What is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea Tree Oil is made from the leaves of a plant, which grows locally in Australia. Aboriginal people used this oil for centuries in order to treat various conditions. The main uses of this oil are treating skin related conditions like acne, Athlete’s Foot, fungal infections, wounds and many more. In addition to that many people who have warts use this oil for treatment too and are able to get rid of warts within just a few weeks’ time.
Does Tea Tree Oil work for Wart Removal?
Tea Tree Oil has quite a lot beneficial properties therefore it is effective for treating many conditions including wart removal. Some of the features of this oil are antiviral, antimicrobial, fungicide, antiseptic and many others. The main reason why it is thought that Tea Tree Oil can actually work for wart removal is because it has antiseptic features. Even though there is not much information on Tea Tree Oil usage for wart removal or studies that would confirm its effectiveness many people try this home remedy and seem to have quite good results.
What kind of Warts can be Removed with this Oil?
Tea Tree Oil can be used on all types of warts including facial, plantar, hands, body and etc. However it is important to mention that you should consult with your doctor prior to using this oil on genital area warts. This is important, because these types of warts shouldn’t be treated or removed on your own. Also it is worthwhile to mention that some people who use Tea Tree Oil for facial and genital wart removal, dilute this oil with either other oils or water. While it makes this oil a bit weaker and the whole removal process longer, it also helps to avoid irritation and other possible side effects on more sensitive skin areas.
Instructions on How to use it.
One of the easiest methods to use Tea Tree Oil for wart removal is to apply a few drops of this oil directly on a wart. For convenient application it might be a good idea to use a cotton swab. In order to get quicker results you will need to repeat application of this oil at least 2-3 times per day. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin and the area that this oil is applied to, you can use either dilluted or undiluted Tea Tree Oil.
If you don’t have time to apply Tea Tree Oil multiple times per day, you can use this remedy before going to sleep. After application add a bandage to cover the whole wart area, so that the solution would stay on a wart for at least eight hours. In the morning remove the bandage and wash the whole area with water.
Please note that there are also some other essential oils that are known to be effective for treating warts. Some good examples are Oregano Oil and Castor Oil. Both of these mentioned oils have properties that can help to get rid of warts too. So if Tea Tree Oil will not work for you, you can try them instead.
Are there any Side Effects?
Before you consider using Tea Tree Oil it is important to know that this oil can’t be used orally, even in the smallest amounts. This might cause some severe side effects like diarrhea, pain, rashes and even come. When this oil is used tropically side effects are extremely rare and they happen only for a very small number people. Some possible side effects are itching, redness or rashes. When you use Tea Tree Oil it is worthwhile not to overuse it since you might have a higher chance of experiencing side effects. Also some people, who tend to use this oil, dilute it with Almond and Olive oils or water. This makes it less strong and reduces the chances of getting skin irritation. However diluted Tea Tree Oil will work less effectively so you might need more time to fully get rid of warts.
What do consumer reviews say?
Due to the fact that Tea Tree Oil has a lot of uses it is difficult to find reviews that would rate this oils effectiveness on wart treatment. However from the reviews that you can find online it can be said that it works and it works quite fast since results are noticeable within three or four weeks of usage. Read a few actual reviews of users who used Tea Tree Oil for wart removal below.