Health Topics

Abscess

Health Description

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 develop.

What are the differences of  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.
  • Cyst – 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.

Suggested Protocols

Please note: The information provided below is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns please seek professional medical attention.

Essential Oils to Use:

Oils & Blends:  Clove, Frankincense, Lavender, Melaleuca, Oregano, Roman Chamomile

Also consider: Helichrysum

Suggested protocols:

Tooth abscess

Use the Oil Pulling technique 2 – 3 times daily with Protective Blend or 2 drops each Clove and Oregano (some may find Oregano too “hot”) and 2 tablespoons of FCO. Use Protective Blend toothpaste 2 times per day. Continue until pain subsides plus a few days. Consider 2 – 4 drops Oregano and Protective Blend in a capsule daily for additional infection management.

Throat abscess

3 drops each Lemon, Protective Blend 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 Protective Blend to a spoonful of applesauce and have the swallow slowly.

Skin Abscess

Topical application to the affected area with Melaleuca, Protective Blend, 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.

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