Warts affect the skin resulting in small and brown protrusions that not only look ugly but are also painful at times. The condition can occur on any part of the body but is commonly seen on face, neck and hands. In some people painful warts occur on the soles of the feet and are termed as plantar warts. Medical treatment of warts is possible via surgery but there is no guarantee that the warts won’t return. For this reason we recommend the use of herbs for treating the infection that causes formation of warts. The herbs help by removing not only the warts but also the infection causing organisms from the skin.
Herbal Remedies For Warts
Fig is a popular herb that is consumed as a fruit and is mostly eaten in dry form and is rich source of iron. Pregnant women and anaemic children are encouraged to eat the fruit on an everyday basis. The herb is also a natural anti-viral that can be used in the treatment of viral infections that includes warts as well.
Figs are easily available in all vegetable shops and you can buy them in bulk and store them for long after drying them in the sun. Take a handful of figs and crush them to make a paste; do not add water. Evenly spread the crushed figs’ paste over the warts and leave for 25 minutes. Remove the paste using only warm water. Repeat the treatment after five hours and follow the same procedure. You can even sleep on with the figs’ paste applied to your face and neck. The treatment should be done twice (or more) a day for six weeks until the warts clear off completely.
Tea Tree essential Oil
Tea tree essential oil is the best formula for treating all kinds of infections including bacterial, viral and fungal. In many OTC and prescribed topical creams for the treatment of warts tea tree essential oil is the major ingredient. But the pure form of the essential oil helps in quicker and better removal of warts and the infection.
Mix 4ml of tea tree essential oil with 2.3 ml of olive or coconut oil and rub the mix properly over the warts. Re-apply the oil mix every 3 hours and wash off the oil next day in the morning with lukewarm water and an anti-bacterial soap. The treatment should be done every three hours for two weeks regularly so as to get rid of the warts completely. Use of tea tree oil will also ensure that the warts fall off painlessly without leaving any scars behind. Continue using the tea tree oil treatment for the next one week as well to ensure the infection doesn’t recur.
Garlic is a known anti-fungal and antibacterial agent. It is used in the treatment of many infections because it effectively gets rid of the infection causing agents from the body. However, garlic works best when consumed in raw form as well along with topical application. The herb can be used in the treatment of warts as well because the enzymes get rid of the infection and the chemicals present in garlic help in easy and quicker removal of warts themselves.
Peel plenty of garlic pods and crush them well to form a paste. Apply the paste all over the affected skin in generous quantity. You can even keep the garlic in place using medical tape. Carefully remove the tape after three hours and wash the skin using plain water. Re-apply the paste after half an hour and follow the same procedure as mentioned. The treatment should be done at least twice a day for 40 days so that the skin is rid of warts forever.
The herb is a popular medicinal plant in northern India and is used for treating many kinds of skin infections including warts. Availability of the fresh herb is restricted toi only certain parts of India but it is widely sold in the market in powder form.
Prepare paste of Indian squill using cold water and cover the warts well with the paste. Remove the paste after 30 minutes using plain water and repeat the treatment after every three hours and at least three times during the day. Herbalists believe that the paste helps clear off warts from the scalp as well.
Many homes in India use marigold as a natural decoration because of its bright color. However, the flower of marigold has immense medicinal values and for this reason it is widely used in Ayurvedic medicines. The flower is especially helpful in the treatment of many kinds of infections including that causing warts.
Gather petals from 4-5 marigold flower (or more depending on the extent of the area that needs to be covered) and crush them using mortar and pestle; add very little water if required. The resulting paste should be of spreadable consistency. Apply the paste over the warts and leave for 45 minutes. Remove the paste using warm water only. Re-apply the paste after 6 hours and follow the same procedure for removal. Perform the treatment twice a day for 4-6 weeks or until the warts are completely gone.
Turmeric is a spicy herb that is both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory in nature and is known to cure many forms of infections. Its antiseptic properties help in faster and better healing of the skin. Therefore, it effectively helps clear the warts and also ensures that there are no scars left behind.
Prepare turmeric powder using turmeric sticks or buy organic turmeric powder from organic food stores. Using organic turmeric will ensure that you use the best and purest form of turmeric. The commercially available spice has preservatives as well as color in it. Mix the turmeric powder with very little spring water to form paste of spreadable consistency. Remove the turmeric paste from the skin after 30 minutes using lemon slices. The lemon slice will sting the warts but will have anti-viral action of them. Repeat the treatment twice a day for 30 days or until the warts all fall off.