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Giving Warts the Slip: Remove Warts with a Banana

Giving Warts the Slip: Remove Warts with a Banana

Warts are small, rough, raised, unsightly patches of dead skin, usually found on the hands or feet, and are the most common human skin infection. Warts are caused by the human papillomavirus, (HPV-1) which enters your body through a break in the skin—we tend to pick up these unsavoury hitchhikers in places like gyms, swimming pools, dressing rooms, common shower areas and yoga studios. The virus implants itself just below the surface of your skin, and then goes to work building a protective shell of dead skin cells, which is what we commonly refer to as a wart.

Warts are generally considered unattractive, and as they are usually on a visible part of our body, we want to get rid of them, especially when they appear on the soles of our feet, causing us discomfort when we walk. Warts sometimes go away by themselves, but then there is also the risk that leaving them untreated can cause them to spread; both on your own body, and to other people.

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There are many ways to remove warts, such as freezing them off; surgically removing them; or burning them off with salicylic acid, used in wart-removal remedies. There are also natural and less costly methods of removing warts, from using vinegar to covering them with duct tape. One of them most unusual ways is to use a banana: I first heard this method from my dermatologist, and it works—I tried it.

Don’t use just any banana: green or slightly yellow-green ones are the best. A banana’s moisture will soften a wart, allowing the banana’s virus-killing enzymes to penetrate down to the root of it. As bananas age, the enzymes in the skin break down the starches and fibers that are useful for killing viruses.

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Method

1) Soak the area around the wart for ten minutes—this softens the dead skin covering the wart and speeds up the process.

2) Use a pumice stone to remove the loose dead skin. Keep removing dead skin until it gets sensitive.

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3) Apply a few drops of tea tree oil to the wart.

4) Cut a piece of banana peel large enough to cover the wart, and place soft side down.

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5) Hold the banana skin in place with a bandage.

6) Replace the banana skin when it dries out.

The virus is least vulnerable when the skin covering it is dry: the banana skin keeps the wart moist and allows the tea tree oil to penetrate down to the level where the virus lives—this oil will kill the virus when it comes into contact with it. You may have to repeat the steps above several times, and each time, you will find the wart shrinks a bit. Keep at it until the wart disappears;  if you slack off, the virus will hurry to grow the protective layer back. So, the next time you eat a banana, remember there are other uses for the skin before you throw it out.

 

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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