What are warts?
Usually appearing as small flesh-coloured bumps on the surface of the skin, warts are an infection caused by a virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). These can appear on nearly anyone and are caused by coming into contact with the virus. When a damaged or broken part of the skin comes into contact, which can occur in a number of ways, the virus can enter the outer layer of the skin where it can then develop into a wart.
Whilst the best way to prevent warts is to avoid contact with the infection, this can be extremely difficult in many cases which is what has allowed it to spread so far already. With over 100 different strains of the virus there can be conditions preferable for different ones to develop. The most common place to pick up HPV is around swimming pools and locker rooms as many strains thrive in warm and damp conditions. There are many other ways and places that people could be at risk of being in contact with HPV, and factors that could increase this risk can include:
- Using public showers
- Working with meat
- Eczema or broken skin
- Low immune system
- Sharing personal items
In order to deal with warts there are many primitive home treatments around that have been passed down from generation to generation, but these are often unsafe and could lead to scarring or the potential for other infections to enter the body. There are also medical options for removal including chemical peels and surgical methods but as the names suggest, these can be painful and expensive. This is why there has been a rise in natural products and herbal formulas, especially those that possess antibacterial properties, that can help tackle warts in a more cost effective and simple way at home.
While manuka honey is a popular premium skincare ingredient, manuka oil can be beneficial for the skin in different ways. The oil is usually harder to find than the honey and is considered more unique. This is because it is only made in the remote East Cape in New Zealand, where these particular plants are known for their unique antibacterial properties.
As with its Australian cousin tea tree oil, manuka oil has been widely studied surrounding its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Because of these properties the manuka plant and oil has been used by native Maori tribes to help fungus infections, protect minor cuts, muscle pain, bites and stings and even as an old form of deodorant for body odour. Many of these uses can still be seen today, however the oil is now also commonly combined with other ingredients in order to create high-quality skincare products.
East Cape Manuka Oil 25%
Scientific research on manuka oil from the Cawthron Institute in Nelson, The Otago University Microbiology Department and the University of Waikato New Zealand have shown the antibacterial benefits of manuka and through their extensive testing of East Cape manuka oil against a wide range of human pathogens they found that it was:
- 20 - 30 times more active than Australian tea tree oil against gram positive bacteria
- Several times more effective against strains of fungi
- Effective against gram negative bacteria and viruses
From this research it was also found that it was great for:
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Jock Itch
- Cold sores
- Mosquito and sandfly bites
East Cape Manuka Oil 25% is a special blend of manuka with skin-friendly essential oils including sweet almond, lemon myrtle, tea tree and lavender. This combination of ingredients is what makes this product unique, and by combining the benefits and properties of each individual ingredient makes it a real skincare contender.
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Along with manuka oil, this formula also contains:
Made specifically from sweet edible almonds over the bitter kind, sweet almond oil is a popular ingredient in skincare. This essential oil contains vitamin E and is said to have hydrating and moisturising properties and is ideal to be used alongside manuka and tea tree to help balance their effects, especially on sensitive skin.
Not only does this oil have a fresh lemon aroma it can also be beneficial when used topically on the skin. Thanks to its high levels of citral it is said to be a powerful antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal agent. Studies have also been conducted surrounding its anti-inflammatory properties and it is said to be more efficient that many other herbs.
One of the most popular essential oils, tea tree oil is well known for having antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Tea tree oil originates from Australia and is made from the plant Melaleuca alternifolia. Traditionally it was used to help protect minor wounds from infection and now it is a common staple in skincare, especially those that target blemishes.
This essential oil is probably most commonly known for its fragrant scent and calming aroma but alongside these it can also be useful for the skin. Lavender oil has been used to help speed up the healing of minor cuts and burns. Its potential anti-inflammatory effect can also make it soothing to the skin and ideal to use alongside other essential oils.
How to use
To use simply apply 1-2 times daily to the desired areas. As this is an essential oil blend it is suitable for all skin types. This product is for external use only and we suggest doing a patch test first. Avoid contact with eyes. Each bottle contains 10ml so is ideal for travel or for discreet and convenient storage at home.