Epsom salt treatment for pilonidal cysts

You’ve probably dealt with Epsom salts at one point or another in your life. Most families have a carton of this stuff lying around somewhere. I can recall my dad extensively using Epsom salts in bath water to calm his aching muscles after a long day at work.

It is known that soaking in Epsom salt leads to absorption of magnesium and sulfate into the bloodstream. When magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin, such as in a hot bath, it removes toxins from the body, calms the nervous system, reduces swelling, eases muscle pain, is a natural emollient, exfoliator, and much more.

How to use epsom salts for a pilonidal cyst

A good soaking in warm to medium hot Epsom salt bath water (use at least 2 cups) will quickly reduce inflammation and bring pilonidal cyst pain down considerably. Soak in an Epsom salt bath everyday (or twice a day if you can find the time) for at least a week.

Usually, after the first bath you should notice a considerable decrease in swelling and pain. Unfortunately it is quite short lived. However, the longer you carry out this treatment, the longer the relief usually lasts.

Try an Epsom salt compress

This method is great when you’re sitting around the house just watching TV or reading a book.

Take a tablespoon of Epsom salt, add 2 to 3 drops of tea tree oil then add hot water. Stir everything really well until the salts have dissolved and pour the contents onto a clean towel. Place the hot towel on your pilonidal cyst for about 20 minutes. Repeat this process as many times as you like.

Not only is this extremely soothing, but it is great at reducing swelling and pain. Here’s a quick video demonstration on how its done.


Where to find Epsom salts

Epsom salt can be purchased from most grocery stores and pharmacies throughout the world and is relatively inexpensive. Get a few boxes of Epsom salts because once you use it, you’ll fall in love and use it over and over again.

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Dead Sea salts bath for immediate pilonidal cyst relief

I have a confession to make. Yes, I’m a guy, but do enjoy a deep, hot relaxing Dead Sea salt bath at least once a week, especially if my muscles ache.

I dim the lights, light a candle, sprinkle some rose petals all around and ease into 30 minutes of heaven. Okay, I don’t do the candles or rose petals thing, but I can’t say enough about a therapeutic Dead Sea salt bath.

Dead Sea salt, as the name suggests, is taken directly from the Dead Sea. Long known for its detoxification and healing attributes, Dead Sea salt has been used for centuries, dating back to the ancient Egyptians.

The high mineral content and the detoxifying properties of these special salts cleanse and detoxify naturally, pulling the toxins out and away from the body.

For a high quality Dead Sea salt product, try Masada Bath Salts by Masada. These bath salts soften skin, relieve tension, promote deep relaxation, but most of all relieve pilonidal cyst pain very quickly. Plus they’re doctor recommended.

The one below is especially unique in that it has the added ingredients of tea tree oil and peppermint. If you read my article on tea tree oil, you know just how effective it is at healing pilonidal cysts. The peppermint is a nice touch too, that awakens your senses while at the same time is very relaxing.

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Have you used Epsom salts to help with your pilonidal cyst?

If so, please share your experiences with us below.


Michael Lynch is a former pilonidal cyst sufferer, freelance medical health researcher and writer. He devotes much of his free time helping other sufferers deal and cope with this terrible disease. Contact Michael

3 Responses to Epsom salt treatment for pilonidal cysts
  1. Richard
    April 6, 2011 | 9:35 PM

    Used this treatment. Works well! After making the decision to have the cyst excised(dr said 3 to 4 weeks healing time) I used this treament post op on the stitched and opened wound closed up in only 2 weeks. Instead of using the painful packing,use this meathod.

  2. ben
    August 3, 2011 | 6:00 AM

    I tried to put this on submit your own remedy but page does not load.i eat a few yogurts and bananas and it goes away sometimes that evening or in a few days. have had them before and this always works got the advice from my doctor.

  3. Michael Lynch
    September 16, 2011 | 11:54 PM

    Everyone, this is your mother speaking. I want you to take a HOT salt bath EVERY night.

    Can you promise me that? Good!

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