Article by Jennifer Maez
My seven year old daughter developed a wart directly on her eyelid. Common warts are local growths (small “ bumps”) on the skin, caused by a strain of the Human Papilloma virus. Most common skin warts go away within 18 months to two years, but I did not want her to have a wart on her eye that long. I did not want to put Salicylic Acid or the “freeze-it-off” wart remover on it that you can buy at the drug store, for fear of blinding her. I decided to try tea tree oil instead. Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of the tea tree, which is native to Australia. It has natural antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties (1), making it a great treatment for conditions such as acne, athlete’s foot, scabies, lice, skin infections, and cuts. Since it is not taken internally, that means it is considered an antiseptic, rather than an antibiotic (2). The active ingredient, Terpinen-4-ol, should be at least 30%. Additionally, it should contain no more than 10% cineole, an irritant. You can usually find tea tree oil in various strengths at a natural foods store or herbal medicine store.
I used a 100% pure, Terpinen-4-ol 36% oil, and just rubbed it directly on the wart very lightly with a cotton swab twice a day, being careful not to get it in her eye. In three days the wart was flat and white. In a week it was completely gone; you could not even tell it had been there. Best of all, there was no pain, unlike the freezing treatments. We tried it on a wart on her hand with similar results. Tea tree oil saved my daughters eyelid, and possibly her vision. I will be using it for all wart problems in the future.
Jennifer Maez is a freelance writer who, after living in 12 different states, currently resides in Colorado. She has a B.A. in Psychology. Jennifer enjoys hiking, plant identification, and meditation, and is a self-taught student of natural and holistic medicine. She enjoys cooking paleo dishes for her family, and is currently working on a paleo sauces cookbook.