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Weird Ways to Cure Warts

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We don’t know anyone who loves having warts, and some medical cures are harsh and ineffective. Verruca vulgaris is the medical term for the common wart. Here are a few pantry products that will make that vulgar bump disappear…

A sweet remedy: Dab a drop of blackstrap molasses on the wart, and cover with an adhesive bandage. Keep the bandage on all day. Repeat the molasses/bandage treatment every day. In about two weeks, the wart should drop off without leaving a trace.

Your magic mucus: First thing each morning, dab some of your own spittle on the wart (but do not lick the wart). “First thing” means before you brush your teeth. We don’t know why this works for some people. (It may take two or three weeks for results if you do this every day.) It’s the ultimate freebie wart cure!

Carrot cure: Finely grate a small, peeled carrot, and combine it with one teaspoon of olive oil. Put the mixture on the wart(s) for a half hour once a day. Your wart should be gone within a week. Carrots are packed with vitamin A and vitamin C, which fight viruses and help heal skin.

Enriched oil: Smother the wart with an oil—wheat germ oil, castor oil, vitamin E oil, vitamin A or oil of cinnamon. After your morning shower, drench a cotton ball with the oil of your choice, apply it to the wart and keep it in place with a Band-Aid. Do the same thing at bedtime. Within a month of oiling the wart twice a day, it should be history.

Banana bandage: Cut a piece of banana peel, enough to completely cover the wart. Place the mucilaginous pulp side on the wart, and keep it in place by wrapping first-aid tape or a Band-Aid around it. Sleep with it that way overnight, and remove it in the morning. Repeat this routine with a fresh piece of peel every night. Give it about two weeks for the wart to be gone.

Baking-soda-oil paste: Before bedtime, start with one-half teaspoon of baking soda in a little cup and slowly stir in drops of castor oil. Stop when the mixture is the consistency of paste. Smear the paste on the wart, and cover it with a Band-Aid. Sleep with it on, and take it off in the morning. Repeat the remedy each night until the wart disappears.

Weird egg trick: Cover two (or more) eggs with cold water. Bring to a boil, and keep the water at a rapid simmer for five minutes. Remove the eggs, and save the water. As soon as the water is cool enough, soak your warted hand(s) for 10 minutes. Do this daily until the wart(s) disappear. It sounds far-fetched, but we have received rave reviews from readers, some with painful warts who had tried prescription medications with no results…their warts disappeared after just one soaking.

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Source: Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen are folk-remedy experts and home tipsters based in New York City. They have spent decades collecting "cures from the cupboard” and are authors of several books, including Bottom Line's Treasury of Home Remedies & Natural Cures and Bottom Line's Household Magic. BottomLineStore.com Date: April 25, 2017 Publication: Bottom Line's Household Magic