by: Jeanette Padilla
Skin tags are small growths of skin that appear on the surface of the skin, usually on the face, neck, underarms, chest or groin. These small skin growths are benign tumors. They look like excess skin, but they are complete with nerve cells, fat cells, and a core of fibers and ducts. Skin tags can be bothersome and make one self-conscious. Luckily, they can be removed using natural home remedies. Two of these methods call for the use of oils. It is important to first dilute an oil before applying it directly to the skin, especially if you have never used that oil previously. In my experience, I haven’t had the need to dilute tea tree oil, but those with skin sensitivities might need to.
Tea tree oil
This powerful oil has been used for centuries. Australian aborigines have been using tea tree for thousands of years to treat cuts and burns. Tea tree, also known as Melaleuca, is an antiseptic and was the the favored antiseptic for most Australian doctors in the early 20th century. Tea tree can also be used to remove skin tags. First, wash the affected area with soap and water, then dry the area thoroughly. Next, dip a q-tip halfway into some tea tree oil and apply the oil onto the skin tag. If needed, tea tree oil can be diluted with olive oil. Lastly, cover the skin tag with a band-aid. Reapply one drop of tea tree oil two more times throughout the day and cover with a new band-aid. You’ll notice the skin tag shrink until it falls off on its own in a few days. If you don’t notice much improvement, try applying the oil more frequently or adding more tea tree oil to the diluted blend. Tea tree oil is ideal for removing skin tags, because it will help soothe the skin and keep it from becoming infected.
This is another great natural antiseptic. For this remedy, you’ll need some fresh garlic, a knife and some band-aids. First, start by washing the affected area with soap and water, then dry thoroughly. Next, slice a clove of garlic into “discs.” Take a disc of garlic and rub it all over the skin tag. Lastly, cut the disc down to the size of the skin tag, apply it and cover with a band-aid. Do this in the morning and leave it on all day. Then remove the band-aid and garlic before bed and wash the affected area. Repeat this process until the skin tag falls off, 4-6 days. Alternatively, the garlic can be applied before bed and removed in the morning.
Apple cider vinegar
Yet another wonderful use for apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar, like garlic and tea tree oil, is also a natural antiseptic. Use this vinegar to remove skin tags by first cleaning the affected area and running warm water over the skin tags until they become soft. Once the skin tags become soft, apply a cotton swab soaked in apple cider vinegar to the skin tag for 20 minutes. Next, rinse the apple cider vinegar off. Repeat this process 2-3 times a day until the skin tag falls off.
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Jeanette Padilla is an experienced herbalist and iridologist. Read more health articles from her at Sunshine Natural Healing, or follow her on Facebook