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Natural remedies

Warts such as common or plantar warts are very common, especially among children. It is an overgrowth of cells that usually appear on the hands, feet, and near the nails. Warts are harmless growths but tend to be quite painful, especially plantar warts. There is also another kind of warts, the genital wart, which is a bit less common. They are sexually transmitted and even more contagious than plantar warts.

Wart remedies: Why do you get warts?

Warts are contagious; you get them from a virus called the papilloma virus.

  • Abrasion, friction, and repeated injuries make you skin more susceptible to warts.
  • If your body’s resistance is weak when you take immuno suppressant medication for instance, it is harder to fight against this virus.

Wart remedies: What foods can help prevent warts?

  • Eat foods rich in zinc to help heal the skin and boost your immune system
  • Increase foods rich in sulfur: asparagus, eggs, citrus fruit, garlic, and onions.
Avoid foods that deplete your body of essential nutrients, such as saturated fats, fried foods, simple carbohydrates, etc. Drink lots of water to cleanse your body.

Wart remedies: What about supplements?

  • Vitamin A and E heal the skin and strengthen the immune system. They can also be applied externally on the wart.
  • Vitamin B is important for normal cell growth
  • Vitamin C is antiviral
  • L-cysteine provides sulfur
  • Zinc is healing and antiviral
  • Silica is a good nutrient for the skin

Wart remedies: How to get rid of warts with herbal remedies?

  • Plantain ointment helps to dry warts.
  • Swedish bitters can be applied topically several times a day.
  • Colloidal silver can be used internally or externally as a natural antibiotic.
  • Aloe vera gel is antibacterial and antiviral and can be an effective remedy for warts.
  • Black walnut tincture, tea tree oil, and oregano oil dry out warts and can be applied several times a day.
  • Dandelion juice can also be applied on warts.

Wart remedies: What are the essential oils that may be used?

  • Cinnamon
  • Cypress
  • Frankincense
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Oregano
Cautious: Essential oils should not be taken internally and extreme caution should be used with oils during pregnancy. Please consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using essential oils.

Wart remedies: Any homeopathic remedies for warts?

  • Antimonium crudum for plantar warts
  • Dulcamara for hand warts
  • Causticum for face warts
  • Nitric acid for warts that bleed easily
  • Thuja for soft warts
Please seek the advice of a homeopath for better results

Wart remedies: Are there tissue salts that are used to treat warts?

The most common tissue salts for warts are:
  • Kali mur
  • Nat mur
  • Nat sulph

Wart remedies: What about external treatments?

When using external therapy, apply on the wart only, to avoid burning the surrounding skin
  • Do not touch the wart as it is very contagious
  • Do not cut or burn it off yourself
  • Garlic can be applied for 24 hours with a bandage. It is an effective antibacterial remedy.
  • You can apply duct tape over the wart (max 2 months) and change it regularly (be careful of any allergic reactions)

Wart remedies: Useful links


  • Andrew Gaeddert, healing Skin Disorders, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, 2003
  • Louise Tenney, M.H., Today’s Herbal health, 6th edition, USA, 2007
  • Phyllis A. Balch, James F. Balch, Prescription for nutritional healing, United States of America, 2000
  • Siegfried Gursche, Encyclopedia of natural healing, Canada, 1997
  • Thomas Bartram, Bartram’s encyclopedia of herbal medicine, The definitive guide to the herbal treatment of diseases, Grace Publishers, UK, 1995

Comments from the community (5)

"madamx" on 2012-07-11 at 00:00:00
To Merri: Some doctors are not that intelligent. Filing a wart can make it release and spread viruses. Choose remedies that dry it up.
"Lilly" on 2012-01-03 at 00:00:00
Plantar wart is probably the most painful experience that I've ever had. Thank God I can find some home remedies to treat this type of wart. If you want to learn more, you can read my experiences here:
"Chantal" on 2011-06-07 at 22:14:45
Hi, I'm actually writing for my mum. She's had a plantar wart for several months and didn't manage to get rid of it with conventional treatments. She put a clove of garlic on the wart for 24 hours with a bandage. Then she applied some drops of oregano several times a day. In a few days, she got rid of it!
"yen" on 2011-04-30 at 06:39:50
One of the common ways people are infected with warts is by walking on moist surfaces as showers and swimming pools without flipflops or slippers.
"merri" on 2011-03-16 at 00:46:13
My Dr told me to file my warts with an emery board which I did it worked on one that was on the inside of my hand but it hasn't worked on the one on the tip of my finger i have had this wart for over 6 years now and I it grows back each time I file it or pick it off. It is dry and only hurts when it grows back when It is filed level with my skin I can't see it or feel it. Where is the root cause what does it look like?
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