While warts are generally harmless, they can be unsightly, annoying, and embarrassing for people who get them. Warts are a type of virus, a human papillomavirus, that can grow on the hands or feet. They’re characterized by large globe-shaped off-white growths on the skin. They can be classified as a type of skin infection.
Warts are highly contagious, and are often caught from gyms or a friend or partner who also has them. There can be certain risk factors, such as eczema, that can lead to susceptibility of warts. Warts can also be mixed up with other skin conditions, such as calluses. While there is great embarrassment surrounding them, they’re a bit different than warts that affect the genitals or that cause cancer, or coldsores that affect the lips.
Common warts or plantar warts can affect hands or feet, but they can be transmitted to the face or other parts of the body. There are also other types, mosaic, periungla, flat, etc, but they’re basically the same.
Most people have been exposed to warts by the time they’re young adults. Most people have strong immune systems that can fight off the virus. For a smaller percentage, they’ll get warts on their hands. Warts have a dated history going back as far as 400 BC.
While one wart may heal quickly, they can create susceptibility. Often one or more warts may be grouped together. Some people suffer recurring warts for months at a time before they go away. They’re most commonly suffered by younger people. Other people may suffer for years. It’s important to treat warts when they are first noticed, in order to help them to quickly heal, and to prevent them from spreading to other parts of the body.
There are many prescription treatments for warts, as well as over-the-counter remedies. Even surgery may be an option, which is called cryotherapy. Many people will want to quickly treat a wart upon first appearance, so there may not be time to head to the clinic to get a prescription or have surgery. There are a few natural but effective ways to treat warts, including using oregano oil.
Oregano oil is plant-based, and is a powerful oil with many properties that can provide healing benefits to the skin. The good news is that you won’t have to suffer painful burns from wart removal surgery, or the excessive dryness that salicylic acid causes. You also won’t have to suffer the antibiotic resistance that can result when taking pills or using topical ointments.
What is Oregano Oil?
Oregano oil is a type of essential oil that is made from the oregano plant. This is the same plant that is used to make oregano for cooking. The oil itself is derived from the leaves and flowers of the small green-leafed plant. It has a strong, pungent, but appetizing smell. This plant’s Latin name is Origanum vulgare. It’s a hardy perennial herb that can grow in gardens or containers, and is grown all over the world. It’s from the mint family called Lamiaceae.
Oregano oil has a history that dates back at least 2500 years for being a useful home remedy. It’s been used in many folk medicines across the globe for many years.
The essential oil is mostly derived from a type of wild oregano that grows in the Mediterranean region of the world. Once the oil is pressed from the plant, it’s processed and then bottled into small amber-glass coloured bottles.
In oily form it still smells exactly like the dried or powdered oregano you’d use in your cooking, particularly in pizza or Italian dishes. Many people grow oregano in their gardens. Oregano oil feels a bit caustic when applied directly to the skin, but it has beneficial healing properties, while its aroma is useful for aromatherapy. The oil is helpful for cleaning blocked sinuses and clearing a foggy mind when you have a bad viral bug.
For this reason, oregano oil is a great all-purpose treatment for helping to boost the body’s immune function. This naturally includes helping to kill the virus on the skin that causes warts, and to help them to heal quickly. It can even be used as a preventative.
Why Does Oregano Oil Work?
Oregano oil contains natural compounds that work to kill off harmful microorganisms on the skin. Oregano oil has special antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. This is due to its high phenol content. These phenols are natural phytochemicals that have antioxidant effects.
There are also many other compounds, such as thymol, terpene, naringin, carvarcrol, and more. Together, these work at giving a boost to immune system health.
Oregano oil is packed full of beneficial compounds, as it actually takes over 450 kilograms of wild oregano plants to make half a kilogram of oil. The oil’s active ingredients are preserved within alcohol.
These compounds work at breaking through the outer cell membranes of your skin to help protect it from harmful microorganisms.
Oregano oil works much like antibiotics would to kill the virus that causes warts on the skin. This is so the wart will stop growing larger, and that further warts in the surrounding region will be prevented. The moisturizing properties of the oil will also help to loosen that dry tough skin so that it sloughs off faster.
Oregano oil is used for many more healthcare purposes than getting rid of warts, but chances are that this will be your first introduction to the oregano oil. Once you begin using it you’ll find many other ways to use it for skincare remedies.
Why Should I Worry About Warts?
Most warts are harmless and you may experience only one on your fingers. But over time, they can become increasingly larger and harder. Sometimes they exert pressure against the nerves in the fingers—or under the toes—which can become quite painful.
Since warts is caused by a virus, it can also spread. People may be hesitant in shaking hands with you, or touching your hand, if you have a wart or two on your hand. Warts can even spread to the eyes or the mouth, where they can cause great discomfort. For this reason, warts should be quickly treated with oregano oil before significant discomfort can occur.
Oregano oil is one treatment that’s used by natural health practitioners to stop the growth and development of warts.
How Do I Know It’s a Wart & Not a Callus?
Everyone gets calluses on their feet or their hands at some point. While a callus usually causes few issues, a wart can be more serious. But at the beginning, many people may not know if they have a wart or a callus forming. It’s important to understand the differences, so each can be properly treated.
A callus usually hurts when you push straight down on it. This is usually due to pressure that’s being placed on one part of your hand or your foot. Calluses look like dry, dead skin and easily slough off.
If it’s a wart, then it will hurt if you place pressure on the sides. Warts often have tiny dark spots that are the blood vessels poking up. They may also look like open sores.
How to Use Oregano Oil for Warts
You may be able to dip a bit of oregano oil onto a q-tip and apply it directly to your finger wart or toe wart. But it can feel a bit caustic against your skin. You shouldn’t apply it to your face or sensitive regions of the body without first diluting it with a carrier oil. You should never apply it to your eyes, even though they can suffer warts too.
Here are a few ways to apply the oil to a wart :
- Apply the oil directly to fingers or feet, or other “tougher” regions of the body.
- Dilute the oil with olive oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil before applying it to your face, arms, legs, or torso, as the oil can burn.
- Only use a drop or two of the oil. You don’t want the oil to fall off and stain your clothing. Dab it with a bit of tissue if you have applied too much.
- Reapply the oil once every three hours until you see improvements.
- Apply the oil from four to six times throughout the day.
- Reapply the oil after you have washed your hands, or taken a shower or a bath.
- Some people like to apply the oil, then apply a strip of duck (duct) tape to their fingers. This keeps the oil in place, and some people swear by the duck tape treatment even though no one knows why it works. It’s possible that it blocks air from getting to the virus, which needs oxygen to breathe in order to reproduce.
- Wash your hands frequently when out in public or at work, in order to avoid catching other skin infections, or transmitting your wart infection to others.
- It should take about a week for the wart to begin to reduce size.
Other Oregano Oil Benefits for Skin
Oregano oil can also have additional benefits for the skin. Since warts is a viral infection of the skin, it can also lead to other annoying skin conditions, making the skin’s immune function weaker.
- The compounds in oregano oil will help to prevent other skin infections.
- Oregano oil will soothe other skin inflammation, such as eczema, psoriasis, or allergies that can also make skin susceptible to infection.
- Use oregano oil as a preventative on your fingers if you have a special occasion coming up.
Precautions & Warnings
In order for an oregano oil for warts treatment to work effectively, you should follow some precautions and warnings when using it.
- Purchase only a high-quality oregano essential oil. Be aware that there are some cheap knock-offs that are made from thyme, Spanish oregano, and cultivated oregano. These won’t work as effectively as real oregano oil.
- Do not ingest oregano oil. Use it for topical application (on the skin) only.
- Do not use the oil on children, pregnant or nursing women. Children have a habit of licking their fingers.
- If you’re allergic to other plants from the Lamiaceae family, such as mint, lavender, sage, or basil, chances are you may also be allergic to oregano too.
- If you experience any type of rash, hives, or allergic reaction when using oregano oil then stop using it.
- Consult a doctor if your warts are not improving at all within two weeks, or they are spreading to other parts of your body.
- If your abnormal skin growths are openly bleeding, pus-filled, black in colour, or hurt, it’s possibly they are a different type of skin infection and you should seek immediately medical advice.
The word “oregano” also means “joy of the mountain”. Even smelling this herb can make you feel happy. It’s often used in aromatherapy to boost the spirits and energy of a person who is suffering from a bad flu bug.
Oregano oil is affordable for everyone, and much cheaper than buying a prescription medication from the pharmacy, or paying for a surgical procedure to remove your warts at the medical clinic. The oil naturally softens and moisturizes dry, flaking skin, particularly when the wart is near the end of its life.
It’s helpful to keep a small bottle of oregano oil in your medicine cabinet. At first sight of a wart outbreak you can quickly treat it, rather than waiting to make an appointment at the clinic to get a prescription medication. And since oregano oil is naturally-sourced, you can feel confident in using it on your skin, and not having to worry about putting carcinogens in your body, or killing the beneficial bacteria on your skin.
While warts are a generally harmless skin condition, if you’re hoping to look your best for an event ahead, begin your oregano oil treatment today. Soon your hands and your feet will look smooth and clear of any embarrassing skin growths. Now you can look and feel your best!