Aromatherapy A-Z: Warts and Verrucas
It is a little known fact that warts and verrucas are caused by the same virus - the human papilloma virus (or HPV). Warts are small, rough growths that tend to appear on the hands and feet - verrucas is simply the term given to warts that grow on the feet. Both can be uncomfortable and unsightly, and can disappear as suddenly as they arrived – sometimes taking many weeks or even years.
The key thing to remember is that they are an indicator of your immune system being under pressure. They often come following a period of intense stress or shock. The shock can be of a physical nature such as a fall or impact injury, or an emotional one such as a bereavement. Either way, your immunity drops, and the body doesn't recognise how to deal with the infection, which then creates the response.
When treating warts and verrucas the two main actions are to boost up your immunity and to treat the wart topically.
Take an overview of your general health. Depending on your diet, lifestyle and stress levels, you may need to:
- Get more quality sleep – especially if you're on shift work.
- Take Zinc citrate @ 15 mg, Vitamin D @ 1-10 000 ius, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. See a nutritional therapist if in doubt.
- Eat more fresh fruit and green vegetables.
- Drink plenty of water as consistent dehydration can lower your immunity.
- Get more fresh air and exercise.
- You may benefit from specific immunity boosting tonics such as Siberian Ginseng (“Elagen” being one of the purest and best quality).
- Take Garlic – a clove a day at least – follow with raw parsley to help neutralise the odour.
- Lymphatic drainage massage will help boost your immunity if your system is very sluggish and you suffer from water retention, oedema and cellulite.
- Have regular aromatherapy massages. Essential oils particularly indicated for boosting immunity in relation to viruses would include: Lemon, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Geranium, Juniper, Bergamot and Grapefruit.
If the wart has become large and proud with dead skin, file it down gently to enable the oils to get to closer to the root of the problem. Then with a cotton bud apply 1 drop of Lemon essential oil to the wart – and put one drop on the central gauze of a plaster. Repeat the process and re-apply a fresh plaster morning and night. Tea Tree can also be used in the same way, and different people can react to either one or the other. Be careful not to get the oils on the healthy skin either side of the wart, and remember to cover if going anywhere with bare feet – as the virus is highly contagious. This treatment can be effective for corns as well, although they are usually pressure induced.
Disclaimer: The information provided on the Base Formula blog is for personal information and interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice or treatment for any condition. We recommend that you consult your GP or nurse if you have any health concerns whatsoever. Our advice has been provided on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. If you have any health problems or are taking any medication you should seek advice from your healthcare provider prior to using aromatherapy. We would also advise that you make an appointment with a local aromatherapist who will be able to take a full case history and offer you tailored treatment advice. Please note that Base Formula accepts no liability for misuse of essential oils or other products or for any reliance on the information provided within.
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