Have you ever had a plantar wart? I used to get them as a child when I was always at the swimming pool. I HATED them! Thankfully, I haven’t had them since I was about 10, but just the thought brings back horrible memories. Since plantar warts are caused by a virus, they usually pass on their own. However, there are some natural ways to support your body in healing itself faster.
According to Mayo Clinic “Plantar warts are small growths that usually appear on the heels or other weight-bearing areas of your feet. This pressure may also cause plantar warts to grow inward beneath a hard, thick layer of skin (callus).
Plantar warts are caused by HPV. The virus enters your body through tiny cuts, breaks or other weak spots on the bottom of your feet.
Plantar wart signs and symptoms include:
- A small, fleshy, rough, grainy growth (lesion) on the bottom of your foot, usually the base of the toes and forefoot or the heel
- Hard, thickened skin (callus) over a well-defined “spot” on the skin, where a wart has grown inward
- Black pinpoints, which are commonly called wart seeds but are actually small, clotted blood vessels
- A lesion that interrupts the normal lines and ridges in the skin of your foot
- Pain or tenderness when walking or standing”
So what are some ways you can help support your body naturally to get rid of those plantar warts? As you may already know, I am a big fan of essential oils. They are a great way to give your body a natural boost to help it heal itself. It’s no surprise there are some great EO’s you can use to help treat plantar warts.
Before applying your EO’s, be sure to wash your feet, and then scrub them to remove any callus or hard outer covering of the skin that may prevent oils from penetrating the wart. Then, apply the oil and immediately cover it with medical tape to prevent oxygen from reaching the wart (oxygen feeds the infection). Do this routine consistently on a daily basis until your wart is gone! Here are some oils you may find effective. If you try one oil for 5 days and it doesn’t work, try moving on to the next until you find the one that works best for your body.
Tea Tree Oil: Known to be anti-microbial and anti-viral.
Oregano Oil: Know for being a powerful anti-bacterial oil.
Lemon Oil: Known for its clarifying/cleansing properties.
Helichrysum Oil: Known for healing skin.
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