Benefits of Tea Tree Oil For Warts and Cold Sores

Benefits of Tea Tree Oil For Warts and Cold Sores

Does tea tree oil have enough antiviral activity to combat HSV-1 and papilloma viruses, the causes of cold sores and common warts respectively?

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Isn’t that crazy about wart “charming”? Got some videos coming up in a few months on the use of duct tape for warts—stay tuned!

I think this is my first video on treating common warts. For genital warts (which is caused by a different virus), see:
• Benefits of Green Tea for Boosting Antiviral Immune Function (
• Treating Genital Warts with Green Tea (

This is part of my extended video series on tea tree oil. For more on what it can and can’t do, check out:
• Do Natural and DIY Tea Tree Oil Cleaning Products Disinfect as Well as Bleach? (
• Does Tea Tree Oil Work for Dandruff and Athlete’s Foot? (
• Does Tea Tree Oil Work for Nail Fungus? (
• Is Tea Tree Oil Safe? (
• Does Tea Tree Oil Have Hormonal Side Effects? (
• Benzoyl Peroxide vs. Tea Tree Oil for Acne (

For treating canker sores (like on the inside of your lip), see:
• The Role of Dairy and Gluten in Canker Sores (
• Topical Honey for Canker Sores (
• Best Supplement for Canker Sores (
• Best Food for Periodontal Disease and Gingivitis (

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