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General characteristics

General characteristics

Warts are rough raised growths on the skin, fleshy or whitish yellow in colour and are caused by any of 130 strains of the human papiloma virus or HPV. 

They can occur anywhere on the body but most commonly appear on the hands, face, feet (verruca), genitals, knees and wrists. It is possible to spread from person to person via bodily contact.

They can last anything from a few months to a few years or longer. They have roots in the wart which can cause the wart to grow quite large in size. If the wart is cut or wounded in some way, they can turn into much larger granulomas. The wart will simply grow back if the entire root is not killed or removed.

Healing objectives are to raise the immunity using foods and herbs whilst treating the wart topically in order to remove it as soon as possible after aquiring it.

Diet and lifestyle

Diet and lifestyle

Increase your intake of foods that are rich in potassium. These include Swiss chard and other dark leafy greens, beans, potatoes and sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, blackstrap molasses, mushrooms, beetroot, sweet peppers, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts to name a few.

Increase your intake of all fresh fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds for their anti-oxidant content.

Eat plenty of raw garlic for its anti-viral properties.

Drink 2 cups of green tea daily and use the spent teabag or leave sas a compress on the warts.

Avoid processed and refined foods and simple sugary, starchy foods as they deplete the body of vital nutrients, upset the balance of bowel bacteria and lower vitality and immunity ultimately.

Useful herbs

Useful herbs

The fresh white sap of the dandelion plant is very useful for warts. Pick a flower or leaf and watch the milky white sap form a blob as it begins to flow out of the stem or stalk. Dab it onto the wart/s and allow it to dry. Do this several times daily.

Greater celandine (Chelidonium majus) can be used in the same way as dandelion, except this time the sap is bright orange/yellow.

Sun spurge, a very common small annual 'weed', can be used in the same way as dandelion and greater celandine. The sap is milky white and can be a skin irritant so avoid getting the sap on any skin other than the wart itself.

Dab a little black walnut tincture on the warts several times daily.

Make an anti-viral formula from herbs such as elderberry, star anise and echinacea root for example.

Add a few drops of propolis tincture to the above formula or to other herb teas for its potent anti-viral properties.

Natural healing

Natural healing

Rub the cut side of a clove of fresh garlic on the warts several times daily.

Rub castor oil onto warts or verrucas regularly to help speed up their demise.

A simple remedy that many people swear by is to rub the inner side of a fresh banana skin/peel on the wart as often as possible.  Slightly under ripe or just ripe bananas are the most effective. Some scrape a little of the inner peel and apply to the wart and cover it with a plaster, or cut a little piece of skin, put on the wart fleshy side down and cover with a plaster. Reapply after a few hours. Apparently, it works within a few days. The wart often just falls off.

File down the wart with an emery board and dab on apple cider vinegar. Cover with a plaster and repeat application with cider vinegar several times daily.

Cut a slice of onion and soak it in cider or normal vinegar for a couple of hours. Apply the vinegar soaked onion slice to the wart and wrap to keep it in place. Leave overnight and replace the next morning. After several days the wart should fall off, root and all.

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