Most ovarian cysts are not a health threat. Yet, sometimes they may cause noticeable discomfort. When that is happening, you’ll want to take measures. If you’re looking for natural remedies to soothe your symptoms, you’re in luck. There are a few essential oils for ovarian cysts that could help.
In this post, you’ll be reading about:
- The way essential oils can help with benign (non-cancerous) ovarian cysts.
- What the best essential oils to shrink ovarian cysts are, and why. Plus, find out more about the oils with estrogenic activity, which are not so great to use.
- How to use aromatic oils to enjoy their full potential.
- Recipes to try to shrink your ovarian cysts naturally.
- Details about the causes and symptoms of ovarian cysts. Learn more about potential complications and the importance of an X-ray in this situation.
Essential Oils for Ovarian Cysts, Pros & Cons, How to Use and Recipes
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs located around or on an ovary. This condition is not usually life-threatening, but it may cause complications.
It is thought that every woman may suffer from at least an ovarian cyst throughout her life. This condition affects mostly women before menopause.
Every month, both ovaries produce an egg each. Only one releases it, though. During this process, there is already a fluid-filled sac on the ovaries. That’s where the eggs stay until they mature enough to burst out.
From that point on, the egg is either fecundated by sperm or it’s absorbed into the body and cause monthly bleeding.
After the egg bursts out of that fluid-filled sac, it goes away on its own. Sometimes, though, that may not happen. Instead of re-absorbing into the body, it keeps growing and becomes a cyst.
Most ovarian cysts disappear in a few weeks or months, without treatment. But, if you want to make sure, you can speed up this process. How? By using essential oils to shrink ovarian cysts, of course.
How Can Essential Oils Help with Ovarian Cysts
First, you must make sure you have an ovarian cyst. Normally, your doctor may prescribe some medicines or even birth control pills. This conventional treatment depends on several factors.
Your age, symptoms, and cyst size and type can help your doctor give you an appropriate treatment.
Before deciding on a course of action, you should first wait for a few months. Your doctor may also suggest this option. It’s called watchful waiting. Most ovarian cysts are benign and they go away on their own.
If you decide to speed things up with essential oils, though, you have to know a few important things. Most aromatic oils are powerful anti-inflammatory substances. They can relieve pain, swelling and even help the cysts dissolve.
Another very good property of theirs is that they can improve the circulation. More blood in the uterus area can speed up healing. This may also help regulate menstruation.
Yet, there’s also a “BUT…” in this equation. Almost all the other sources suggest using certain essential oils for ovary health, pain and PCOS.
Among those oils, there are Clary Sage and Geranium. Some oil compounds have been proven to have estrogenic activity. The two mentioned essences are estrogenic
What does this mean and why does it matter?
It matters a lot whether an oil has an estrogenic activity or not. This matters in the case of a hormone-dependent condition like ovarian cysts.
Hormone-dependent conditions appear in organs that depend on certain hormones. They’re conditions controlled by the endocrine system.
The endocrine system controls the growth or regression of the cyst. This action is usually stimulated by hormones. Ovarian cysts are caused by hormones and hormonal imbalances.
Using an essential oil with estrogenic activity may make matters worse. It may help the cyst grow instead of regressing. Since you can’t block the production of hormones, you can still stop its action on the cyst.
Essential oils for ovarian cysts can influence the way our bodies work. Some of their molecules look very much like hormones. Sclareol, for example, is the main compound in Clary Sage oil.
This compound looks like estrogen, thus, it can communicate with estrogen receptors. So, Clary Sage oil has estrogen-like effects and can act just like estrogen in the body.
If a condition develops because of hormones, it’s not wise to use substances that further act like hormones. Clary Sage, as well as other estrogenic oils, are great for women at menopause and not only.
It can help with hot flashes or an irregular menstruation. Clary Sage is also great for acne-prone people. But it’s not indicated for the treatment of ovarian cysts.
Compounds such as citral, geraniol, nerol, and trans-anethole have estrogenic activity. They can be estrogenic only if the compounds are used in very high amounts.
Under these circumstances, they can interact with and bind to estrogen receptors. The need for more studies in this field is huge. They are needed to accurately assess the biological significance of these findings.
Essential oils with estrogenic activity are:
- Star Anise
- Fennel (sweet & bitter)
- Anise Myrtle
- Lemon Verbena
- Litsea Cubeba
If you wanted to use Basil essential oil for ovarian cysts, I would stay away from it. You can also ask your doctor about it, to make sure. But also make sure you mention everything it contains.
In conclusion, if you have ovarian cysts or PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), you should avoid these essential oils. There are other oils that can help with cyst pain and other related symptoms.
So, what are those good essential oils for ovarian cysts? They are Ginger, Spearmint, and Frankincense. I’ve chosen them because studies suggest that:
- They either have anti-estrogenic effects,
- Or they have no estrogenic activity at all.
Their beneficial potential on animals has also been proven. Now, let’s see the pros and cons of these essential oils for ovarian cysts.
1) Ginger Essential Oil
Botanical name: Zingiber officinale.
- Studies so far, haven’t been able to prove that Ginger has estrogenic effects on the uterus or bones. It seems to only stimulate the estrogenic receptors in inflamed joints. In vivo studies showed no estrogenic activity on the uterus. In vivo means experiments on live organisms. This trait makes it useful in helping to shrink ovarian cysts.
- Ginger essential oil is a great anti-inflammatory oil too. It helps to decrease the swollen cysts.
- It relieves pain and protects from infections.
- Ginger can also stimulate the nerves and make you more alert.
- Also, Ginger oil has antioxidant properties. They help protect the uterus from the damaging effects of the free radicals.
- Avoid using Ginger oil for ovarian cysts before a surgery.
- Make sure you don’t use it with anticoagulant medicines either.
- High concentrations may cause indigestion or cramps. It may also cause you to bleed more during menstruation.
Why I like it:
Ginger essential oil has a very pleasant fragrance. It’s uplifting so it makes its use very enjoyable. Ginger is a great digestive oil as well and can help improve the aspect of the skin too.
2) Spearmint Essential Oil
Botanical name: Mentha spicata.
- Spearmint essential oil has antiandrogenic effects. Because of it, the oil was tested for its effects on the polycystic ovarian syndrome. The subjects were female rats. In this study, the oil lowered the level of testosterone and reduced ovarian cysts. It seems that Spearmint can restore the normal function and development of the ovarian follicles. It’s there where the cysts develop. The follicles also host the eggs until they’re fully matured. In other words, Spearmint is among the best essential oils for polycystic ovaries.
- Spearmint oil for ovarian cysts is a good antioxidant. This makes it useful for reducing the damage of free radicals.
- The oil also has anti-inflammatory properties and can stop tumor cells from spreading.
- Spearmint oil should not be used without medical approval. Especially if you have asthma or are prone to seizures.
- It can also induce ovulation, which for some women may not be a good thing.
- Do not take the oil internally, without first consulting with your doctor.
Why I like it:
Spearmint oil is fresh and pungent, and very minty. It’s uplifting and can stimulate your memory and focus. Even the spearmint tea is able to decrease the levels of testosterone and excess hair growth. Thus, the mentha spicata plant makes a good remedy for ovarian cysts and PCOS. Plus, it can also improve the aspect of the skin, among others.
3) Frankincense Essential Oil
Botanical name: Boswellia sacra.
- The resin from Boswellia trees has caught the attention of many researchers. The essential oil of Frankincense has been found effective at killing tumor cells. It also suppressed the aggressive nature of tumor cells. Thus, using Frankincense oil for ovarian cysts could prevent their further growth and development. The study was performed on human breast cancer cells. Its effects on ovarian cancer, however, is not established yet. If you intend to use it as an essential oil for ovarian cancer, please talk to a medic about it.
- The oil does not seem to have estrogenic effects, which makes it a good remedy for ovarian cysts.
- Frankincense oil is antioxidant and can protect from oxidative stress. This type of stress is at the base of many PCOS cases.
- It’s also a very good anti-inflammatory.
- Generally, people with asthma should ask for their doctor’s permission first.
- High concentrations of Frankincense oil may induce seizures.
- In large amounts, the oil can also be toxic to the kidneys.
- The general safety and efficacy of Frankincense essential oil have not yet been evaluated. There’s no telling what the exact side effects may be.
Why I like it:
The fragrance of Frankincense is very soothing and calming. It’s also a great perfume ingredient, especially in Oriental recipes. Frankincense is a very good beauty and anti-aging ingredient too.
Other essential oils for ovarian cysts:
- Thyme (thymol variety)
- Rosemary (cineole variety)
- Clove (anti-estrogenic activity)
- German Chamomile (anti-estrogenic activity)
- Lavender (anti-estrogenic activity)
I know Cinnamon is a great ingredient for beauty and health. In my research for ovarian cysts, though, I’ve found contradictory information. It seems that the way the oil or extract is extracted may make it estrogenic or anti-estrogenic.
As for Oregano oil for ovarian cysts, it seems to be safe to use. Studies show that it doesn’t stimulate estrogen receptors, thus, it’s anti-estrogenic. It can also inhibit tumor cell growth and development. This may help the ovarian cysts regress and dissolve faster.
I know people want to also know about the use of Melrose for ovarian cysts. Melrose is the proprietary essential oil blend of Young Living. It contains Tea Tree, Niaouli, Rosemary, and Clove. Rosemary and Clove are among the anti-estrogenic oils.
As for the Melaleuca species, I haven’t found any proof that says they are estrogenic.
If you want, with medical approval, you could also try Melrose oil for ovarian cysts. You could also mix it with some Frankincense, to make the blend more potent.
How to Use Essential Oils for Ovarian Cysts
Essential oils are very concentrated substances. They are only for external use also. The best way to use an essential oil for ovarian cysts is topical. The aromatic essence should always be mixed with a carrier oil first.
The maximum you can mix is 25 drops EO per Oz carrier. You should, of course, start with a lower concentration. You can then apply the blend over the ovaries, on the lower abdomen area. Use gentle, round movements as massage.
Studies show that Aromatherapy abdominal massages can soothe the menstrual pain. The oils used in this clinical experiment helped in many ways. One of the most noticeable effects was to decrease the amount of menstrual bleeding.
Under no circumstance, you use an essential oil, not even mixed, inside the vagina! I’ve seen many sources suggesting their readers use these oils internally.
If you’re not a qualified professional, you don’t know what concentration to use.
The vaginal flora is extremely sensitive and even a drop of essential oil may sometimes be too much. Disrupting that balance may lead to infections, irritation, itching, etc.
External use is different. A big part of the essential oils will absorb into the skin and get to the affected area slowly. Another (smaller) part will also evaporate. Therefore, the concentration of oil inside your body will be less and milder.
These oils can stimulate the nervous system and make you feel better. They can help strengthen your immune system, focus better or simply uplift your mood.
As you’ve seen, some of them are great PCOS essential oils. Others are great at soothing ovarian cyst pain.
Other Ovarian Cysts Natural Remedies
According to the W.H.O., almost 80% of the world population still relies on herbal medicines. Most of them are not yet proven scientifically. But that doesn’t beat anecdotal and historical proof, though.
The few herbal remedies that have been proven to work for specific things, were positive. When it comes to natural cures for ovarian cysts, there are quite a few options. Let’s see what they are:
First, does apple cider vinegar get rid of ovarian cysts?
This is a question I stumble upon quite frequently. There are many women out there who take vinegar solutions orally.
Vinegar is an acidic substance. Taken internally, and especially on a long-term, it may affect the GI system. It could thin the stomach lining and cause heartburn, among others. You must know exactly what you’re doing to avoid these side effects.
Improper topical use of vinegar can also burn the skin, and especially the mucous membrane of the vagina.
As for apple cider vinegar douching, opinions are contradictory. One study managed to conclude that vinegar douching may be helpful in inhibiting some vaginal infections.
If not helpful, it can at least be less harmful. However, this doesn’t mean much and more research is still needed to get a clear picture.
I found sources saying that vinegar can dissolve and reduce ovarian cysts. They were referring to those caused by Magnesium deficiency. Unfortunately, I haven’t found any scientific proof of that being true.
Another very good natural remedy against pain is heat.
Yes, an elevated temperature is very soothing and can calm down inflammation too. Heat, whether it comes from a pad or bathwater, can also reduce cramps.
Castor oil for ovarian cysts.
Castor oil is very rich in ricinoleic acid. So, how effective is Castor oil for ovarian cysts? It appears to be effective in dealing with the pain and discomfort caused by them.
The ricinoleic acid is a remarkable pain reliever and an anti-inflammatory agent. The effects of Castor oil are compared to those of capsaicin (hot chilis). Thus, Castor oil makes a great remedy for ovarian cyst pain.
I don’t recommend drinking Castor oil for ovarian cyst treatment. First, it has a strong laxative effect and can cause violent diarrhea.
It might be useful before a surgery, but not to shrink cysts. Or so I’m lead to believe, as there are no studies to support this claim. Castor oil has some serious side-effects! You would be better if you’d talk to a doctor before taking it internally.
I would also talk to a doctor before inserting a Castor oil tampon. Like I said, the vaginal flora is very sensitive and Castor oil is a powerful substance.
Instead, you can make a compress with Castor oil and apply it on the affected ovary. You can use this technique 2 times a day or 3 – 4 times a week.
Apply the compress and then wrap it up in some plastic foil. Place a heated pad or a hot-water bottle on the compress. It’s important to keep it warm so the oil can reach the ovary(ies).
Except for essential oils for ovarian cysts, you can also use:
- Chamomile tea.
- Epsom salts.
- Beetroot (to eat/drink).
- Seeds to help you balance your hormones.
- Ginger tea.
Be careful when you drink chamomile tea. Taken with food, the side effects are very few and mild. Drank alone, regularly and in high amounts, chamomile tea can cause contractions. This may also lead to a miscarriage.
Essential Oil Recipes for Ovarian Cysts
The time for practical recipes has come! I like it when I get to the blending part and then actually use the oils. I will give you a few blend recipes to use externally.
Take your pick but don’t be afraid to change the ingredients. Replace them with something else you have (from what I gave you in this post).
Ovarian Cyst Pain and Discomfort Aroma Recipe
- Spearmint essential oil: 5 drops
- Frankincense essential oil: 5 drops
- Ginger essential oil: 5 drops
- Castor oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Shake the blend well before each use and apply on the affected ovary(ies). Use moderate amounts of this blend, 2 – 3 times a day for at least a month.
Essential Oil Recipe to Shrink Ovarian Cysts
- Clove essential oil: 8 drops
- German Chamomile essential oil: 5 drops
- Tamanu oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Shake well and apply to the affected area, 2 – 3 times a day.
Soothing and Immunostimulant Diffuser Recipe
- Tea Tree essential oil: 7 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 7 drops
- Sweet Marjoram essential oil: 10 drops
Mix all the oils in a dark colored glass bottle and use a few drops per diffusion. Use a high-quality nebulizer diffuser so you can enjoy the highest concentration of your oils.
That said, if you want to learn more about the condition, you can find it all out in this next chapter.
Ovarian Cysts: Symptoms, Causes, Complications, and X-Rays
Ovarian cysts are benign (non-cancerous). They can become cancerous only after menopause. They are small sacs of fluid on the ovaries. Both these sacs contain an egg each. The one that matures first bursts open the sac and starts its journey into the uterus.
Normally, these sacs dissolve and re-absorb into the body on their own. When something’s not working properly, the fluid-filled sac becomes a cyst.
These are usually asymptomatic and non-painful. A woman may have several cysts on her ovaries and never know it. That is why treatment is usually not needed.
An ovarian cyst is a follicle sac that’s larger than 2 – 3 cm in diameter. This can be seen in a pelvic X-ray. This is why a regular pelvic X-ray is very important and necessary.
It’s the surest way to analyze the size and type of the cysts. With it, your doctor will know whether you need treatment or not.
The cause of a cyst is hormonal. Cysts can be:
- Non-functional (75% of cysts) – These are ovarian cysts that affect mostly women who are finished with menopause. They’re also benign at first, but they don’t go away on their own. In some cases, these cysts can become cancerous.
- Functional (25% of cysts) – These are cysts that affect women at puberty and those before menopause. They usually go away on their own in a few weeks/months.
How does a cyst feel like (Symptoms)?
Like I said, most ovarian cysts go away unnoticed. However, some of them may need medical attention. In that case, you’ll feel:
- Pain in the lower abdomen, especially on the side of the cyst.
- Bloated or a heavy abdomen.
- Lower back pain.
- Irregular menstruation.
- Pressure on the bladder.
- Pain during intercourse.
These symptoms usually come in pairs, so just one of them may not mean much. If the problem continues or the symptoms multiply, that’s when you should see a doctor.
Excess hair growth, diabetes, and acne may be the signs or the cause of PCOS. Polycystic ovary syndrome affects mostly overweight or obese women. The treatment to this condition may be based on medication or lifestyle changes.
Birth control pills are usually a great remedy for PCOS. I don’t know why so many women are against their use, though.
Studies show that their health benefits outweigh the health risks. That, in my book, is a healthy treatment option. Untreated PCOS may lead to type 2 diabetes and heart problems. Check with your doctor to make sure you know exactly what’s happening with your ovaries.
The good thing about ovarian cysts is that they’re not harmful. They can also go away on their own and can be seen on an X-ray. The other great thing about them is that you can speed up their healing.
How? With the help of essential oils for ovarian cysts, of course. Just make sure you do your research well and that the oils are not estrogenic. This way you’ll avoid “feeding” the cyst cells more of the hormones they need to develop.
How have you dealt with ovarian cysts before? Do you know someone that used Aromatherapy to get rid of them?