Warts are benign growths on the skin and are not very pleasant to have or even look at. There are a wide variety of warts that include; plantar warts which are more common on the feet, facial warts, flat warts that occur everywhere on the body and genital warts among many others. All these warts are caused by the HPV (human papilloma virus) regardless of their name or location. Warts should also not be confused with other skin conditions that may appear like warts but are not. A telltale sign for warts are the black spots in the middle of the warts that are present when the wart is drying. They have similar color to the skin and are normally painless except when they occur on the soles of the feet and are thus not easy to detect. Warts can be particularly contagious especially when they are located on the hands or on the soles of the feet and are commonly transmitted by sharing of personal effects such as towels and also through exposed cracks or cuts in the feet especially in public bathrooms and such.
Under normal circumstances, the body’s immune system is able to fight off the HPV virus on its own. However, often times than not even some long term treatments may prove ineffective in the treatment of warts. This may be mainly attributed to a weakened immune system or exposure to much stress that causes improper body function. Wart remedies work by stimulating the skin and the immune system to flush out the virus and rid of the infection by exfoliating the skin from the warts. Common remedies to warts include salicylic acid which burns off the wart from the skin. However, this process is quite slow as the acid takes a long time to get rid completely of the warts and requires daiy use. The wart could also be frozen out painlessly in a process called cryotherapy which uses chemicals to create freezing conditions that render the papilloma virus inactive and causing the wart to fall off. This method is also quite ineffective as it only makes the virus inactive for as long as the temperatures remain low meaning that the virus is not killed and becomes active once temperature returns to normal on the affected area. Essential oils are a perfect natural remedy for warts as they act to stimulate blood flow to the affected area ensuring supply of blood cells responsible for immunity. These cells destroy the virus and rid the skin of warts. The essential oils also burn off warts from the skin surface and help support the skin after the warts have been healed by nourishing the skin and thus helping restore it to full health. Essential oils also have numerous antimicrobial properties that kill off viruses that cause warts. Some essential oils also have stress relief properties that help reduce the possibility of development of further warts and the spread of the wart-causing virus as stress is a causative factor for the rapid development and spread of warts. Genital, anal and larynx warts should however be given special care by a medical practitioner as such warts are quite precarious and may require special assistance. Homemade essential oil remedies should not be used on these areas of the body.
Essential oils can be used as standalone remedies for warts without mixing them with other oils or substances. A better way to rid the skin of warts would be to blend together two or more essential oils with substances such as apple cider vinegar to make a very potent and effective remedy against warts. The more potent oils are recommended to be accompanied with carrier oils that not only balance out the potency of the essential oil but also supplement the resultant concoction with their own range of beneficial properties that not only help get rid of warts but also help restore the skin back to full health.
- 1 Here is a list of essential oils that are useful and effective in treating warts.
- 1.1 Tea Tree Oil
- 1.2 Clove Oil
- 1.3 Oregano Essential Oil
- 1.4 Lemon Essential Oil
- 1.5 Frankincense Essential Oil
- 1.6 Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 1.7 Peppermint Essential Oil.
- 1.8 Manuka Essential Oil
- 1.9 Cajeput Oil
- 1.10 Thyme Oil
- 1.11 Ginger Oil
- 1.12 Santolina Insularis
- 1.13 Lavender Essential Oil
- 1.14 Grapefruit Seed Oil
- 1.15 Cypress Essential Oil
- 1.16 Juniper Essential Oil
- 1.17 Sage Essential Oil
- 1.18 Thuja Essential Oil
- 1.19 Cinnamon Essential Oil
Here is a list of essential oils that are useful and effective in treating warts.
This oil is the most popular when it comes to natural wart treatment remedies. Tea tree essential oil has numerous antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral elements that help clear out the virus that causes development of warts. The oil sterilizes the area on and around the wart and cures the wart effectively by this nature. The oil also improves circulation of blood thus increasing supply of immune cells that work to eliminate the infection and prevent subsequent infection from residual viruses. This oil is also one of the best remedies for the treatment of acne and psoriasis.
Clove essential oil is a potent oil containing substances such as thymol and carvacrol that have excellent antiviral properties which work to kill off the HPV virus that causes warts leading to a wart free skin surface. The oil is also a natural mild anesthetic that helps ease the pain of burning off the wart.
This essential oil has a strong immune boosting property that enables the body to fight off and eliminate warts. The oil has a hot burning sensation and can cause irritation of the skin and this helps it to burn off warts by virtue of its active ingredient, carvacrol. Oregano essential oil is quite potent and is commonly used with carrier oils to ensure a safe and effective treatment against warts. The oil helps against a wide variety of warts and is thus, highly regarded as a cure for warts.
Lemon essential oil has been confirmed to treat against the herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores and also against shingles. This essential oil adds to its battery of benefits strong antibacterial and antiviral properties that enhance its effectiveness in the removal of warts. The oil is, however, photosensitive and should be used while indoors to prevent irritation of the skin.
The essential oil presents with it many antiviral elements that help rid the skin of warts by eliminating the HPV virus that causes warts. The oil also improves circulation of blood ensuring ample supply of immune cells that work to eliminate any residual infection and prevent subsequent infection by the wart causing virus. Frankincense essential oil also carries with it astringent elements that help to restore the skin to perfect health thus making it a suitable remedy for warts.
The oil is also a good remedy against warts though not as potent as other oils such as the tea tree oil. The oil works to clear out the virus that causes warts. For enhanced potency, the oil could be blended with another essential oil such as the tea tree oil.
Peppermint Essential Oil.
This essential oil is effective against cold sores and is also used to treat against warts. The oil enhances blood circulation nourishing the affected areas with immune cells that work against the wart-causing virus. The oil is not as potent as other essential oils in the treatment of warts and is thus recommended to be used in blends with other essential oils for maximized results.
This essential oil is useful in the treatment of warts as it helps prevent the rapid spread of viruses. This oil is recommended when warts are detected early enough as it curbs the growth of the wart causing its premature death and helping prevent the development of subsequent warts.
Cajeput essential oil is derived from the same plant family as the tea tree. The oil is commonly used as treatment against numerous viral infections and when blended with other essential oils, makes a very effective and potent treatment for warts.
Thyme essential oil is a great antiviral remedy and even helps remove several drug resistant viral infections. The oil also enhances blood circulation within the skin nourishing affected areas with white blood cells responsible for immunity. The cells work to eliminate the virus and also preventing subsequent infection by residual viruses.
Ginger essential oil is a great antiviral agent that helps rid the skin of the HPV virus that causes warts. The oil is however, not as potent as other essential oils and is thus recommended to be used in conjunction with other essential oils such as oregano or lemon essential oil to ensure maximum effectiveness and also balance out the irritation brought about by using oregano essential oil.
This oil is not easily available. It is an oil in the chamomile family and has several antibacterial and antiviral infections that help prevent the spread of viruses between cells effectively killing them.
This sweetly scented oil has been used over a long period of time to treat various skin conditions. It has few antiviral properties which make it a good treatment against warts. Since this essential oil is not as potent as others in treating warts, it can be used in conjunction with frankincense essential oil to make a gentle blend that can be useful for children or people with sensitive skin. Lavender oil is also popular in aromatherapy aimed at reducing stress levels which may cause rapid development and spread of warts. This helps the skin maintain proper health for a longer period of time.
This oil works in the same fashion as lemon essential oil. It provides antiviral elements that work to kill off viruses and burn off the wart. The essential oil is however not as hot as the lemon essential oil and is thus recommended for sensitive skin and for children.
This is another remedy useful in the treatment of warts. The oil has numerous antiseptic properties that help kill off the papilloma virus and effectively getting rid of warts from the skin. The oil is also quite gentle on the skin and is thus suitable for sensitive skin and for children. Cypress oil also adds to its array of beneficial properties an astringent that helps make fast the process of restoring the skin back to full health. The oil works very well on its own without mixing with other oils as a remedy but can also be used together with other oils such as lemon essential oil to increase potency and effectiveness in the treatment of warts.
Thuja essential oil has numerous antiviral properties that help rid the skin of warts by killing off the HPV virus causing them. The oil also enhances blood circulation and stimulates the supply of immune cells to the affected area thus allowing the body to naturally and effectively deal with the warts and their causative microorganisms. The oil is thus useful even after the removal of the wart in maintaining a healthy immune system and preventing subsequent infection by the papilloma virus.
The oil has been used historically by a wide range of the world’s populace as a skin tonic. The oil contains antiseptic agents that fight off the HPV virus that causes the warts. This causes the warts to dry out on their own. The oil also stimulates supply of blood to the affected areas bringing with it immune cells that eliminate the HPV virus ensuring safety from subsequent infection by the wart. The oil is also proven to be effective in blood purification hence promotes the overall health of the body. In addition to this, the oil is also an effective astringent as it helps speed up the healing process of the skin after removal of the wart.
To remove the warts, the essential oils could be mixed with a carrier oil to make a simple blend that burns off the warts. A suitable essential oil for this sort of blend would be the stronger oils such as lemon and thyme essential oils. These are mixed with jojoba or almond oil as carrier oil. The blend is dabbed onto the wart with a cotton bud and covered with a bandage to ensure maximum seepage of the oil to within the skin structure. For sensitive skin, much gentler blends could be made by mixing lavender oil with frankincense essential oil or grape seed extract and applied in a similar manner as previous remedy. This blend works best with children as the more potent oils could harm their sensitive skin.
Stronger blends could be made for the more persistent warts by mixing few drops of the stronger essential oils such as lemon, thyme and oregano with jojoba carrier oil. This blend is quite potent and hot and should be tested first on the bottom of the foot. The blend is not recommended for facial skin due to its potency and should not be used on sensitive skin. Apply the blend to the wart by dabbing on the wart with cotton wool and covering with a bandage. If irritation occurs, wash off the oil from the wart, not with water, but with olive or coconut oil. The process should be done twice or thrice a day for maximum results.
After the warts have been burnt off, other skin care oils such as coconut or lavender oil should be applied onto the skin in order to restore the skin back to health. This application also works to prevent the wart from returning.
When using essential oils to treat warts, patience must be exercised. Start with the less potent oils and blends and work your way up in order to ascertain the perfect spectrum of oil potency that works with your skin. This will help prevent damage of sensitive skin by the more potent oils and thus maintaining an overly healthy skin surface. However, if the warts persist even after use of essential oils, you could incorporate the essential oils with the traditional wart treatments such as salicylic acid. This will ensure the salicylic acid burns off the wart entirely and the essential oils kill off the viruses that cause the warts in the first place. The oils will also help restore the skin to full health. It is also imperative to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle so as to ensure a healthy immune system and maintain practices that reduce stress levels at a minimum. This ensures a consistently healthy skin and overall good health.