“While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
The occurrence of warts and moles is common in people. A mole or wart usually isn’t too bothersome but in some cases, it’s best to remove it. However, one can be unsure of how to go about it in a safe and effective manner. Generally it’s best to consult a dermatologist but if you choose to remove a wart or mole on your own, there are many options. As with any health issue, be thoroughly informed and use caution.
Moles are unusual or dark spots on the skin. They may form in groups or appear alone on any part of the body. Two types of moles exist. The most common mole is one present at your birth or develops later due to sun exposure (that’s my case). Such moles frequently go unnoticed and even are considered as beauty marks. The other type of mole is repeatedly changing in color and/or shape. These moles cause most problems and may even lead to dangerous health risks.
A wart is a small skin growth caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Often warts are skin colored and feel rough but some may be dark, flat, or smooth. Warts vary in type and are found all over the body. Warts on soles and toes are called plantar warts. Children’s warts may fade on their own but that’s often not the case for adults. Because warts are painful, annoying, and may spread inside the body or to others, they should be removed.
Detailed information about conventional/surgical methods used to remove warts and moles would not be discussed here as the focus is on natural (herbs and supplements) treatment and home remedies. However, if you would like to explore the options, they are typically as follows: cryotherapy, laser therapy, excision, and prescriptions by the doctor. There are also over-the-counter products available at drugstores but beware of after effects, such as scarring.
Herbal And Nutritional Treatment:
In the following remedies, just about all the remedies listed for removal of warts works for moles as well. A few are designated as effective mole removal, but these two can be used with great results on warts.
Calendula: This herb has amazing anti-viral potential. Make a very strong tea using calendula as the base. Steep two (2) tablespoons of the herb for about 20 minutes in a cup of boiling water. You can use this herb in two distinct ways — apply the tea to the wart and to drink the tea as well.
Tea Tree Oil: Using a cotton swap, apply the undiluted tea tree essential oil to the wart. Do this several times throughout the day until the wart disappears.
Echinacea: This remedy deals more with the root cause of the wart more than the physical removal of the growth. Consume a dropper full of tincture of Echinacea three (3) times daily for ten (10) days. Echinacea is well known as an herb that boosts your immune system. The goal is to increase the health of your immune system, which fights germs as well as virus invasions and those warts that trouble you will have a harder time making a home on your skin.
Aloe Vera: This particular herb has been used for hundreds of years as a wart remover. You can buy aloe cream to apply to the wart. If you have a plant, apply the sap of the plant directly to the wart. The application of the plant also eases any discomfort from the wart.
Chickweed: Crush the chickweed and place this crushed material on the mole or wart, and then cover it with a bandage. Keep on doing this until the mole disappears. Chickwood can be found in capsule, liquid extract tincture, as an ointment and oils at health stores.
Dandelion Milk: Apply the milk (sap inside the plant’s stem) to the wart several times daily. Other people have claimed that the root of the dandelion is also an effective wart remover. The root should be rubbed on the wart itself until the “juices” from it come out and cover the wart completely. Do this routine at least twice and preferably three times a day until the wart disappears.
Vitamin A: Get vitamin A supplements containing 25,000 IU of the supplement preferably from fish oil or fish liver oil. Break the capsule open and squeeze some of the liquid from inside onto the wart. Be sure to gently rub it in thoroughly. Do this daily.
Vitamin C: It’s a great nutrient to boost the immune system. Crush several vitamin C tablets. Place it directly on the wart. Cover the growth with an adhesive bandage. Do this for several days. Since Vitamin C — in its ascorbic acid form — may irritate your skin, cover only the wart with the crushed supplement.
Many of the following remedies have been handed down from generation to generation with successful results.
Apple Cider Vinegar: At bedtime, coat the skin around the wart with petroleum jelly. Then take a “capful” of the apple cider vinegar. Dip the cotton ball into the vinegar. Next, place this vinegar-soaked cotton ball onto the wart. Wrap the hand with the waterproof tape. Every morning upon waking up, take the bandage off. Start the procedure all over again the following evening. It may take anywhere from five days to one month.
Castor Oil: Rub a bit of castor oil into and around your wart. Do this two (2) or three (3) times a day. After rubbing the oil in, cover it with a bandage to protect the area. Consider adding some baking soda to this. Some people say it helps to improve the effectiveness of the castor oil.
Lemon Tree Juice: Place several slices of lemon in apple cider. Add salt to this. Allow this to stand for two weeks. Then rub the lemon slices onto the wart.
Banana for Plantar Wart: Take a piece of ripe banana peel. Apply the pulp side — the inside of the peel — onto the wart. Cover this with a bandage. The only time to remove this is during a bath. Apply a peel to this wart every day. While it works, it usually takes several months before the wart disappears.
Garlic: Garlic has great anti-viral properties. Make a poultice of crushed raw garlic. Before applying this poultice, be sure to protect the other areas of your skin using vitamin E. Simply take a capsule, prick it open with a pin, and apply it to the skin surrounding your wart. Take the mashed garlic and apply it directly to the wart. Cover the wart with a bandage for a full 24 hours. At the end of this period it can be removed. A blister will form. Within a week of this, the wart should just fall off.
Grapefruit Seed Extract: Apply a drop of grapefruit seed extract to the wart. Cover it with a bandage. Do this several times a day always using a clean bandage when you cover the growth. Individuals who have used this method say the wart often falls off within four weeks or less.
Flaxseed: Flaxseed comes in two forms: ground and its oil. Take the two forms of flaxseed and mix them together in a poultice, along with just a small quantity of raw honey. Apply this to the wart itself. Change the poultice on a daily basis. Soon the wart should disappear.
Honey: Apply the honey on the mole several times throughout the day. This alone will make the mole disappear completely. And it won’t take much more than several applications.
Duct Tape: Two different approaches have been reported, each producing good results. In the first procedure, apply the tape to the wart keeping it on for a minimum of six days. When you remove the tape, soak the wart and eventually pare it down with an emery board. In the second method, apply over-the-counter salicylic acid wart remover liquid to the wart before bedtime. Allow the area to dry for about a minute to a minute and a half. Then apply the duct tape. Ensure the area is completely covered. The next morning, the tape can be removed. Repeat these steps every night until the wart tissue has disappeared. Remember, it’s not a “quick fix” remedy. But with patience and dedication, it is shown to be a successful treatment.