Do you ever wonder if natural remedies for skin cancer like basal cell carcinoma (or other health conditions) can do anything at all? I'm here to tell you, they can be very helpful and even scary if you're not careful…
First this note/disclaimer: “The information found here has not been approved by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.” I'm only sharing my own story, your situation may be VERY different, and I'm not a medical professional or anywhere close. Use this information only to do more research on your own!
(By the way, there's a little about warts below too… AND see my latest update on this whole saga here.)
Black Salve for Skin Cancer
It was 4:17 a.m. I'm not sure what woke me, but immediately I knew something wasn't right. It was day three in applying the Black Salve on my skin cancer spot. My lip felt like I'd been numbed at the dentist. I hurried into the bathroom and could see that my whole bottom lip was huge and swollen; I could feel it on the inside, like it had burned a hole through my lip and there was inflammation all around it, and on the outside it looked like I had a fat lip. My heart started racing, I just knew that I'd permanently disfigured my face. How STUPID of me to try to get rid of this naturally! I should've just had the surgeon take it off like normal people do! I quickly took the band aid and all the leftover salve off my chin, and knew there was nothing else I could do at that point but pray. So I went back to bed in a sweat and prayed my guts out. “Lord, please don't let this be permanent! Don't let me have screwed up so bad! If I did, will cosmetic surgery fix it?!” I never did get back to sleep, I was worried and freaked out. My lip was fat all morning, but by noon all of the swelling went down and I could tell my lip was still intact. My face even looked normal again. Thank God!
Disclaimer: Remember that as I told you in my original skin cancer post (I have Basal Cell Carcinoma but still won't avoid the sun), the surgeons office told me that this was a very benign, not at all dangerous skin cancer that could be left for years without any threat of facial disfiguration. If you have any weird skin spots, be sure to get them checked out just in case yours aren't so non-threatening.
Next I waited to see what would happen and left it alone. It turned into a monster scab. It was kind of cool if you like a good scab like I do. For the most part I didn't care how it looked, but it was a little embarrassing at Church because it was just SO big and hideous and dark, and I didn't have any small band aids to cover it up. I made myself not pick at it, and after about 3 days it was almost falling off, so I grabbed it. I was amazed, but the kids weren't impressed for some reason and thought it was gross that I wanted to show it off to them. (LOL!) Here's a picture if you don't mind looking at disgusting stuff that is kind of cool – I put the toothbrush there so you could see how big it was. Imagine someone coming up for communion with this big honker on their chin:
I wondered what would happen to the skin underneath and was curious if the basal cell carcinoma would come back like it did after it was originally excised in September at our doctor's office. If not, maybe I'll need to treat a larger area, but I'll do it only during the daytime when I can keep an eye on how it's feeling! On the right is what my chin looked like as it healed — see the indent there?
One more time…
In the meantime, I wanted to see if it would work to take off this little spot on my arm that has been there for a year or two. It's not skin cancer, it's just a little hard raised area that hasn't ever changed, maybe it was a wart. (Again, if you have a spot you're unsure about, you should get it checked out.) So I started applying the Black Salve — a little ball of it to just go over the spot — and covering it with a band aid. (Follow the directions.) It hurts and itches just a little, but not bad. I'll spare you the scab pictures on this one, but it was another doozy! It got part of it off but didn't work as well as this remedy for warts.
A note from a reader in the comments:
In the instructions it says not to use black salve on moles or warts, use bloodroot salve for these. When using black salve you’re only to do one spot at a time, I did two but both had white spot scabs that as they dried turned to regular scabs. When I emailed and asked about dry places on my nose they said best to use Lugo’s iodine, so I am doing that now and treated a spot on my cheekbone that healed quicker than the first two. Anyway I believe in natural healing and these people are very prompt at answering questions and replying about pics.
The main point I wanted to make is that natural remedies can be powerful and even dangerous if you're not careful.
Working with a naturopath or holistic doctor may be a good idea for you! Just use common sense and see a doctor if you're not sure about anything. It's not worth your long-term health or disfiguring yourself over it because remember, I'm not a doctor.
Imagine how this would put a dent into surgeons' pockets, though!
Have you ever tried this or something similar? Did it work?
- Update: Click here to read my follow up post!
- And then……. Turns out there was one more update to this story afterall!
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