Aren’t you thankful that there is an EO for everything! This means, there are essential oils for boils. If you’ve ever had a boil before, you would know that it is very painful and discomforting.
Truth be told, having a boil is not a fun experience at all. I know that because I have had it a couple of times in the past.
A boil is a pus filled bump in the skin. It looks similar to a pimple – large yellow bump but goes a bit deeper than a pimple.
Boils are caused by a bacterial infection. They develop when the hair follicles and the surrounding tissue become infected.
The infection kills the skin tissue inside the boil leading to the formation of a pus filled cavity also known as an abscess.
Other things that cause skin abscess include infected insect bites and injections with dirty or contaminated needles. Several boils can merge together to form a large bump called carbuncle.
Most people use the terms a boil and an abscess interchangeably, thinking that they are synonymous. However, medically they are NOT exactly the same. For starters, a boil is a type of an abscess, but not every abscess is a boil.
Furthermore, abscesses can occur on any solid tissue such as the gums, tonsil, lungs, kidneys and the skin of course. So, basically, a boil is an abscess that occurs on the skin.
The best essentials for treating boils have antibacterial properties that help clear the infection and promote healing
They also have analgesic properties that help relieve the pain caused by boils.
Always, do a skin patch test prior to topically using an essential oil you have never used before! See my sections on essential oil safety:
Below are some of the best essential oils for boils you may find helpful:
Lavender has soothing and analgesic effects, which help to relieve the pain associated with boils and abscesses. It also has antibacterial properties that make it effective for clearing infections.
Tea tree has high amounts of antimicrobial properties, making it a potent essential oil for boils. It has the ability to clear infections and calm inflammation. This makes it helpful for healing the boil and reducing the associated pain.
Thyme is another effective essential oil for boils and abscess because it relieves inflammation, reduces pain and clears infections. It’s also soothing and nourishing to the skin, so you don’t have to worry about it causing any skin irritation.
Chamomile German is very potent for fighting inflammation and yet very gentle on the skin. This makes it a very good choice for long term use.
It is an effective pain relieving essential oil that can be used for boils, bruises, sunburns, and bug bites and stings. It is also helpful for repairing damaged skin.
Frankincense is an ancient essential oil that is rich in healing and skin nourishing properties. It reduces inflammation, relieves pain and keeps infections at bay. It also rejuvenates damaged skin, making it effective for preventing and reducing scars.
The best way to use essential oils for treating boils and abscesses is topical application and hot compress.
First of all, clean the boil with warm water.
After cleaning, apply 1 drop of chamomile directly on the boil. If the boil has burst and is open, apply 1 drop of thyme and 1 drop of lavender (diluted in 2 drops of carrier oil) around the boil.
To draw pus out of a boil add 1 drop of lavender and 1 drop of thyme to 1 teaspoon carrier oil and mix together. Add oil mixture to a hot compress and apply twice a day.
Apply the blend below after drawing out the pus.
Mix the essential oils and aloe vera gel together in a glass jar. Clean the boil with warm water. Apply the blend around the boil twice a day.
A boil can be very painful, but you can find relief and healing with the 5 essential oils for boils mentioned above.
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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to diagnose or treat any disease. It is always recommended that you seek the advise of your private medical doctor.