Remedy: Milkweed (euphorbia peplus)
Milkweed (euphorbia peplus). Description, pictures/images, where to find it, Milkweed as a traditional home remedy / treatment for actinic keratosis, other keratoses, skin cancers, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma. How to use it, application, warnings.
Comment posted by Sue of New Lambton, NSW, Australia on 11 May 2018 at 6:27 4997
Without research, I used the milkweed sap on a couple of warts not expecting the reaction I got, burning and redness spreading over the skin and quite painful. I also got some in my eye not knowing it was so toxic, and yes lucky I am not blind. Six hours of excruciating burning pain, bloodshot, swelling and watering and 2 days unable to see. 1 wart is 1/2 gone. I will take much more care with this in future.
Comment posted by Joe of Dallas, TX, USA on 14 December 2017 at 11:12 4866
I used the sap on some basal cell carcinomas and keratosis on my face and it worked. Had a hard time finding the seeds in the US, but then found seeds on Amazon while searching for radium weed seeds and grew the plants.
Comment posted by Annie of Brisbane , QLD, Australia on 8 December 2017 at 7:22 4856
I have used radium weed on myself, husband and friends and it has worked every time. I wish I could post photos to prove it. I bless the day I was told about this wonderful weed.
Question posted by Jewelz of Northland, Northland, New Zealand on 23 May 2017 at 10:54 4615
I have a keratoses on the upper side of my nose. I applied milk weed yesterday. Last night I was in pain extending to the inner part of my nose and below it and towards my eye. This morning woke with redness and swelling, over the day a few huge blisters have appeared with clear fluid leaking out. Wow, wasn't quite expecting such a reaction! I can only think this is good and something is drawing out. Reading other peoples reactions no one else has mentioned blisters?
Comment posted by Penny of Perth, WA, Australia on 26 June 2016 at 15:49 4140
Euphorbia peplus for Keratosis. Yes, I've used this herb on my nose for keratoses with success more than once. I've not generally used it on the most sensitive parts of my face e.g. in areas on my cheeks which also tend to react in an allergic manner to different substances. I'm currently trying Efudix for the first time. It certainly takes longer with an unsightly area for much longer and apparently the keratosis could recur within a year.
Re BCCs, my understanding is that the Efudix will not fix them. I also found that after treating a BCC on my nose a few times over several years with milkweed with seeming success, it eventually returned, would not respond, had to be excised and the skin graft covers most of that side of my nose. I doubt I would try Milkweed on BCCs again.
Comment posted by Luna of Granite bay, CA, USA on 7 August 2015 at 7:39 3593
I used milkweed 1x a day for 3 days to treat a tenacious bcc on my shin that had recurred 3 times over 8 years after conventional treatment (liquid nitrogen, curettage, Aldara). So far, after 15 months no recurrence. Have also used it to successfully treat several AK's on my face. Treatment reactions pretty much as stated on this site. Painless and convenient and free!
Comment posted by Bob of SF Bay Area, CA, USA on 14 December 2014 at 14:21 3094
I was prescribed Picato by my dermatologist as a preventive measure for AKs. At USD$700 for 3 very tiny tubes I just could afford it. After doing some research I learned that active ingredient is Imgenol Menutate or the sap found in the Euphorbia Peplus. I am lucky that my yard in Northern California is full of these little weeds. I applied it the same way that Picato is supposed to be used. I apply a few drops of sap and with a wet finger rub it over an area about 3"x 3" or half my forehead. I do this once a day for three days. Leave on for 6 hours. The healthy cells will get red like a sunburn and possible itch or burn a little but if you have any precancer or cancer you will know it after day 1. The sap will attack the cancer and you'll notice a reaction and then by day 3 a scab. Your normal skin might peel a little and the scab will fall off. I have used the sap on my arm and various parts of my face with very good results. Cautions: When using it on your face test a small area first to check your reaction. Keep AWAY from eyes and mouth.
Comment posted by Ian of Logan, Qld, Australia on 17 March 2014 at 17:40 2403
I had a BCC (basal cell carcinoma) just below one eye that was scheduled for excision and skin graft, not happy, I applied Milkweed from the garden, once only, normal reaction and according to the skin clinic I visit, it completely removed the BCC. I did wash my eyes on about the second day which must have moved some into my eye accidentally and had excruciating pain and thought it might blind me, so I rinsed continually for between 15 and 30 minutes. The pain very slowly receded. Take care and do not get it in your eyes.
Comment posted by Iris of Hibiscus Coast, Auckland, New Zealand on 18 February 2014 at 7:6 2331
I have been using this milkweed for a few years. I have a lot of DSAP on my arms and legs so find it difficult to find enough milkweed. Last year I tried it on my face putting it on for about a week, it came up red and into a crust. When the crust was completely gone my cheek was lovely and smooth. I have just used it on my other cheek but only for 4days. it is at the crust stage. It not only clears up skin conditions, I tried it last year on the quick of my finger. The nail was growing out deformed. It would form a hard piece on the quick and was excruciatingly sore especially if I bumped it. When i could pull off the sore bit it was good but then would form another scab. The Dr said it was the root and the only thing he could do was pull out the nail. I decided to try milkweed not really thinking it would work being the root but I have not had the sore scab since although the nail is still deformed. you could say I am inclined to swear by it for any skin problem.
Comment posted by David Niven Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 1 November 2012 at 15:14 790
Milkweed euphorbia peplus is an effective treatment for actinic keratosis. I have a friend who used it to successfully remove an actinic keratosis, and warts.
Another friend who used milkweed for the first time - he put a few drops of sap above his eyebrow, and rubbed it in with his finger. That night the entire side of his face swelled up, and his eye was swollen closed. It took two days for the swelling to subside. To his credit, he continued to use it in much smaller doses, following the instructions at the link on the top of this page. Again, milkweed was successful in removing a variety of keratoses. He also used it with success to treat basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.