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Top 10 Oils For Removing Warts And Killing The Virus That Causes Them
Warts are an ugly, ugly business, aren’t they? They aren’t caused by any of the old wives’ tales about warts. Warts are caused by a virus, most times, the human papillomavirus or HPV. When the virus enters the skin through a tiny crack or cut, even just a scratch, it stimulates a rapid growth of cells on the outside of the skin- which is what gives you that lovely wart.
To truly get rid of warts once and for all, you need to not only remove the wart, but kill the virus that caused it in the first place.
This is where essential oils come in. There are many essential oils which first “burn” off the wart, then kill the virus.
Please, if you suffer from genital warts, do not try any of these methods. See your doctor for treatment.
By the way, you can spread the wart to others since it is a virus. If the wart should touch another person or an object, such as a touchpad, and someone else touches it and they have an open wound, you can pass this on so please keep the wart covered.
Most over the counter treatments involve salicylic acid or cryogenic kits that burn off the wart but do nothing to treat the virus, which means it can grow back.
If you have a wart, or worse, an annoying wart that keeps returning, try one of the following 10 essential oils which will kill the virus causing the problem.
1. Ginger Oil
Ginger has powerful antiviral compounds. It has been shown in several studies to work against viruses where even drugs are ineffective.
2. Thyme Oil
Like ginger, thyme oil is a very effective antiviral oil that works well against skin viruses.
3. Oregano Essential Oil
Oregano oil is one of the best oils for burning off warts as it is very “hot”. It also contains compounds called carvacrol, which is a known antiviral agent.
4. Tea Tree oil
This is one of the most amazing essential oils around. Keep some in your first aid kit at all times. Tea Tree oil has been tested over and over and found to be very effective against viruses. It has not one, but four powerful antiviral compounds. It is one of the best all-around oils for everything from acne to toenail fungus to healing scars.
5. Lemongrass Essential Oil
In one study involving the antiviral effects of 12 essential oils on the herpes simplex type 1 virus, (which is the typical cause of most cold sores), it was lemongrass essential oil which came out on top of the heap. Not only did this oil kill the cold sore but it also kills all infected cells. Whether this oil would work just as well with the virus that causes warts is unknown as it has yet to be scientifically tested but it does work wonders with shingles as well.
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6. Clove Oil
Clove oil is not only an antiviral but it is also an antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory that works like crazy when it comes to killing most viruses. One of the great things about clove oil is that it is also a natural anesthetic, which can help to ease the pain of burning off that wart.
7. Cajeput Oil
This oil is similar to Tea Tree oil and comes from the same family. Many users of essential oils use this to treat viral infections of all kinds.
8. Peppermint Oil
This is one of the most commonly used oils around and is very easy to find. Peppermint oil is effective against some viruses, including the herpes virus. If you decide to use peppermint oil, use it at the very first sign of the wart as it is most effective at that point.
9. Eucalyptus Oil
This is another very common oil that can be found almost everywhere. It’s not quite as powerful as tea tree oil but if you have some at home, and can’t be bothered to shop for something else, it is certainly worth using.
10. Manuka Oil
Native to New Zealand, Manuka oil comes from the leaves of Manuka trees. This is one of the most powerful antiviral and antibacterial compounds available. Honey made from Manuka trees is one of the strongest antibacterial agents around. This oil works best when used at the first sign of a wart as it prevents the virus from taking hold. Even used later it can be very effective as it stops the virus from reproducing, which will kill it over time.
The simplest way to use these oils is to mix 10 drops of your chosen oil into a teaspoon of jojoba or coconut oil and store in a bottle. Apply one or two drops of this mixture twice each day to the wart and cover with a bandage or cloth to force the oil to stay on the wart and to avoid infecting others. Continue for another 3 days after the wart has fallen off.
If you have sensitive skin, you can use lavender essential oil. This won’t work as quickly as the other oils listed above, but its gentle and safe for those with sensitive skin or for children.
If you are looking for the most powerful method of getting rid of wart, try this recipe:
- 1 Tablespoon of jojoba oil
- 4 Drops of lemongrass oil
- 2 Drops of tea tree oil
- 2 Drops of Manuka oil
- 2 Drops of eucalyptus oil
Mix this in a container and apply two drops to the wart two or three times each day. Continue for another 3 days after the wart is gone to ensure that you have killed all the virus infected cells.
Once you have finished treatment, be sure to apply an oil that will nurse your skin back to good health. For the next 7 days after you have finished your treatment, mix one tablespoon of coconut oil with 6 drops of tea tree oil and 6 drops of lavender oil. Apply twice a day to the infected area.
Always be sure to give your body time when using essential oils. If your chosen oil shows no effects after two weeks, try changing oils or using a combination of oils.