What Essential Oil is Good for Boils? Exploring Natural Remedies

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Boils, medically known as furuncles, are often a cause of great discomfort and annoyance. Characterized by painful, pus-filled lumps on the skin, these infections are caused by bacteria, primarily Staphylococcus aureus. Thankfully, there are natural remedies like essential oils that have the potential to assist in the management of these unpleasant lumps.

Boils and their Symptoms

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A boil is an infection of the deeper layers of the skin in a pore where hair grows. It is usually caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium, which is normally on the skin, but infects the skin’s deeper layers when there is a break on the skin, like a wound.

Boils usually start as painful, red, swollen lumps on the skin. As they grow, these inflamed bumps fill with pus and become more painful, they may also ooze with pus. Other symptoms can include fatigue and fever in some cases.

Boils are mainly caused by bacterial infections, and some factors can increase their risk, like a weak immune system, poor hygiene, other skin conditions, and sharing personal items. They can form anywhere on the body, but most commonly occur on the shoulders, armpits, neck, face, back, and buttocks. The typical areas where they grow are usually areas that are hairy, sweaty, and where there is much friction.

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Unlocking the Potential of Essential Oils with CANhaveTODAY

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Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that capture the natural fragrance and medicinal properties of the plant. They have a variety of uses, including in skin care, and their properties are supported by scientific evidence from research studies. CANhaveTODAY is proud to share a line of skin care products made with 100% natural ingredients!

The properties of certain essential oils can potentially help in the symptomatic management of boils. Not only do they possess properties that may relieve the pain associated with these skin infections, but they can also potentially target the root of the problem—bacteria.

Now, let’s answer the question “What essential oil is good for boils?” Many essential oils can potentially combat the inflammation of the boils and the bacteria that caused the infection. Here’s a closer look at some of the most potent essential oils against bacteria and inflammation.

Tea tree oil

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Tea tree oil has well-documented antibacterial properties against S. aureus, making it potentially beneficial against skin infections like boils. It is also a great anti-inflammatory that can help with the swelling of the lumps. CANhaveTODAY’s salves Waters Mist, Soothing Juggernaut, and Healing Legends contain tea tree oil, with the highest concentration in Waters Mist.

Lavender Essential Oil

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Proven to have strong activities that can help reduce inflammation and fight off bacteria like drug-resistant S. aureus, lavender oil is a great choice to aid in soothing and alleviating boil-induced pain. All CANhaveTODAY salves have lavender essential oil, so you might find the relief it offers on our salves Waters Mist, Healing Legends, and Soothing Juggernaut.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

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Lemongrass essential oil’s antimicrobial properties can help combat the bacteria that cause boils. Not only does it have potential to help get rid of S. aureus, but this essential oil can also potentially relieve the inflammation caused by boils. CANhaveTODAY’s Waters Mist is formulated with lemongrass essential oil as a main ingredient together with tea tree oil and cinnamon essential oil.

Bergamot Essential Oil

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Bergamot’s potent antibacterial properties can be helpful against various bacteria, including S. aureus, making it suitable for boil management. It also has a soothing effect and anti-inflammatory properties that may help alleviate discomfort. CANhaveTODAY’s Healing Legends contain bergamot essential oil as a main ingredient, offering its properties and synergistic properties with frankincense and myrrh essential oils to help relieve inflammation and promote faster healing of wounds.

Arnica Essential oil

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Arnica essential oil, with its antibacterial abilities against bacteria including S. aureus, can help fight the bacteria that cause boils and potentially help prevent the spread of infection. Additionally, it has strong properties against inflammation and may be helpful in alleviating pain. The Soothing Juggernaut salve by CANhaveTODAY is formulated with arnica essential oil, offering its potential for pain relief.

Cinnamon Essential Oil

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Cinnamon harbors robust antibacterial properties, including against S. aureus, and anti-inflammatory properties that can make it a helpful tool in the fight against boils. This potent natural remedy can potentially prevent the spread of bacteria that cause skin infections and boils. You can use CANhaveTODAY’s Waters Mist to reap these potential benefits for yourself.

Frankincense Essential Oil

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Frankincense essential oil boasts anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness and swelling caused by boils. CANhaveTODAY’s Soothing Juggernaut and Healing Legends also contain frankincense, giving the salves a strong potential to fight inflamed boils.

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Taking the Natural Path with CANhaveTODAY

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CANhaveTODAY uses essential oils with properties supported by scientific research, and these essential oils can potentially serve as natural solutions for managing the symptoms of boils. Moreover, they can also help fight the bacterial infection causing the boils. However, always conduct a patch test to ensure the skin compatibility of these oils.

Remember, while our all-natural products can help manage boils, persistent symptoms or signs of severe infection like spreading redness and fever need immediate medical attention. In some cases, your healthcare provider may need to drain the boils professionally or prescribe antibiotics. Although experiences may vary, always prioritize your well-being and follow your healthcare provider’s advice for managing skin conditions and maintaining overall health.


How do boils happen?

Boils occur when there is an infection in the deeper layers of the skin. The infected site fills with pus and forms a painful bump.

What causes boils?

Bacteria, primarily Staphylococcus aureus, cause boils. S. aureus typically lives on the skin without causing damage, but can infect wounds and breaks on the skin.

What essential oil can I use for boils?

You can use tea tree oil, lavender essential oil, lemongrass essential oil, bergamot essential oil, arnica essential oil, cinnamon essential oil, and frankincense essential oil can be used as a supplementary remedy to conventional treatment. It is important to note that these essential oils only help in symptomatic management and do not cure the boil.

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