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Nasty Abscess (Skin Boil) Responds Quickly to Anti-Infectious* Essential Oils

2 Bottles of essential oils Lemon and a Tea Tree with Rosemary blend in front of two Meyer Lemons
Four anti-infectious oils came to mind: CLOVE EO, LEMON EO, and two wonderful essential oil blends - one made from spices and another favorite blend

 A close family member developed a nasty abscess on her back near the spine. Thinking it was a cyst, she fussed with the sore lump trying to get it to open…only to find the infected skin boil getting worse and intensely painful as days passed.

Mid-week while visiting us (before the recent Mothers Day holiday), mentioned she couldn’t lean back against her car seat when driving due to pain from the pressure. She was getting alarmed. The skin boil was so close to her spine, she feared the infection might become systemic. She was also afraid of what a doctor might do, attempting to lance the abscess, etc. and really didn’t want to make a medical appointment.

I asked if she would be willing to give gentle, strongly antibiotic, therapeutic-quality essential oils a try at least through the weekend to see how her body responded? Told her how essential oils bolster our immune system, infusing the body with natural compounds to fight and neutralize infections*. Despite having been an essential oils skeptic and naysayer, she now was willing to give them a try.

Four anti-infectious essential oils came to mind: CLOVE EO, LEMON EO, and two wonderful essential oil blends – one made from spices and another favorite blend with Tea Tree and Rosemary essential oils (my favorite reliable go-to choice for infections). Our relative has very sensitive skin, so I hesitated to offer either CLOVE or the spice blend, both ‘hot’ oils (skin and sensitive tissue-irritating)….which would need dilution.

Decided to check via dowsing, which essentials oils would be most effective to heal her skin boil…..a LEMON+TEA TREE-ROSEMARY essential oil blend was indicated. Further dowsing determined a 75% LEMON EO with 25% TEA TREE-ROSEMARY EO ratio as best for her. So I made this custom mix in a little 2.3ml bottle for her use. A bonus was its wonderful fragrance!

She gave me permission to apply the essential oils gently to the swollen, red, angry-looking abscessed skin boil twice before she left. In the couple of hours between applications, I could see a visible change in the surface texture of the abscess…the hard inflamed surface was softening. Suggested she carry the little bottle in her purse, continuing to apply the LEMON EO+TEA TREE-ROSEMARY EO blend am/pm after her morning shower, when she got ready for bed, and whenever she thought about it during the day.

If you don’t have essential oils on hand, and would prefer a convenient option, try one of our custom-formulated antibiotic blends: StaphRx™ or Trinity™. You’ll be happy you did.

Antibiotic Essential Oils Speed Healing Response* in Painful Boil

abscess boil healing after using therapeutic-quality essential oils (Left) Abscess opened and began draining less than 24hrs after applying therapeutic essential 0ils & a hot compress. (Right) Abscess continues to heal steadily 13 days after first using therapeutic essential oils, hot compresses, and antibiotics.

The next morning (Thursday) her mother suggested applying a hot compress to the skin boil and within 10 minutes the skin broke open, so the abscess could begin draining. My relative was really surprised at the quick results, happy the infection would now begin healing. In doing further research on-line, we found hot compresses are a classic remedy to use on boils and abscesses.

She did make a doctor’s appointment for the following day (Friday). The doctor examined the abscess, confirming it was very good it was draining and to keep it open. A lab test sample was taken to check for staph (a common cause of skin infections) or other bacteria. (I never heard the results of that test.)

My family member asked if the essential oils may have helped the skin boil start draining so quickly? The doctor, unaware of therapeutic essential oils anti-infectious properties, assured her they likely had helped by ‘softening the skin.’ The MD advised her to continue the hot compresses, morning and evening; to wash her hands well, before-and-after touching it; and prescribed a dose of antibiotics to prevent systemic infection.

By Sunday, 4 days later (when I took the left photo above), the sore had begun itching…a sure sign of healing. Putting on the LEMON EO+TEA TREE-ROSEMARY EO blend relieved the itching*. The next time we saw her, nine days later (photo on the right), her skin was well on the way to recovery. She was being erratic with applying hot compresses, was taking the antibiotics as prescribed, but experiencing diarrhea from intestinal disturbances, and applying the LEMON EO+TEA TREE-ROSEMARY EO blend at least morning and evening. Once the course of antibiotics is complete, she will have to repopulate healthy intestinal flora by taking a probiotic for several weeks, since she doesn’t like to eat yogurt.

Heal Abscesses and Skin Boils Quickly with Essential Oils and Old-Fashioned Remedies

If I had a skin infection, my choice would be to not take an antibiotic prescription. Rather, I would use strongly anti-infectious, therapeutic essential oils frequently: bolstering my immune system by putting 3-6 drops of an immune bolstering essential oils blend on the soles of my feet, morning and evening. I would apply a gentle essential oils blend on and around the sore, often. And definitely apply the comforting hot compresses once or twice daily to speed the healing process.

In researching healing protocols for abscesses and infected boils, came across an old-fashioned remedy: applying a thin slice of raw potato over an infection will draw out the toxins!* I wouldn’t leave it on longer than 30 minutes, flipping the slice over or changing to a new potato slice with each application. Our relative remembers using grated raw potato poultices over skin infections as a child to help them heal, something she learned from her mother. Simple old folk remedies often work, if we give them a try!

NOTE: *These anecdotal experiences and statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

If you don’t have essential oils on hand, and would prefer a convenient option, try one of our custom-formulated antibiotic blends: StaphRx™ or Trinity™. You’ll be happy you did.

87 thoughts on “Nasty Abscess (Skin Boil) Responds Quickly to Anti-Infectious* Essential Oils”

  1. My favorite oil has got to be peppermint essential oil. I use it in my mouth by rubbing it on the bottom of my touch whenever a sore throat is coming on.

  2. My husband has an abbess on his back. It just opened up today so now it has a hole in it. I have Tee Tree Oil and I have Lavendar and I have Lemon. Can I use only one oil and if so, which is best. I also have peppermint. So far blood has not drained from it. I put some antibiotic ointment that the doctor had prescribed the last time he had one of these. Not sure what to do next. Not certain it has really completed the draining process. Would love any advice you can give me.
    Thank you!
    Elaine Skinner

    • Hi Elaine ~ What brand is the Tea Tree essential oil you have? How about the Lavender & Lemon EOs? If they are good quality, steam distilled products then you can start using them right away around the inflamed area.

      Putting them right on the open spot might sting, so don’t do that….but also don’t worry if it happens. The essential oils will be absorbed right through the skin within seconds. Apply them am/pm or more frequently if it’s a spot he can reach himself. All of these essential oils are antibiotic, so he doesn’t have to use the cream unless it makes him feel more secure to do so. Let us know how the abscess heals!

  3. Hi Cynthe-I am new to essential oils, but I believe in their healing powers. My sister-in-law has boils in her underarm area. She has had them lanced several times to no avail. The last time the dr. told her she should have surgery as these boils run deep and seem to be burrowing into her body towards her heart. I have never seen boils like these. The essential oils that you suggested above, would they be strong enough to use on the boils I have described to you? I am so concerned for my sister-in-law…and really want to help. I’ve also been told that when people get boils that it could be from their liver enzymes being off-do you know if that is true? I would appreciate any advice/help/direction you could give me. Thank You Cynthe-

    • Terri ~ I’m wondering if your sister-in-law’s boils might be staph? Has the MD cultured them? Does he know what’s causing them? I’m sure essential oils could clear them up. These are excellent to use ~ would have to give you the name of the proprietary Tea Tree – Rosemary blend via email as the company has asked me not to make ‘medical claims’ on-line. We sell a blend for staph infections. It’s a wee bottle (2.3ml) of 100% citrus and herb essential oils. One or the other of these combos would knock those infections right out.

      I’ve several easy daily self-care suggestions to make if she would be interested in a personal ‘Aromatherapy For You‘ consultation. The first one being ~ Drink lots of water daily (2 quarts) to help her body detox! In the consultation, I could also check to see which essential oils would be most effective for her.

      Best wishes to her for healing those boils!

  4. I highly recommend essential oils on boils! Just to tell my experience on a horrible boil on my inner thigh. My niece ask me try Panaway and Lavender oils on my boils which came to a head in 6 hours! I was able to get some relief by draining it myself.. Trust me, if I would have went to the emergency room, or seen my family doctor, I would have been out of alot of money just to have them lance it.. Hot towels does help as well..Ibprofen tablets also. I sure hopes this helps anyone reading this!

  5. In addition to essential oils, turmeric capsules work well in clearing up boils. Just take them by mouth 1 or two times a day. They are great for flushing toxins from the body and give fast results.

  6. Thanks for sharing this amazing knowledge. .. I started this treatment last weekend with terrible pain on my inner thigh. .. I used a gauze with tea tree oil+lemon e.o. and I substituted the rosemary e.o. with lavender e.o. because I didn’t have the rosemary. .. it worked wonders. By next morning all the hardness had compiled into the white head of the boil. Kept using th gauze pad twice a day, next day it popped open on its own, next day kept flowing the pus… it’s been a week and today it’s all closed.. still needs to be completely healed but I wonder if I should continue with the treatment with teatree and lavender only cause I feel the lemon e.o. can burn my skin… thank you so much… also please advise what can I do to stop getting them in this particular area… this one was the biggest and more painful I’ve ever had.

    • Hi Virginia ~ Great news this has worked so quickly for you!! I would continue with the Lavender EO until the wound is completely gone. (Lavender minimizes scarring and assures that the infection is taken care of.)

      What brand of essential oils do you use? Lemon EO used for this acute application shouldn’t burn / cause a rash unless you have a genetic sensitivity like I do (and have used it daily for years…like I did).

      In terms of preventing occurrences:
      #1) Keep the area very clean – washing with a gentle soap and water, daily. (Make sure your clothes are clean, too)
      #2) After you are dried off, apply a little virgin coconut rubbed all over the area (it’s antibiotic). If you don’t like the subtle oiliness, then use organic Jojoba oil, which is also antibiotic and will absorb into your skin completely.
      Let us know how this works for you!

  7. Hi, thanks for your quick response. I use Plant Therapy essential Oils. I live in Panama and its hard to get natural /good quality e.o. I buy this brand from Amazon. I am new in the e.o. world but I love them. I will follow your advice with the jojoba oil but also should not buy those commercial brands right? They are filled with chemical components… I will see if Plant therapy has a jojoba carrier oil, I’m sure they do. Will the jojoba oil also help me with keratosis pilaris? I have that in my arms and buttocks ? and rosácea in my face?.. ….. I guess my skin is not my forte…

    • Hi again Virginia ~ I’ll look up the ‘Plant Therapy’ brand. I’m not familiar with it. The NOW brand for essential oils is fairly reliable. Another mail order company that’s very good is based in Tennessee. What’s important is that EOs being used for health purposes must be ‘steam-distilled,’ 100% pure (not diluted with a carrier oil or aroma chemicals). Oils like citrus, which are cold pressed from the rinds, need to be organic. Any brand of Jojoba is fine as long as it’s 100% pure and best, if it’s organic, too.

      In terms of your other skin issues (your skin is ‘talking to you’…mine does, too!), the keratosis pilaris and rosacea, that would require research on my part and more information on your overall health, diet, is there a genetic factor, etc. which gets into consultation territory. If you’re interested in a personal customized ‘Aromatherapy For You‘ consultation, please read more about how we work and our charges at the link.

  8. Thank you for this article. I will be incorporating lemon and rosemary essential oils into my regular maintenance of my recurring boil-like infections. Many of the comments on this article sound exactly like what I live with–recurring boils that errupt in the groin, armpits, neck… if you have never heard the term “hidradenitis suppurativa”, please check it out and talk to your doctor about it. You are not alone! They say about one in 100 people have it, but that so many doctors are uneducated regarding HS, it is like a secret plague, with many sufferers isolating themselves for years, always being told it is an STI, or a hygiene issue, or staph. It is NONE of these things. It is an inflamatory condition. Using essential oils have helped me manage my symptoms better than anything else but it is essential to work with a qualified dermatologist, and watch for fistulas and other nightmare complications.

    • You’re welcome Rhoda ~ Thanks for sharing your info on HS, which I am not familiar with. Will be educating myself on the issue. Hope the Lemon & Rosemary help. Since it’s an inflammatory condition, you could also consider German Chamomile (highly anti-inflammatory) and Lavender essential oils. Many eucalyptus essential oils are also highly anti-inflammatory. Make sure you purchase quality products.

  9. Rhoda thank you thank you for mentioning HS! I looked it up and I’ve finally after 10 years have found my diagnosis! I had already figured out it was food related ( my trigger is soy protein but thinking there might be more triggers as well) and had started eating paleo which helped tremendously. But everyone said I was crazy for thinking those boils could be caused by food. Nice to have something to research now.
    And thank you Cynthe for your info on oils. I have been using oils for the past year to manage other maladies but needed something to help kick this recent boil I received after “splurging” on non-paleo foods while on vacation. Have you heard of helichrysum? I have heard good things about it and wondered if you had any experience with using it on boils.

    • Hi Sylvia ~ Glad you found our site…and info on HS. It’s great when readers share their experiences / knowledge, so we all can learn and care for ourselves better.

      RE: Helichrysum ~ It’s an amazing essential oil, especially to help stop bleeding, bruising, and inflammation from impact injuries. Or from acute injuries like when I burned my fingers. So, it might work well for boils, too?

  10. Hello, I found your site. I am a fan of essence oils. I have an ongoing problem of boils just on the inside and outside of my hairline. I have used tea tree and Lavender. I tried to go the page to order Staph infection Mix by you, several times it tells me there is a problem with that page. I have already had a positive Staph Culture 6 was ago and had a variety of creams. Stopped using them. Was also on a round of Antibiotics. They cleared up for a week but I have been fighting them. Have been using tea tree shampoo and conditioner from Vit store. Worked for a week. They hurt. I drained a lot of them but they are stubborn and come back. I am now in the middle of a major break out. Note I am allergic to a LOT of things and I stay away from them. Question. What are the symptoms of a tea tree allergy? Is there a mix that I can take internally? Help

    • Hi Brenda ~ After receiving your comment yesterday, did a bit of research.
      A number of sensitive folks react to using Tea Tree oil (TTO) or Melaleuca alternifolia. Dr. Mercola’s site says:
      Risks of Tea Tree Oil
      Tea tree oil contains varying amounts of 1,8–cineole,22 a skin irritant that may cause allergic reactions in some individuals. The rashes are usually mild and itchy, but may also lead to blistering. Serious allergic reactions may also occur. There are other reported instances of  dizziness and swelling in his throat.

      DO NOT swallow or ingest tea tree oil. It may cause severe reactions, such as rashes, blood cell abnormalities, diarrhea, stomachache, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, hallucinations, and ataxia (loss of muscle control in the arms and legs). If you are allergic to eucalyptol, use TTO with caution, as many formulas are mixed with eucalyptol.26

      Tea tree oil may also be toxic to pets if ingested. Veterinary toxicologists found that large amounts of undiluted tea tree oil applied to the skin of cats and dogs caused a hypersensitivity (allergic) reaction.
      Also, did you read Rhoda’s comments? Is it possible your boils might be “hidradenitis suppurativa?”

      What sort of problems were you having on the StaphRx™ page? Tested… it seemed to be functioning properly. Some older web browsers have trouble with the on-line store interface. Do you know which browser and version you’re using? We can always process and order manually, if you want to buy that EO blend, but since you have a lot of allergies, need to know what EOs to avoid.

      Thanks for your interest in our naturally healing products!

  11. Cynthe,

    I think I have an abscess or boil on my breast. I thought it was a swollen lymph node but it has grown over the last 2 weeks. It is hard and really sore. Today I noticed it really hot and red around the outside of my nipple. I did apply peppermint oil to it last night so I don’t know if this is what brought on the redness. Would it be best to use the oils you recommended to bring it to a head? Should I consult a doctor for an antibiotic? Desperate to fix this. I have always had swollen nodules around my period, but nothing like this.

    • Ooooh…Andrea ~ That sounds uncomfortable!! Make a doctor’s appointment ASAP to rule out anything more serious.

      In the meantime, use a warm-to-hot compress, as ‘hot-as-you-can-stand-it’ on that tender skin. Followed by essential oils. Yes, use the ones I’ve recommended, but there may be even more effective essential oils for your situation. Which ones do you have? Need some that are strongly anti-inflammatory and pain relieving. I’ll watch for your response. Healing wishes to you.

      Also, I would

  12. My father and I would get those pilonidal cysts on our back bones. My grandmother would heat a pop bottle and put the opening over the cyst. When the bottle cools, it draws out the infection.

  13. Another approach to the pilonidal cyst is pure gum turpentine. Just a drop or two in a carrier oil applied to cyst will draw out and begin draining process in ten minutes. I have used this remedy twice with amazing results! Sounds odd since we have all been taught that turpentine is poison. Black slaves and civil war soldiers used turp to heal infected wounds. They knew what we have forgotten.

    • Albernette ~ If you have a good naturals foods store in your town, you may be able to find organic steam distilled LEMON essential oil there. Phone and ask. The ROSEMARY-TEA TREE essential oil blend is available on-line. Don’t purchase tea tree elsewhere, much of it is not pure and can cause skin irritation and or allergies. If you decide to buy oils from Young Living who created the rosemary-tea tree blend, please give them my name: Cynthia Brush and membership number: 168709, so they know where you learned of their products.

  14. Hi Cynthe, I had emailed you awhile back concerning , This info. concerning boils , if your news letter or blog info. Is free & your opinion on the oils I’ve been purchasing & using which are fabulous frannies .
    I actually received your site from them ? .
    Hope to hear from you soon
    Thank you Sherry

    • Hi Sherry ~ I’m not familiar with FF, but they have an attractive, easy to navigate, site.
      ~ Agree with ‘most’ of the info in their FAQ section.
      ~ Feel a bit leery of some of the essential oils they sell because used by novices could cause some health issues. But the full product description does have warnings (if folks read thoroughly).
      ~ Pricing’s very affordable, which often is an indicator the essential oil quality isn’t top-notch…but if their statements about product quality is correct, perhaps they’re fine?? Without knowing their vendor sources and production methods, ethics, one cannot be sure. If their products produce the results you are looking for…that’s excellent!

  15. Ok I have & get boils regularly in & on my behind they hurt so bad sometimes I can barley sit.
    I want to try the awesome recipes / healing cures , so if your able to let me know about the EGo’s Iam using & if the ingredients would be the same is be very thankful . I know in a pain in the _ _ _ Lola
    EO s are fabulous frannies.

    • Sherry ~ Sounds horrible! Think you’d be pretty safe using FF’s Lemon (if it’s steam distilled from ORGANICALLY grown fruits) and Rosemary EOs. Tea Tree EO is commonly adulterated and folks can have allergic reactions to it, especially if the EO is of low quality. Perhaps you could inquire and ask them if any of their customers have had problems with their Tea Tree essential oil? I prefer to use only organically grown or non-spray botanicals for the essential oils we purchase. But they can be quite a bit more expensive.

  16. From what I have read here I am not sure whether to go with tea tree, lemon, and rosemary or tea tree lemon and lavender, or maybe all 4. lol. I have a vary large boil on my butt which I applied epsome salt soaks to 4 times a day and at nite after researching eos I tried baking soda with acv, tea tree oil and lemon oil. It drained blood that nite and Igot great relief, but it was not completely flat. I have continued soaks at nite and tea tree during the day, keeping it clean and covered as best I can but I believe there is still more to come out. It does seem much less inflamed. What should i use? Thank You for sharing your time and knowledge.

    • Nancy ~ Glad to hear the boil is responding to your holistic treatments, draining, and starting to heal up. Continue what you’re doing until it’s completely healed. Rosemary EO is a super anti-infectious treatment. Lavender EO will help prevent scarring, if used regularly until the area is completely healed. If you have all four essential oils use them all, rotating applications or combining ones that smell harmonious together.

  17. Thank you so much Cynthe. I only found your site today and I have to say I really I quite impressed with your prompt response, the ease of use and just overall love it!! Im gonna mix em all up now so I have applications for a couple days and put it in an empty sample bottle from “The essential oil company” (what do you think of them btw?) That is how I got as many as I have. I wanted way more than I could afford so I searched for the best buy on samples since Im new to oils and herbs. Its sooo facinating but I have to admit, I jumped in so quick my head is spinning. Theres soo much to learn I have no idea where to start. I just keep gathering bits of info Im interested in at the moment. Thanks again for your help. Keep doin good! We need more of you!

    • Thanks for your kind words, Nancy. That’s exactly WHY this site exists, because I’m passionate about using essential oils for ‘Scents-Able’ holistic healing. Enjoy writing the educational blog posts when I have time.

      Learning on an ‘as needed’ basis is an excellent way to start. It’s exactly what I did until I decided I wanted to know more and invested in becoming a certified aromatherapist. I’d also highly recommend getting some good reference books for your personal library…or see if your local library has any to begin with. Check out our Essential Books page for some suggestions.

  18. Thankx Cynthe, I’ll do that and keep tou posted on the next success I encounter with my use of herbs and oils.It is somewhat exciting.

  19. Hi Cynthe…What would you use for a cyst on the gums? This may sound crazy but my vet wants to do surgery to remove it from my dog and I would like to try essential oils first..I floss with tea tree and use tea tree tooth paste which is fabulous..I;m sure I swallow some tea tree..What do you think?

    • Faith ~ Apologies for my delayed reply. I’m traveling this week.

      Try German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) diluted to 10% in melted organic virgin coconut oil. Once mixed, let it harden up again at room temperature. Apply morning and evening for 2-4wks.

      1 tablespoon coconut oil = 30mls. Don’t have my oils references with me…think you will need to add 30-60 drops of Matricaria recutita to make a 10% dilution. Will check and get back to you on that.

  20. Hi, My 19 month old granddaughter has a boil on her bottom.
    what would be a good essential oil to use for that and how would I delute it for her age?

  21. I have a boil on my breat and tOk antibiotics some time ago and it’s bad again. I just want it gone. The only oil I have is panway.. What else do I get to treat it? I’ve seen pus and blood come out bc I keep trying to pop it. I’m very new to EO. Also how do I know how many drops of each of what you will recommend to mix?

    • Hi Jeni ~ Glad you found our site. Don’t try to ‘pop’ the boil…you could be reinfecting the area or forcing the infection deeper into the breast tissue!! Use a hot compress ‘as hot as you can stand it’ to help your body bring the boil to a head and to drain. Please read through the whole article and all the comments for essential oils to use to clear it up completely. I’ve made LOTS of suggestions to our readers. Best wishes for speedy healing!

  22. Hi Cynthe,
    I have an abscess on the inside upper lip area. It didn’t hurt at first, but my constant sucking and licking it seems to have irritated it now. I am so aware of it being there that I cant help myself. Is there something I can use to help it. I love the natural healing concept and I’m brand new to it.

    Thank you

    • Gigi ~ Oh! Didn’t intend to delay in replying to you. Apologies…
      If you can find German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) essential oil will reduce the inflammation and prevent or clear up any infection. You MUST leave it alone (not suck or lick it)!! You can check the spot gently with your tongue or visually in a mirror, but don’t irritate the lump, please.
      NOTE: German chamomile must be the correct type, so check the Latin name which I’ve included for you here.

  23. To Faith: Clove! Find instructions for “oil pulling”, and add three to five drops of clove essential oil. Twice a day if you can, perhaps in addition to what Cynthe suggested. I’m doing it now. After three rounds of different antibiotics and surgery to remove SIX teeth failed to kill a dental infection. The clove is working. Although i sincerely hope you’re not still dealing with that!

    Cynthe: You are a fantastic person! A lady after my own heart, getting information to people who need it and working to combat misinformation. I don’t have a blog (yet), but I review essential oils and “test” them to the extent I am able at home for companies who sell on Amazon. The vast majority of companies there are selling junk, though some really great ones are coming on since demand is growing. Makes me happy because free junk is still junk, and I say so when I review lol. I’m starting the long road to herbalism as a career, or at least a hobby that heals and allows me to break even. I just wanted to stop by to thank you. I found you from a random EO pin, and am glad I did!

    • Katie ~ Thanks for your suggestion to Faith. Awful what you’ve gone through with dental surgeries, too!
      Glad you’re reviewing essential oils ~ there are many poor products out there full of artificial aroma chemicals or badly distilled or not grown organically.

      And thanks for your kind words. Essential oil education is my passion. I much prefer holistic alternatives to pharmaceuticals.

  24. Hi Cynthe ,
    I’am living in constant severe PAIN concerning my health arthritis , fibromyalga , the list goes on & on.
    Also have depression , & ADHD.
    I want to stop the meds. But could really use some intelligent advice like yours at least for some easy to do pain relief . Lam alone so I can not reach alto of the bBC.Pain areas.
    Thank you very much Sherry

    • Hi Sherry ~ Pain is challenging both for the person suffering and also for medical personnel | health educators to figure out and suggest the best way to break the nerve-brain pain pattern…as this varies per individual. Your health situation sounds complicated. For custom personal advice or health research on how to use essential oils for particular health issues, you could consider investing in a custom Best Health Consultation.

      Essential oils are excellent for combating depression and uplifting moods. Do a search for DEPRESSION on our site to get some ideas. Some essential oils are reputed to help with focus (ADHD). Do a search for FOCUS as well and you’ll come across some articles I wrote on using essential oils in the classroom. Same with PAIN, do a search to find other articles we’ve written on using essential oils for pain relief.

  25. Our hamster has an abcess on the side of its head, it will let me put warm compressed on but only for a minute or less. He also has What looks like dandruff, flaky patches, I can brush them off but would prefer stopping them. I have read organic coconut oil helps. What essential oils would you suggest for theses two situations? Unfortunately I don’t have $300-750 to take home to the vet. I also prefer a more natural approach.

    • Hi KG ~ First thing I would do is to look on-line to see what plants are toxic to hamsters BEFORE adding coconut oil to his diet or using essential oils. Once you know what things to avoid…than you can try some natural healing approaches.

      My daughter-in-law came across info on coconut oil for dogs: Add 1 teaspoon per 10lbs of body weight to her dog’s food. It’s made a HUGE beautiful difference in the quality of their dog’s hair, so silky and soft. How much does your hamster weigh? If coconut oil is okay for hamsters, then add 1/8-1/4 teaspoon depending on its weight.

      Also, because hamsters are SO tiny. Any ‘safe’ essential oil would have to be highly diluted…maybe 1 drop of essential oil to 50 – 100 drops of organic jojoba carrier oil. Jojoba’s almost chemically identical to our skin oil (sebum). Do hamsters ever lick their owners skin? If so, then jojoba is probably safe. If not, then a safe vegetable oil could be used as a carrier.

      Let me know what you find out about safe plants for hamsters.

  26. My husband was bit by a spider we think and it has grown into a pus filled rock hard boil that causes him more pain then I have ever seen him in what oils would you suggest to deal with this as quickly as possible he is still working in this condition as he is our family’s primary support i have been interested in essential oils for about a year and a half now but have only really used them for me and my 2 young daughters bronchitis and asthma where peppermint frankense oregeno lavender and a mix called breath worked wonders

    • K ~ Has your hubby seen a doctor for a medical opinion? Some spider bites are dangerous.

      Why don’t you have him use the peppermint frankincense oregano lavender essential oils you mention. They’re all essential oils that may help his body heal that nasty spider bite. Frankincense should help with detoxing the venom. Oregano’s incredibly powerful, so dilute it with the lavender, and can also help with eliminating the venom. Peppermint and lavender work well together and both have pain relieving properties. Have your husband use the oils frequently (at least 3x day or more often), don’t wipe them off – let them absorb through the skin – and drink LOTS of water. Hot compresses soaking the area in a warm-to-hot bath may also help.

      Let us know how he does.

    • Best experience with poisonous spider bites that swell up is to make a poultice with bentonite clay and water, top with some gauze and wrap. Repeat a couple times a day until the swelling it gone. It draws the poison and pus right out, into the clay, and dries. I had a brown recluse bite and after doing this just once the boil had drained.

    • Christina ~ What did you use for your blend? Also, you can put the essential oils around (but not directly on) the abscess and that might be less uncomfortable. Also, you can put organic coconut oil on your skin over the essential oils to dilute them. If you don’t have coconut oil, then use organic olive oil to dilute the burning feeling.

  27. I used 3 drops of lemon oil to 1 drop of tea tree oil/ Rosemary blend. It burned a lot for a while, but calmed down after a couple of minutes. Also, the coconut oil is a good idea and I will try it. I hope it works for me cause I would hate to have to get it drained by the doctor. I have been using the antibiotics the doctor prescribed, along with a gel cream and my abscess did show improvement after 5 days- it became less swollen and painful, so I do hope that this blend helps the healing process even further. Very glad I came across this helpful website.

    • Christina ~ Use a hot compress twice a day to help the abscess drain more quickly. A hot compress is basically a washcloth soaked in hot water…only as hot as you can stand it w/o burning your skin. That helped my sister-in-law really quickly. Let us know how your healing process goes. We’re interested!

  28. Hi Cynthe. I ran into your website through Pinterest. I have reoccurring abscess on my butt in between the crack at the top near lower back. I never heard of using EO to heal an abscess. This is my 3rd time getting one in the same spot and the procedure is very painful. I seen in other comments that using Lemon, rosemary, lavender EO can help….is this true for me also?

    • Shevonne ~ Pure steam-distilled essential oils should work fine in aiding your body to heal the abscess…and to keep the infection from recurring. Give them a try. They’re amazingly healing and gentle. Buy quality oils though…you are using them as medicine. Let us know how it goes. Glad you found our site.

    • Matthew ~ Yes. You can, but those are HOT essential oils and need to be diluted or they will sting / burn. Suggest diluting them at least 50% (1 drop essential oil / blend plus 1 drop carrier oil) with a quality oil such as organic jojoba, coconut, olive, almond…whatever you have available (but NOT canola, corn, soy…which are GMO). Also, use the hot compress as mentioned in some of the comments.

    • You can Matthew, but Grapefruit EO is NOT a carrier oil. You need to use a carrier oil for tender, sensitive tissues…depending on where it is. If the abscess is on a generally non-sensitive area, than the Grapefruit EO for dilution may be just fine.

  29. My husband has a Pilonidal cyst/abscess below his tailbone which started a week ago. Dr has him on antibiotics and Epsom bath soaks. Has been very painful and unable to sit. Yesterday it started oozing and bleeding. I have Lavender, Frankincense, Tea Tree and Purification essential oils – 100% therapeutic-grade oils. Is it ok to put any combination of these oils with coconut oil directly on this?

    • Hi Barb ~ Sorry your husband is suffering. I would use the essential oils ASAP: 1 drops of Purification (has Tea Tree in it) topped with 2 drops of Lavender (pain relieving, healing to the skin, prevents scarring)…followed by application of a hot water bottle or heating pad.

      Since the wound is now open, apply the oils undiluted AROUND the area, not on the open skin…or they may sting. Then rub with coconut oil if you wish. Apply the essential oils several times (3-4x) today. And tomorrow before he goes to the doctor.

      Let us know if you husband begins experiencing some relief and healing.

    • Aesia ~ Yes, you can use lemongrass, but it is a much more intense essential oil….so please dilute it. Because I, personally, am sensitive to some natural compounds in lemongrass I cannot use it on my skin, except when well diluted.

  30. Cynthe,

    What exactly was the recipe you used to blend the oils as well as the base you used and how many drops of each each oil?? In desperate need of a fast remedy! Thank you!!!

    • Karen ~ The recipe is right in the article: 75% LEMON EO with 25% TEA TREE-ROSEMARY EO ratio, undiluted (NO carrier oil). If you have all three essential oils you could make a mix of 6 drops Lemon, 1 drop Tea Tree, 1 drop Rosemary. Depending on the size bottle you have to mix them in, you could make a larger quantity using the same proportions. Hope it helps!

  31. Once the boil opens and begins draining, then what? Can I put oils in warm water and then use a cloth and the oil water to put on the open wound? Which oils?

    Thanks so much!

    • Miranda ~ Apologies for my late reply…somehow missed seeing your question here. If your boil hasn’t healed yet, use the oils mentioned in the article. Apply the hot compress to heat the skin, then put the EOs around the inflamed area and let them absorb into the skin completely, morning and evening.

  32. This article has been such a blessing. I have been suffering from recurrent abscesses in my right armpit for a good five years now. I’ve recently started learning about Aromatherapy and couldn’t wait to give it a try.

    I have already purchased peppermint and lavender essential oils and am now ordering Australian TTO.

    I just had one question. Since I have very sensitive skin which is also prone to scarring (keloids), I am not fully comfortable applying EOs neat to the abscess, especially now that it has opened up.

    What would be a safe ratio of EO to carrier oil (I am using sweet almond, though I am also ordering coconut oil after reading here that it has antibiotic properties)?

    Thank you very much Cynthe and thanks to all who posted here.

    • Katherine ~ What BRAND essential oils have you purchased? Both Lavender and TTO have to be carefully selected as they are often not pure steam-distilled essential oils, but diluted w/aroma chemicals to make them less expensive. And both these oils, if not top quality and in sensitive individuals, can cause sensitization (irritated skin outbreaks) with regular use. I only purchase Young Living’s Lavender (they offer two) and would source the TTO from a top notch company.

      In terms of dilution, apply 33% dilution around the abscess, not directly on it. 33% = 1 drop EO blend + 2 drops carrier oil. Drop or whatever measuring quality you’re using like an 1/8 teaspoon for coconut oil or for making a larger quantity.

      Also, you could do what I use instead of deodorant. After washing up with a bar soap (NOT antibiotic liquid soap) in the morning….take a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and wipe it all over your armpits (but NOT when you have an abscess!!) to kill any surface bacteria and organisms on your skin, which cause both body order and skin infections. Have been doing this for years and it works great w/o any deodorant products. If it’s hot, you may need to redo the routine in the afternoon.

  33. Cynthe, I have purchased doTerra products. I am making note of your YL recommendation. Thanks very much.

    It helps to know that oils shouldn’t be applied to the abscess but around it. I was thinking direct application on the abscess would be rather painful. I love the rubbing alcohol tip and will be using it. 🙂

    • Hi again Katherine ~ DoTerra products should be fine. You could check with their customer service to make sure the TTO they offer is 100% steam-distilled EO. I’ve used their Frankincense product, which was fine. If the abscess has NOT opened, I would apply the oils right over the top of it including the entire inflamed area. Some EOs sting when applied to open wounds…once it’s open and draining, apply around the area.

      Also, on the rubbing alcohol…do NOT apply to freshly shaved skin or it will sting horribly!! I’ve resigned myself to not shaving because my underarm skin is so sensitive (a close cut w/sharp scissors works well). This is a personal aesthetic choice of course, not advice.

  34. Hi Cynthe,

    I have been using your rubbing alcohol tip, and it seems to be making a difference. I put in a few drops of lavender oil and made a spray. It’s refreshing, as well.

    I looked around but couldn’t find much info on mustard edible oil as a carrier oil, so I thought to check in with you. I am aware that Mustard E. O. shouldn’t be used on the skin, but I’ve found mustard edible oil to be very useful for both hair growth, muscle pain and skin infections. I was wondering if it would make a good carrier oil. I mixed some lavender, rosemary and lemon (1 drop each) with 1/2 teaspoon of mustard oil just to see how it worked. It relieved some pain in my abscess, and I was able to sleep peacefully.

    Do you have any thoughts on the efficacy of mustard edible oil as a carrier oil?

    Lastly, when I did a patch test with Australian TTO, I had a slight red rash but it wasn’t itchy and dissipated in a few minutes. Is this within the realm of normal responses to this EO or more of an allergic reaction, in your opinion? I have used TTO products (face wash etc.)in the past without issues. But just to be safe, I made sure to dilute it a fair bit before applying to my abscess this morning. I used a blend of 3 drops Lemon EO, 1 drop each of Rosemary and Australian TTO with half a teaspoon of FCO. No itching/rashes/stinging so far and the pain has gone down. Hoping for the abscess to open up soon. I am also using hot compress twice a day.

    Thanks for your help, Cynthe.

    • Hi Katherine ~ Sounds like the blend you made for yourself w/the TTO is excellent. And using the Lavender in the rubbing alcohol is a nice idea, too. However I would not use edible mustard oil as a carrier when there are safer, wonderful carrier oils like organic jojoba and organic coconut oils that benefit the skin and also have anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial properties.

  35. Hi Cynthe,

    I’ve been using FCO, and it’s been quite helpful. I also wanted to update you regarding my skin ailment. It’s been three weeks or so since I’ve been applying your recommended EO blend, and I’ve noticed major improvement. My underarm abscess has dried up completely, with no discharge and no pain/swelling/tenderness in the past two weeks.
    The skin is still sensitive and a bit raw as well as itchy since it’s healing. I apply just the FCO to soothe and moisturize it, after the EO application twice a day. My keloid has also been responding well to the EOs. It hasn’t reduced in size all that much, but the skin is not as taut and sore.

    Here’s hoping for continued success. It’s still early, but I am keeping my fingers crossed. 🙂

    Thank you so much for your advice and your willingness to engage me and other readers.

    • Katherine ~ Excellent! Great to hear about your success.

      Stop using the EO blend for a few days and only use the FCO to see if the raw tenderness goes away. It’s possible your body has had enough of the EOs. It’s important not to overuse TTO, since some folks can develop a sensitivity to it. Same with Lavender. I don’t use EOs constantly for that reason. And vary the ones I do use more regularly.

      Glad to hear the keloid is more comfortable. You could make yourself an anti-inflammatory EOs blend at a 5-10% strength to continue to use on the keloid. Chronic issues respond better to regular applications of dilute blends.

  36. Hello,
    I have a problem of recurrence of pilonidal sinus and doctor suggested me to put lavender and purification oil?
    Can somebody suggest is it work to use?
    I applied couple of time but not satisfied .
    Please and thanks

    • Hi Sadikhasan ~ How fortunate you are to be treated by a holistic doctor who advises the use of healing essential oils!

      Is the pilonidal cyst inside your sinus? Does it cause a swelling or redness on your face? If so, a nasal wash over the sink may be your best treatment.

      The essential oils could be used in a warm (as hot as you can stand it) water nasal wash for 5 minutes using 1 drop of Purification (has Tea Tree in it) plus 2 drops of Lavender (pain relieving, healing to the skin, prevents scarring) followed by application of a hot wash cloth to the affected area. Do this 2-4x a day until the cyst heals.

      A dental water flosser, especially with a pulsed flow, is helpful tool that can be used on a gentle setting to wash out your nose and sinuses with the oil infused warm water. Best wishes for a quick recovery. Let us know if this helps.

  37. Hello Cynthe,
    I have sinus above my bum it’s called pilonidal sinus or cyst.
    It’s opens up once in a while in a month or 2.
    For a while it will drain with bloods
    And than it will close after 4 to 5 days.
    My questions is why it’s coming back and which essential oil will completed clean the tracks and healed for permanent.
    Thanks a lot!

    • Hi again Sadikhasan (Sorry for my delayed reply) ~ The cyst is coming back because the microbes causing the infection have not been totally cleared out of your body OR you are doing something / using some product to re-infect yourself.

      Try 1 drop of the Purification essential oil blend (has Tea Tree in it) topped with 2 drops of Lavender essential oil (pain relieving, healing to the skin, prevents scarring)…followed by application of a hot water bottle or heating pad daily.

      When the wound is open, apply the oils undiluted AROUND the area, not on the open skin…or they may sting. Then rub with coconut oil if you wish. Apply the essential oils several times (3-4x) per day until it heals.

      Let us know if you begin experiencing some relief and healing.

  38. Hi an abscess was developed between my genital area and inner thigh (where the side of underwear touches the skin). It is getting bigger and darkened…dont want to get a surgery done down there and i came across your tea tree oil post and i have started applying TTO on the affected area. How long should i apply to see result? When should i go to the doctor?? Million thanks!!


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