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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


Cellulitis is a deep skin infection (usually deeper than impetigo or ecthyma). It is most commonly a strep bacterial infection but can on occasion be from staph aureus. The symptoms are a red swollen area on the skin that is tender to the touch. Often this is on the lower legs but can also occur anywhere on the body including the face or eyes (orbital or periorbital cellulites). In advanced stages there may be blistering and/or red lines showing that it is progressing towards lymph nodes.

Celllulitis typically requires a cut or break in the skin to initiate the infection. Diabetes, other types of infections (athlete’s foot, etc) or poor circulation may cause a breach allowing the infection to start.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:   Frankincense, Anti-Aging Blend, Melaleuca, Protective Blend, Oregano

Essential oils based products: GI Cleansing Formula, Probiotic Defense Formula

Also consider: Topical Blend, Lavender, Rosemary

Suggested protocols:

 Antibacterial oils both topically and internally are successfully used. One reported using:

  4 drops Frankincense

  4 drops Melaleuca

  4 drops Protective Blend

  4 drops Oregano

in a capsule 3 times per day. And using the same proportions topically on the infected area.

For orbital or periorbital cellulites dot Anti-Aging Blend or Frankincense around the affected eye socket 3 times a day.

Also consider the GI Cleansing Formula/Probiotic Defense Formula cleanse and/or the Probiotic Defense Formula probiotics after any antibiotic treatment.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Pauline – Does anyone know how to deal with cellulitis?   I have a friend dealing with this. She suffers from a rare autoimmune disease and is on maintenance meds for it. Her specialist informed her that it is a symptom of her disease.  She was prescribed with Zithromax and its somewhat subsided but not completely gone.  She doesn't want to take any more antibiotics and wants do some preventive maintenance with oils. I suggested she do 4 drops each Oregano and Melaleuca and 1 drop Frankincense in a capsule 2x daily. This is the protocol for infections.  She does Frankincense under the tongue am/pm and is using the LLV.  Am I going in the right direction?  

Pat - Yes, you are going in the right direction. I would have suggested the same thing and possible GX and PB as a great cleanse.

Chris - I had cellulitis just a couple of months ago. my regimen was four drops each of Oregano, Melaleuca, Protective Blend, and Frankincense. We also applied Lemongrass directly to the infected area. Of course, this was all after the infection had totally ravaged my right lower leg. It took a solid week of doing those capsules 3 times a day to even be able to walk without excruciating pain.


Heather - This is from a friend. She said, we would appreciate prayers for my daughter in the hospital with periorbital cellulitis ( an infection in the tissue of the eye, and is getting IV antibiotics. Also, are there oils or advice for eye issues? This is the 3rd time she has had this in about 14 months, and this time it progressed to needing hospitalization. Thanks!

Pat - I would apply Anti-Aging Blend around the eye bone twice a day and when it has healed I would keep applying for at least a week.

Robyn - I totally agree to use Anti-Aging Blend around the eye bone. I was medically diagnosed with the same infection last year. I believe it is a bacterial infection in the cells of (in my case) the upper eyelid of the right eye. I had been using Frankincense dotted on the eyelid and rubbed in and maybe a little Melaleuca. I have discovered that Frankincense is the ONLY oil that is suitable to be used for infections close to the eye itself. After consultation with the doctor I progressed to using Anti-Aging Blend 2 –3 times a day and it totally cleared up. I took a couple weeks and the doctor commented 'that if I hadn’t been using the oils the infection would have progressed over the whole eye area. I have also used Frankincense to successfully treat Blepharitis, an infection of the lower left eyelid in my case.


Judy - I have a friend whose son has infected cellulitis on his nose. Anyone had any experience with which oil to use. I am thinking Melaleuca and wondering about clear skin. Thanks.

Pat - This can be a pretty severe infection and Melaleuca should be good, or you can even try Topical Blend. I would also put Oregano on the bottom of his feet.

Protocols folks recommend for children



Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils

Help from Julia's Natural Kitchen

Abscesses are nature's way of purifying the body, by bringing toxins and waste materials all to one place, so that it can easily be drawn out. Pus is formed by the loss of organic sulfur from the cells, therefore herbs that contain organic sulfur, such a garlic, can be used to rebuild and prevent this condition.

In general, the brighter and tighter the redness, the smaller the abscess; the softer feeling and darker colored, the larger the abscess. A thick yellow pus is considered healthy, where a thin watery greenish pus is considered infected and unhealthy.


Abscesses heal when the discharge stops and the cavity of the abscess begins to close.

According to Dr. J. Christopher “The basic cause of all abscesses, tumors, cysts, etc., stems back to an impure bloodstream, with its major cause being improper food intake. This condition causes poor action of liver and bowels, a faulty digestion, or disturbances in the lymphatic glands are generally responsible for the accumulation of impurities in the blood.”

Poultices will bring the abscess to a head and clean it out.

A poultice made of 1 part Lobelia and 3 parts Mullein is very effective in drawing out the toxins as well as relieving pain

· A poultice made of hot onions put directly over the abscessed area

Add a few drops of an essential oil of choice to the poultice for added effect.


How to make a poultice:

Dried Herb Poultice

Grind dried herbs into a powder with a mortar and pestle,and add enough warm water to make a paste. The paste should be thick enough to be applied to the affected area, but it shouldn't be stiff.

Spread the herbal mixture over a piece of gauze, cotton or muslin that is large enough for the affected area. Clean the affected area before placing the poultice on it, and wrap the poultice with a towel or plastic wrap and secure it into place. Keep the poultice on for anywhere from 1 to 24 hours depending applying a fresh poultice as needed.


Fresh Herb Poultice

Chop up about 1/2 cup of the fresh herb and mix with 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Simmer herbs and water for about 2 minutes. Squeeze out excess moisture, but don't drain. Spread the herbal mixture over a piece of gauze, cotton or muslin that is large enough for the affected area. Clean the affected area before placing the poultice on it. Wrap the poultice with a towel or plastic wrap and secure it into place.

Keep the poultice on for anywhere from 1 to 24 hours depending applying a fresh poultice as needed.

Once the abscess has burst and pus has drained off, apply a poultice of comfrey leaves or root.


Dr. Mom the Kitchen:

Garlic Tea

1 small garlic Clove minced and mashed with a ½ tablespoon of honey

Juice of ¼ Lemon with 2-3 drops of (xxx) Lemon Essential Oil

1 teaspoon of mint or sage

½ teaspoons minced parsely

Let steep for at least 10 minutes and strain. Drink the same day if using mint, however, if using sage it can be kept in the refrigerator and will be good for two days.

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