Let’s talk about warts, shall we? Those pesky, ugly, annoying and shriveled looking small lumps that can form on the skin and cause us embarrassment and overall irritation. There are several methods available at your local doctor’s office to have your warts removed. Among them the use of salicylic acid or freezing the wart. In case you didn’t know, it is possible to treat warts at home. More and more people are turning to alternative medicine as a way to heal and treat themselves. We’re going to discuss the use of castor oil to treat warts.
The History of Castor Oil Use
The use of castor oil dates back over 4,000 years ago to Egypt, when castor beans were placed ceremonially in tombs. The plant is native to India, and Edgar Cayce modernized its use into the main stream by sharing castor oil’s purifying uses through the use of castor oil packs, though herbalists were likely already aware of the properties of the plant and used it already. Often times the use of methods like this are commonplace among herbalists but recognized by the main stream as a new method.
How Does Castor Oil Benefit the Body?
Castor oil contains fatty acids and phytochemicals that cause both blood circulation and the lymphatic system to be stimulated. This in turn pushes wastes and bacteria through the body for removal. Castor oil packs are used throughout the alternative medicine arena to cleanse the liver and help restore overall health to the body. It is considered a relaxing process that soothes the recipient as it detoxifies.
How Does Castor Oil Remove Warts?
Since warts are caused by HPV, a common virus found in many people, the theory goes that castor oil will purify the blood and sweep the virus away. This shrinks the wart and eventually it falls off.
How to Remove Skin Tags, Moles, and Genital Warts with Castor Oil
Find a good quality castor oil. You can find some at your nearest health food store or co-op. Some baking soda will be necessary as well.
In a small bowl or other small container, make a paste with the castor oil and baking soda. You may have to play with the amounts a little. Too much baking soda will cause the paste to be far too thick for application, too much oil and the paste may drop off the skin after it is applied.
Once the paste is mixed, use a q tip or cotton ball (q tips will leave less cotton on the skin) to apply the paste to the affected area.
Complete this process twice a day until the wart begins to “deflate” and shrink in size. Eventually, the wart may appear raisin-like and flattened and hang from the skin. Place a Band-Aid over the area if you wish so that it does not catch on anything and rip off painfully.
What Types of Warts Can I Use This Process With?
There are generally four types of warts: Genital warts, that appear in the genital area, plantar warts, usually appearing on the soles of the feet, flat warts, that show up on the back of the hands and the face, and common warts that can appear anywhere.
How Long Does This Process Take?
Though there isn’t necessarily scientific evidence available to prove that castor oil reduces or removes warts, it’s definitely worth a try if you don’t want to go to the doctor and have patience for your wart to go away on its own. Yes, did you know a wart will eventually go away if you do nothing? The average time it takes for a wart to disappear on its own can range from 1-9 months.
You can see how, if you choose to use castor oil, that may be the cause of your wart disappearing, but then again, it could just be taking its course of disappearing of its own accord. However, many have been delighted by the results of using castor oil on a variety of warts.
If anything, do try the other beneficial uses for castor oil, including castor packs and methods for detoxifying the body. If this article has piqued your interest as to the many uses of castor oil, checking with a practitioner of Ayurvedic (ancient Eastern Indian) medicine is a good idea. An herbalist, naturopathic doctor, or chiropractor could help answer your questions, as well as some MDs who may practice an “old school” form of medicine and see the benefits of alternative wart removal approaches.