Warts—10 Ways to Get Rid of Them Naturally

Natural Wart Removal

“I was teased to bits at school today for having hands that look like bubble wrap,” says one online forum member. “I want to get rid of my warts, now.”

“For the last 5 or 6 years I have been getting warts on my hands,” says another. “I recently had one burned off, and in addition to a nasty scar, I now have two more on that hand and another on the other hand.”

Unsightly, stubborn growths that can appear most anywhere on the skin, warts can be embarrassing, irritating, and depressing. Here’s some more information on what causes them, and possible natural wart removal solutions that may work for you.

What Are Warts?

Warts are benign skin growths caused by viruses. Most come from the human papillomavirus (HPV), which infects the top layer of skin and causes it to grow rapidly, creating a wart. You can contract this virus if you cut or damage your skin in some way, and then touch someone else who has it. You can also catch the virus by sharing towels, razors, or other personal care items.

Though anyone can develop warts, some people are more at risk, particularly children and teens and people with a weakened immune system. There are several different kinds of warts—each looks different and will show up on different parts of the body.

Common warts: These most often occur on the hands, and are rough, dome-shaped, and gray-brown.

Plantar warts: These grow on the soles of the feet and are hard and thick with dark specks. They can be painful when you walk.

Flat warts: These can grow on the face, arms, and legs. They’re small, have flat tops, and may be light yellow, brown, or pink.

Filiform warts: These can grow on the face, usually around the mouth, nose, or chin. They are the same color as the skin, but they have thread-like growths sticking out of them.

Periungual warts: These occur under and around the fingernails and toenails.

Many times, warts will go away on their own, but sometimes they can be stubborn and stick around for much longer than you’d like.

10 Solutions for Natural Wart Removal

We have several wart removal tips and tricks for you to try besides Compound W, freezing, and other standard techniques. Meanwhile, work on prevention at the same time—avoid walking barefoot, don’t share personal hygiene items, and avoid touching all warts—yours and everyone else’s.

1. Boost your immune system

Warts are caused by a virus, so one of the best ways to get rid of them is to boost your body’s ability to fight them. In fact, many people notice that warts show up when they’re feeling tired, sick, or worn down. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and exercising regularly, and use some potent immune boosters like astragalus, elderberry, olive leaf, vitamin C, zinc, turmeric, and cat’s claw.

2. Stop the spread

Not only can warts be passed from person to person, but you can also spread them around your own body through touch. If you touch your wart, for instance, and then touch another part of your body before washing your hands, you may spread the virus, and notice new warts popping up several days later. Be conscious of this, and vigilantly wash your hands.

3. Use pineapple

Apply fresh pineapple directly to the wart several times a day. The natural acids and enzymes will help.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Aspirin

Use Aspirin 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.

8. Tea tree oil

Apply tea tree oil directly to the wart, then cover with the bandage. Repeat daily. You can also mix with clove and/or Frankincense oils for additional power.

9. Bee propolis

Some people have found success applying bee propolis directly to the wart several times a day. Or try applying at night and covering until morning.

10. Aloe vera

Fresh from the actual aloe vera 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 gel you can find. Cover after each application.

Do you have other tips for getting rid of warts? Please share them with our readers!

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  1. nett says

    What can someone do to get the virus out of their body for good after Sergey on the wars just so they won’t appear later

  2. Judith says

    I am glad with or for the tips I received,because warts are my worst problem .I hope the aloe willhelp me,my body has many fine flat warts.I appreciate it.

    • Jerry says

      Good article! I’ve heard of some of these treatments, but not all of them. for example, bee propolis and aloe Vera are totally new to me. Sounds effective though!
      I suffered with a bad plantar wart for over two years and was able to get rid of it using the duct tape method, epsom salt soaks and salicylic acid pads. Not COMPLETELY natural, but it sure worked and was close enough to it! I did also try to improve my immune system and took in antiviral foods like garlic to some degree.

  3. Ali says

    I’ve had warts on my feet when i was 6. My mom ended up Just taking me to the dr to get them iced off. They haven’t come back. Now im an adult…

      • Laura says

        I’ve gone through the icing/freezing off of warts, repeatedly, and never to complete success (likely due to placement)… And it was very painful, again, likely due to placement. I had two plantar warts, one on each pointer finger, directly in the outside bend of the top portion of the finger, so the freezing process and every moment afterwards was intensely felt.

      • Ryan says

        It does. Yet it is tolerable. I even had freezing in a more sensitive area a few times. And that just hurts. Yet. It is tolerable. However it never removed it for me. Hence why I am here.

        • AJ says

          I have a plantar wart on the crease of my index finger. My doctor tried freezing it but it didn’t work. He did say there’s a risk of damage to the nerves. It was moderately painful but then I am not particularly good with pain.

      • Dena says

        Icing does hurt. It is a chemical that is sprayed on the wart. It does have a freezing affect. The icing itself does not kill the virus or do away with the wart. My dr described it to me as if the freezing liquid tears down the wart as if you tore down the walls of a castle. After the “walls” of the wart start deteriorating, your body actually heals the wart & makes an environment that the wart can’t live in.

      • Kaitlyn says

        I got one frozen off of my hand with liquid nitrogen when I was ten and I hate to tell you this but it hurt really bad. Keep in mind that I was only 10, so it may not hurt for you but I just thought you should know that it hurt for me a lot

  4. Tammy says

    I have read lot of people remedies if your having a very hard time ridding the warts you can ask your doctor for a medicine you take to rid them for good. I know this because I was one of those people but it happen to me after a bone marrow transplant the hpv was living in my body after I talk to my doctor she game me medicine to take for 2 weeks and they disappeared I hope this helps any one out.

  5. Ashlyn says

    Hi. I’m a 15 yr old girl. Last yr i got some warts on my face and had got them burned. Now its all gone but for the past two months i’ve had a wart on my thumb but only there and its only one. Yesterday I thought of trying out the castor oil and baking soda method. Hopefully it works. But at times when touch something using my thumb that part hurts. Is that usual??

    P.S. I don’t want to get them burned…..I’m scared.

  6. Grant says

    Great article! I love the holistic approach to solving the problem. I think it’s also important to take the pressure off the wart by getting some sort of callus cushion so the wart is more level with the shoe. Also don’t wear shoes like high heels as it can cause more discomfort. How sensitive your skin plays a factor in what method to choose. The alternatives listed in your article are better than going to the doctor and paying hundreds for something that may not work!

  7. Jessica says

    After I had my daughter I got a wart on my arm, I had the Dr burn it off but it wouldn’t go away. It then spread to my other arm and a finger. After a few treatments with the dr and no progress I bought my own burn kit for home and kept burning regularly for months. That didn’t work so I bought a tea tree oil based wart remover from the natural health food store, that didn’t work either. Finally I used apple cider vinegar, I soaked a tiny piece of cotton in acv, placed it on each wart and covered with a bandaid that completely sealed the area from air. I reapplied every day and all the warts were gone within a couple weeks, it itches and burned a little bit but it was worth it. I have very minimal tiny white scars,, which could either have been the acv or most likely the multiple burning attempts.

  8. Tess Tickles says

    Duct tape works GREAT. My son had several. A huge wart on his big toe. Wrapped it in duct tape. Fell off in less than 10 days.

    • Jamie says

      How do you do the duct tape remedy? Just leave it on constantly ? Change it when air gets in or the tape isn’t sticky ? Do you leave it on 24-7 ?

  9. nem nom says

    I had very stubborn about 1x1cm size (~0.4 inch) wart bottom of my foot for 20 years. I tried sometimes to get rid of it by natural methods, like banana peel, ducktape, castor oil. None of these couldn’t solve the problem. Those more like irritated it and made it grow a bit. And those methods made me feel pretty uncomfortable, bottom of foot felt sore and heat, i don’t know why. So I was afraid to use those methods for over 2 weeks.

    However, now the wart has gone! The skin has renewed itself, i can still see where the wart was located but the wart itself has gone.

    It was accidental and what i did was pretty simple. All i needed to do was eat about every day 1 orange, 1 apple, some raw/cooked carrots and some yellow bellpeppers. (these added to my otherwise already pretty healthy lifestyle and diet). I’m pretty sure my body lacked vitamin C.

    After 2 months i was surprised to noticed that the wart had shrinked noticeable, after ~3 months gone.

    Hopefully this success gives some hope to you all who have some stubborn warts. 🙂

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