A lipoma is a soft fatty growth, sometimes hard to
differentiate from a subcutaneous cyst. The fundamental
difference is that the cyst is filled with the protein
keratin whereas a lipoma is filled with adipose (fat) cells. Lipomas are most commonly found beneath the subcutaneous
(deepest) layer of the skin on the abdomen, chest, back,
neck, thighs, upper arms, or armpits.
These growths are slow growing, small (1-3 cm), and
benign. For some there may be multiple growths
simultaneously. Although they are usually painless there
appearance may be annoying. There is no explanation of what
causes them but they do seem to run in families. Even though
they are fatty tissue the fact that someone might be
overweight does not contribute to their occurence.
Some differences between lipomas and subcutaneous cysts
lipoma may be somewhat “lumpy”, a subcutaneous cyst will be
a single smooth lump.
lipoma will have fairly well defined edges, a subcutaneous
cyst will have softer edges.
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:
Soothing Blend, FrankincenseC, GrapefruitC, Metabolic Blend
Essential oils based
CloveC, GingerC, Sandalwood
From experiences others have suggested apply 1-3 drops
each of Frankincense and Metabolic Blend (or Grapefruit)
topically to the area twice daily.
If there is pain (lipoma is compressing a nerve) use Soothing Blend topically for the pain.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
I have an acquaintance with a lipoma on her
back. She is scheduled for surgery in late
February, but is having a lot of discomfort
and pain with it. I was thinking Soothing Blend
or Frankincense. Any thoughts?
Pat - There are different types of
lipoma most of them are painless, it sounds like your friend
has the one that causes pain and discomfort. Usually it is
because it is close to or compressing some nerves. I would
use the oils you suggested and add some Lemongrass. Use a
little oil or carrier in case it is too warm.
Cindy - I would suggest Grapefruit or
Metabolic Blend topically on the area of concern. These oils
contain compounds that may help reduce the lipoma.
Vikki - Joy, I'm interested to know the
results! Is there any news from your friend?
Joy - She found the best results with
the Soothing Blend and has since had the surgery. Now she's using
the Soothing Blend for arthritis!
Katy - My toddler
has a large lipoma on her shoulder blade. We were
originally told it was a hemangioma. (She has 2 of these in
other places) Now that I know for sure what it is, I am
looking for the best oil(s) to apply. It is very vascular
(LOTS of veins around and on it). I have begun to apply
Frankincense daily (1-2 drops neat). I would love to hear
other recommendations. Thanks.
Kirsten - These things normally are
benign and don't cause a lot of problems but it's a nuisance
if they are in an area where they get knocked around. The
hemangiomas ought to resolve themselves over time.
Frankincense is my favorite oil so if you have only just
started to use it, give it some time to see what happens.
Tahna - A lipoma is
a benign tumor composed of fatty tissue. Has someone
successfully "treated" one of these? If so, how?
Pat - Right now I know two people taking
the following oils with tumors: Equal amounts of
Frankincense, Helichrysum, Sandalwood and Geranium. These
are all anti-tumor oils and I cannot tell you if it works
yet. One has a benign tumor on her thyroid, the other has
fibroid tumor on her ovaries. They are also taking
internally the Lemon, Melaleuca and Oregano blend that Dr.
Kathy - Pat's protocol seems spot on. I
would have included Grapefruit. Frankincense and Grapefruit
neat twice daily. Eat good! No Soda!
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 (xxx) 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.