Home Remedies for Warts


Looking for home remedies for warts?

Lucky for us all, folk medicine offers a seemingly endless number of natural remedies for warts, many of which can be found right in our kitchens!

While most warts will go away on their own, who wants to wait 6 months to 2 years for these pesky skin growths to disappear?

Forget torturing yourself with conventional methods that burn, scrape, cut, freeze, or laser your wart. Consider trying one of the following skin friendly home remedies for warts instead! The only thing you really have to lose is that wart!

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar for Warts

Apple cider vinegar for warts

Among the simplest home remedies for warts is apple cider vinegar. Soak a gauze pad with apple cider vinegar and apply to the wart overnight.

During the day, apply castor oil to the wart and cover with a bandage.


Banana for Warts

banana for warts

Some folk healers recommend using the inner white part of the banana peel to help get rid warts. Scrape the inner white part of a banana peel. Apply it to your wart 2-4 times daily for 5-7 days.

You can also apply the banana peel itself. Simply cut a piece of banana peel slightly larger than your wart. Use tape to hold the inside of the banana peel on the wart

Discard the used banana peel and replace it with a new slice of banana peel daily for several weeks.


Basil for Warts

basil for warts

Basil is one of the many herbs that are effective home remedies for warts. Basil contains antiviral compounds that help fight the virus that causes warts. Apply fresh crushed basil leaves to the wart and cover it with a bandage, then reapply the leaves and change the dressing daily for 5 to 7 days.

Castor Oil

Castor Oil for Warts

castor oil for warts

Castor oil is one of the most widely known home remedies for warts. Simply rub castor oil onto your wart 2-3 times daily.

You can also try this "Castor Oil Wart Chaser" recipe from Gentle Healing for Baby and Child: A Parent's Guide to Child-Friendly Herbs and Other Natural Remedies for Common Ailments and Injuries. which combines the wart fighting power of castor oil with baking soda. Add just enough castor oil to 1/4 teaspoon baking soda to make a paste.

"Castor Oil Wart Chaser"

1/4 tsp baking soda

Castor oil

Mix baking soda with enough castor oil to make a paste.

Cover the wart with paste, and then surgical tape.

Leave on the wart overnight, removing in the morning.

Repeat this process nightly for up to three weeks.

Duct Tape

Duct Tape for Warts

Duct Tape for Warts

As if duct tape didn't have enough uses, you can also add wart remover to the list. As it turns out, duct tape is one of the most effective home remedies for warts.

In fact, a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, found that covering warts with duct tape was more effective than freezing warts.

It is thought that the irritation caused by the duct tape triggers a response from the immune system, which eventually kills the virus.

Zap your wart with duct tape by following these simple steps:

  1. Cut a piece of duct tape to a size that will just cover the wart.
  2. Cover the wart with the duct tape, leaving it on for 6 days.
  3. Remove the tape, wet the wart, and scrape the dead outer layers of skin with a disposable emery board or pumice stone.
  4. Leave the wart uncovered overnight, and replace the duct tape in the morning.
  5. Repeat this process for up to two months until you are wart free

Essential Oils

Essential Oils for Warts

Essential oils for warts

Essential oils contain compounds that help fight viruses including the virus that causes warts.

Using these natural remedies for warts is simple. Dilute a drop of tea tree, lemon, clove, or thyme essential oil with a drop of a carrier oil (almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil, etc).

Reapply every 24 hours. Cut a piece of duct tape slightly bigger than the wart and cover the wart. Make sure the piece of duct tape is large enough so it sticks to non-oily skin. Change the duct tape and reapply the essential oil every day.


Garlic for Warts

Garlic for warts

Garlic is possibly one of the simplest and widely used home remedies for warts.

As it turns out, vampires aren't the only things repulsed by garlic. It seems warts also shudder at the sight and smell of garlic.

Chasing warts away with garlic is simple. Apply freshly crushed garlic directly to the wart and cover with a bandage, avoiding contact with the healthy surrounding skin.

Apply new garlic and bandage to the wart daily, and it should blister and fall off in as little as one week.

Garlic oil capsules are a convenient alternative to fresh garlic. Break open a capsule and rub the oil onto the wart and cover with a bandage three times daily.

Some herbalists also suggest that eating raw garlic or taking 3 garlic capsules daily may help the immune system fight the virus.

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