A ganglion cyst is a benign fluid-filled lump found on joints or tendons. Most of the times the ganglion cyst appears on the back of the wrist, especially if you had a tendon or a joint injury.
Ganglions can cause pain, but in some people, it does not. Ganglions can irritate tissue, muscle, and tendons surrounding the cyst. In some cases, the cyst can be inflamed causing constant ache and stiffness around that area.
The good news about treating the ganglion cyst is that they resolve on their own over time, or you can treat it using one of the below natural remedies.
You can reduce the discomforts associated with a ganglion cyst with regular use of warm compresses. It will increase blood circulation to the affected area and promote fluid drainage. It will also reduce pain and swelling.
However, warm compresses will not prevent the growth of a cyst.
Soak a washcloth in warm water and wring out the excess water.
Put this warm cloth directly on the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes.
Repeat 3 or 4 times daily until the cyst is gone.
Black Tea Bags
Dip a black tea bag in warm water for 5 minutes. Remove it and squeeze out the excess water. Hold the moist, warm tea bag over the affected area for 10 minutes. Repeat a few times daily for several days.
Apply 2 drops of frankincense oil on your cyst. Cover it with a soft, clean bandage. Do this once daily, using a clean bandage each time, until the size has reduced. Continue applying the oil for a couple of weeks to reduce the risk of recurrence.
Drink homemade ginger tea 2 or 3 times daily or include more ginger in your cooking. To make ginger tea, cut an inch of fresh ginger root into slices and simmer it in a cup of water for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can take ginger supplements. Always consult a doctor before taking a supplement.
Apply some fresh turmeric juice directly on the affected area 2 or 3 times daily for several days. Alternatively, you can take this herb in supplement form, daily. Always consult a doctor first, as it can increase the risk of bleeding if you take blood-thinning medications.
Epsom Salt Soak
This helps alleviate pain, inflammation, swelling, and redness in the affected area. Add half a cup of Epsom salt to a basin of warm water. Soak the affected hand, wrist, or foot in this for 15 to 20 minutes.
Aloe vera has natural healing properties that can accelerate your recovery. Take some freshly extracted aloe gel and apply it directly to the affected area. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it off.