Just about everyone, you talk to has had a wart at one time or another. A virus causes these fleshy raised areas of grainy tissue. They typically are not a serious thing, more unsightly and a nuisance that anything else.
Occasionally you may have one or your child may have them. Warts are very common in some children.
If left alone, they will usually go away on their own with time. Like most of us, we can start picking at them. They can become infected and actually spread. Spread on your own body or to others in the family.
The virus, human papilloma virus that causes them is contagious in varying degrees to others, usually by using the same towels to dry hands or stepping on the same shower mats.
Most common warts, the ones found on fingers, hands, and verruca’s (plantar's warts) toes and feet can be around for anywhere from 6 months to a couple of years, depending on the persons immune system.
Then again, sometimes they just seem to disappear overnight!
To battle this virus you might want to try a few essential oils to try to shorten this amount of time. With the wide variety of essential oils listed, if the first few don’t work, you have others to choose from.
Some of the most common essential oils used against the common wart are: Tea Tree, Thyme ct linalool, Clove bud, Oregano, Geranium, Lemon, Lavender, Cypress, Bergamot (Bergamot FCF should be used on any skin that may be exposed to sunlight), Rosemary, Cinnamon leaf, Ravensara, Ravintsara and Juniper berry. Any essential oil that has antiviral properties could also be used.
There are several essential oils you can apply to the wart and the skin around the wart to help hasten the disappearance. Essential oils will not make the wart fall off. It will help the body’s defenses to rid the body of the virus causing the wart.
We have read that you can apply a drop of essential oil to a bandage and then place the bandage over the wart. Do this daily.
Although we don’t advocate the use of essential oils this way, we do know of folks that say it works. Would we try it? Not without the essential oils being diluted first in a carrier oil/lotion/cream.
The problem with the above method is you might be wearing a bandage for a very long time and over time the bandage sticking to the skin can cause its own problems. In addition, trapping essential oils next to the skin can cause other skin irritations.
Essential oils are strong and prolonged contact undiluted can be more detrimental than helpful.
The better solution is to soak your hand or affected area in warm water for 10 minutes or so (taking a nightly bath will usually suffice). You can add some essential oils to the bath if you wish – use whichever ones you enjoy for bathing.
They should not be some of the ones listed for warts. The stronger oils like Thyme, Oregano and Clove bud can be very irritating to the skin in a bath. Once the bath is done apply the following blend that has been mixed with a carrier oil to the area on and around the wart.
Dry the skin well by patting it before applying this blend. Then apply a drop or two of the carrier oil mixed blend to the wart. Apply daily for up to 10 days. Then discontinue for 1 week.
Repeat for another 10 days and off for 1 week. If you do not see any difference in the wart, essential oils may not work for you.
Blend essential oils together in a one-ounce bottle. Then add 1 tablespoon Jojoba. Shake to blend. Then apply one drop to the wart using a fine or thin tipped pipette. Let soak in.
You do not need to cover this with a bandage, as the Jojoba should soak into the wart and surrounding skin within a minute or two. If it doesn’t, then wipe the excess oil away.
Repeat 2-4 times daily. Use for 10 days then discontinue for 1 week. Repeat applying for 10 days, and discontinue for 1 week.
Blend essential oils together in a one-ounce bottle. Then add 1 tablespoon Tamanu. Shake to blend. Then apply one drop to the wart a fine or thin tipped pipette. Let soak in.
You do not need to cover this with a bandage, as the blend should soak into the wart and surrounding skin within a minute or two.
If it doesn’t, then wipe the excess oil away. Repeat 2-4 times daily. Use for 10 days then discontinue for 1 week. Repeat applying for 10 days, and discontinue for 1 week.
If at any time, you develop sensitivity or additional irritation you should discontinue and seek out other methods to help with your warts.
Essential oils do not work for everyone with warts.
DO NOT use essential oils on the genital area or near your eyes. If you have genital warts please see your medical practitioner.
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