Warts are a very common – in unsightly – skin condition. It is caused by an infection of the human papilloma virus (HPV) which contrary to popular belief is not just sexually transmitted: more often, the infection occurs when the virus enters into a cut in the skin and can frequently happen in places like public pools. The good news is, however, that there are many natural ways to kill the virus off and treat the warts naturally. Some of the best treatments for this are discussed below.
Home Remedies for Warts
While viruses can sometimes be more difficult to treat than bacteria, there actually many herbs out there that have anti-viral properties to kill off the HPV or other properties which help relieve signs and symptoms of the infection while it is being treated. These herbal remedies include:
Goldenseal has long been valued for its anti-viral properties and a tincture of it can be applied directly to the wart on a daily basis to help kill off the virus causing the wart in the first place. The goldenseal can also be taken orally to help boost the immune system in general and help the body fight off the infection.
Basil has strong, aromatic volatile oils which have anti-microbial and anti-viral properties, making it a great choice to help kill of the HPV. Applying the crushed leaves to the wart daily, then bandaging the area can greatly help speed up the healing process.
Garlic has been used to treat a variety of infections since ancient times, and its active compounds like allicin have, in various clinical studies, proven to be effective against viruses. To use, make a paste out of crushed, peeled garlic cloves, apply it to the wart, and then cover with bandage. Make sure, however, to only apply it to the wart itself as garlic has a caustic effect and can irritating the surrounding healthy tissue. The wart should fall off in around a week if this treatment is continued.
The gel from the aloe vera plant, applied to the wart, can reducing inflammation in the area and soften the wart itself (making it easier to remove) while its antiviral properties can work against the HPV itself.