DISCLAIMER: The FDA is really cracking down on those who recommend using essential oils, even when common sense is applied. Since I’m not a medical professional, what you read below should be taken as a story of what I’ve done in my home with my body and not a recommendation of what you should do for yourself. If you decide to try this “remedy” and it doesn’t end up being the miracle cure you always hoped for, my lawyers tell me I’m officially off the hook because I’ve given you this solid disclaimer. Side note: I don’t have lawyers – what normal person has a team of lawyers?
Warts are gross. I hate them. But the truth is, I lived with two of them for about 3 years. They were on the fingers of two different hands. Where the heck did they come from?! Who knows. I got them when I was pregnant with Annie, 3 ½ years ago. I was told they were a virus that would run its course and then they would go away. Well, this virus stuck around. It never went away. Fish, house guests, and warts start to stink after three days. –> Tweet This
I wanted to write about how I finally got rid of mine, but then I saw a post at Kitchen Stewardship about how she removed warts. I told Barry I had nixed my post idea and he gave me the push to do it anyway – because my way was a bit different and simpler. But read her post too so that you can get more great ideas.
I tried everything to get those stinkin’ warts to go away.
- Home wart removal kit (it BURNS!)
- Two trips to have them burned off at the dermatologist (they came back)
- Duct tape
- Banana peel (I know, that’s weird, right?)
- Hacking them off with a knife (okay, so not really but I thought about it)
- Exorcising the wart demon (Be GONE!)
After Andy arrived I realized that I had HAD IT. They were so ugly I was afraid to show people my hands. And my lifetime dream of being an awesome hand model was gone (I could still eat doughnuts and be a hand model). See how ugly they are? *Shudder*
So, Barry had read that using tea tree oil would get rid of the warts. I LOVE TEA TREE OIL. I use it on just about everything…it’s an awesome essential oil – most likely my favorite one. Well, except for eucalyptus oil because it gets rid of THE VAPORS coming from your toilet. Ahem.
Anyway, I started using it every night before I went to bed. I would put one drop of the oil on the cloth part of a Band Aid and then put the Band Aid directly on my wart. Did it burn? No…but after using that home kit that burned like hell-fire-and-brimstone maybe all my nerve endings were dead. Ahem.
It took about 1 month for my small one to go away and about 2 months for my LARGE one to go away. I realize for some people that seems like a long time – but I’ve lived with them for 3+ years, so it seemed really short to me. It was also easy because I just put it on and went to bed.
Look! They’re GONE!!! I <3 you, tea tree oil. Will you marry me?