Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs in the ovary which are quite common among women of all ages. They usually form during ovulation and many women with ovarian cysts don’t have symptoms and don’t even notice they have it. However they can start growing and multiplying which can cause problems and need to be surgically removed. If you’re suffering from ovarian cysts you might experience pressure, bloating, swelling and pain in the lower abdomen. In such a case many women reach for the over-the –counter pain killers or prescribed medications, but you can treat the pain and discomfort completely naturally and we’ve got 12 natural ways in which you can do it.
CASTOR OIL PACK
Castor oil is an excellent natural remedy for a lot of conditions, and ovarian cysts are just one of them. It clears the body of excess tissues and toxins and reduces the cysts, slowly dissolving them. Here’s how you can use it to ease the pain and discomfort:
Take a large flannel cloth and fold it into two or three layers. You need a pretty large piece because when folded it needs to cover the whole abdominal area. Take 2 tablespoons of the castor oil and pour it on the cloth, then fold the cloth in half so that the oil will get soaked on the entire surface. Unfold it and cover your abdomen with it. Wrap the flannel cloth with plastic foil and cover it with an old towel on top. Place a hot water bottle over the towel and cover yourself with a warm blanket. Lay like that for some 30 minutes and remove the cloth. Repeat the process three times a week for three months.
You’ve probably heard that chamomile tea has relaxing and soothing properties, especially when it comes to abdominal pain. It can relieve the pain and discomfort triggered by the ovarian cysts and it’s also beneficial for irregular periods.
Make some hot chamomile tea by mixing 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile in a cup of hot water. Cover it and leave it for some 5 minutes, strain and add a teaspoon of honey. Drink 2-3 cups a day until you feel better.
Heat therapy is recommended for pain in the abdomen and muscle cramps to ease the discomfort so it can be used in the case of ovarian cysts as well.
Place a heating pad or a hot water bottle on your abdomen and lower pelvic area. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and you should feel better. This will give you instant relief when you’re in pain.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
ACV can help shrink and dissolve ovarian cysts that are caused by a potassium deficiency, since it’s rich in high potassium. Here’s a powerful beverage which can help you with ovarian cysts:
Fill a glass with warm water and add a tbsp. of ACV and black strap molasses. Drink 1-2 glasses every day until you feel better.
Beetroot contains a compound called betacyanin, known for boosting the liver’s ability to clear toxins out of the body. The alkaline nature of beetroot also helps balance the acidity in the body, reducing the severity of many symptoms of ovarian cysts.
Mix half a cup of freshly extracted beetroot juice with 1 tbsp. of Aloe Vera gel and 1 tbsp. of blackstrap molasses. Consume this beverage every morning, on an empty stomach until your symptoms subside.
EPSOM SALT BATH
Epsom salt are rich in magnesium sulfate which is a muscle relaxant and can soothe the pain radiating from ovarian cysts.
Prepare yourself a bathtub with warm water and add a cup of Epsom salt. Add 5-10 drops of essential oil (lavender, rose or jasmine) and stir until everything is dissolved. Soak in the bath for half an hour and repeat this treatment every day until the pain is gone.
Flaxseed are extremely beneficial in the treatment of cysts because they restore the balance between the estrogen and progesterone in your body, helping reduce the cysts. They also abound in fibers which is beneficial for full body detox.
Using flaxseed to ease the pain is very simple. Just add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed to a glass of warm water and drink it every day before breakfast. You can also add it to a glass of yogurt if you prefer or to your smoothies, salads and soups.
Almonds are a rich source of magnesium which helps in reducing painful cramps radiating from the cysts.
Eat dry roasted almonds to relieve pain and discomfort or use almond oil to gently massage the abdominal area and soothe the pain and bloating.
Proper hydration is essential when it comes to easing the pain and discomfort from ovarian cysts and reducing their size and number. It flushes out the toxins and reduces the radiating pain. Drink plenty of water and avoid sodas, coffee and alcohol.
Dandelion is a natural diuretic that can help cleanse the liver, allowing the body to properly flush out excess hormones and toxins that may be causing the cysts.
Pick fresh dandelions and separate the root from the stems and flowers. Rinse the root under cool running water and boil 1 quart of water. Chop the dandelion root and add 2 teaspoons to the water, then cover the pot and lower the heat. Let it simmer for a 1 minute, and take it off the heat. Let it steep in the covered pot for about 40 minutes. Strain the liquid and drink the tea.
Maca is a root vegetable from the radish family which is known to help restore hormonal balance in the body. It’s very beneficial for the endocrine system and stimulate the production of progesterone. You can consume it on a daily basis in small amounts, mixed in your smoothie or coffee.
Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which means it can alleviate the pain from the inflammation. It can heat up your body and stimulate menstrual flow.
Take a small piece of ginger (2inches) and blend it along with 2 celery sticks, half a cup of apple juice and ¾ cup of pineapple juice. Drink a glass of this anti-inflammatory juice every day until you feel better. You can also just make fresh ginger tea as well and drink 2-3 cups every day.