Home remedies are for many people the first step in trying to remove a wart. Some of these treatments can be successful, but they usually take longer to work or may not work at all.
One very popular home remedy is apple cider vinegar, as it is probably one of the most effective. Applying apple cider vinegar to the wart will, over time, cause it to turn black and fall off. A full list of natural home remedies can be found on this page.
Here some natural wart removal tips and tricks. Meanwhile, work on prevention at the same time, avoid walking barefoot, don’t share personal hygiene items, and avoid touching all verrucas, yours and everyone else’s.
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- Pineapple. Apply fresh pineapple directly to the wart several times a day. The natural acids and enzymes will help.
- Garlic. Mix some fresh garlic with water and apply the paste to the wart. Put a bandage on top. Re-apply every few hours and continue until the wart is gone.
- Baking powder. Mix baking powder and castor oil into a paste, apply to the wart at night, and cover with a bandage. Repeat daily. You can also try crushed, fresh basil in the same way, or even mix the two together.
- Vitamins. Crush up a vitamin C tablet and mix with water to make a thick paste. Apply to the wart and cover with a bandage. You can also try vitamin E-break a capsule, rub on the wart, and cover.
- Aspirin. Use these like the vitamin C tablet-crush, add a little water, apply the paste to the wart, and cover overnight. Repeat for several nights until gone.
- Tea tree oil. Apply directly to the wart, and then cover with the bandage. Repeat daily. You can also mix with clove and/or Frankincense oils for additional power.
- Bee propolis. Some people have found success in applying propolis directly to the wart several times a day. Or try applying at night and covering until morning.
- Aloe vera. Fresh from the actual plant is best. Break off a leaf and rub the gel onto the wart. Aloe contains malic acid. If you don’t have the plant, get the purest form of aloe you can find. Cover after each application.
- Witch hazel, Witch hazel is a strong astringent. To apply the treatment, get pure witch hazel from any health store and apply it directly to your warts. Leave it on for about 10 minutes, after which you can wipe it off with a clean dry cloth. If you follow this regimen twice every day, you should be able to get rid of your genital warts in a couple of weeks!
- Essential Oils: clove, lavender, Frankincense. You can even replace castor oil with any of the following oils for roughly the same result: Oregano oil, Vitamin E oil, Lemon oil, Cashew nut oil, Fish oil, Cod liver oil, Wormwood oil, Sandalwood oil, Lemon juice, Aloe vera.
- Milkweed (the liquid inside of the stem) Topical application of milkweed juice is a time-honored wart remedy. Many others have also reported success with this native plant.
- Crushed basil leaves. Basil is enriched with elements of antibacterial and antiviral property. Applying basil leaves on the warts can gradually shrink the warts eventually getting rid of it. This is one of the natural ways for removing warts. Crush few leaves of fresh basil and rub them on the warts. You can also apply the crushed leaves over the warts and cover it with a tape. After few days you can find the warts would flake off giving way for new layer of skin.
- Banana (scrapings from the inside of the peel) Getting rid of warts has become easier than you think by using banana peel. A small of this peel can be placed over the wart and covered with duct tape. Leave it for few hours. Lemon peel can also be used for covering the warts.
- Dandelion milk (the liquid inside of the stem) Break open the stem of a dandelion flower and dab on the white milk from it. Cover with a bandaid to keep it on. Repeat in the evening, then again each morning and night until it’s gone.
- Papaya contains an enzyme that digests dead tissue. Make shallow cuts on the surface of an unripe papaya, collect the sap that runs out and let it coagulate. Mix the thickened sap with water, and then apply morning and night.
- Raw potato. Here doesn’t seem to be a set reason why, but one of the most common natural remedies for warts you will hear about is rubbing a potato on it. There’s not a whole lot of scientific backing to this theory, but over the centuries people have stuck to it and have found success. It’s worth a shot! An interesting part of the original historical remedy is to bury the potato after use and when you dig it up 2 weeks later it will have a wart on it (and yours will be gone.) That is very much optional.
- Onion. is dry and hot in nature. Apply onion juice on warts and leave it on overnight. Do this treatment regularly for at least 15 days. The wart will dry out and fall on its own.
- Castor oil. Castor oil has excellent anti-inflammatory property and you can apply few drops of castor oil over the warts. Castor oil does have a very repulsive smell. You can make this treatment a little easier on your nose by mixing castor oil with a bit of peppermint oil. Alternatively you can also use vitamin E oil also. Soak a cotton ball in castor oil and place it on the warts and cover it with a tape. Leave it overnight. By repeating this simple remedy for a week the warts are gone forever.
- Carrot and olive oil paste.
- Baking soda mixed with vinegar.
- Urine (grandmothers cure).
- Duct Tape. There is a certain amount of scientific evidence to support the use of Duct Tape in the treatment of verrucas and warts. A suitable size piece of duct tape is placed over the wart or verruca for around 6 days. [If the tape should fall off, simply replace it with a fresh piece.] Following the 6th day of treatment, immerse the wart or verruca in water. Repeat the process, ensuring around 2 months of continual treatment.
- A treatment to consider, especially with children, is faith. My friend Helen told me her father rubbed a coin on her verrucas and told her they would disappear. It worked. Stories abound on the Internet of children being told any number of cures that worked, such as colouring the verrucas. Belief in the cure caused the result. Children are highly suggestible. It’s worth a try.
- Birch bark. Dampen a piece of birch bark with water and tape it over your wart with the inner side of the bark facing your skin. The bark contains salicylates, which are found in many over-the-counter wart treatments.
Apple Cider Vinegar. For this simple procedure, the removal of warts using apple cider vinegar requires just 3 things: Apple Cider Vinegar, Cotton balls or end of Q-tip, plaster or Band-aid. Each night before going to bed soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, apply it to the wart and then hold it in place with a band-aid. Leave it on all night, or if you like, 24 hours a day but change the soaked cotton and band-aid each evening for a week. The wart will swell and may throb as it reacts with the vinegar and then start to turn black within the first two days and after a week or two will be gone.
N.B. It is important to continue the treatment for a few days to a week after the wart has fallen off to help ensure it does not come back. Some of these cures are painful. There is a limited scientific evidence to support the use of Duct Tape in the treatment of warts and verrucas. A suitable size piece of Duct tape is placed over the wart or verruca for around 6 days. If the tape should fall off, simply replace it with a fresh piece. Following the 6th day of treatment, immerse the wart or verruca in water. Repeat the process, ensuring around 2 months of continual treatment.
Here some more natural wart removal tips and tricks. If you have warts, focus on prevention at the same time—avoid walking barefoot, don’t share personal hygiene items and avoid touching warts—yours and everyone else’s.