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Herbal Treatment for Sebaceous Cyst

Essentially a sac of fluid under the skin, a sebaceous cyst can be the result of trauma to your skin or a clogged hair follicle. When looking for an herbal treatment for sebaceous cysts, you can use treatments that you apply to the skin or take internally. These all have the positive features of not being harsh to your body, and they do not contain toxic chemicals.

Taken Internally

Your liver is key in cleansing the body. By improving liver function, you can help to flush away the pollutants that contribute to sebaceous cysts. It is recommended to add garlic to your diet, and Thebeautytips.com mentions the herbs milk thistle and echinacea for this purpose---the former helps to clean toxins from the body, and the latter boosts the function of your immune system.

Applied Externally

The web site Wddty.com has a recipe for an herbal topical application for sebaceous cysts. Mix plantain or couch grass in a blender with honey, then spread it across the cyst, covering it completely. Put some cling film over the area and leave it in place for the night, then remove it in the morning. Repeat this process every night until the cyst clears.

If you have trouble with cysts all over your body, an oatmeal bath can be quite effective. Simply run a bath of hot water, pour in one cup of uncooked oatmeal, allow to sit for about 10 minutes, and then take a bath. Repeat as often--on a daily basis--as needed to completely clear your skin.

Dealing with Acne

Acne is one of the most common types of sebaceous cysts. While acne is most often a problem limited to the teen years, adults can be troubled by it as well. The website Articlematters.com lists a number of treatments for it. If the acne is all over your body, an oatmeal bath (as described above) can be very effective in helping to clear it.

If the acne is more localised, there are several herbs, including chamomile, ginger and green tea, that are useful because of their ability to reduce inflammation. Or you can try a simple flushing of the system with liquorice, an herb that will stimulate your body to produce more mucous. That may sound very unappealing, but the mucous acts as a flushing agent; it cleanses the body, and thus helps to clear the acne.

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About the Author

Robin Reichert is a certified nutrition consultant, certified personal trainer and professional writer. She has been studying health and fitness issues for more than 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health from Clayton College.