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Essential oils like thyme are effective in getting rid of a plantar wart. Photo by Donavan govan

Have you tried an over the counter salicylic acid treatment, cryotherapy (freezing) and other remedies like duct tape and still no luck?  Getting rid of a plantar wart is not always easy and can take time.  If all else has failed, you might like to consider an alternative.

It might be time to bring in the big guns: Lemon, Tea Tree and Thyme essential oils.

How can essential oils helps in getting rid of a plantar wart?

You might be wondering how essential oils can be effective.  Many contain strong antiviral properties and since plantar warts, also known as verrucas, are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), essential oils can be extremely effective.  They also come with the benefit of being less aggressive than over the counter treatments and less painful than something like cryotherapy.

Top 5 essential oils for getting rid of a plantar wart

Essential oils that have antiviral properties, like Lemon, Tea Tree, Niaouli, Manuka,  Kanuka and, in very stubborn cases, Thyme can be used neat on the affected area.

1. Lemon Citrus limonum is something of a “cure all” in many cultures and especially amazing at defending the body against infection.  It is antimicrobial, antiseptic, bactericidal and antiviral and particularly effective for warts.

2. Tea Tree, Melaleuca alternifolia is a natural dettol, brilliant at combating infectious illness and disease.  It is antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, bactericidal & fungicidal.  A real fighter in your wart arsenal.

3. Niaouli Melaleuca viridiflora has a long history of use on wounds and infection.  Not only as good as Tea Tree for the wart treatment, but its skill as a powerful tissue stumulant will help your skin to heal faster.

4. Manuka Leptospermum scoparium and Kanuka kunzea ericoides are relatives of Tea Tree, however originate from New Zealand rather than Australia.  In combination they create a synergy similar to Tea Tree that is just as effective, yet not as strong.  This makes these oils perfect for treating children (over 6 months old) and older people with more delicate skins.

5. Thyme Thymus vulgaris (otherwise known as Red Thyme) is a super-hero essential oil and must be used with care as it may irritate the skin.  However, if used correctly, its antimicrobial, antiseptic and bactericidal properties will take no wart prisoner for particularly enduring cases where other treatments and other essential oils have failed.  If Thyme is used in any synergy, protect the surrounding skin with Pawpaw ointment or some type of organic lip balm.

Essential oil recipe for plantar wart treatment

You’ll need the following to make your own essential oil treatment at home:

  • A sterilised 15ml glass bottle or beaker
  • Choice of 2 or 3 essential oils with antiviral properties
  • Cotton bud or cue tip for application

Mix together equal amount of the chosen essential oils in the bottle, then rub the bottle between your hands for the “synergy” effect.  (In Aromatherapy, synergy is a crucial alchemical process that magnifies the effectiveness of the essential oils through combination with each other.) Apply to the wart or cluster of warts 2-3 times a day.  Cover with a clean  plaster following each application.  Cover the synergy – 15ml should last at least one month of daily usage. NB.  Only 3 drops of Thyme essential oil should be added so be sure to use at least another two essential oils.

Essential oils are effective in getting rid of plantar warts

The antiviral properties of essential oils of Lemon, Tea Tree, Niaouli, Manuka,  Kanuka and Thyme make an effective treatment for plantar warts.

You might also want to look a little deeper as to why you’re getting plantar warts.  Louise Hay offers an interesting take on the cause of warts, writing that they represent “little expressions of hate.  Belief in ugliness.”  If you can see this in your life, then your new thought pattern should be:

I am the love and the beauty of Life in full expression.

Now that should do the trick!

Dedicated to A & J ;)

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