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. Kathy Moe says

    I have had a wart under my right index fingernail for over 20 years. It has spread to both thumbs and my tongue. Dr tried the acid first, it hurt a lot. Once a flat one on a thumb was surgically removed-it was back in 3 days. Then I was sent to a dermatologist. Every 2 weeks she burned (acid) than froze them. This continued for about 2 years. She also tried antacid med, lassar treatments, and Aldara(a genital area med). Nothing worked!! I also tried Lidocaine gel and a hand cream (it worked many years prior for 20 that were on my hands, then this stubborn one reappeared.) I have tried keeping them covered with bandaids and tape, and home freezing. Family members and some friends have also gotten them from me. Because of these warts location they are very painful and still spreading. I was once told that dry hands are more prone to get them. Drs have given up trying to remove them! For some reason my body refuses to fight them off!!

    • A.E. says

      Have you tried keeping them saturated in olive oil?
      Soak in oil, then cover with a bandaid which has the pad saturated in olive oil as well.

  2. Judy says

    My daughter had a huge wart on her thumb. We used oregano oil, and duct tape. Once a day, she would soak it in water, then file it down with a nail file to remove the dead skin – then apply the oregano oil and duct tape. It took about two weeks to get rid of it. It was really big though by the time she showed it to me, had I been aware sooner, it wouldn’t have taken so long to get rid of.

  3. says

    I had no idea that fresh garlic and water could help with warts. My son gets warts on his hands all the time, so I am always looking for ways to get rid of them. I’ll have to try this out to see if we see results.

  4. Adelle says

    I used tea tree oil to treat my wart on my hand – it had been there for over a year, and with only 2 or 3 treatments of applying the oil to the wart, it completely disappeared! Root and all. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

  5. Jason C Hughes says

    I’ve got a plantar wart on the bottom of my foot (the heel area)…it’s so hard to walk… whenever I walk, I limp so it looks like I have a injured leg or something. It stings so much. This will sound crazy but I want to walk normally again.

  6. Ruth Duffy says

    My poor son started with verrucas on his feet – they were frozen and one treated with acid, but some remain – then he got warts on his fingers and thumb, and now the poor boy, because he gets hay fever and rubs his nose, he has them on his nostrils. He is only 9 and they are upsetting him, but the freezing and creams seem to be very painful for him. – I just want to get rid of them, but obviously, on his nostrils, you can’t cover them. I will try anything, but he seems to have quite a low pain threshold – or things are painful on your nostrils?

  7. Ruth Duffy says

    – I should have said that the doctor tried freezing them, but after two sessions, was afraid they were ‘fighting back’! Then he sent us to the dermatologist, who attempted to freeze them again, but the pain made it hard, but afterwards part of one did fall off. We were then given Differing cream which was supposed to aggravate it, but it doesn’t seem to have done any good. I want to convince the doctors to refer us for another go – but I don’t know if they will.

  8. Judnina says

    Hi , I am 40 Year’s old and I am having warts on the face and they keep growing. I am getting really worried about this , please reply to me ? If it’s safe to use any of your home remedies which you are recommending, Many thanks.

  9. Joy says


    I am 22 years old male and have these filliform warts for 5 months now on my chin area, they have spread to other areas of my chin. I am guessing it is because of the ripping them off while shaving when I did not know what they were. I have been told by the doctor to leave it and let it go by itself, which may take years. In the mean time I should not touch it as it might spread. This means that I cannot be intimate with my partner, they might catch it too! I am really worried and I need help!

    I do have tea tree oil at home and going to start using it. Would apple cider vinegar help? and how can I boost my immunity (the pharmacist recommended to have vitamin tablets)?

    Thank you

  10. Sid says

    Hi! I was wondering what the best way is to get rid of my wart. It’s been there for over a year and I’ve gotten it froze off by the doctors but then it comes back. Thanks!

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