Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). There are more than 100 types of HPV, and different types of the virus cause different types of warts. Most types of HPV cause relatively harmless conditions such as common warts, although other types of HPV can cause more serious disease.
Wart viruses are passed from one person to another, they can also be passed indirectly by touching a towel or object used by someone who has the virus. Each person’s immune system responds to the HPV virus differently, so not everyone who comes in contact with HPV will warts, although people who have a weakened immune system are more at risk.
Once someone has a wart, it can be spread to other parts of their body. Biting your nails also can cause warts to spread on your fingertips and around your nails.
The good news is that so many essential oils have anti-viral properties so using a synergy of essential oils on the wart may be very helpful.
There have been a lot of reports on the traditional use of using a drop or two of lemon essential oil (undiluted) directly on the wart being successful.
For children (12 or younger) dilute the essential oil/synergy in a carrier at a 5% dilution. (10 drops essential oil to 10 ml carrier). Some people like to use cider vinegar, while others like to use a carrier oil. Use a Q-tip or cotton ball to apply directly to the wart. Do be careful not to apply the oil/synergy directly to uninfected skin. Apply twice a day. Some people suggest covering this with a band-aid. Other oils that have often been suggested as being successful for the treatment of warts are Cypress and Tea Tree, however you could experiments and create a blend/s with a variety of antiviral oils.
Other antiviral essential oils one could consider include: Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Bud, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Melissa, Niaouli, Palmarosa, Ravintsara, Rosemary ct. verbenone, Thyme ct. linalool. As always, one should keep in mind any specific contra-indications for the individual.Return to Article Archives