Warts are pretty common and aren’t indicative of a serious health problem but they are a nuisance, sometimes painful and may cause embarrassment.
They are most common on hands and feet, may also appear across eyelids, the face and elsewhere on the body. They can grow in clusters or singly and have a rough skin surface that looks similar to cauliflower, sometimes a black spot is visible in the middle of it.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is what causes them and yes, they’re contagious (it’s a viral infection). It can be picked up from someone else or may spread to another part of the body from one you already have.
Their removal is a simple procedure performed by a doctor (either by freezing, burning or laser) but for those who prefer treating themselves or if looking for some home remedy ideas, here is a list of 50+ methods and tips I have collected over time. Most are applied topically (on top of flesh) but I’ve included a handful of immunity system boosters recommended to be consumed (daily if possible) to help the body fight the virus and get rid of them.
When beginning a chosen method, be aware that depending on the size and type, it can take weeks to get rid of–sometimes months. The sooner you start (preferably when first noticing one developing), the quicker you will be free of them. If progress is experienced with a particular solution, keep at it and be patient. Plenty of times it will just disappear on its own (as the body builds up immunity against the virus), but try one of the suggestions below to speed things up.
Before getting started, take some soap and water to wash location, next pat dry using a clean towel. Make sure to wash hands well before handling remedy. Wash hands again after applying to prevent further infection.
Here’s a list of ideas to start, the rest are organized in sections below. Do daily unless otherwise directed.
(Items marked * should be covered w/ a dressing after applying remedy)
(Items marked 2X or 3X means amount of treatments to do daily)
Home Remedies That Help Get Rid Of Warts
- *Apple Cider Vinegar: Saturate a cotton ball + apple cider vinegar (ACV) and dab affected area. Do nightly before bed, remove in the morning. Good for all types, recommended especially for Plantar and flat warts.
- White Household Vinegar & Baking Soda: Sprinkle a heavy coat of baking soda across the area, drizzle vinegar over it. Do once in the morning and once at night.
- Bandaids / Tape: Known as the duct tape treatment, keep the location tightly wrapped (without cutting off circulation) 24/7 until it disappears. Bandaids, duct tape, packing tape and scotch tape will all work with the same results.
- *Baking Soda: Slather a thick paste made w/ baking soda and water.
- Clear Nail Polish: Paint w/ a coat of clear nail polish, reapply as needed.
- Hydrogen Peroxide: Dab using a cotton swab.
- *Toothpaste: Smear regular toothpaste generously across top.
- *Aspirin: Rub w/ EVOO + place an aspirin tablet on top. Change daily. Alternative: Crush an aspirin tablet fine + add a few drops of water to make a paste. Watch w/ sensitive skin.
- *Vitamin C Tablet: Mix a thick paste of finely crushed Vitamin C tablet and water.
Fruit & Vegetables
- Potatoes: Halve a potato, slather the potato juice over the area.
- Lemons: Rub a slice of lemon over location for 5 minutes 2X. Alternative: Dab lemon juice directly on it.
- Limes: Same as lemons.
- Bananas: Cut a piece of banana skin just bigger than the size of the wart. Place the peel white side down on top then secure w/ tape to hold. Alternative: Also rub using a chunk of banana.
- Eggplant: Thin slice of eggplant just a bit larger than the bump and hold in place w/ a piece of tape. Good for children & those with sensitive skin.
- *Onion: Rub a slice of freshly cut onion 2X. Optional: Sprinkle onion slice w/ salt first. Another suggestion is to drizzle lemon juice over location first then a piece of onion.
- *Carrots: Grate a carrot + combine w/ olive oil, the result is a thick paste to smear. Do 2X until it disappears.
- *Apples: Use a slice of apple and secure in place. Change 2X.
- *Garlic: Variations for this approach: Crush garlic + cover area completely w/ the clove. Do every night before bed. Also smear juice of garlic 2X. Each night at bedtime apply a slice of garlic.
- *Figs: Combine mashed fig w/ a bit of EVOO.
- *Radishes: Cut a slice of radish just the size of the bump.
- Pineapple: A cut piece of pineapple morning, noon and night until gone.
Oils & Extracts
- Witch Hazel: Rub Witch Hazel into spot 2X.
- Clove: Mix a few drops of clove oil + EVOO.
- *Vitamin E: Work into spot, do this 3X.
- *Vitamin A: Work into spot, do this 3X.
- *Garlic Capsule: Work into spot each morning.
- *Castor: Rub into location a couple times each day. Optional: Combine baking powder or baking soda and castor oil into a paste.
- *Grapefruit Seed Extract: Add 2 or 3 drops to the pad of a bandaid + cover.
- *Oil of Oregano: Mix a few drops w/ EVOO then drizzle across the pad of a bandaid–cover spot.
- *Lavender EO: Carefully dab w/ a drop of Lavender EO.
- *Geranium EO: Mix a few drops w/ EVOO then drizzle across the pad of a bandaid.
- *Lemon EO: Mix a few drops w/ EVOO then drizzle across the pad of a bandaid.
- *Tea Tree: (known as Melaleuca) Dab 2X w/ tea tree until the bump disappears. Remove dressing at bedtime.
- *Frankincense: Apply a drop. Do twice a week.
- *Vegetable Oil: Smother w/ a thick coat. Do each night before bed and first thing in the morning.
- Wheat Germ: Smear pure, organic wheat germ oil over location twice/day (morning and once at night).
Herbs & Plants
- *Dandelions: Use dandelion milk from the stem of a dandelion. Do 2X until removed.
- *Aloe Vera: Use the gel from an aloe vera plant then top w/ a cotton ball. Change 2X.
- *Basil Leaves: Crush fresh basil leaves and cover the spot.
- Marigolds: Break open marigold leaves and use the plant juice.
- Milkweed: A Native American solution is to rub the milk from a milkweed plant into the area several times/day until it has been removed.
Daily bath soaks will soften the mass which helps it respond to treatment. May also help fight the virus and prevent infection. This is worthwhile doing before sloughing the bump with an emery board or pumice stone (notes on that below in the “Tips” section).
- Soak + warm bath w/ baking soda.
- Soak + hot bath w/ Epsom salt.
- Soak + very hot bath until it becomes lukewarm (don’t have so hot it burns). Plain hot water is fine, some vinegar can also be added.
Beef up the immunity system so your body can fight the virus internally. Here are several suggestions:
- Cabbage: Eat a lot of raw cabbage.
- Garlic: Mince/chop a few cloves, add to food whenever possible. Alternative: Take garlic pills or capsules.
- Limes: Squeeze lime juice over food or add lime juice to a glass of water and drink this 2X.
- Broccoli: Eat raw broccoli.
- Oranges: Eat an orange 1X.
- Bananas: Good for potassium, eat one a day to fight the virus.
- Onions: Top suitable edibles w/ chopped fresh onion, preferably raw but cooked is fine too.
- Wheat Germ: Supplement diet w/ either wheat germ or wheat germ oil to boost daily Vitamin E intake.
- Although it’s not recommended to cut or pick at one since that may cause bleeding, scarring or an infection, using a fresh emery board to gently scrub it before applying a treatment (right after a soak when the rough skin is softer is also fine)–just don’t overdo it. Throw the emery board out after each scraping and use a fresh board each time.
- Children are more susceptible to them since their immunity systems aren’t as strong as adults, be aware that their skin is more sensitive than ours. Carefully watch reactions so no burns appear (aspirin for example can be harsh on sensitive/young skin).
- Cover any cuts/scrapes on the body w/ a bandaid while you have a wart–those little openings are a perfect environment for the virus to settle in and encourage new growth.
- Don’t scratch or pick at it, this will spread the virus.
- Plantar Warts: These are usually found on the soles of feet, make sure to wear socks at all times or keep covered with a dressing. If walking barefoot around the house, the rest of the family could pick it up as well as encourage more growth on feet. When swimming, make sure to wear pool shoes so virus isn’t spread to the rest of the public.
- If something is working and it’s getting smaller but the surrounding area is getting irritated, try applying some EVOO or vaseline to the healthy area before applying treatment, may help protect it from irritation.
This information is simply a collection of home remedies – not professional medical advice. Please seek a doctor’s opinion when unsure or to confirm appropriate treatment.
Have I missed your favorite tried & true? Please share with everyone in the section below (lots of suggestions so far, thanks!).