see also Skin Lesions (Boils)
An abscess is the result of an infection, bacterial,
parasitical, or some type of object (sliver, etc) that
causes white blood cells to accumulate as the body tries to
protect itself. The accumulation of white blood cells
and other material forms the milky white substance pus. This
accumulation of pus with the associated surrounding redness
forms the abscess.
An abscess can form in any part of the body but the most
common types are skin abscesses and tooth abscesses.
Boils and carbuncles are types of skin abscesses.
Other locations such as the brain, liver, rectum can be more
difficult to diagnose and to treat. Those with
weakened immune systems may be more susceptible to having an
Abscess, cancer, cyst, polyp or tumor?
Here are some differences between terms used to describe
“masses” or “lumps” that may form in the body. Common
terms are abscess, cancer, cyst, polyp and tumor.
Tumor – a mass of tissue or abnormal cellular growth. They
may be cancerous (malignant), or not (benign).
Cancer – a rapid cellular growth that may spread from one
part of the body to another.
– a closed sac filled with gas, liquid, or a semi solid.
They are usually not cancerous.
Lipoma – a benign growth filled with apidose (fat) cells
usually just beneath the skin.
Abscess – similar to a cyst but is filled with pus.
Polyp – a tissue growth that protrudes from a mucous
membrane (nasal passage, cervix, colon) usually benign.
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends: Clove,
Frankincense, LavenderC, MelaleucaC, On GuardC, Oregano, Roman Chamomile
Essential oils based
Helichrysum, Lemon, Purify
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
Use the Oil
pulling technique 2 - 3 times daily with On Guard or 2 drops each
Clove and Oregano (some may find Oregano too "hot") and 2 tablespoons of FCO. Use On Guard
toothpaste 2 times per day. Continue until pain subsides
plus a few days. Consider 2 - 4 drops Oregano and On Guard
in a capsule daily for additional infection management.
3 drops each Lemon, On Guard and Oregano in mouthful of
water. Gargle for 15 - 20 seconds and swallow. This will be
hot and not tasty so it will not be satisfactory for younger
children. With younger children add 2 drops each Lemon and
On Guard to a spoonful of applesauce and have the swallow
Topical application to the affected area with Melaleuca, On Guard,
Oregano, or other antibacterial oils as often as every 1/2
to 1 hour. Oregano and other oils may need to be
diluted to lessen burning. Some also suggest mixing
Lemon with Oregano to reduce burning.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Amelia – A friend wrote me today with
this experience, "Had pain 2 weeks ago. I was up all night.
Next morning an X-ray showed an abscess in molar. This tooth
is more filling than tooth. Cold really hurt! I was sent to
endodontist, his X-ray showed same. They said root canal
too. It was so expensive we waited for 2 weeks.
Meantime I was following the Lyme protocol so I had
larger amounts of oils than usual. After the two weeks went
back, abscess is gone. Yay dōTERRA. Doctor cannot see the
problem anymore! Maybe oils took care of it?"
I asked her, "So does this mean no surgery/root canal?"
Her response, " U got it!! He was baffled!" Another reason
why I love dōTERRA eos! The oils helped her body heal itself
and not only that but they also saved her family $2500
because they don't have dental insurance.
Forgot to add that I did ask her if she used. Both Lyme
protocol as well as protocol for abscess, here's her
response: "I did both. So I did OnGuard, oregano, myrrh,
frank. For 1 week. 2nd week I added rosemary when I was able
to get some. I also used OnGuard toothpaste."
Wendy - Has anyone
had any luck with helping a tooth abscess? Thanks!
Amelia - Apply clove topically to the
abscess...it takes care of the pain and normally the
infection as well. If no clove try OnGuard because it has
clove in it.
Janice - In addition to the clove, I
would suggest 4 drops Oregano in a capsules 4 times a day,
as a natural antibiotic
Pat - I have never had anyone who used
this and did not get amazing results.
2 tbsp Fractionated Coconut Oil
2 drop Oregano
2 drop Clove
Put in mouth and gentle hold over affected area for 10
minutes, when time is up spit out (do not swallow) repeat at
note: shortened) - I'm at that point where I need to
determine whether to proceed with a root canal/tooth pull or
continue to try to use the oils to heal and avoid either of
those things. I'd like to share where I'm at and I love to
hear any thoughts you have to share. I've been oil pulling
with oregano/OnGuard (didn't have plain clove) and that has
helped manage my pain a lot over the last few weeks. Pain is
intermittent and can feel just fine or really really bad at
times. … I finally went in to the dentist on Saturday and we
determined that I had a cracked tooth and that I have been
grinding my teeth a lot. … Dentist was hoping to avoid
a root canal, based on the pain that I'm feeling/not feeling
when he puts some pressure on my teeth. However, after the
temporary crown was done on Monday, and the numbing wore
off, it hurt really really really bad. I had him look at it
again on Wednesday and he reseated the crown. I told him I'd
been oil pulling with clove and oregano (OnGuard) He was
glad that was helping and he actually used temporary cement
that included clove in it when he reseated the temporary
crown! … So -- I am currently trying things like Marjoram,
Deep Blue, and Past Tense on my jaw to ease the tension and
I believe that is helping. I am using a cheap mouth guard at
night for now and that seems to be helping. I'm oil pulling
and that seems to be helping.
I really need to be able to function and be more productive
during the day, but I sure would like to avoid a root canal
or extraction if possible (avoiding more trauma in my mouth
and the expense!!). I've been hoping that if it's a hairline
crack I have a better chance of healing it/fighting the
infection. I have been taking 1/2 to a full dose of LLV the
last couple of months. I'm going to start taking an onguard/oregano(clove?)
capsule every few hours and keep up with the oil pulling.
I'm going to take a full dose of the Mito@Max as well.
What I'm trying to decide is -- is it time for me to suck it
up and get a dental procedure done, or is there reasonable
hope for me to manage the pain better and heal the
underlying problem over the next 10 days or so? Right now
I'm finally caught up on rest and I'm having no pain. Is
there anything else I can be doing to try to heal the actual
crack in my tooth?
Lisa - Are you using the On Guard
toothpaste? That has an ingredient that is beneficial in
restoring enamel. It may help with the cracked tooth, though
I do feel it would take about a year of regular use (2-3xs a
day brushing). Enamel and tooth repair doesn't happen
Amelia - I can tell you about a friend
of mine who went through a very similar situation about 2 or
3 months ago...she used Clove extensively for the pain, she
did the protocol for an abscess and she avoided having a
root canal completely. She also had a cracked tooth and she
saw 3 different dentists all doing independent x-rays
because there was gas trapped inside her thus another reason
she was going to need a root canal. I just found out this
week that when the 2nd endodentist took her x-ray there was
no gas there and upon examination he could find no crack in
her tooth. (She used OnGuard toothpaste exclusively). She
happened to have her other x-rays with her and he asked if
he could look at them. When he compared her most current
x-ray with the 10 day old x-ray there was so much change (he
couldn't explain) that he actually called the 1st
endodentist and began asking questions to be sure there was
indeed a crack in her tooth...they even faxed over the
detailed report about the cracked tooth. All that to say it
took approximately 10 days-2 weeks total for her tooth to
heal but miraculously it did. The endodentist sent her on
her way because she didn't need him. She did take oils
internally, applied them topically and used OnGuard
toothpaste and saved her family about $2500 (they don't have
dental insurance)...her story is powerful and the oils
helped her body do its job. I will say that at the same time
she was been battling Lyme (successfully w/oils) and was
also taking the antibiotic blend/protocol for that for a few
days of this.
The funniest thing about it is all the time she was doing
this protocol she really didn't believe it would work but
she did it because I had encouraged her to and she hoped it
might make a difference and save her some $...so her story
also included a statement saying "you may not believe the
oils work but they do and I am proof of that because I
really didn't believe they would work for my tooth but to my
surprise they did". She went on to say something like some
people believe you have to believe in the oils for them to
work but you don’t because even though I did what I needed
to do I really didn't do it believing it would work, I
doubted all along and still do but the oils prove me wrong
Naomi - Amelia, thank you so much for
your encouraging story. I wanted to post a quick update.
After giving my mouth time to heal and oil pulling for a few
days, the aches and pain have been 90-95% gone. I'm
proceeding with having the permanent crown placed on Friday
without the root canal, and I'm hoping for the best. Again,
the x-ray did not show a clear need for the root canal,
except the pain I was experiencing indicated a hairline
crack had reached a nerve and if the pain continued it meant
that I would need a root canal to relieve that pain. I have
also worked hard on using deep blue/marjoram/past tense on
my jaw and it feels much more relaxed than a week ago. …
Time for another exciting dental update! I had my
dentist appointment a couple of days ago, on Friday
morning. Bottom line: No root canal! For the last 2 weeks I
have been oil pulling and applying oils -- I had a little
myrrh and some frankincense. While I was doing that I was
also trying to address the fact that I had been grinding my
teeth badly, and I really took this as a sign I needed to
prioritize some rest. I needed to relax my mind, body, and
jaw. I rubbed things like deep blue into my jaw up near the
ears, and also Serenity. I would do that before bed, and add
some heat with a rice bag. I massaged my jaw, and I also ran
my fingers from in front/behind my ears, down my jaw line
all the way down toward my chin. I also did this 2-3 times a
day for awhile. ... In summary, I feel quite certain
that my efforts with the oils -- and getting some extra
rest, helped me avoid a root canal. I am sooo happy about
Belinda - My
friend's son has an abscess on his leg. Her husband is an
anesthesiologist so with a medical background he's going to
drain it tonight. If anyone has any recommendations on this
type of an abscess I'd love to pass them along. Thanks!
DQ - Try Purify! Even after it's drained
it should continue to pull out any toxins. If there's a big
hole afterwards use Immortelle, Frankincense or Helichrysum.
Any should help.
Monica - I'm
wondering if anyone has oils advice for my cousin who is
suffering from hydradenitis suppurativa? Hidradenitis
suppurativa (HS) is a chronic disease of a type of sweat
gland. It can occur in one or multiple areas of your body.
HS usually develops in your armpits, groin and anal area. It
causes long-term skin inflammation and can be painful.
Symptoms include: Blackheads and red, tender bumps, called
abscesses. The abscesses get bigger, break open and leak
pus. Tunnels that form under the skin between abscesses and
Pat - I would start the LLV and DDR Prime, I would also
cleanse with the Zendocrine and apply Melaleuca to the
areas, even could add Lavender to that.
Jessica - Does
anyone have any ideas for a throat abscess for a 9 year old?
Apparently, it is a localized accumulation of pus that may
occur around the tonsils or in the back of the pharynx.
It's basically an acute form of tonsillitis. I am
thinking Oregano and Lemon. But after the first
swallow I don't think he'll do it because of Oregano's
caustic taste. Has anyone had success in this with
Rob - Get him to gargle it for as long
as possible, then spit or swallow. Have him set a goal like
15 seconds. Follow up with some juice or milk and a cracker
with peanut butter. The Oregano will not be too bad to
swallow, but if even a micro drop gets on his lips, it is
very hot... and water will not help. That's why swallowing
is sometimes better, when you spit - it has a good chance of
getting on the lips. It doesn't taste great, but
that doesn't last long.
We have our kids use a shot glass with the drops in a
couple tablespoons of water. 4-5 drops of On Guard is the
next best or 2 drops Oregano with 3 drops Lemon. The Clove
suggestion is good too. Clove will help the pain a lot. The
Lemon added to Oregano takes away some of the caustic edge
to the Oregano. Frequency is the key. IF he will do this
every 1/2 hour or hour 6 -8 times... There is a fair chance
it will be gone. (in my experience.)
Pat - Yes, I helped a nine-year-old
girl, we put three drops of Oregano in a spoonful of
applesauce and she took it every hour for 1/2 a day. It made
a huge difference. You can even use Lemon with the protocol
and it will lessen the burn, in case they get some on their
Kirsten - My son (19) came home with a
severely infected throat recently and on the eve of an
important event, which he didn't want to miss. He could
barely swallow - he felt like he had a throat full of razor
blades! He gargled every 30 minutes with 5 drops of On Guard
dropped into water with one drop of Oregano and one drop of
Rosemary (rugged, but effective). Plus we diffused On Guard
and gently massaged On Guard blended with fractionated
coconut oil all over his throat and up to the jaw line in
between gargling because I was concerned the infection might
spread up to the ears. He slept well that night and woke up
raring to go. You know something good has happened when
your previously sick child gets up in the morning and heads
straight to the pantry....
Diet and Nutritional
complements to essential oils
Help from Julia's Natural Kitchen
Abscesses are nature's way of
purifying the body, by bringing toxins and waste materials
all to one place, so that it can easily be drawn out. Pus is
formed by the loss of organic sulfur from the cells,
therefore herbs that contain organic sulfur, such a garlic,
can be used to rebuild and prevent this condition.
In general, the brighter and
tighter the redness, the smaller the abscess; the softer
feeling and darker colored, the larger the abscess. A thick
yellow pus is considered healthy, where a thin watery
greenish pus is considered infected and unhealthy.
Abscesses heal when the
discharge stops and the cavity of the abscess begins to
According to Dr. J. Christopher “The
basic cause of all abscesses, tumors, cysts, etc., stems
back to an impure bloodstream, with its major cause being
improper food intake. This condition causes poor action of
liver and bowels, a faulty digestion, or disturbances in the
lymphatic glands are generally responsible for the
accumulation of impurities in the blood.”
Poultices will bring the abscess to
a head and clean it out.
A poultice made of 1 part
Lobelia and 3 parts Mullein is very effective in drawing out
the toxins as well as relieving pain
· A poultice made of hot
onions put directly over the abscessed area
Add a few drops of an
essential oil of choice to the poultice for added effect.
How to make a poultice:
Dried Herb Poultice
Grind dried herbs into a
powder with a mortar and pestle,and add enough warm water to
make a paste. The paste should be thick enough to be applied
to the affected area, but it shouldn't be stiff.
Spread the herbal mixture over
a piece of gauze, cotton or muslin that is large enough for
the affected area. Clean the affected area before placing
the poultice on it, and wrap the poultice with a towel or
plastic wrap and secure it into place. Keep the poultice on
for anywhere from 1 to 24 hours depending applying a fresh
poultice as needed.
Fresh Herb Poultice
Chop up about 1/2 cup of the
fresh herb and mix with 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Simmer
herbs and water for about 2 minutes. Squeeze out excess
moisture, but don't drain. Spread the herbal mixture over a
piece of gauze, cotton or muslin that is large enough for
the affected area. Clean the affected area before placing
the poultice on it. Wrap the poultice with a towel or
plastic wrap and secure it into place.
Keep the poultice on for anywhere from 1 to 24 hours
depending applying a fresh poultice as needed.
Once the abscess has burst and pus has drained off, apply
a poultice of comfrey leaves or root.
Dr. Mom the Kitchen:
1 small garlic Clove minced
and mashed with a ½ tablespoon of honey
Juice of ¼ Lemon with 2-3
drops of CPTG Lemon Essential Oil
1 teaspoon of mint or sage
½ teaspoons minced parsely
Let steep for at least 10
minutes and strain. Drink the same day if using mint,
however, if using sage it can be kept in the refrigerator
and will be good for two days.