I’ve recently dealt with a pesky wart myself. I found another natural remedy (plant extracts) that worked really well. You can get it here. It works really good but be warned, it seriously burns whatever it touches. Don’t get it on the rest of your skin. Just the wart! All in all though I found it more effective than the EOs I’ve used.
First, What Type(s) of Warts Are you Dealing With?
People sometimes get confused about what type of wart(s) they have.
There are in fact many types of warts. Plantars, genital and your more garden variety. All of these warts are caused by the HPV virus, regardless of their location and name.
There are two main types of warts we’ll discuss treatment options for in this post: plantars & “regular” warts. Plantars warts are one of the more common warts and, by definition, are only found on the feet while other varieties of warts are found elsewhere on the body.
It’s important to note that if you are dealing with genital, anal or warts on the larynx that you should seek medical attention. Those warts are a bit more precarious and need special care.
It’s also good to know that sometimes what appears to be a wart isn’t. It’s not uncommon for a person to think they have a wart, and treat it like a wart, only to discover it’s something else entirely – like a clogged sweat glad. A telltale sign of a genuine wart is black spots which can be found in the middle of the wart and are more present when the wart is dying.
4 Essential Oil Remedies for Treating Warts
A good wart treatment works by stimulating the skin and immune system to fight off the wart virus. There are a lot of oils that will cause necessary stimulation and irritation to invoke curative behaviors from the body. You also want your medicine to help the body expunge the infection by acting as an exfoliant.
There’s quite a few natural remedies for treating warts, essential oils being one of them. The others I’ll do a brief discussion of as well after the essential oil section.
First of all, here’s a list of essential oils that are known to help with warts:
And now some specific recipes and remedies you can use to treat your warts.
1.) Apply Essential Oils Neat
This is a basic yet very effective way to use essential oils for warts.
The directions here are to simply apply a couple drops of tea tree oil “neat” (which means plain, by itself) onto the wart. You can use a clean cotton swab to apply the oil and either hold it there or remove the cotton and cover it with a bandage.
As an alternative to tea tree you can apply 2 drops lemon and 1 drop cypress.
It’s best to do this application three times daily, or more if you desire.
If your skin feels really dry after try massaging it with a small amount of calendula infused oil.
2.) The “Wart Bomb” EO Blend
Here’s a recipe that was recommended to me by a reader. They’ve used it on their whole family with a great success rate.
- 20 drops oregano
- 20 drops frankincense
- 20 drops tea tree
- 20 drops Medieval Mix
- Raw Organic Apple Cider vinegar
- Fractionated coconut oil
- Add essential oils to a 2 oz glass dropper bottle
- Add apple cider vinegar – but do not fill to the top
- Fill the remainder with your fractionated coconut oil
- Apply this mixture directly to your warts using 1-3 drops and a cotton swab like with the previous methods.
- Apply every night until wart has receded.
3.) Apply your Oils in the Bathtub / Foot Bath
If you take baths and/or use foot baths you can support your wart treatments easily with essential oils. It’s recommended that you add 3-6 drops of any of the recommended essential oils above to your bath.
Start by applying them to the wart once in the bath and then soak in the oil-infused water for as long as you like.
4.) Simple EO recipe for Healing the Skin
Once your wart has receded and the contents expunged you’ll want to support the skin’s healing process. The following mixture nourishes the skin.
- 1/4 cup calendula cream
- 15 drops lavender
- 15 drops frankincense
- 15 drops myrrh
- 10 drops chamomile
- 5 drops pure vitamin E oil
- In a small, non-reactive bowl combine essential oils and calendula cream
- Mix together well
- Move mixture into a 2 oz glass jar
Using your fingertips, smooth gently over healing skin
Additional Tips & Home Remedies for Warts
In addition to essential oil treatments there’s an abundance of other treatments, many of them natural home remedies.
Scrape with an Abrasive Surface
Many people use an abrasive surface, like a pumice stone, to rub against the wart to remove the top layers of their wart(s) before applying any treatments. This ensures that the treatment gets deeper into the wart than it would otherwise
Apple Cider Vinegar Treatments
Apple cider vinegar is a common home remedy used for warts. You can apply it neat or mix it with other treatments like essential oils. Some people will cover it in a bandage and leave it overnight.
The apple cider vinegar works because the acid in it irritates the skin and stimulates the immune system to address the area. It also kills off the wart itself by making the area inhospitable for the virus.
You can apply it in the same way you would apply essential oils neat, using a cotton ball or q-tip to cover over the wart. It’s best to use raw organic apple cider vinegar.
You’ll get a better effect if you use a pumice stone and/or a soak in warm salted water before applying your AVC. This softens and loosens the calloused skin cells.
Oh and note that it can sting really bad once applied. That’s normal. Good to know before you first apply it!
Starve your Wart of Oxygen
Warts need exposure to the air to properly breathe. This is part of the reason why some of the previously listed remedies involve covering the wart with a bandaid for extended periods of time.
Additional ways to starve your warts of oxygen include:
- Covering them with nail polish / varnish (topcoat)
- Covering them with duct tape
- Covering them with sulfur and a bandaid
Apply Coconut Oil
Coconut oil provides both nourishing and antiviral effects to the skin. To apply simply rub your coconut oil into the skin on and around the wart twice daily. Apply as much as desired. The skin should be able to absorb some of the oil so keep rubbing it in and adding more if you want to.
Garlic is a potent antiviral that gets along well with the body and our immune system. You can consume lots of garlic to support your immune response and apply raw garlic directly to your wart(s) with a bandaid or duct tape.
Just tape a slice of raw garlic over the spot. Change out as needed and apply daily until your wart is gone.
A common treatment protocol for warts is to freeze them off with liquid nitrogen. You can have a doctor do this or you can buy your own freezing kit and apply it yourself. When applying yourself you simply soak a q-tip in the nitrogen formula and press it onto the wart for as long as you can stand. The effectiveness of freezing kits are sometimes so-so. But they can work well if you follow the directions well.
Homeopathic Thuja Treatment
Personally I don’t use homeopathy is a first response to any malady. But I know that for some people it works.
The recommended homeopathic treatment for warts is often thuja. I’ve read that after a month of treatment numerous people have experienced diminished or completely cured warts. The Boiron brand is what I recommend and you can buy their thuja online.
If you have no success with any of the above methods it’s possible to seek out laser surgeries for warts. I don’t really recommend them though, as they can leave significant amounts of unsightly scar tissue behind.
Cutting out your Wart *gulp*
Some people opt for just cutting their warts out. I’m not going to say don’t do it yourself, but be warned that it can be bloody and painful. If you decide to do this use a sterile cutting instrument and make sure you get to the bottom of the wart.
What causes warts?
Warts are benign growths that are the result of a viral infection by certain strains of the HPV virus.
There are many types of the HPV virus (Human Papilloma virus) – and only a few of those varieties cause warts. Other non wart causing strains of HPV can lead to conditions like cancer and genital warts.
We develop warts once the HPV virus enters our skin. It usually does this through small cuts or scrapes. Once it finds it’s way into our body it infects our skin cells. From there it typically lays dormant for a month or two before rearing it’s ugly head.
Warts most commonly occur on hands, fingers, face, elbows, knees and feet. But can pop up in many places.
How do we Get Warts?
As soon as a person is infected with the wart causing HPV strain they are likely to start developing warts.
It’s estimated that 7-10% of the population in the US is infected with these wart causing HPV strains. The virus can survive many months without a host.
Infection happens when the virus gets transmitted from an infected person to a new host.
These viral transmissions typically occur from walking on public surfaces like showers or swimming pool floors. The moisture helps the transmission. The virus attacks the body via cracks in the skin. It only needs a tiny cut or abrasion in the outermost layer of skin to get inside.
If you frequent pools or other public places it’s highly recommended that you wear some shower shoes in the locker room and showers and don’t remove them until it’s time to get in the water.
Warts are viral and once you have the virus you’re going to be at risk for developing more warts in the future.
If you want to prevent future warts your best bet is to ramp up your immune system and a result suppress the virus from developing into new warts.
Here are some immune system boosting ideas:
- Develop a healthy sleeping routine with plenty of shut eye.
- Lower chronic stress levels. This might mean cutting things out of your life if necessary.
- Avoid unhealthy foods that tax the body – especially allergy promoting foods and stimulants.
- Consume foods that nourish the body and follow a high nutrient diet
- Exercise regularly
- If you take immuno-suppressing medications investigate alternatives
Consider taking some immune boosting tonics:
- Goldenseal Tincture
- Fenugreek/thyme Supplement
- Silver shield Immune Defense Formula
- Elderberry syrup
- Cod Liver Oil
- Quercetin + Bromelain
- Olive Leaf Extract
- Vitamin D
Hopefully you have found this article helpful.
If you have any questions, comments or recommendations of your own please let us know in the comment section below!
Table of Contents
- 4 Essential Oil Remedies for Treating Warts
- Additional Tips & Home Remedies for Warts
- More FAQ