The outer layer of your skin is subject to many different bumps, bruises, and unwanted growths. Hiding your hands won’t do the trick. When warts strike, it’s suggested to take immediate action to speed up the healing process. With the help of natural cures for warts, you can get a much-needed boost from Mother Nature.
What are Warts?
Common warts are the handiwork of a virus that causes non-cancerous skin growths to develop. Warts are typically nothing to be alarmed about and often vanish without any treatment. However, the appearance of a wart creates embarrassment and disgust for the unsightly growth. It is important to note that common warts differ from moles because they are not cancerous. Most of the time, a common wart will develop on a hand or finger. Treatment will help stop the spread of the warts to other parts of your body or to other people.
Causes and Symptoms
It is human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes warts to attack the body. The virus is responsible for a rapid growth of cells that take place on the outer layer of the skin. With more than 60 kinds of HPV, there is more than one type linked to the warts that grow on the skin. You should also know that there are also certain kinds of HPV that cause warts to develop in the genital region.
You must have direct contact with HPV in order to develop a wart. The virus is spread through person-to-person contact or when you come in direct contact with an object that was used by a person with the virus .
Wart Natural Cures
Since you cannot conceal your hands and fingers from the world for long periods of time, you should get acquainted with some of the non-chemical methods of treating skin growths. The following natural cures for warts can get you back to healthy-looking skin faster than waiting for the growths to disappear on their own:
The Native Americans used milkweed to treat warts. Tear off a leaf from the plant and directly apply the milky white substance that oozes out to your growths.
If you come across an over-the-counter ointment that contains bloodroot, keep in mind that it contains components that fight warts.
If you don’t have access to fresh birch bark, you can add 2 teaspoons of powdered birch bark to one cup of boiling water to make a tea. Allow it to settle for about 10 minutes. You may either drink the tea or directly apply it to your warts.
d) Raw Potato:
Apply a slice of raw potato to a wart for about 10 minutes every day to promote the removal of warts.
Apply the inner peel of a banana to a wart and place a rubber band over the peel to hold in place like a bandage. Constant use of the peel can help speed the healing process of the wart. Change the peel two times per day.
f) Castor Oil:
A regular treatment for warts may involve the application of castor oil, which changes the texture of the growths to encourage their disappearance. Some people may use camphor oil instead of castor oil for a similar treatment.
Gently apply clove oil to affected skin for at least two times per day to see results.
You may crush a clove of garlic and apply to a wart. Cover with a bandage.
i) Grapefruit Juice:
A drop of fresh grapefruit juice is said to work wonders for skin plagued with a wart. Apply to the growth and cover with a Band-Aid. Repeat this natural cure for three to four times per day. Continuous application of the juice will encourage warts to vanish faster.
The daily consumption of the juice of coriander leaves can help cure a case of warts. Add a pinch of turmeric to one teaspoon of the juice.
k) Apple Cider Vinegar:
Use the acidic nature of apple cider vinegar to treat warts. Apply to affected area and cover with a bandage.
The white fleshy part of a lemon peel (called the ‘pith’) fights warts when directly applied to the skin.
m) Euphorbia Plant:
Treat skin affected with warts with the milky juice that comes out of the euphorbia plant (also known as leafy spurge in the United States). The weed in found throughout the U.S. in states, such as Washington, South Dakota, and Montana.
The juice of the celandine plant has a reputation for being an effective natural wart treatment. Apply the juice directly to warts. Another way to use celandine for your warts is to use the dried herb to make a tea. This too is directly applied to the warts. It is suggested to repeat the process several times per day for about one week.
o) Aloe Vera:
Apply fresh aloe vera juice directly to a wart, which will speed the healing process and help dissolve the skin growths.
p) Castor Oil:
Warm a small amount of castor oil and apply to a piece of gauze. Rub your warts with the remedy for 30 minutes – three times per day. Some people have also applied warm castor oil to a Band-Aid to reach the same results. It is suggested to change the Band-Aid two times per day.
q) Tea Tree Oil:
Some have successfully dissolved their warts within 7 to 20 days by applying tea tree oil to the affected area.
Extract the sap from a dandelion stem for a healing treatment for warts.
Known for combating warts, willow contains properties that can heal growths. Because of this, you will find over-the-counter remedies that contain willow. For those of you lucky enough to have a willow tree in your backyard, you can enjoy the same effects by taping a piece of inner bark to your warts. Make sure to change the dressing every day.
Cover one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds with water in a cup. Allow the seeds to soak for about two days in the refrigerator. Eventually, the seeds with break down into a consistency resembling an ointment. This solution makes a natural treatment for warts when applied once per day. Don’t forget to allow the remedy to dry so that it can work its magic.
u) Indian Sorrel:
Indian sorrel leaves can be made into a paste or poultice that when applied directly to warts, can lessen its appearance.
v) Banyan Tree:
While not abundant in the United States, the banyan tree is found in India, which possesses a milky sap in its green leaves that has been used to treat warts. The sap smoothes out the skin and encourages the wart to fall off.
w) Lemon Juice:
Rub freshly cut lemon slices over warts to encourage a speedier recovery.