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5 Effective Natural Remedies for Treating Skin Tags

5 Effective Natural Remedies for Treating Skin Tags

Skin tags are small, flesh-colored outgrowths on the skin. They look like warts and can easily be confused as one. While not painful, skin tags can be unsightly. It can also be a source of insecurity for many women. Commonly found in the eyelid, neck, face, and groin area, skin tags often grow in irregular shapes. Sometimes they grow in hidden body parts like under the breasts and the armpits.

Skin tags can be caused by a lot of factors. Some of these include cuts or scratches from shaving, skin rubbing from jewellery, excessive steroid use, and hormonal changes due to pregnancy. Medical conditions that cause skin tags include diabetes and obesity.

Removal of skin tags can be done in the doctor’s office, but there are also natural ways that’s much cheaper and equally effective. The following are natural remedies for skin tags you can try at home.

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1. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil, also called melaleuca oil, is an essential oil that is native to South-eastern parts of Queensland and Australia. It is known to have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties which make it a popular treatment for many different ailments and skin conditions. A study found that mixing tea tree oil with silver also makes an effective antiseptic.

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    What makes tea tree oil a great cure for skin tags? Tea tree oil works to dry out the skin tag from the inside out. This method is painless and easy, but can take around two weeks or more to remove the skin tags.

    To use tea tree oil to treat your skin tags, simply put a few drops of oil on a cotton ball. Lightly rub it on the skin tag in circular motions. Apply twice a day until the skin tag disappears.

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     2. Apple Cider Vinegar

    For thousands of years, apple cider vinegar was used as a traditional medicine for many conditions ranging from toothache and poisoning, to dandruff and allergies. Apple cider is also known as a common ingredient in traditional beauty products. It was even said that Cleopatra herself used apple cider vinegar to treat her face.

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      Like tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar has antiseptic properties that cure various skin conditions and helps to destroy the tissue within the skin tag. It also cures bacterial overgrowth that can cause itchy skin.

      To use apple cider vinegar as a skin tag treatment, either dab some on with your finger or gently apply with a cotton ball. Make sure you clean the area of the skin tag properly before hand. Once applied, the apply cider vinegar may cause a slight stinging sensation. Leave it on for a couple minutes or until it dries.

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      3. Oregano oil

      As a common culinary herb, Oregano is known for its strong aromatic leaves. It also contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help treat skin tags. Treating skin tags with Oregano oil can take as long as 2-4 weeks. For best results, mix oregano and coconut oil at a ratio of 1:2. Apply to the skin tag three times daily until it is fully treated.

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        You can tell it is working by the skin tag begins to darken in color. It will go almost black before dropping off. This remedy is not suitable for sensitive areas such as around the eyelids and genital area.

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        4. Castor oil

        Castor oil is the oil obtained from castor beans. It’s often yellowish in color, commonly used as a lubricant and as an ingredient in various oil-based merchandise. Because of its antibacterial qualities, castor oil is used to prevent the growth of many types of bacteria as well as to protect the body from viruses.

        It looks so harmless....
          To treat skin tags with castor oil, simply mix castor oil with bicarbonate soda to form a paste. The paste is likely to be very sticky, but adding citrus oil can reduce this. It is recommended that this paste be applied twice a day for at least ten minutes. Alternatively, apply the paste before bed and cover with a Band-Aid. Wash off on waking in the morning. This remedy should be repeated for 2 – 4 weeks or until your skin tag is gone.

          5. Lemon juice

          A recent study found that Lemon juice is a great disinfectant against human norovirus. Because of its acidic nature, lemon juice is often used in cleaning and is found in many dishwashing liquids. Lemon juice can be a good remedy for skin tags because it contains citric acid, which works to decompose the cells present within the skin growth. It is also contains powerful antiseptic that prevent bacteria from growing in the area.

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            To use this method, take freshly squeezed lemon juice and apply to the affected area and allow this to dry. Repeat this procedure three times a day until the skin tag is gone.

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            Last Updated on January 11, 2021

            11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

            11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

            Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

            Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

            1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

            Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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            2. Stress Relief

            Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

            3. Improved Sleep

            Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

            4. Appetite Control

            Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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            5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

            When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

            6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

            Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

            7. Mosquito Repellant

            Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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            8. Pain Relief

            While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

            9. The New Anti-Viral

            Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

            10. Improved Cognitive Function

            Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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            11. Money Saving

            With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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