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How to Get Rid of a Wart Using Natural Remedies

Updated on December 10, 2018
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Christin is a natural health and wellness advocate with 20 years' of experience studying and working in the health and supplement industry.

Common Warts

Common warts on the finger
Common warts on the finger | Source

Common warts are small skin growths that normally appear on the hands, fingers, and forearms, but they can also occur on the knees and other areas. Their appearance is characterized by tough skin that often has a cauliflower like appearance on top. They can be raised or flat, dry or moist, and are typically the same color or slightly darker than the surrounding skin. They can appear individually or may form in clusters.

Most common warts are harmless and are not painful, but may itch. If they become infected they can pose a more serious problem, but that rarely happens. Warts are caused by the HPV (human papilloma viruses) and can be contagious. Never share towels and washcloths with an infected person. Always wash hands after touching a wart should you get one to avoid spreading them.

Natural Remedies

A wholefood diet and exercise help to boost the immune system and are recommended to give the body what it needs to fight viral infection that causes warts to develop. Sulfur rich foods like garlic, onions, asparagus, and citrus fruits are especially useful for fighting warts.

Suggested Supplements

  • B complex vitamins which aid in normal cell replication.
  • Vitamin C for its natural anti-viral properties
  • Vitamin E applied topically and taken orally. Vitamin E improves circulation and promotes healing and tissue repair.
  • Zinc increases immunity against viruses
  • Astragalus boosts and protects the immune system and is a powerful virus fighter.

Essential Oils

Clove, lemongrass, peppermint, frankincense, eucalyptus, lavender and tea tree essential oils are all effective against warts. Essential oils should always be blended with a carrier oil and never applied directly to the skin. Apply a blend with one or more types of essential oil to the wart and cover with a bandage.

Wart Removal

  • Crush a clove of garlic and apply it directly to the wart. Cover it with a bandage and leave it in place for 24 hours. This should cause blisters to form and the wart will fall off within a week. Avoid placing the garlic on the surrounding skin to avoid irritation.
  • Apply a piece of duct tape or other adhesive tape (called duct tape occlusion therapy) over the wart for 6 & ½ days. At that point, remove the tape for 12 hours, use a pumice stone or emery board to gently file down the wart and reapply a new piece of duct tape. Continue this cycle for up to 2 months. Some studies have shown great results with this technique and others have been inconclusive.
  • Make a paste with castor oil and baking soda. Apply to the wart at night and wrap in a bandage. This technique can remove a wart in 4 – 6 weeks.
  • Finely grate a carrot in a food processor and make a paste by blending it with olive or coconut oil. Apply to the wart for 30 minutes twice a day for a few weeks.
  • Apply straight aloe from the plant to the wart 2-3 times daily and cover with a bandage to allow the aloe to soak in.

With common warts you can often simply opt to wait them out. They will typically disappear on their own within a year. If they are problematic or painful there are medical treatments like freezing and even some medications that can possibly help. For more serious warts, like genital warts, medical treatment is absolutely necessary.


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      heather 

      6 years ago

      I used a crushed aspirin and made it into a paste with a little water or vitamin e oil and put it in every night for like 2-3 weeks and mine disappeared. I had one on my little toe and it embarrassed me to wear sandles, so I googled about it and it worked great. Just don't get it on any other skin it irritated mine and made it very sore.

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      Kristin Trapp 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      I remember when my son was young he had a wart and the doctor told us to just leave it alone. Of course I didn't, and by messing with it and using Compound-W, it spread and caused a couple more warts. Needless to say, we left those alone, and as you stated, within a year they were gone on their own. I like the idea of natural remedies, especially the supplements.

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      vespawoolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      I like the idea of using natural remedies to banish warts. I've heard of the duct tape and the essential oils are interesting. You're right...you just never know what will be popular! Thank you for answering my question.

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      Christin Sander 

      6 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks Nell hope it works for you. Natural remedies take a bit longer, but I prefer them also. Thanks for commenting.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      This is perfect timing for me, I have a wart on my finger and I don't want to burn it out with the 'cold ice' that the pharmacist gives you. its driving me mad, so I will give your great ideas a try, thanks!

    • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

      Christin Sander 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      Cider vinegar - that's cool I hadn't heard of that one. Cider vinegar is good for so many things though that it doesn't surprise me :) Thanks for sharing your story.

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      Nicole S Hanson 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      I had a couple warts on the bottom of my foot, every night I would apply apple cider vinegar on a piece of cotton and then a bandage over it to secure it in place. It did seem to help!

    • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

      Christin Sander 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for commenting viking - glad you enjoyed the hub and hope you find the remedies useful.

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      L M Reid 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      Great remedies to get rid of warts. They can be painful and very annoying too.

    • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

      Christin Sander 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for your comments Chin chin - sorry to hear about the pain your daughter endured :( it's never fun when our kids cry because they are hurting. Hopefully some of the tricks here will work for you.

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      Chin chin 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      My daughter has warts on her body. I took her to the dermatologist and she used tweezer to pinch away the warts and put betadine on them. My daughter cried so loud. After 1 week the warts were gone and the skin healed. She still has some on other parts of the body and I really feel sorry for her if I have to make her go through the same painful ordeal again. I also tried garlic and it does dry out the wart in about a week.

      Good hub ChristinS.

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      Christin Sander 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      Hi meow thanks for the comment :) I know I didn't know any of this stuff as a kid and I got them as a child too. I remember having one on my knee for months - the doctor tried to remove it and it grew back. I haven't had any in a really long time but the last one I got rid of with various versions of the above remedies. :)

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      meow48 

      7 years ago from usa

      ah, where were you when my kids were little???? we finally had to go to the dermatologist for treatment. hee. great hub!!!! keep them coming... take care.

    • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

      Christin Sander 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      Hi Leann thanks for commenting and I'll definitely check out your hub. You're more than welcome to mention my article on your page I appreciate that :)

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      leann2800 

      7 years ago

      I have removed warts naturally and had them removed. I wrote a hub about my experience. We didn't use the same remedy though. Here is a link to my natural way to eliminate warts:

      https://leann2800.hubpages.com/hub/Home-Remedy-for...

      I think its great that you mention astralagus. I have never used it for this but have for others.

      Is it okay if I mention your article on my page?

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