Yes, tea tree oil is effective for warts.
What Are Warts?
Warts are caused by a contagious virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). According to the Centers for Disease Control HPV affects 20 million Americans.
What Is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil, Melaleuca alternifolia, is derived from a tree native to Australia and was named for its earlier use as a consumable beverage. The tree should not be confused with the plant that produces the commercial tea derived from tea plants. Today, people use the oil from the tea tree leaves as an alternative topical ointment for fungal infections, acne, cuts, scrapes, bruises, and many other ailments.
Tea Tree Oil an Effective Topical Treatment
There are numerous studies on the benefits of tea tree oil as a treatment as a topical application to fight infection and as an antiseptic. Studies have concluded that it is likely effective in the treatment of athlete’s foot, fungal infections, and even acne.
Tea Tree Oil Study on Warts
A recent study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information was the first of its kind to demonstrate successful results with tea tree oil as a topical wart treatment.
In the study, a child presenting with warts on her hand was given a topical application of tea tree oil to the infected areas once per day for twelve days. The tea tree oil successfully removed the warts and healed the skin. Of course, one study participant proves little as far as science is concerned, but it does indicate the need for further investigation.
“Tea tree oil: MedlinePlus Supplements .” National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2010. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/113.html.
“Successful topical treatment of hand warts in a pa… [Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2008] – PubMed result.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18940708.