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The 12 Best Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Warts Quickly

The 12 Best Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Warts Quickly

Warts are stubborn growths that can appear anywhere on the skin. Some people find their warts to be embarrassing and unpleasant, but there are lots of natural ways to get rid of warts.

If you have a wart, it means that the human papillomavirus (HPV) has infected a small cut on your body. HPV is a broad term that covers lots of different types of warts. Here are the most common types of warts;

Common warts – These are most commonly found on the hands, and they often feel rough and dome shaped.

Plantar warts – These grow on your feet and are hard with dark specks. They can be painful when you walk as your body is putting pressure on the wart.

Filiform warts – These warts often grow on the face, and they are skin colored with thread-like growths coming out of them.

Flat warts – These warts grow on the face, legs and arms, and they are small and flat. They can be pink, brown or light yellow.

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If you want to get rid of warts, here are 12 natural remedies that you can use:

1. Garlic

Garlic has a caustic effect that causes the wart to blister and fall off in a matter of weeks. Apply freshly crushed garlic directly to wart and cover with a bandage. Protect the surrounding skin from the garlic by covering the area around the wart with Vaseline.

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    2. Baking Soda

    Baking soda is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, so it can help to combat the virus inside the wart. Mix baking powder with castor oil until they form a paste. Apply the paste to the wart at night time, then cover up. Repeat this process until the wart has died.

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      3. Dandelion

      Dandelion sap is mildly irritating, so it stimulates your immune system, which helps your body to get rid of the wart. Simply break a dandelion stem in half and squeeze the liquid onto the wart every day until your wart dies.

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        4. Papaya

        Papaya contains an enzyme that digests dead tissue, so it can get rid of warts over time. Make cuts on a papaya and collect the sap that runs out in a cup. Let the sap coagulate and then mix it with a little water. Apply the mixture to your wart twice a day.

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          5. Vitamin C

          Vitamin C is very acidic which means it can remove the wart by slowly dissolving it. Mix a crushed vitamin C tablet with water to make a paste, then apply the paste to the wart and cover with a bandage.

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            6. Vitamin E

            Vitamin E can also be used to get rid of warts. Simply piece a vitamin E capsule and rub the contents into the wart once a day. Simple!

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              7. Banana peel

              A chemical in banana peel helps to dissolve warts, so it is a great way to get rid of warts quickly. Tape a piece of banana peel to the wart, with the inner side facing onto the wart.

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                8. Tea tree oil

                Tea tree oil is a natural cure for lots of things as it is antibacterial, and it has powerful germ-fighting capabilities. Apply tea tree oil directly to the wart, then cover up with a bandage. Protect the surrounding skin with a small amount of Vaseline.

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                  9. Basil

                  Basil leaves contain virus killing compounds, so it can be used to get rid of warts. Crush up a fresh basil leaf and tape it over your wart with medical tape. Replace each day with fresh basil for a week.

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                    10. Goldenseal

                    Goldenseal is a powerful herb that contains compounds that help to fight off viruses and bacteria. Simply apply a tincture of goldenseal twice a day.

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                      11. Birch bark

                      Birch bark contains salicylates, which is a commonly found in over-the-counter wart treatments. Simply dampen the birch bark with water and tape it to your wart, with the inner side facing the wart.

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                        12. Aloe vera

                        Aloe vera contains malic acid, a powerful acid that can help to burn away the affected tissue. Break a leaf in half and rub the gel into the wart once a day.

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                          12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

                          12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

                          I’m a hypochondriac. Always have been since I was a child. One of my biggest fears as an adult is getting breast cancer. I visited my gynecologist a few months ago and asked what I could do to help prevent getting breast cancer. You know what she said? Nothing. According to this recommended OB/GYN doctor, besides regular check-ups to see if I already had breast cancer, there was nothing I could do to prevent a cancer that impacts 1 in 8 U.S. women.

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                          After heavily researching breast cancer, I found out that I was making quite a few mistakes with my everyday activities. Here are 12 things that may cause breast cancer that you should avoid.

                          Buying Deodorant Without Checking the Label

                          I actually have a good friend who is more of a hypochondriac than I am, so I went to her with my concerns about breast cancer. She took me into the bathroom and thrust her deodorant at me. While at first I was confused and slightly offended, she explained that I should start using a different deodorant because the mass-produced ones at the store have ingredients (ie aluminum –based compounds) I can’t afford to put under my armpits and so close to my breasts. Luckily, she had an extra Tom’s natural deodorant to give me.

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                          There might not be any “conclusive” research that links antiperspirants to breast cancer but better safe than sorry.

                          Using Chemical Hair Dye

                          I know so many people who dye their hair every few months using the cheap boxed dyes you can buy at the store. Sure, it can be fun but it’s like playing Russian Roulette because the dyes you use most likely contain carcinogens. The National Cancer Institute even warns against the practice of just picking out a hair dye willy-nilly. So the next time you do it, go to a health foods market and find the most naturally-based hair dye you can.

                          Smoking

                          Regarding my visit to the gynecologist, she did come back after our conversation a few minutes later and asked if I smoked or drank a lot of alcohol. I said no (I don’t think any true hypochondriac can do either of those things). “You’ll be fine then,” she said. But she forgot about second-hand smoke, which can be just as dangerous. Now, I won’t go near anyone if they’re lighting up, including my BFF’s boyfriend. He can get as mad as he wants; my health is more important!

                          Wearing the Wrong Bra Size

                          When an organization devoted to protecting women against breast cancer suggests you get fitted with the right bra, you take notice. Bras that are too small or big might pose a risk because they just aren’t supportive on the breast tissue or if they are too tight they will cut off drainage of the lymph fluid. Hey, it was a great excuse to head to Victoria’s Secret to get measured.

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                          If I had my choice though, I would go all-natural and join the bra burners of the 60s (however, my mom was a bra burner, so that might make it a little awkward).

                          Using Chemical Household Cleaners

                          If the cabinet under your kitchen sink looks like most, there are enough chemicals to make all sorts of crazy things. And yes, as you and I suspected, those chemicals are REALLY bad. Not only are they connected with breast cancer, they are connected with other kinds of cancers, as well as chronic conditions like migraines, allergies and more. So from now on, clean with vinegar, baking soda and other materials that aren’t going to give you a medical nightmare.

                          Using Mothballs

                          When I was a little kid, I learned to use mothballs. They actually remind me of my grandmother, bless her heart. Little did I know that they are filled with chemicals that have been connected with breast cancer development. Looks like I’ll be looking for an alternative, like cedar chips. Sorry, Grammy!

                          Putting Non-Organic Make-Up on My Face

                          I won’t tell you the foundation I use, but I will tell you that after I read the ingredients, I promptly threw it away. It was chock full of all sorts of nasty things like parabens, which have been found en masse in tissue samples that came from breast cancer patients. I can still wear make-up, though. A trip to my local whole foods store was all it took to come up with organic-based, paraben-free cover-up.

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                          Neglecting My Physical Health

                          In my research, I discovered losing weight is a good way to ward off breast cancer since there have been indications of a link between being overweight and being diagnosed with this type of cancer. That’s all the motivation I need to get off the couch and head to the gym.

                          Drinking Alcohol

                          Like I mentioned above, alcohol has never been my drink of choice but basically everyone else I know highly enjoys their beer. Yet alcohol is super problematic if you want to avoid breast cancer, liver cancer and heart cancer. In a global study, over 21 percent of alcohol related deaths were because of cancer. I’m hoping for a soon-to-be revolution that swaps alcohol for tea (healthier and less expensive) when it comes to social drinking. Tea time anyone?

                          De-Odorizing My House With Air Fresheners

                          I love a clean-smelling house and car, but the air fresheners I’ve been using contain phthalates, a type of plasticizing chemical. Phthalates have been found in air fresheners because they help create a long-lasting fragrance. Unfortunately, that fragrance could be deadly. Looks like I’ll be boiling some water, cinnamon sticks and cloves on the stovetop to make my house smell really amazing!

                          Storing Everything in Plastic Containers

                          I have a habit of collecting those plastic containers. Whenever I get a coupon for them, I just go hog-wild and buy a bunch. But they have a connection to breast cancer, which I didn’t know before. It’s especially bad when you use them to reheat food in the microwave. I’m going to suck it up, throw them out and use glass containers instead.

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                          Buying the Wrong Food

                          I figured that pesticides were trouble from the get-go, and I was right. They get into your foods and, in some cases, seem to foster an environment where cancerous cells feel compelled to grow within the organs and tissues, including the breasts. It’s one more reason to buy from local farmers, as long as they don’t use pesticides. You’ll have to ask them, by the way; most local food market stands don’t have signs up about the whole pesticides topic.

                          While everyone still makes fun of me for being a hypochondriac, I know in my heart that I’m actually just protecting myself, and maybe educating some people on the health dangers that lurk in everyday items. My wellbeing is worth being the butt of a few jokes. Yours is, too.

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