You’ve seen and read all this great stuff about the tea tree oil warts remedy, but are there any truths to those claims? Does it actually work? The simple answer is yes, but you need to do it right and you have to use the right stuff. Get those two things right and it might just be the fix you’re looking for if you’re looking for something that:
- Isn’t very painful
- Doesn’t take over a month to get results
- Is all natural
What is it?
What is tea tree oil and where does it truly come from? Don’t let the name fool you like it did me. You see, for the longest time I actually thought tea tree oil was extracted from a tea leaf that was safe for drinking (like green tea, or something like that). Turns out I was completely wrong haha.
Tea tree oil is actually extracted from the leaves of the Australian narrow-leaved paper bark tree (Melaleuca alternifolia). It’s actually toxic if taken internally– like drinking it. External use on the other hand is safe and actually has many benefits.
Australian aborigines have traditionally used tea tree leaves as a folk remedy for hundreds of years to treat all kinds of skin conditions and wounds. Homeopathic doctors also believe that it has powerful antimicrobial properties and like to recommend it for warts, acne and other common skin conditions. Clinical studies have even been done to conclude that the antiviral properties of tea tree oil are promising in treating viral infections.
How do we know it works?
I’m not going to lie to you. There’s really no absolute evidence that it works– but that seems to be the case for these natural, at home wart removal remedies anyways. However, there are many many testimonials by wart suffers just like you and me who swear that tea tree oil works wonders at removing warts. I, myself, am one of the many who swears by it.
I wouldn’t recommend this stuff unless it has actually worked for me personally; which it has. In a desperate attempt to eliminate the ugly warts on my hands, I bought a small bottle (I bought it from Amazon) and tested it on myself. If I remember correctly it took just maybe 2 or 3 weeks to successfully remove the small wart on my pinky. It’s been a while, so I can’t remember exactly how long it took, but I’m pretty confident that it was between 2 to 3 weeks.
I know 2-3 weeks as a starting point can be a long time, so it’s really important that you be consistent. If you don’t have the time or patience to make the commitment to apply TTO every single time then you might want to consider something else. If you’re looking for something faster, I’ve heard that this product can work in as little as 24 hours. It might be something worth considering.
While I only used it to treat warts on my hand, I don’t see why you can’t use tea tree oil for plantar warts as well. While searching for answers myself, I often saw many people talk about tea tree oil plantar wart remedies and such. I would assume it might take a little longer if it’s a large plantar wart though.
Aside from just testimonial of other victims and myself, there are actual clinical studies that have proven the effectiveness of tea tree oil’s antiviral properties. In one clinical study, tea tree oil was tested against the herpes simplex virus in a cell culture. Any virus culture where TTO (tea tree toil) was used showed a significant reduction in concentration.
In the November 2008 issue of “Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice”, it featured a clinical study in which TTO was used to successfully remove the warts on a patient’s finger. The oil was applied topically once per day. After just 12 days, it was gone and there was no sign of the virus. The study suggested that tea tree oil was potentially useful in the treatment of common warts caused by HPV.
How to use it
This is the most important part to get results. Before you try using this tea tree oil wart removal method, it’s absolutely critical that you buy pure essential oils and not the other stuff. The other stuff won’t work. The surest way to make sure you get real pure essential oils is to buy it from a trusted source like Amoils. Otherwise, you can buy it from Amazon if you know exactly what to look for (I recommend this one).
What you will need:
- Disposable nail files
- Transparent Film Dressing (You can buy it here)
- Cotton swabs (Q-tips)
- Pure tea tree essential oil (here’s the exact bottle I bought a while back)
You can do this whenever it is most convenient for you, but I think the best time is at night right; right before going to bed. Why is it best before bed? Because applying the treatment before bed allows you to leave it on the longest without any kind of interruption. The longer you can keep the oil on the wart means the longer the antiviral properties of the oil will be able to work its stuff on the virus.
How to apply tea tree oil to your wart:
- Wash the area where the wart is located with warm water and soap. Dry the area with a clean paper towel. This will clean up the area and soften up the wart a bit for step 2.
- Use one of the disposable nail files and file down the wart. Be careful not to file too deep and cause bleeding. Toss the used nail file after your done.
- This next step is to protect your surrounding healthy skin from getting burned by the tea tree oil. Cut a piece of transparent film dressing a bit larger than the wart that is to be treated. I always give it at least half an inch of coverage from the edge of the wart. Cut a hole in the center of the film dressing just wide enough to fit the wart.
- Place the cut film dressing over the wart; making sure the wart is in the center of the hole.
- Take a clean cotton swab, dip it into the oil and quickly take it out. Let any excess oil drip back into the bottle.
- Gently apply the oil on the wart. Make sure the wart is thoroughly covered with the oil. Toss the used cotton swab once you are done.
- Cut another piece of transparent film dressing (large enough to cover the area) and place it over the wart.
- Leave it on overnight.
- In the morning, remove the transparent film dressing. Wash the area with warm soapy water and dry with clean paper towels.
- Repeat steps 1 through 7 and leave it on until bedtime again. At bedtime, repeat all the steps again.
- Keep doing this every single day until the wart is completely gone.
These steps are basically what I did to remove the wart on my pinky finger. Another reason why I chose to apply the treatment before bed is because during the day, I have to wash my hands numerous times. If your wart that you are treating is located in an area where you can leave it alone all day long without disturbing it then it might be helpful to just continuously apply the treatment (if it doesn’t cause you some kind if rotation, or discomfort). You will still want to clean up the area, apply more oil and a new Band-Aid in the morning.
Again, tea tree oil is toxic if you take it internally. Do not drink it, eat it, etc. It may also cause skin irritation and swelling for some. People have reported a stinging/burning sensation and pain; while others have countered that saying it is completely painless.
The best thing to do is to perform a very small patch test first. Just apply a tiny amount on the healthy skin surrounding your wart. Keep an eye on it for 24 hours or so and see if you get any irritation, or burning sensation. If you do, wash it off and consider a different method—especially if you feel it might be too much for you to handle. If you don’t then it probably means you aren’t very sensitive to it and you should be okay to use tea tree oil for wart removal.
Share your story
That’s about it for this method. Have you had success using tea tree oil for warts removal? Share your story/experience with us if you have. I’m sure it will help out other readers who are looking to try to remedy.
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