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Milkweed Juice as Wart Remedy

Q. You sometimes get questions about how to get rid of warts. I’ve had horses all my life, and warts on a horse’s muzzle are common. I’ve always rubbed the milk from a bleeding milkweed plant on them. It takes only a few times.
Most horsemen know of this fix even if it is restricted to summer. It also worked on my daughter when she got warts on her hands and knees.

A. Topical application of milkweed juice is a time-honored wart remedy. Many others have also reported success with this native plant.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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found everywhere in western NY, common weed

I was googling to find out where I got my infestation of the plant. Did an image google to find I have Milkweed. Row upon row have formed in my back yard. Through research, I read this shouldn’t be happening in my state or urban area. This is the second year of foliage and it’s everywhere. I have pulled out sproutlings traveling across the lawn all season long!!!

Someone told my wife Whole Foods had it. But I just came from a Whole Food Raleigh NC store and they said they had never carried it and could not order milkweed juice.

Where did you get the milkweed juice?

Where in the world can i purchase milkweed juice? I have a 12 year old who has warts and this seems a better treatment than burning them off. We live in Texas and I’ve never seen a milkweed plant. Any ideas?
PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: IF MILKWEED DOESN’T GROW IN YOUR AREA, LOOK FOR A WART REMEDY THAT IS MORE ACCESSIBLE. THERE ARE LOTS, FROM CASTOR OIL TO DUCT TAPE TO TAGAMET.

My husband and I have both had success with milkweed juice to cure warts. I got rid of a plantar wart by exfoliating the surface layer of skin with a pumice stone to expose the wart and applying the milkweed juice then covering with a band aid. My husband had an outbreak of warts on his arm and applied the juice once then forgot about it… two weeks later, “hey my warts are gone!” Something in milkweed is poisonous. When the monarch caterpillars eat the plant they too become poisonous to their predators. Maybe this is what makes it work on warts? Both of our wart problems disappeared with only one application!

Milkweed is the plant that attracts the monarch butterflies to deposit their eggs.
The caterpillars feed in the plant until they are ready to transform into pupa
stage. It is found where there are Monarchs and of course in nurseries.

What are some other wart remedies—was not duct tape one such?

Milkweed is a native plant which is a major attractant for some butterfly species. You can probably find it in a good nursery. Or check this link: http://davesgarden.com/sitewidesearch.php?q=milkweed

Yes I also need to know where can you find this plant or juice. thanks

Common milkweed can be found in the summer on any country road, at least in the northern 1/2 of the US. Just break the plant at any point and a white milky substance comes out.

Where can I find milkweed juice? A pharmacy?

Where on earth can you get milkweed?

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