Essential Oils For Women’s Health: Treating Bartholin Cysts

Most women suffering from an uncomfortably enlarged and painful Bartholin gland cyst want to try essential oils as a comfort care measure and to promote the drainage of the cyst. You might be suffering from recurring Bartholin gland cysts for many years, and out of the blue, you get an enlarged and painful one. What can you do?

Essential oil blends can work wonders and remove the cyst in as less as three days! These blends also have the power to completely rid you of recurring cysts for years.


What Is A Bartholin Gland?

The Bartholin gland is a tiny organ on each of the labia minora (vaginal lips) just outside the opening of the vagina. If the vagina were the face of a clock, the Bartholin glands would be found at about 4 and 8 o’clock. Normally, they are so tiny that they are invisible.

When you’re sexually aroused, the Bartholin gland releases a lubricating fluid. And a Bartholin gland cyst develops when this gland gets blocked.


How Does The Bartholin Gland Get Blocked?

There are many individual variables influencing the blockage of the Bartholin gland and result in the formation of a cyst. Some of those may include an infection, inflammation, long-term irritation, and poor circulation.

Generally, the area where the Bartholin glands are located is subject to poor circulation due to prolonged sitting. For instance, graphic designers might sit for long periods of time without getting up as that’s what their job demands. Also, toxins tend to drain down into the lower part of the body where they can accumulate as stagnant fluids and form cysts.


Symptoms Of Bartholin Cysts

A blocked Bartholin gland causes a round swelling – the cyst – which “can grow to the size of an orange.” However, most report cysts only “as large as the size of a golf ball.” Some women using the essential blend formula report glands the “size of a large lemon.” These cysts can become tender but not always.

Key Essential Oils To Treat Bartholin Cysts

Here are the key essential oils to use as a comfort care measure for Bartholin gland cysts and why they are effective in providing a relief.


1. Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)

A universal first-aid healing oil, lavender oil has broad applications and may provide relief from an assortment of wounds and inflammatory conditions like Bartholin cysts. The highly scented oil has a distinctly sweet floral-spice aroma.

Lavender oil contains certain volatile phytochemicals that are used for therapeutic results. Distilling at a high altitude allows lower temperatures and lower pressure and makes it possible for these phytochemicals to come through intact in the final product. Some of the best locations for growing and distilling lavender oil are France and Bulgaria.


2. Cypress (Cupressus Sempervirens)

Cypress oil has a distinctly clean, fresh, and woody aroma that’s light and clear with a hint of spice. Reminiscent of pine and juniper berry, the oil is distilled from the leaves (needles) and cones of the column-shaped, evergreen cypress tree. This tree comes from the Mediterranean region of Europe and is primarily produced in France and Spain.

A hemostat and decongestant, cypress oil has the most powerful astringent action in aromatherapy. Its astringent properties promote lymph and blood circulation.


Caution: Cypress oil causes skin sensitization if oxidized. Preferably, refrigerate the oil.

3. Juniper Berry (Juniperus Communis)

Juniper berry oil has a wonderfully dry and resinous aroma with deep balsamic and woody undertones similar to pine. More peppery and hot, this oil is known as a powerful detoxifier and is excellent as a blood cleanser.


Juniper oil is found in many detox blends and is reported to promote the excretion of toxins from the body.

Caution: Juniper berry oil causes skin sensitization if oxidized. Preferably, refrigerate the oil.

4. Lemon (Citrus Limonum)

Lemon oil has an aroma that is sweet, fresh, fruity, and light and is produced in the Mediterranean climate and Italian soil. It has a tart, tangy, scintillating, and clean scent similar to that of a freshly grated peel. To maintain the quality of its aroma, lemon oil is obtained by cold pressing the fresh peel.

As lemon oil comes from the fresh peel, it should be obtained exclusively from organically grown fruits that are pesticide-free. An antispasmodic, lemon oil may be effective in relieving painful conditions that result from the swelling and enlargement of tissues, as is the case with a Bartholin gland cyst.

Caution: Lemon oil causes skin sensitization if oxidized. Preferably, refrigerate the oil. As with all citrus oils, lemon oil is phototoxic (low risk) and should be used carefully on the skin. Its maximum dermal use level is 2.0 percent. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight or sunlamps for up to 12 hours after use as it might cause skin pigmentation.

Bartholin Cyst Formula


  • 50 drops of cypress oil
  • 50 drops of lemon oil
  • 50 drops of lavender oil
  • 10 drops of juniper berry oil

Method Of Preparation

  1. Add the ingredients to a 15-ml colored glass euro-dropper bottle.
  2. Cap the bottle tightly and shake vigorously to blend the oils.
  3. Allow the blend of oils to synergize for 8 or more hours before using.

Directions Of Use

  1. Add 3–4 drops of the Bartholin cyst formula in a carrier of Epsom salts (1/2 cup) and add to a sitz bath. A sitz bath works best for concentrating the soothing relief that the formula provides on the area of the Bartholin cyst.
  2. If you use a bath tub, increase the amount of the formula considerably. Many women report getting much better results when using a sitz bath for their soaks.
  3. The water should be warm and soothing and not hot.
  4. Soak for 15 minutes or longer.
  5. You can repeat the sitz bath every 2–3 hours.
  6. Most women report a soothing relief and that the cysts naturally drain after 3–4 days. But, it can take longer.

Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All statements are intended for informational purposes only.