It has been proven that garlic extract is an effective treatment for warts and corns, which are skin growths triggered by repeated pressure or friction. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, warts are skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). While they are not cancerous, they are contagious and can be painful.
People who are prone to warts or have recurring warts will be relieved to know there is a much more simple and natural remedy using a common household ingredient.
In order to treat warts and corns with garlic, use raw, crushed garlic or fresh garlic oil. Apply the chosen ingredient directly to the warts. If you want to achieve best results, use this treatment three times a day for at least a week, or until you get rid of the wart.
There is a Youtube tutorial which shows how to remove warts using a clove of garlic, a knife and cotton balls. You should first peel a garlic clove and cut it in two pieces. Grind it into a paste and then apply it directly to the wart. Place a piece of cotton over the wart and bandage the skin growth.
Best Health Magazine recommends first covering the healthy skin around the wart with petroleum jelly, and then applying freshly crushed garlic to the wart and covering it with a bandage.
Garlic is such a potent healing agent because it has properties that are anti-viral and anti-tumor. Garlic is also known to enhance the immune system and help breakdown fibrin, a protein that impedes the flow of blood.