They might be stuck to you, but you aren’t stuck with them. Get rid of your warts with these effective essential oil remedies.
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The Best Essential Oils For Warts And How To Use Them
After years of research on essential oils, the studies show that essential oils are useful in treating a host of viral infections including warts. Check out the best essential oil remedies for warts here:
1. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil known for its anti-fungal and antiviral effects.
It is an example of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine approach for treating warts. It kills head lice, and according to the Mayo Clinic, that isn’t all it eradicates.
Tea tree oil is useful in treating and clearing out genital warts alongside other types of warts, eczema, acne, scars, and psoriasis.
How to use tea tree oil
For use, apply a drop of diluted tea tree oil directly to the wart.
For dilution, you ought to mix one drop of the essential oil with one or two drops of the carrier oil.
An example of carrier oil to use is coconut oil.
After applying the diluted oil, you will experience a burning sensation or an inflammation. Don’t worry – that is the oil in action.
The burning sensation leads to a reduction in the size of the wart.
You’ll have to apply the oil for some weeks.
Some people have sensitivities to tea tree oil. For your safety, you should always test the oil on your arm first.
If within 24 hours you show no signs of a reaction, you can use teat tree oil safely.
You should never take tea tree oil internally through your mouth or the vagina.
Discontinue if the irritation is too uncomfortable.
2. Oregano oil
Some studies report that oregano oil exhibits a lot of power against microbial strains like Salmonella and E. coli.
The oil also combats warts.
All these power of oregano oil lie in the antiviral and the antibacterial properties it possesses.
The potent ingredient in oregano oil responsible for banishing warts is Carvacrol. Carvacrol is a monoterpene phenol useful in the suppression and the elimination of HPV, the virus responsible for warts.
It has fast-acting antiviral activity.
Oregano essential oil works best for the stubborn and painful plantar warts.
How to use
Apply the oil on the warts directly, twice (or even four times) daily, until the warts disappear.
You can also use oregano oil for flat and periungual warts.
Oregano is a hot oil, and you may want to dilute it with a carrier oil like coconut oil to prevent unnecessary and uncomfortable burning of the skin.
Mix 25 drops of oregano oil with two tbsp. of coconut oil.
3. Lemon Oil
This is an essential oil that possesses potent antiviral properties. Lemon oil proves useful in the elimination of viral infections like Herpes Simplex type 1 virus – think cold sores.
Besides cold sores, lemon oil treats shingles, chicken pox, and warts.
Lemon oil also has antibacterial, astringent, and antiseptic properties – all these are important in treating warts.
Besides treating warts, the fresh and uplifting aroma or lemon oil make this a top note oil.
Using lemon oil
You should be careful when using lemon oil out in the sun or around ultraviolet light because it is a phototoxic oil which will cause skin sensitization.
4. Frankincense essential oil
Frankincense essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties hence the use of the oil in wound care.
It’s also useful in treating and removing warts thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.
The anti-inflammatory effects, as well as the antiseptic properties of Frankincense oil, are the reason why you can also use the oil to treat ringworms, eczema, and other skin infections.
The oil is also thought to boost immune function which is a plus when controlling warts and bacterial infections.
5. Lavender oil
This sweet-scented essential oil boasts antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.
These active biological properties are the reason why lavender oil is ideal for the treatment of microbial infections especially the ones affecting the skin.
You can use lavender oil to treat plantar warts since it will reduce the pain and the irritation. The soothing aroma of lavender oil makes this oil perfect for soothing the body and mind.
How to use Lavender oil
You should dab lavender oil directly on the wart twice daily. You can also apply lavender oil on a pad, and the fasten the pad against the wart using a bandage.
6. Thyme oil
Thyme oil is rich in antimicrobial elements which means that this oil is your best companion in the fight against warts. It treats skin infections like Candida too.
How to use thyme oil
Although the treatment process will take longer than most other methods (over the counter wart-removal products), thyme offers a gentle approach to treating warts, with no side effects.
7. Eucalyptus oil
Like tree oil, this native Australian oil is a natural remedy used extensively to treat several microbial infections.
Wart removal is possible with eucalyptus oil thanks to the oil’s antiviral and antiseptic properties.
Even though the camphor-like smell is irritating to some people, the oil is skin-friendly. It doesn’t irritate or sensitize the skin.
Using eucalyptus oil
Since this essential oil is harsh to some people, you should consider diluting the oil with a carrier oil like almond or kernel oil.
Essential Oil Blends for Warts
While essential oils are known to treat and remove warts, there are numerous cases where the results are less than satisfactory.
The main reason why essential oils may fail to work is the result of incorrect use of the oils.
One of the longest held secrets for the efficient functioning of essential oils is this – essential oils work best when combined to form a blend.
Ways of using essential oils to treat warts:
- Direct application
The most efficient way of using essential oils is the direct application of the essential oil or the oil blend on the wart(s).
When applied to the affected area regularly, the essential oils lead to the elimination of human papillomavirus, the virus responsible for warts.
Besides treating warts, essential oils have soothing effects on the skin.
Besides relaxing (the oils are also used in aromatherapy), the oils reduce irritation and pain resulting from warts (plantar warts).
For the most effective results, we recommend cleaning of the wart using warm wart for a few minutes before applying the oil.
Doing this softens and cleans the wart enhancing oil absorption.
If the essential oil you are using doesn’t cause irritation or burning, say lavender oil, apply it undiluted without spilling it on the skin surrounding the infected area.
Always use a clean cotton ball to apply the oil.
You may fix your oil-soaked cotton ball/ pad on the wart, bandage it, and leave overnight.
- Using oil blends
This is the most efficient way of using essential oils to treat warts. This is because blending boosts the healing power of the oils increases.
The best oil blend recipe for warts
Ingredients: 10 drops or oregano oil,10 drops of tea tree oil, 10 drops of Frankincense oil, and a tablespoon each of virgin coconut oil and apple cider vinegar.
How to make the blend: Blend all the above ingredients in a small bowl then transfer it all to a glass dropper. Keep the bottle closed tightly after every use.
Application: add three drops of essential oil to a cotton ball and then apply it to the wart(s) directly. Repeat treatment until the warts disappear.
- Oil baths
Besides blending, you can add the essential oils to your bath water (warm) and then soak the affected part of your body in the oil-infused water for about 15 minutes daily.
The advantage of oil baths is that you get to experience the therapeutic properties of the essential oils as they penetrate the skin gradually.
The oil bath will also heal other skin conditions besides warts.
The use of essential oils and other natural remedies prove to be effective in treating warts.
They are easy to use, and they come with no side effects. They are also cheaper than some medical interventions.
If you do use essential oils, ensure that you are not sensitive or allergic to the oil.
For your safety, go for the high-quality essential oils and carrier oils.