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 Amazon.com.
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.
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.
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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Have you ever used garlic to treat your pilonidal cyst?
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