5 Essential Oils For Ganglion Cysts [Infographic]

What is that lump on my hand?? Are you plagued with ganglion cysts? Having a ganglion cyst can be very painful.  A ganglion cyst is a swelling on the covering of a tissue that connects your muscle to your bone. It could also be on the top of a joint, which mostly appears on the fingers, wrists, knee, ankle or foot.

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Things You Need To Know About Ganglion Cysts

Ganglion cysts are otherwise known as Bible cysts. So far, research has shown that it’s more common in women than in men, and most likely to occur between 20 – 40 years, with a very low possibility of occurring in children younger than 10 years.

The most common sites include the wrist joint at the back of the hand. The wrist being one of the most active joint regions in the body increases its prominence as it is flexed.

Other occurrence sites in the boy include the knees and ankle, the foot’s top, fingertips, the joint between finger base and the palm.

The major causes of ganglion cysts are not yet known. However, a study conducted some years back shows that the joint tissues break down due to trauma, and form small cysts. Over time, they come together and become ganglion cysts when they become bigger.

Another theory shows that if there’s a flaw in the tendon sheath or joint capsules, the tissues in the joint could bulge out, resulting in ganglion cysts.

 

5 Essential Oils for Ganglion Cysts

The options available to you for treating ganglion cysts can be surgery, aspiration (withdrawing the content of the cyst with a needle) or my personal all-time favorite, the use of essential oils.

Essential oils are extracted from roots, stems, barks or flowers, which have been in use since time immemorial, by several diverse cultures for curing several forms of physical and emotional illnesses.

The best essential oils for ganglion cysts are;

  • Frankincense Essential Oil – This is a very gentle oil, which you can apply on the cyst without dilution. It also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that help reduce inflammation, pain and discomfort.
  • Arnica essential oil – Acts as a very good analgesic to help relieve the pain and inflammation you may experience with cysts. With regular application it can be an effective cure within two to three days.
  • Tea tree essential oil – Well known for its anti-inflammatory properties which can be used when diluted with coconut oil and then applied to the ganglion cyst.
  • Oregano essential oil – Possesses high antioxidant phenols for improved joint comfort and healthy skin. It can also help with other skin disorders including eczema, rosacea and psoriasis.
  • Thyme essential oil – This essential oil is well known for fighting against pains and aches. It also helps in lifting your spirits and brightening your mood while you deal with the cysts.

Any of these oils can be used alone or interchangeably which means there are no harms in using one particular essential oil today and another one when it is time to change your dressing provided you have these oils at your disposal.

 1. Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia frereana, Boswellia carterii)

 

For very sensitive skin, make sure you try a patch test before use. You can also try diluting the oil with a carrier oil before applying to the cyst.

Plant Therapy® Essential Oil is one of many essential oil brands that are well known to provide the best oils at very affordable prices with no shipping cost. When it comes to their customer’s needs, they are well equipped to provide high quality at your convenience.

Plant therapy’s essential oil for ganglion cysts is made in India. It has a green, woody, earthy scent, which blends well with Carrot Seed, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Vetiver, Lemon, Pine, Sandalwood, Cedarwood Atlas, Orange, Spruce, Bergamot or Clove Bud.

For production, the oil is very carefully extracted from the Gum resin through steam distillation, which ensures its high quality and maintains one hundred percent purity.

How To Use:

For very sensitive skin, make sure you try a patch test before use. You can also try diluting the oil with a carrier oil before applying to the cyst.

Frankincense essential oil can be applied topically without dilution to the affected area. Simply apply two drops on the ganglion cyst, and wrap it up with a bandage. Change and reapply in two days and watch the cyst disappear.

A major side effect is skin irritation, which may occur due to the sensitivity of your skin when it encounters your eyes or mucous membranes.

 

2. Tea Tree Essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

 

The major ingredients involved in the manufacture of the Pure Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) include extracts from the leaves of the native Australian coastal trees through steam distillation.

Majestic Pure™ Essential Oils is a company in the United States, which offers a perfect blend of purity, quality, service and price. All essential oils by Majestic Pure Aromatherapy are of therapeutic grade, and are extracted from wild grown or organic plants.

Tea tree essential oil helps prevent infections and serves as a very powerful immune stimulant. Other essential oils, which blend very well with tea tree essential oil, are thyme, rosemary, myrrh, rosewood, lavender, clove, geranium, lemon, and nutmeg.

Majestic’s pure Tea Tree Essential oil has a clear pale yellow color with a fresh but rather strong smell which is not only good for ganglion cyst but for other benefits which make it an essential oil every home should have.

Radha Beauty Essential Oils was co-founded by Rebekah Letch who was raised in an Indian home in Singapore where essential oils were part of her everyday life. She believes that “beauty can be sustained with the elements from Mother Nature”.

The Radha 4 oz tea tree essential oil has a fresh, pungent camphor aroma. The healing and purifying properties of the tea tree essential oil make it a wonderful choice when it comes to choosing essential oils for ganglion cysts as it leaves your skin blemish free.

The brand manufacturer has a refund policy that ensures a 100% money back guarantee. However, if you are not satisfied with the essential oil, the product purchased can be gifted to you.

How To Use:

It is advisable to dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil before topical application. Apply two drops on the cyst, cover with a bandage and repeat after twenty-four hours until the ganglion cyst disappears. Dress and reapply until the cyst disappears. A major side effect is that irritation may occur if not diluted before topical use.

 

3. Thyme Essential Oil (Thymus vulgaris)

 

Thyme essential oil not only serves its purpose as a quick natural cure for ganglion cysts, it also helps with muscular pain, aches, depression, exhaustion, aiding memory, strengthening the nerves and fights against contagious diseases.

Young Living™ Essential Oils has been rated as one of the best essential oil brands for 2017. The ingredients used in the manufacture of the Young living essential oils include 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oil, extracted from Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) leaf oil.

Majestic Pure™ Essential Oils is also another option for hard to find essential oils.  It is one hundred percent natural with ingredients extracted using steam or water distillation from fresh or partly dried flowering tops and leaves of the plant.               

How To Use:

Apply two drops to the ganglion cyst after diluting with a carrier oil. Wrap with a band and repeat the process every forty-eight hours until the cyst is gone.

Fortunately, there are no serious side effects in using thyme essential oil except perhaps minor skin irritation, which means it is necessary you dilute with a carrier oil.

 

4. Arnica Essential Oil (Arnica montana)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A member of the sunflower family, it grows in the mountains across Europe, with related species found in mountainous regions of North America. Arnica oil can be applied topically as a cream, oil or salve. It’s main ingredient is helenalin, a potent anti-inflammatory drug.

How To Use:

Ensure you dilute the Arnica essential oil with a carrier oil before use.

Apply two drops on the ganglion cyst every twenty-four hours. As basic as that procedure seems, do not apply this oil to any open wound in order to avoid experiencing any side effects.

 

5. Oregano Essential Oil (Origanum Vulgare)

Oregano is an ancient aromatic perennial herb commonly used by the Romans, Greeks and Chinese in aromatic therapy. It contains high antioxidant phenols, which promote healthy skin and immune system. It also improves digestive health when taken internally. Oregano has many numerous health benefits as an anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, antibacterial and antioxidant. It’s particulary useful for skin infections.

How To Use:

Dilute with a carrier oil before application on the ganglion cyst. Apply a drop or two to the ganglion cyst depending on the sensitivity of your skin. Due to the high content of phenol, it can be prone to cause skin irritation, to avoid this, conduct a patch test before continuous application.

essential oils for ganglion cysts

Conclusion

Ganglion cysts don’t require emergency treatment unless significant trauma is involved.

I would not advise that you try to get rid of your cyst by force. There have been cases of people hitting or smashing the cyst in the name of Bible therapy. There is also a chance that it would return.

I would recommend that you first see your doctor who can confirm it is a ganglion cyst.  In most cases the ganglion cyst is harmless and can be healed on its own – even though it takes a lot of time. Other options include a needle aspiration or minor surgery which will help you get rid of it painlessly, but if you prefer a more natural alternative pain free removal, then please give these essential oils a go.

Thanks for reading! ..Susan 😉

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