Witches and goblins are not the only people who get warts. Although usually benign, they can be embarrassing and, in some cases, painful. But you don’t need to brew a cauldron of ingredients to make warts disappear. For more than 200 years, people have employed the help of Thuja occidentalis, a plant-powered homeopathic medicine, to get rid of these unsightly bumps.
A Life-Saving Tree
Thuja occidentalis is the homeopathic preparation of the leafy twigs of the white cedar tree or Thuja occidentalis L. as it’s known scientifically. If you’re a gardener, you might be more familiar with its other name, arborvitae, which means “tree of life” in Latin. White cedars are evergreens native to North America. Hardy and fast-growing, they’re good for making privacy hedges.
As it turns out, these trees were also great for medicine. Indigenous peoples in Canada first used white cedar to treat scurvy before anyone knew what the mysterious disease was or its source.
In the winter of 1535, French explorer Jacques Cartier witnessed the healing effects of this plant on his crew, who like countless sailors before, suffered and succumbed to scurvy because of poor nutrition. We now know that evergreen needles, such as those on white cedar, are chock-full of vitamin C.
Today, Thuja is mainly used in homeopathic medicines and phytotherapy.
Nature’s Wart Treatment
In homeopathy, Thuja occidentalis is primarily used for chronic conditions, but another common use is wart removal.* You’ll find it as one of the active ingredients in Boiron WartCalm Tablets, but it’s also available as a single medicine.
Choose the 30C dilution for warts that are flat and translucent; hard and calloused; around or under the nails, or a single large plantar wart. Thuja occidentalis 6C relieves skin lesions that tend to protrude, such as thick warts and thick scars.* For best results, daily use for one month is recommended.
*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.