Garlic remedy to treat a pilonidal cyst


While most doctors prescribe harsh medications or recommend some type of highly invasive procedure to “heal” a pilonidal cyst, often times all you need is a little help from mother nature… specifically garlic.

For as long as there have been humans, garlic has played an interval role in day to day life. Throughout history, garlic has been used for both cooking and medicinal purposes.

Surprisingly, garlic has many health benefits. Much like tea tree oil, garlic has been observed to have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties.

Why you should use garlic

Because you probably have some available in your kitchen right now. Found all over the world, it’s the most readily available treatment against pilonidal cysts there is. It is also very mild, both when used topically or taken internally so it can be used everyday without any major side effects.

Garlic can be a powerful remedy against pilonidal cysts due to it’s natural ability to fight off infection and bacteria, while at the same time bringing the pain and swelling down.

Garlic is also known to calm itchy skin, a common symptom of pilonidal cysts.

How to use garlic to treat your pilonidal cyst

Always clean the area first with an antibacterial soap before applying.

Using either a garlic press or a juicer, extract the juice from the garlic. Saturate a cotton ball, napkin or gauze and place directly on the wound and hold together with surgical tape.

Leave this on for at least 60 minutes.

You may also place a heat pack directly on the packed wound to speed up recovery time. Repeat this process 2 to 3 times a day.

The garlic should bring the cyst to a head by the next day depending on how severe the infection is.

If and when your pilonidal sinus does open and begin discharging pus, continue to apply the garlic as normal until the pus stops coming out.

For those of you pressed for time, you can get an already made garlic paste and apply the paste directly to your cyst. You can find garlic paste at most grocery stores or from reputable online merchants such as

It’s also highly recommended during this time to increase your intake of garlic as well. Cooked garlic tends to lose much of its medicinal strength. Since raw garlic tastes awful, consider taking a garlic supplement.

Aside from relieving the pain and discomfort of pilonidal cysts, taking a garlic supplement also helps fight against colds and flues.

Quick video on some of the healing properties of garlic

My top 3 garlic supplement recommendations


The top pick would have to go to Odorless Garlic by Spring Valley. These garlic supplements provide a highly concentrated dose of garlic without any odor. Plus, this particular offer comes as a twin-pack — saving you money. Contains 1,000 mg of concentrated garlic with no artificial colors or preservatives.

garlic supplement for pilonidal cyst


Next is Odor Control Garlic by Nature Made. This garlic supplement, (like the one by Spring Valley above), contains no artificial colors or preservatives and has 1,250 mg of concentrated garlic bulb per serving.

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Finally, we have a product called Super Odorless Garlic by Now Foods. Made in Japan, this product has been concentrated to yield high amounts of Scordinin, a unique sulfur compound which may be responsible for many of garlic’s renowned effects.

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garlic supplement for pilonidal cyst

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Have you ever used garlic to treat your pilonidal cyst?

If you’ve taken garlic to treat your pilonidal cyst, please share your experiences in the comment section 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

29 Responses to Garlic remedy to treat a pilonidal cyst
  1. Joseph
    June 1, 2011 | 12:57 PM

    Yes, This medicine can be tried, I am trying

  2. chris
    July 11, 2011 | 11:57 PM

    This treatment works.

  3. Dean
    July 19, 2011 | 5:33 PM

    Will this work even if it is still under the skin?

    • Michael Lynch
      July 19, 2011 | 10:38 PM

      Yes, it will. This will actually help bring your cyst to a head allowing for faster healing. For best results use in conjunction with a heating pad or hot towel.

  4. jess
    August 5, 2011 | 1:17 AM

    im in severe am almost thankkful for coming across this site..i jsut need to know if when placing the garlic in the cyst does it hurt or sting badly?

    • randy
      August 5, 2011 | 2:19 PM

      No Jess, there’s no pain at all.

    • Michael Lynch
      August 5, 2011 | 10:39 PM

      No, for the most part there isn’t any pain. Garlic is pretty mild on the skin.

      • James
        January 18, 2012 | 1:32 AM

        Whatever you do do NOT shave the area to prevent hair pullin from the tape for the gauze… I was burning so bad I wasn’t feelin the pain from the cyst… I will try the garlic again tomorrow and repost…

  5. Diana
    September 6, 2011 | 5:31 PM

    Wish I’d seen the site before my daughters surgery. They ‘removed’ her cyst 6 days ago, … I was shocked and grieved to see the big hole made to ‘remove’ the cyst. Dr. said she ‘removed a small skin area, .. it was large, quarter sized, … and it still has hardened areas around it, ….

    I’m going to treat the area with garlic oil now and let you know how it goes. We had to stop the double prescribed antibiotics due to her stomach being so upset.

    • Michael Lynch
      September 7, 2011 | 10:42 PM

      Yes, the after math of surgery can be quite gruesome. I had my cyst lanced and drained twice several years ago. Was not happy bout that at all.

      I hope all goes well and I wish your daughter a speedy recovery.

  6. Reggie
    October 6, 2011 | 8:45 PM

    This is a good site and yes garlic can be used to treat your pilonidal cyst but it wont last forever.

    • Michael Lynch
      October 8, 2011 | 10:42 PM

      Thanks for the compliment. :-)

  7. Ayman
    October 15, 2011 | 9:07 AM

    Does anyone know if the garlic paste smells like garlic. I would imagine it does. And if so, who in the world would want to walk around smelling like garlic all day? lol

  8. John
    November 22, 2011 | 2:03 AM

    Michael – I’m amazed. Had a good-sized cyst on the upper right of my tailbone. Took the chopped garlic from the refrigerator, pressed it with a garlic press onto gauze, kept it taped on overnight. Took it off the next morning, and didn’t notice much change. Kept it off for a few hours, then squeezed new garlic onto cotton and taped that back on. Several hours later, it seemed very wet under the cotton, and I began to feel less and less pain as the evening wore on. Not only did this actually work, it did so within a 24-hour period. Garlic really is the wonder-plant, isn’t it? Thanks again, Mike!

    • Michael Lynch
      November 23, 2011 | 9:44 PM

      I’m glad this worked for you, and in such a short time. And you’re right, garlic really is a wonder plant.

    • hern
      November 29, 2011 | 1:12 AM

      hey i tried it yesterday jus like you said and it worked. i left garlic taped up on it for about 2 and a half hours then went to bed…next morning took my normal daily vitamins along with a couple 2000mg garlic tabs….got to work and still felt the bump…was uncomfortable working but when i got home i took a shower and noticed a white head right under it an i popped it…next thing you know… a wonderful smelling type of goo started coming out….i kept squeezing it…got all of it i hope…jus know put some more garlic and am able to sit alot better…still kinda sore though….but such a relief not to have a lump about the size of two grapes on my tailbone!!! thanks alot!!!

    • Michael Lynch
      November 29, 2011 | 9:34 PM

      Nice job. Just be careful whenever you’re squeezing or popping your pilonidal cyst. I know it’s so tempting to do so at the first sign of a whitehead, but I would advise against it for the future.

      What you should do instead is the minute you notice a whitehead on your pilonidal cyst, immediately begin adding a hot compress to it. This will bring the rest of the pus up and eventually (hopefully) the cyst will burst on it’s own. And when it does, a lot more pus will discharge as opposed to you popping it yourself.

  9. hern
    November 29, 2011 | 1:13 AM


  10. hern
    November 29, 2011 | 1:17 AM

    one more question…how can i prevent this lump from happening again?…is it possibe?

    • Michael Lynch
      November 29, 2011 | 9:38 PM

      Absolutely possible. First, in order to stop it from happening again, you must first know what caused it to begin with.

      For the answer to that, you’ll find it in on page 4 of my pilonidal report here:

      Free Report

      Once you’ve had a chance to see the TRUE cause of your pilonidal cyst, it’s so easy to prevent it in the future.

      Best of luck to ya!

  11. Jonno
    February 1, 2012 | 1:36 AM

    hi all
    Jonno from scotland here. I’ve had pilonidal cysts twice in the past year, both times they have got to the point where i couldn’t walk, sit, lie on my back etc. The most pain i have ever been in. My doctor is no help as he just prescribes antibiotics. The cysts erupted themselves after about 10 days much to my relief. Anyway, i can feel a cyst growing again and i’m not looking forward to the pain so i am going to try this garlic method. I have some strong garlic paste and will let you all know how long it takes to erupt this time. i wish these things would just stop bothering me. if this garlic works i am going to be one happy chappy! Cheers all! Brilliant site by the way!

    • Michael Lynch
      February 1, 2012 | 9:50 PM

      What’s up Jonno?

      So your cyst opened and discharged on its own huh? GREAT!

      But now you feel it coming back again?


      That’s the problem with this disease. One day it’s gone and you think yu’re good to go and then one day BAM!!

      Now you have to start all over again. Yeah, I know it sucks.

      Just so you know, as you probably have already seen on this page, garlic can help with the pain and possibly even making your cyst go away again.

      Unfortunately, garlic will not keep your pilonidal cyst away for good. You have to tackle this problem at the source and you can do so with homeopathy.

      See link for more info:

      Homeopathic Treatment for a Pilonidal Cyst

      Thanks for the complement by the way.

  12. Bad Brad
    February 3, 2012 | 9:16 PM

    My cyst has been the absolute worst. I was in so much pain. i tried garlic but that never really did anything for me. Plus it stinks anyway. I’m glad it has worked for some of you. I’ve had recent good news in that I’m not in pain anymoer. I’ve ben on Michael’s remedy that he has on this web iste for a couple of days and can definitly see a big difference. my cyst has opened and is beginning to drain pus. You can try what you want, but the only way to get rid of this thing is to fight iit from the inside. I have to give mad props to Michael and this website. I feel like this is a winner. I will keep u all posted about my results.

    - BadBrad

    • Michael Lynch
      February 4, 2012 | 9:52 PM

      Now that is what I like to hear. Congrats Brad. You’ll be healed in no time, just stick with it.

      And please keep us posted with your results.

  13. name
    February 16, 2012 | 4:53 PM

    Hi can anyone help i had a adsis under my arm 11 years ago then one on my breast 2 years ago got them both drained and never want to go through that again. i think i have one between the checks of my bum there is no marking just lots of pain for the last 2 months and the doc said its a pilonidal cyst is there any thing you can adivse me to do? tryed the garlic it helped with the pain but burned into my skin. in desperate need of some help i think if i take any more salt baths i will turn into a fish .

    Thanks anita

    • Michael Lynch
      February 16, 2012 | 9:59 PM


      I’m no doctor or anything, but being that this is not your first abscess and the previous ones were located under your breast and one under your arm, it sounds to me like you’re suffering from a condition called hidradenitis suppurativa.

      It’s a skin disease where boils and abscesses grow out of the skin, typically near the groin, underarms, buttocks, and breasts.

      I’m not too familiar with it but it’s actually a common condition, especially among women.

      I would try to find out for sure with your doctor. But, nonetheless, hidradenitis suppurativa is similar to pilonidal cysts and can be treated the same way.

      Their causes are also very similar (if not almost same), so keeping this condition under control is not a problem.

      This website should help answer anymore questions you may have. Or you can head on over to my contact page if you’d like more one on one support.

      Thanks for visiting BTW.

  14. Sunil G
    March 19, 2012 | 4:57 AM

    hi micheal,

    I was operated because of pilonodal cyst, after 6 months, it has grown again in same place. When i searched in web, i got ur garlic suggestion. ITS JUST AWESOME. After applying garlic paste, i dont have any pain near cyst, but cyst is still present,with no pain.

    What should i do,if it should be removed totally?

    IF U HAVE ANY IDEA ,Please suggest me.

    Thanks in advance,

  15. Sunil
    March 25, 2012 | 3:20 AM

    My few 1 week pilonidal surgary.pls suggected any treatment

  16. Tracy
    April 18, 2012 | 3:35 AM

    Mr. Michael,

    Just wanted to say “thank you” for the site. My daughter has been suffering with that type of cyst for a while. We have spent so much time off our jobs and money with doctors….only to see it reoccur over and over again. I am going to implement so of your treatments on my daughter ASAP!. Thanks again and may God continue to bless you!

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