The answer to your burning question “Does tea tree oil get rid of warts?” is, fortunately, affirmative. Tea tree oil warts treatments contain influential antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties necessary for the effective removal of those unflattering bumps on your skin.
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Warts are medically defined as non-cancerous (benign) growths on the skin caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV enters the body through the broken and open parts of the epidermis (top layer of skin) making the skin grow rapidly. The overgrown tissue is seen as protruding, flat or sometimes even cavernous warts.
There are more than 100 different types of HPV. Most of them cause small, rough, and harmless bumps on feet and hands. However, we should be aware of those few strains of HPV responsible for genital warts affecting men and women. Genital warts on women can turn out to be fatal if leading to cervical cancer.
This list will help you distinguish different types of warts:
- Common warts usually appear on fingers and toes. They are grayer than the color of surrounding skin and have rougher, grainier texture with a rounded top.
- Plantar warts grow on the soles of the feet. They grow into the skin and not out of it like most other warts do. They can be easily noticed as a little hole in the sole surrounded by a ring of hardened skin. These growths can cause pain and discomfort when walking.
- Flat warts most commonly grow on thighs, arms, and face. They can be noticed by their flat top and pink, yellowish or brownish color.
- Filiform warts usually grow around nose and mouth, sometimes even under the chin or on the neck. They resemble a tiny tag or flap and are in the color of the skin.
- Periungual warts appear around the fingernails and toenails. They can be painful and affect the growth of the nail.
- Genital warts appear on genital, groin or anal area. They vary in size and can look like flat white spots or resemble bumpy cauliflower texture. In some cases, genital warts are not even visible.
Unfortunately, warts are extremely contagious. They spread when in direct contact with HPV, meaning a person can spread the infection from one part of the body to another, or infect other people when sharing razors, towels, and other personal belongings.
Every contact with HPV doesn’t always cause warts as some people are not as prone to them as others. However, if infected, the signs of HPV infection may not be noticeable immediately. Warts can slowly grow beneath the skin for months before appearing on the surface. In most cases, outgrowths on the skin vanish away on their own within months or years and don’t require medical treatment.
NOTE: You should see a doctor when having a wart on a sensitive part of the body (face, genitals, nostrils, mouth etc.), when noticing pus infection or bleeding, when warts are too painful or change color, or if you are a diabetic or immune deficiency patient affected by warts.
Tea tree essential oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is a highly concentrated substance derived from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia tree native to Australia. The process of steam distillation successfully captures the healing essence of tea tree leaves, which have been used by indigenous Australian population for centuries.
The leading question “Does tea tree oil remove warts?” remains affirmative due to its potent antiviral, fungicide, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antibacterial, and cicatrizant properties suitable for the treatment of many fungal, bacterial or viral infections, including warts. The powerful organic component called Terpinen-4-ol within its essence successfully attacks HPV, making those unflattering and sometimes painful warts, as a result, disappear.
The 2008 study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice Journal examined the effects of tea tree oil on hand warts in a paediatric patient. Tea tree oil was topically applied on warts growing on patient’s right middle finger once a day, for 12 days. The results have been successful, showing the complete recuperation of the affected area. This research has proven the antiviral potential of tea tree oil in regards to common warts caused by human papillomavirus.
Tea tree oil is a highly toxic substance only safe for external usage
Topically applied tea tree oil may, in some people, cause irritation or allergic reaction; therefore always dilute the essence with a carrier oil or water. Tea tree essential oil should never be ingested! The oil causes hallucinations, vomiting, blood abnormalities, weakness, rashes, and even coma when consumed orally.
4 Natural tea tree oil warts removal treatments + safety tips
As we have already established, tea tree oil and warts go hand in hand. The following 4 natural tea tree oil warts treatments will help you eliminate the outgrowths in safe and effective manner.
- Basic tea tree oil wart removal treatment
- Add 4-5 drops of tea tree oil to the carrier oil of your choice (olive, almond, coconut, jojoba oil etc.) and mix the ingredients thoroughly.
- Apply the blend on the affected area, gently massage it for 1-2 minutes and leave it on for another few minutes. You can also leave the treatment on overnight.
- When done, rinse the affected skin with water and pat it dry.
- Repeat the process on daily basis.
- Tea tree oil plantar warts treatment
- Wash the affected area with soap and warm water and pat it dry with a clean paper towel.
- Apply a drop of undiluted tea tree oil on your plantar wart and cover it with a bandage.
- To avoid the contact with warts, you can also apply tea tree oil on a bandage firstly and place it on the affected area secondly.
- Leave the treatment on the affected area for at least 8 hours or overnight.
- Once the treatment is complete, remove the bandage and wash the area with water.
- Repeat the process every night until you see the results.
- It is safe to put undiluted tea tree oil on plantar warts because the skin on your soles is thicker and less sensitive. If the undiluted form irritates you, simply dilute the oil with water, Aloe Vera gel or juice, and apply it on the affected area in this form.
- Tea tree oil genital warts treatment
- Add few drops of tea tree oil to 1 tablespoon of water. Mix the ingredients thoroughly.
- Soak a cotton ball in the solution and wring the excess liquid out of it.
- Apply the mix on your warts and cover them with a bandage.
- Leave the treatment overnight and rinse it off in the morning.
- Repeat the treatment regularly.
- This treatment is sufficient for all types of warts.
- Anti-warts tea tree oil bath
- Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your warm bath.
- Disperse the oils thoroughly and soak in the water for 15-20 minutes.
- Dry your skin when the treatment is complete.
- Repeat the process regularly.
- This treatment will help you treat warts and alleviate pain and itchiness associated with HPV infection.
With mentioned tea tree oil uses, warts on your skin will disappear without any complications. Follow these safety tips for better, long-lasting results:
- Don’t ingest tea tree oil!
- Before starting your natural therapy, do a skin test patch to make sure you are not allergic or sensitive to the tea tree oil.
- Always dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil or water, especially when applying it to the genital region or if having a dry or sensitive skin.
- Pregnant and nursing women, as well as children under 6, should consult their specialist before topical application of tea tree oil.
- If you have been diagnosed with any other skin condition or have other illness that may get compromised by the essential oil, make sure to consult your medical specialist beforehand.
- Use only 100% pure tea tree oil.
- The best time to apply the chosen tea tree oil treatment to your warts is before going to bed.
- Apply tea tree oil only on warts and not on surrounding skin. Prior to application, you can protect the surrounding healthy skin with some petroleum jelly.
- Keep tea tree oil away from children and pets.
- Avoid applying tea tree oil on the affected areas with your bare hands. You may spread the infection to other parts of your body.
- Always discard used cotton balls and swabs.
- Don’t apply essential oil treatments to open wounds or cuts on your skin.
- Be consistent with your therapy. It may take 2-3 weeks, or even more, for you to see the results.