When most of us think of dandelions we think of annoying weeds that disrupt the beauty of our gardens. But when herbalists and holistic medical practitioner’s think of dandelions, they think of the multiple healing properties that have made this herb is very popular treatment for a variety of ailments for generations. For example, European doctors of old have used dandelion to treat diabetes, fever, boils, and diarrhoea, among other things.
Many believe that the dandelion is so effective as a medical treatment because of the fact that it is rich in vitamins and minerals. This may explain why it appears to be very useful as a skin tag remover. The minerals and vitamins it contains may be responsible for breaking down the skin tag tissue until it eventually disappears. Then again, it may be some other substance that doctors are as yet unaware of. Either way, dandelion roots have met with great success in removing the skin tags of countless patients.
The key part of the dandelion is the fluid contained in its roots. The flowers must be harvested, roots and all, without doing damage to the stem or root system. Once the dandelion is removed from the ground you simply squeeze the root gently, working down towards the tip, to extract the milky fluid. You don’t need a lot of fluid, just a few drops per application is all that’s necessary. It’s not clear how long it will keep once extracted, so you should probably not gather more than two or three flowers at a time.
Always wash the skin on and around the skin tag and thoroughly dry it before beginning application. Two or three drops applied with a cotton swab or eyedropper is all you need in a single dose. Unlike some other home remedies, it’s also not necessary to make sure the entire skin tag is saturated. If you miss a little spot here or there, that’s fine. Continue the application to or three times a day and you should start seeing results within a week or two. In most cases, your skin tag will be completely gone in 3 to 4 weeks.
While dandelion root has no side effects, you may notice a small, reddish bump with a skin tag once resided. This bump may even be tender and painful to the touch. Rest assured this is not a serious situation and it will disappear by itself in a couple of days.
If you try dandelion root with no success there’s no need for you to immediately run to a doctor. Procedures your doctor might use, including excision, cryotherapy, cauterization, and laser surgery, can be painful and lead to scar tissue. You’re better off trying one of the other natural home remedies first to see if any of them work for you.
You may wish to try something like cauliflower, onion juice, or sour apple. You also might want to try baking soda which has been known to enhance the properties of some substance is like castor oil and dandelion root when mixed into a paste. The idea here is not to give up.
If none of these home remedies work you can purchase an all-natural, over-the-counter remedy from your local pharmacy. As long as you check the ingredients to make sure there are no harmful chemicals, you should be able to find a remedy that is safe and effective without the risk of developing scar tissue. Many of these over-the-counter treatments contain the same ingredients as home remedies, but their manufacturers have figured out the correct combinations to maximize the efficacy.