Skin tags, warts, and other blemishes with lyme

by | Nov 9, 2011 | Co-Infections, Columns, Healing Lyme, skin/tissues/veins, Symptoms, viral infections | 5 comments

Dear Stephen,
I have a lot of persistent skin blemish issues (on my forehead along with skin tags; wart type erruption on my arms, etc.). I never had these issues pre-lyme so I’m thinking they’re connected. Is there any natural herb that might help to clear these issues? Once again, I greatly appreciate the advice. I’m so thankful to Stephen and his fabulous book/protocol and the bonus of this site.

Stephen’s response:
I don’t think they are directly related, however, warts, for example, can be caused, and often are, by viruses. Most people have warts, they are just very, very small. Often when the immune system depresses the warts can begin to grow. In many ways, a lot of illnesses people have are in balance with their bodies unless their immune system depresses. There are estimated to be perhaps 80 million people in the U.S. who have bartonella but are asymptomatic. If their immune function drops enough, it can bloom as an active disease.

I don’t know any natural protocols that I have found that are actually effective for treating those conditions, well, there is one thing: The one thing that will often work with certain types of skin tags and moles, for example, is to take tiny cotton thread and tie it around the tag fairly snugly. Then, each day, tighten it a bit more. It will eventually cut off the blood supply to the tag and the tag will just fall off. Usually, it will not recur.


[Editor’s note: The amino acid L-lysine is helpful against viruses, as is avoiding foods rich in the amino acid L-arginine such as chocolate and nuts. Do a Google search for natural anti-viral treatments and dietary recommendations. Also, as you treat the lyme and strengthen the immune system, the immune system should get better at controlling these sort of outbreaks.]

  • Stephen Harrod Buhner

    Stephen Harrod Buhner is an Earth poet and the award-winning author of twenty-three books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine including the acclaimed book Healing Lyme: Natural Healing & Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis & Its Co-infections.

    Stephen comes from a long line of healers including Leroy Burney, Surgeon General of the United States under Eisenhower and Kennedy, and Elizabeth Lusterheide, a midwife and herbalist who worked in rural Indiana in the early nineteenth century. The greatest influence on his work, however, has been his great-grandfather C.G. Harrod who primarily used botanical medicines, also in rural Indiana, when he began his work as a physician in 1911.

    Stephen’s work has appeared or been profiled in publications throughout North America and Europe including Common Boundary, Apotheosis, Shaman’s Drum, The New York Times, CNN, and Good Morning America. Stephen lectures yearly throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth.

    He is a tireless advocate for the reincorporation of the exploratory artist, independent scholar, amateur naturalist, and citizen scientist in American society – especially as a counterweight to the influence of corporate science and technology.

This protocol was incredible. After only a few weeks most of my symptoms were gone. After six months all my symptoms were gone… it has given me my life back.

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  1. Cameron Parry

    Marigolds cure warts, at least the aggressive ones on the foot. just rub a flower on there until you have nothing left. repeat in several days if you feel it is necisary. Also, jewelweed helps more than anything else after tecnu for PI and is very good for skni irratations. It has cured every fungus Ive put it on. Im confused. I love your books very much. Also I read you didnt like neem as a systemic. I dont understand this. It is everywhere in many maleria filled countries. It resurects me and makes me feel very good. I see that it can be dangerous as I investigate it now. Still it is less dangerous than maleria. I take like four big handfuls of fresh oily leaves and and wring them out in water. one dose cure, the elixer of life. Have you tried it on babesia? what were the result? Thank you, please reply. Sincerly Cameron.

  2. Lilly Cooper

    Another traditional method of removing skin tags is to tie a hair around it. If the hair falls off because the tag has shrunk, just tie on another hair until the tag falls off.

  3. gypsy

    When I was a child my grandmother used to buy our warts. She would pay us in a silver Murcury dime which she would tape or bind to the affected area where it was to remain for three days. There was also a lady at my church who did the same thing but used an old penny insisting that it had to be an old pure copper one. I don’t know if there is any scientific connection to the elements of copper or silver, or maybe it was simply faith healing/placebo effect. Whichever, it worked. They would disappear within a couple of months.

    Also, after grandma passed I purchased a horse with severe warts on her muzzle. An old horse trader friend of mine gave me a recipe:
    16 oz castor oil
    4oz olive oil
    1 med sized tub of Bag Balm
    1 oz pine tar
    3 oz dried comfrey

    Heat oils slowly in a large double boiler and then add pinetar, heating and stirring until smooth. Add comfrey and simmer on low for two hours. Strain trough a cheese cloth and store in clean glass jars. Ally 3 times daily. Within a couple of weeks they will start to become dry and crusty, within a month they will crumble and fall off…. worked great for the horse and since has been a very effective remedy for myself and others in my family. I have since started adding 1 oz of calendula to the original recipe, and it appears to speed results in addition to making the affected area softer and healthy quickly with a couple of weeks of continued use following the dissolution of the warts.

    Hope this is helpful! :)

  4. Susan

    Several of my friends had warts while serving in Vietnam. The common treatment was to cover the wart in regular silver duct tape and leave it on for a week, replacing as necessary. Soak it at the end of the week, scrub off the dead skin with a pumice or emery board and repeat. You can research this online, too. They swore by it.

  5. Holly

    I have that too

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