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Use a Pig’s Ear to rid yourself of Planters Warts, South Africa.

I have suffered from planters warts – i.e. warts on the soles of one’s feet – for most of my life. I am told they are caused by a virus one picks up in communal showers. This is presumably what happened in my case, since I used to play a lot of cricket and field hockey.

In the early 80’s it became quite painful to walk on one so, on my doctor’s advice, I had the first one surgically removed under full anesthetic. However a few years ago I noticed that it had reappeared.

Unwilling to go through the pain and expense of having it surgically removed a second time, I searched for an alternative solution. In passing, a friend remarked that she had used pig’s ear (Cotyledon orbiculata, more commonly known as varkoor) to have hers removed, a painless and inexpensive procedure. Intrigued, I went to the local nursery, bought one and planted it in my garden. After a few months it had grown a few leaves so I cut one off, mashed it up and placed the mash on top of the wart underneath a broad piece of plaster. For a few weeks thereafter, I replaced the mash with fresh material each time I had had a bath or shower.  However I soon forgot about it and discontinued the practice soon thereafter.

Sometime later I happened to inspect the soles of my feet and noticed that there was a small hole where the wart had been. And since then the callous that had built up around the wart also started disappearing. As one might imagine I have since become a fan of this alternative to surgery.

Apparently the plant is widely used for medicinal purposes. The fleshy part of the leaf is applied to corns and warts to soften and remove them. The warmed leaf juice is used as drops for ear and toothache. It may also be applied as a hot poultice to treat boils. Cotyledon orbiculata, an indigenous succulent, is widely distributed over most of Southern Africa so you should have little problem in finding one. However, if you do you are welcome to visit me and cut off some of the leaves. I attach a few photographs to let you know what the plant looks like.

Alan McIver, Dubai, November 2012

PS: In other words it is indeed possible to change a sow's ear into a silk purse

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