just under 3 cm wide.
Cysts are generally considered non-cancerous, ganglion cysts included. However, they can still cause pain in the affected area. They can also cause dexterity problems.
Often, the only traditional medical solution to ridding oneself of a ganglion cyst affliction is to undergo a procedure known as cyst draining.
During a cyst draining, a needle is inserted into the cyst and the cyst fluid is drained out. When drained, the cyst ceases to be. It may grow back, it may be a final solution.
There are uncertainties associated with the whole procedure.
How Long Do Ganglion Cysts Stay?
Ganglion cysts sometimes go away of their own accord, it’s true.
Though while they last, they can be a real pain.
People sometimes look for alternative solutions. Natural remedies, such as those we find in essential oils, can be a healthy and sustainable alternative to normative medicine.
Using essential oil recipes can help recovery, cyst management, and reduce the pain.
5 Essential Oils For Cysts
There are particular essential oils that are closely linked to healing ailments such as cysts.
The most common are lemongrass, chamomile, frankincense, lavender, and tea tree.
Origin: Lemongrass blade.
Uses: Muscle and joint pain. Circulation issues.
Lemongrass oil comes from the lemongrass blade. As the name suggests, it has a citrus lemon flavor to it. It has many uses, from cooking to healing.
Origin: Chamomile Plant.
Uses: Skin ailments, such as rashes (eczema, chickenpox, acne). Cysts and muscle or joint pain.
Chamomile essential oil comes from the chamomile plant. It is probably best known for its soothing-like qualities. It cools down sore patches and provides a relief for the pain.
Origin: Boswellia Tree
Uses: Digestive problems. Pain relief. Asthma easing.
Frankincense essential oil comes from frankincense resin found in the Boswellia trees. It has famous connotations to nativity but is also known for its healing properties. It is particularly useful for digestive issues and general pain relief, and even asthma.
Origin: The lavender plant.
Uses: Sleep remedy. Relaxation and soothing.
Lavender essential oil derives from the lavender plant. Its most common use is for helping with relaxation, anxiety, and falling asleep. It can also help with pain and soothing when used as a balm.
Origin: Tea tree leaves.
Uses: Skin, hair, and nail health. Soothing pain and general health benefits.
Tea tree essential oil is extracted from tea tree leaves. It is a popular ingredient for skin remedies, specifically acne treatment. It also has uses for soothing soreness and general pain.
3 DIY Treatment Recipes
Essential Oil Roll-on Blend
A roll-on blend is a mix of ingredients. The ingredient blend is then poured into a roll-on bottle and applied directly to the skin on the afflicted area.
This is a recipe for a roll-on blend to ease the pain and presence of ganglion cysts.
Ingredients And Equipment List
- 10 ML Roll-on bottle (see further down)
- Mixing bowl (small)
- 2 drops Lavender essential oil
- 2 drops Frankincense essential oil
- 2 drops Tea tree essential oil
- 2 drops Lemongrass essential oil
- 2 drops Chamomile essential oil
Fully sanitize your equipment. You can do this easily.
- Boil some water, a kettle full will suffice.
- When boiled, fill the 10 ML roll-on bottle. Fill the mixing bowl and put it in the stirrer to sit in the water.
- Leave for ten minutes.
- Shake the roll-on bottle to ensure all zones are touched by the boiled water.
- Pour out the water from all the equipment.
- Use a new, dry cloth to thoroughly dry each item.
- Now it’s time to put the essential oils in the sanitized mixing bowl.
- There is no specific order for putting in the essential oils. All that matters is that there is an even split across all five ingredients.
- Once you have put all five essential oils into the bowl, 2 drops each, leave the bowl to sit for twenty minutes.
- Take your sanitized stirrer and stir gently.
- Think, gentle ripples on a lake. You don’t want to stir aggressively, it must be a gentle movement.
- Do this for around a minute, it doesn’t have to be exact. Just enough to softly stir the ingredients together.
- Taking care to not spill any mixture, pour the mixture into the roll-on bottle.
- You may find it helps to pour the mixture through a funnel or decant into a jug first.
- The mixture is now ready to use!
- Roll on your cyst, taking care to thoroughly cover the area with a light film of the essential oil balm.
- Repeat as and when you feel the need.
Essential Oil Hot Compress
Ingredients And Equipment List
- Flannel, preferably new
- 5 drops Frankincense essential oil
- 4 drops Lemongrass essential oil
- 5 drops Lavender essential oil
- 4 drops Chamomile essential oil
- 2 drops Tea Tree essential oil
- Pan and Stove (including 150-300 ML water)
- Heat a pan half filled with water. A small pan will do, such as a saucepan. You only require around 150ML of water.
- Bring the water to a boil, and then turn down the heat to allow a simmer.
- With a simmering pan of water, it’s time to add your essential oils.
- Add the stated amount of drops per essential oil into the simmering water.
- Stir the mixture gently. Try to avoid a cyclone! Add the flannel into the pan. Make sure every part of the flannel is saturated by the essential oil and water blend.
- Let the mixture sit with the flannel for ten to twenty minutes to cool down a little. You don’t want to give yourself a burn injury.
- When it has cooled down a little, the flannel should be ready to use.
- Try to avoid losing too much heat. As hot as you can tolerate should make a more effective compress. It is called a hot compress, after all.
- Press the flannel firmly but gently onto the ganglion cyst. Hold it there for five minute intervals until the heat has been lost from the flannel.
Essential Oil Cream
Ingredients and Equipment List
- Shea Butter (½ Cup)
- Sanitized container
- 10 drops Chamomile essential oil
- 10 drops Frankincense essential oil
- Empty the shea butter into your sanitized container. Don’t worry about getting every last drop, a few measurements on either side will not hinder the effectiveness of the cream.
- Add 10 drops of Chamomile essential oil.
- Add in 10 drops of Frankincense essential oil.
- Stir the butter mixture for a minute or two.
- Thoroughly fold the shea butter around the essential oil drops. That way, you make sure the ingredients fully merge together in the way we want.
- No need to wait!
- Apply the essential oil shea butter mix liberally onto and around the ganglion cyst.
You can always add a few drops of tea tree oil and lavender essential oil for an extra soothing element.
Roll-On Bottle – Where To Find One
Roll-on bottles can be purchased from most drug stores, cosmetic stores, and general stores. They are inexpensive and quite common.
You can also buy them easily online.
A benefit of buying them online is that they often come in bulk packs. The main advantage of bulk buying is that you have a steady supply of the product at home for when you need it.
It is convenient and normally more cost-effective than buying one at a time.
Any one of our DIY home recipes will show you the true miracle of essential oils.
Lavender, chamomile, frankincense, tea tree, and lemongrass all have specific healing properties closely associated with cysts. If you are suffering from a ganglion cyst, it could be worth trying any one of our recipes.
They are inexpensive and easy to buy. You can even buy in bulk quantities if you find they help with your cyst problem.