Warts are small round tumors of the skin, caused by a virus infection. The medical term for this is verrucae.
Other than being embarrassing, warts can be irritating and painful. As warts are viral in nature, they can certainly spread to other locations on one's body ... or to other people.
As individuals, we often respond differently to different oils. One essential oil may produce great results for one person while seemingly doing nothing for another person. This is why we have listed several oils here. Use what you already have on hand, and if the first oil doesn't work, try the second or third one on the list.
If the affected person is under 12 years of age, it is important to dilute the essential oils beforehand. In the case of treating warts, it is recommended to dilute your essential oils in apple cider vinegar for maximum effectiveness.
If you suffer from either recurrent or a large number of warts, your immune system may need help and you should consult a health-care practitioner. (Purchon, 328)
Oils for Warts
- Apply 1 drop of oil (neat) to the center of the wart. Try to be precise in your application and cautious not to touch the surrounding area. You might even use a Q-Tip for application.
- Repeat this daily. It may take a number of weeks to see your desired results, but be consistent. This is an effective remedy.
Antiviral essential oils are recommended and are mentioned in our additional research below:
"A very simple and effective local treatment is to use [tea tree essential oil] neat, directly on the wart. Take a single drop of [tea tree essential oil] on the end of a toothpick or orange stick, and drop it on to the center of the wart. Put a dry cover over the wart and keep it covered. This treatment should be repeated every day until the wart shrivels and drops off. Some warts will dissappear in less than a week, and others may take up to a month to do so." (Davis, 310)
Antiviral essential oils that show promise when used for warts are cinnamon bark, lemon and lime. (Price, 90-91)
Combine 10 drops lemon essential oil and 5 drops cypress essential oil with 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar. Put all three ingredients into a glass container with lid and shake well to combine. Using a cotton ball, apply to the wart twice a day, avoiding the unaffected skin. (Worwood, 191)
This article in Natural News suggests the use of tea tree, clove, lavender or frankincense essential oils among other suggestions for natural treatments.
Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy an A-Z. (2000), p. 310
Price, Shirley & Price, Len. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Fourth Edition. (2012). p. 90-91
Purchon, Nerys & Cantele, Lora. The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness. (2014). p. 328
Worwood, Valerie. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. (1991). p. 191