Warts are small skin overgrowth that may appear on any part of the body. While they are believed to be caused due to the Human Papillomavirus, they usually affect only the outermost layer of the skin (i.e. the epidermis). Castor oil has been used as a folk remedy for several centuries for the treatment of warts.
This article is meant to provide relevant information about the effectiveness of castor oil in the treatment of warts and the extended benefits of using castor oil on the skin.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there is no harm in trying castor oil because its local application is associated with several other benefits. It helps in soothing the skin, treats dryness of the skin and can even help in reverting signs of aging naturally.
There are different techniques of using castor oil on the skin; however, these techniques need to be used for several weeks before the positive effects of wart removal are observed.
How To Use Castor Oil To Remove Warts?
Some experts suggest that castor oil can be directly applied on to the skin, twice a day. It is recommended to rub the oil with your fingers on and around the wart. After the application of the oil, the wart should be covered by a bandage. Alternatively, on can try to drip the oil around the wart using a toothpick and then tie a bandage.
Others suggest using castor oil in combination with other ingredients like baking soda. Mixing baking soda with castor oil and applying at the site of the wart is recommended. Some suggest using castor oil in combination with crushed garlic flakes. Castor oil moisturizes the area while garlic causes the wart of dry and fall off. As per Mayo Clinic using garlic and castor oil has shown promising results in the management of warts, though additional studies may be required.
Finally some experts suggest that soaking the wart with warm water for about 15-20 minutes before the application of castor oil or castor oil in combination with other ingredients, hastens the process of wart removal. It is believed that this technique helps the skin absorb the oil better and quicker. It is however important to clean and dry the skin to ensure that dead skin and slough is removed before the application of castor oil.
Benefits Of Castor Oil For Warts
While there is ample of information about how castor oil can help in the removal of warts, there are some additional benefits of using castor oil,
- Castor oil helps moisturize the skin and hence gives the skin a glowing and healthy appearance.
- Local application of castor oil also reduces the possibility of spots or marks at the site of the wart, after the wart has fallen off.
- Castor oil is known to prevent the spread of the warts.