screen-capture-14When I was young, I used to dread that two things would happen to me.  First, that I would get those wobbly upper arms that old ladies have (which have always reminded me of a turkey’s wattle.)  Second, that I would not escape the fate of having those funny warty-looking things grow on my neck like my older female relatives had.  I used to check anxiously in the mirror for any sign of these impending disasters.  I have since learned that genetics are a somewhat inescapable thing, and with the good that I have inherited, there must also come the bad.

Exercise would probably eliminate the arm wattles, but what do you do about the other problem, short of taking a razor blade to your neck and hoping you don’t slip?  Skin tags, known as acrochordons in medical-ese,  were at one time the bane of my existence.  It was as if my neck was a farm – the acrochordons woke up in the night to breed – because little baby ones were popping up all the time.  Eventually, I couldn’t wear necklaces because they’d get caught in all the skin tags.  Even turtlenecks and sweaters were painful to wear, snagging on and sometimes tearing off a skin tag or two.

Now, I admit that I am a crunchy mom.  That is, I have granola tendencies.  If  you’re not familiar with these terms,  a crunchy or granola person seeks for the simplest and most natural solution that can be found to a problem.  Chemical pharmaceuticals and surgery are the last resort, and some crunchy people like me would rather suffer with the original problem than complicate matters with iatrogenic bumbling.

I only recently bought my own EODR (Essential Oils Desk Reference) so I didn’t have it at that time.  Instead, I had to wander around on the web looking for crunchy help. Once I’d learned what those things on my neck were called, I went to the search engine at  Many people there said that oregano oil had gotten rid of their skin tags; not only from the neck, but from many other parts of the body.  Having just recovered from a bloody and painful attempt at acrochordon removal by tourniquet (using sewing thread), I thought oregano oil sounded a whole heck of a lot easier.

It stings like CRAZY and you have to be sure to remember to put it on regularly (2-4 times a day, as you can stand it), but them dang buggers really do fall off eventually! Sometimes they swell up really red first and then seem to dehydrate into nothing, and sometimes they turn black.  But they eventually all just fall off.  Glorious! I’ve told some friends about this, and I’ve seen oregano oil work for them too.  Skin tags are no longer inevitable and unbeatable.  You too can be freed from the Curse of the Acrochordons

Oregano: It’s better for more things than just pizza.

UPDATE: APRIL 2014 – It is only now, 4 years since this post was originally written, that the little buggers on my neck have dared to start popping up again. So it’s back to the oregano for me! Why? Because I have also used oregano on more sensitive areas like armpits and groin and it has rid me of some pretty painful growths. Therefore I know getting rid of these baby ‘shrooms on my neck again will be a cinch! I have also started going after a mole by my eye, but since this area is sensitive, I will be using Frankincense. Hooray for essential oils!