Natural Home Remedies for Wart Removal
Natural home remedies for wart removal include the use of herbs, essential oils, and vitamins.
Warts are small, bumpy mounds of overgrown skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are more than 60 kinds of HPV, some of which tend to cause warts on the skin.
HPV stimulates quick growth of cells on the skin's outer layer.
Warts are caused through direct contact with HPV, which is contagious. HPV may spread by person-to-person contact or through direct contact with an object used by a
person with the virus.
Warts are identified by their location. The most common types are:
Most warts are usually harmless and often disappear on their own. However, genital warts should be evaluated by a doctor.
- Common warts: These warts tend to appear on the skin of the hands and the fingers, and usually they do not hurt.
- Plantar warts: These warts usually appear on the soles of the feet. They are flesh-colored or light brown lumps that tend to grow
down into the skin, instead of creating mounds. Plantar warts are painful and attack blood vessels deep in the skin.
- Flat warts: This type of wart is more common in teens and children than in adults. Flat warts are smoother and smaller than other warts and
they generally occur on the face or legs.
- Genital warts: This type of wart is spread through sexual contact. They appear on the genital and anus areas. They are small
flesh-colored, pink or red growths that resemble the small parts of a cauliflower. They often appear in clusters of three or four, and may grow and spread rapidly.
They usually are not painful, although they may cause mild pain, bleeding and itching.
Natural Home Remedies for Wart Removal
Researchers have found that people with suppressed immune systems are far more susceptible to warts than those with strong, healthy immunity.
It makes sense, therefore, to use natural remedies such as herbs and vitamins to strengthen the immunity in addition to topically treating the warts.
Natural Home Remedies for Wart Removal - Herbs
To strengthen the immunity, consider these herbs:
As home remedies for wart removal, consider these herbs:
- Echinacea: This herb enhances the immune system and has antiviral properties.
- Astragalus: This Chinese herb strengthens the immune system and has wound-healing properties.
- Birch: This herb contains compounds that have antiviral activity. Birch bark also contains salicylates, which are approved by the
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of warts. You can add a teaspoon or two of powdered birch bark to a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for ten minutes,
then drink the tea and also rub it directly on the warts.
- Garlic: Garlic is antiviral. You can apply one drop of garlic oil directly to the warts two or three times a day.
- Yellow cedar (Thuja): This herb contains antiviral compounds and has a caustic effect on warts. You can apply one drop of Thuja oil to
the warts twice a day for a month.
- Basil: This herb contains many antiviral compounds. You can apply some freshly crushed basil leaves to the wart and cover it with a bandage.
Reapply the leaves and change the dressing daily for five to seven days.
- Dandelion: Some herbalists recommend treating warts with milky dandelion latex, the substance that oozes out when you tear the leaves and stems.
They suggest applying the milky latex to the warts once a day for five to seven days.
Natural Home Remedies for Wart Removal - Vitamins
Vitamins appear to be effective home remedies for wart removal as well. In particular:
- Vitamin A: Topically, you can use fish oil that contains 25,000 IU of natural vitamin A for wart removal. Simply break open a capsule,
squeeze some of the liquid on to the wart, and rub it in. Apply this once a day. Depending on the type of the wart, the time taken for it to disappear can range
from one month to five months or more, so be patient.
- Vitamin E: Topically, you can apply Vitamin E oil directly on to the wart. You can also take 400 IU of the vitamin daily to boost your
immunity and combat viral infections.
- Vitamin C: Applying vitamin C topically to the wart is another home remedy for wart removal. Make a paste from crushed vitamin C tablets and
water and apply it to the wart. Cover it with a bandage. It appears that the high acidity of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) can kill the virus that causes warts.
Natural Home Remedies for Wart Removal - Essential Oils
Some essential oils are antiviral and can be used as home remedies for wart removal. They include:
Here is a recipe that you may want to try on small children (under 12):
Dilute 10 drops of lemon oil and 5 drops of cypress oil in 2 teaspoon of cider vinegar. Mix well. Use a cotton ball and apply the mixture to the wart.
Cover it with a band-aid. Repeat twice a day.
For adults, you can put one drop of tea tree and one drop of lemon oil on a Q-tip and apply the oil mixture neat and directly on to the wart. Cover it with a band-aid.
Repeat twice a day for two to three weeks.
* When applying essential oils to the wart, be careful not to get the oils on the uninfected skin.
Other Natural Home Remedies for Wart Removal
Here are some other home remedies for wart removal that many people have tried:
- Medical Tape: You can use any kind of medical or first-aid tape. Apply it snugly over the wart and leave it there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Change the tape only when it becomes real dirty. Continue for at least three weeks.
- Castor Oil and Baking Soda: Mix castor oil with baking soda until it turns into a thick paste. Apply the paste to the wart
twice a day and cover it with a band-aid.
- Pineapple: Pineapple is rich in proteolytic enzymes which can help soften the warts and inhibit the growth of virus. Cut a square of pineapple
peel and tape the inner side to plantar warts overnight. Remove the patch the following morning and soak the foot in hot water. Repeat several times.
Balch and Stengler, Prescription for Natural Cures, (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004).
Duke, J.A. The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook. (St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2002).
Worwood, V.A. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. (New World Library, 1991).
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