Your partner may love the whole of you – warts and all, but, we all know that warts are little (or big) nasty and embarrassing growths. The worst bit is that the pesky growths seem to have little brains sent to destroy your life – don’t warts appear on all the wrong places and wreak havoc, even when hidden from the public eyes?
Well, having been where you are, we understand your frustrations you are going through and all the remedies you have tried. And, hopefully for you, this article is your lucky break. At the end of the article, we are sure you’ll have the perfect remedy for warts, most of which are lying somewhere in your kitchen or bathroom at the moment.
But, before we jump into that, an understanding of the pesky growths.
What Are Warts?
Healthline defines warts as raised bumps on the skin caused by the Human Papillomavirus, HPV.
As it turns out, you aren’t the first human generation plagued with warts. For thousands of years, humans had to deal with warts. Shakespeare mentioned warts and warts are also seen in mummies more than 3,000 years old.
Are Warts Dangerous?
Before you pull out the wart on our leg with duct tape, know this – though ugly, embarrassing, contagious, and even painful, most warts are benign and not dangerous, however, if you are dealing with genital warts we recommend you immediately seek the advice of a trained medical professional.
What Causes Warts?
As mentioned above, warts are a viral infection caused by the Human Papillomavirus. The infection mostly affects the upper parts of the skin (epidermis).
The virus invades the outer layer when you scratch the skin. Though tiny, the virus on the skin stimulates rapid growth of cells creating the wart. When you have a wart on one part of your body, it can quickly spread to other parts hence the need for control.
There are more than 120 strains of viruses identified and believed to cause warts. However, about 60 strains of HPV cause warts. The most frequent strains of HPV that cause warts include types 1, 2, 4, 6, 11, 27 and 29.
Here is the worst bit – these strains of the HPV virus are present everywhere because HPV is ubiquitous and you’ll most likely come in contact with the virus every day, all the time.
The different HPV strains are the reason why you will have warts on different parts of the body. You will also note that the warts have different characteristics which make up the different types.
Why do some people get warts and others don’t?
- Immune system
There is no definite answer to this, but dermatologists blame the immune system. The body’s ability to ward off the viral infections determines whether you get warts or not. The reason why the immune system takes the blame is that children get more warts than adults because they have weak and underdeveloped immune systems.
You require a robust immune system to fight the Human Papillomavirus.
There is a strong possibility that your genes increase your susceptibility. Even though warts are contagious, it is common to see siblings with warts, even when they don’t make contact with each other.
Symptoms Of Warts
While there are no real symptoms of warts, you can tell that you or a loved one has warts when you notice a distinct growth on the skin.
- Skin trauma
- Direct contact with the wart or fluids in the warts (genital warts)
- Drugs or diseases which weaken the immune system
- The use of communal facilities like locker rooms
Types of Warts
- Genital warts
Even though ladies speak of genital warts in low tones, others hiding their nasty truths from the world, understanding genital warts and taking precautions is critical for the prevention of cervical cancer.
Genital warts result from an infection by the Human Papillomavirus. Though there are more than 120 strains of HPV, strains 6 and 11 are responsible for genital warts.
The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology states that there are more than a million new cases of genital warts diagnosed annually in the US alone. Unfortunately, many other cases go undiagnosed.
- Common warts
If you are struggling with warts on your fingers or toes, you have common warts. You can tell common warts by their distinctive round top with a rough, and grainy appearance. The common warts are gray-brown in color.
- Flat warts
These are the warts that grow on the arms, thighs or the face. The flat warts are tiny and hardly noticeable. You can tell that you have a flat wart if you have a flat-topped bump that appears scrapped. A flat wart can be pink, slightly yellow or brownish.
- Plantar Warts
These are the warts that grow on the soles of the feet. The plantar wart is different from other kinds of warts in that; it grows into the skin, and not out of the skin.
Wondering how you can tell if you have a plantar wart – you will notice what appears to be a small hole at the bottom of the foot. The hole will have hardened skin surrounding it. Also, plantar warts make walking uncomfortable.
The plantar warts are a lot harder to treat than the other kinds of warts.
Warts may also contain black dots or specks which appear as single warts or clustered warts.
- Periungual warts
The pesky periungual warts grow under or around the fingernails and the toenails. These warts are super-painful since they affect the nail’s growth.
- Filiform Warts
Filiform warts refer to annoying warts that grow around your nose or the mouth. They are small and often shaped like a tiny tag/ flap of skin. You can also find filiform warts on the chin or around the neck. The filiform is the same color as your skin.
How To Prevent Warts
Although you cannot take a pill for warts, you can stop it from spreading.
- To prevent spreading, wash your hands regularly, and thoroughly.
- Use clean workout equipment at the gym
- Protect your skin in the gym’s locker room by wearing rubber flip-flops or anti-slip sandals.
- You should also keep your skin free of cuts and nicks.
- Moisturize the skin often to prevent open fissures and cuts.
- Quit pulling on hangnails or biting your fingernails.
- Use a sharp razor when shaving to prevent tears on the skin.
- You shouldn’t pick at the warts.
- Always keep your hands and feet dry.
- Cover the warts with a bandage
The Best Essential Oils For Warts And How To Use Them
After years of research on essential oils, the studies show that essential oils are useful in treating a host of viral infections including warts. Check out the best essential oil remedies for warts here:
- Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil known for its anti-fungal and antiviral effects. It is an example of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine approach for treating warts. It kills head lice, and according to the Mayo Clinic, that isn’t all it eradicates. Tea tree oil is useful in treating and clearing out genital warts alongside other types of warts, eczema, acne, scars, and psoriasis.
How to use tea tree oil
For use, apply a drop of diluted tea tree oil directly to the wart. For dilution, you ought to mix one drop of the essential oil with one or two drops of the carrier oil. An example of carrier oil to use is coconut oil.
After applying the diluted oil, you will experience a burning sensation or an inflammation. Don’t worry – that is the oil in action. The burning sensation leads to a reduction in the size of the wart.
You’ll have to apply the oil for some weeks.
Some people have sensitivities to tea tree oil. For your safety, you should always test the oil on your arm first. If within 24 hours you show no signs of a reaction, you can use teat tree oil safely.
You should never take tea tree oil internally through your mouth or the vagina.
Discontinue if the irritation is too uncomfortable.
- Oregano oil
Some studies report that oregano oil exhibits a lot of power against microbial strains like Salmonella and E. coli. The oil also combats warts. All these power of oregano oil lie in the antiviral and the antibacterial properties it possesses.
The potent ingredient in oregano oil responsible for banishing warts is Carvacrol. Carvacrol is a monoterpene phenol useful in the suppression and the elimination of HPV, the virus responsible for warts. It has fast-acting antiviral activity.
Oregano essential oil works best for the stubborn and painful plantar warts.
How to use
Apply the oil on the warts directly, twice (or even four times) daily, until the warts disappear.
You can also use oregano oil for flat and periungual warts.
Oregano is a hot oil, and you may want to dilute it with a carrier oil like coconut oil to prevent unnecessary and uncomfortable burning of the skin. Mix 25 drops of oregano oil with two tsp. of coconut oil.
- Lemon Oil
This is an essential oil that possesses potent antiviral properties. Lemon oil proves useful in the elimination of viral infections like Herpes Simplex type 1 virus – think cold sores. Besides cold sores, lemon oil treats shingles, chicken pox, and warts.
Lemon oil also has antibacterial, astringent, and antiseptic properties – all these are important in treating warts.
Besides treating warts, the fresh and uplifting aroma or lemon oil make this a top note oil.
Using lemon oil
You should be careful when using lemon oil out in the sun or around ultraviolet light because it is a phototoxic oil which will cause skin sensitization.
- Frankincense essential oil
Frankincense essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties hence the use of the oil in wound care. It’s also useful in treating and removing warts thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. The anti-inflammatory effects, as well as the antiseptic properties of Frankincense oil, are the reason why you can also use the oil to treat ringworms, eczema, and other skin infections.
The oil is also thought to boost immune function which is a plus when controlling warts and bacterial infections.
- Lavender oil
This sweet-scented essential oil boasts antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. These active biological properties are the reason why lavender oil is ideal for the treatment of microbial infections especially the ones affecting the skin.
You can use lavender oil to treat plantar warts since it will reduce the pain and the irritation. The soothing aroma of lavender oil makes this oil perfect for soothing the body and mind.
How to use Lavender oil
You should dab lavender oil directly on the wart twice daily. You can also apply lavender oil on a pad, and the fasten the pad against the wart using a bandage.
- Thyme oil
Thyme oil is rich in antimicrobial elements which means that this oil is your best companion in the fight against warts. It treats skin infections like Candida too.
How to use thyme oil
Although the treatment process will take longer than most other methods (over the counter wart-removal products), thyme offers a gentle approach to treating warts, with no side effects.
- Eucalyptus oil
Like tree oil, this native Australian oil is a natural remedy used extensively to treat several microbial infections.
Wart removal is possible with eucalyptus oil thanks to the oil’s antiviral and antiseptic properties.
Even though the camphor-like smell is irritating to some people, the oil is skin-friendly. It doesn’t irritate or sensitize the skin.
Using eucalyptus oil
Since this essential oil is harsh to some people, you should consider diluting the oil with a carrier oil like almond or kernel oil.
Oil Treatment Methods And Blends For Treating Warts
While essential oils are known to treat and remove warts, there are numerous cases where the results are less than satisfactory. The main reason why essential oils may fail to work is the result of incorrect use of the oils.
One of the longest held secrets for the efficient functioning of essential oils is this – essential oils work best when combined to form a blend.
Ways of using essential oils to treat warts:
- Direct application
The most efficient way of using essential oils is the direct application of the essential oil or the oil blend on the wart(s).
When applied to the affected area regularly, the essential oils lead to the elimination of human papillomavirus, the virus responsible for warts.
Besides treating warts, essential oils have soothing effects on the skin. Besides relaxing (the oils are also used in aromatherapy), the oils reduce irritation and pain resulting from warts (plantar warts).
For the most effective results, we recommend cleaning of the wart using warm wart for a few minutes before applying the oil. Doing this softens and cleans the wart enhancing oil absorption.
If the essential oil you are using doesn’t cause irritation or burning, say lavender oil, apply it undiluted without spilling it on the skin surrounding the infected area.
Always use a clean cotton ball to apply the oil.
You may fix your oil-soaked cotton ball/ pad on the wart, bandage it, and leave overnight.
- Using oil blends
This is the most efficient way of using essential oils to treat warts. This is because blending boosts the healing power of the oils increases.
The best oil blend recipe for warts
Ingredients: 10 drops or oregano oil,10 drops of tea tree oil, 10 drops of Frankincense oil, and a tablespoon each of virgin coconut oil and apple cider vinegar.
How to make the blend: Blend all the above ingredients in a small bowl then transfer it all to a glass dropper. Keep the bottle closed tightly after every use.
Application: add three drops of essential oil to a cotton ball and then apply it to the wart(s) directly. Repeat treatment until the warts disappear.
- Oil baths
Besides blending, you can add the essential oils to your bath water (warm) and then soak the affected part of your body in the oil-infused water for about 15 minutes daily.
The advantage of oil baths is that you get to experience the therapeutic properties of the essential oils as they penetrate the skin gradually. The oil bath will also heal other skin conditions besides warts.
More Natural Remedies
Your doctor will most probably recommend surgery, or they may freeze the wart with some liquid nitrogen. Though these work, they are often too expensive yet there are cheaper and natural remedies.
Studies show that green tea is effective in treating different kinds of warts including genital warts. You can find green tea in a concentrated compound (found in ointment form) called sinecatechins. This compound treats warts.
You may also buy the green tea extract over the counter and then use it at home by adding one or two drops of coconut oil. Apply the mixture to the warts.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
ACV is an excellent home remedy for warts. It works in the same way as the prescription medication which use acidic ingredients to kill HPV. Also, ACV is acidic, and the acid will go after the warts and slowly, help the wart fall off. Though ACV lacks antiviral properties, the acid will get rid of most of the virus.
It is easy to use ACV – just soak a cotton ball with ACV and then apply it to the warts as you would with the essential oils.
Coconut oil has antifungal and antimicrobial properties that help diminish warts. Coconut oil also makes a great carrier oil.
According to some studies, applying garlic extracts to warts clears them. This is because garlic has antiviral activity and it also inhibits cellular proliferation of cells infected by a virus.
For use, you can apply the garlic extracts to the warts directly. Alternatively, you can prepare a mixture of the garlic extract with oil and then soak the mixture in a gauge before applying it on the warts. Make sure to let the extract sit on the warts for a few minutes daily.
Scrape off with a pumice stone
If the wart is hard and thick, and not painful, you can use a pumice stone to rub away the wart’s hard surface. You should, however, apply essential oil on the warts after scraping it off. You can also use over the counter medication.
This is a simple but effective remedy for warts. All you have to do is to cover the warts using duct tape or a bandage. You can also use nail polish. Your intention is to prevent the wart from getting its oxygen supply. Lack of oxygen dries off the wart.
Boost your immunity
As mentioned above, the main reason why you and many other people get warts is because of a compromised immune system. This means that the most effective remedy for warts is doing things that boost your immunity. The immune-boosting nutritional measures include:
- Eating more vegetables
You need vegetables, for improved gut health and an adequate supply of nutrients. A healthy gut automatically boosts immunity.
Some of the best veggies include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, and kale.
Besides improved gut health, vegetables have indole-3-carbinol which is useful in clearing warts.
- Intake of foods rich in B-Vitamins
Folates and B vitamins protect you from HPV infections and also help the body fight HPV infections.
- Improved diet
You need to eat healthier foods like lean meats, beans, whole grains, the dark leafy greens, almonds, and antioxidant-rich foods.
Other measures include:
- Get eight hours of sleep daily
- Avoid unhealthy foods
- Exercise daily
- Take dietary supplements
- Maintain good personal hygiene.
Bee Propolis can effectively be used in two different ways. The first is consumption. Bee Propolis contain natural antioxidants that work to boost the bodies immune system. The second is by using a few drops daily of Bee Propolis Tincture directly to the surface of the wart. Both have been shown to be very effective in treating warts.
Not only is Aloe Vera healthy to eat but it also contains many healing properties that can be applied to a multitude of skin problems. My recommendation would be to purchase a small plant which can be found at your local garden store. Simply cut a piece of a leaf off and open it up to where the gel of the plant is exposed. Rub this on the wart several times per day and then cover with a bandage or gauges. After a few days you should see it start to shrink.
Baking Soda & Castor Oil
Baking Soda is one of those household items that you must keep stocked at all times. Due to its versatility it can be used over 25 different remedies. For wart removal, simply mix a small amount of baking soda and castor oil (vinegar can also be used) together in a small bowl or cup in order to make a paste. Apply directly to the area and then wrap carefully with a bandage. It is recommended that you let it dry for about 5-10 minutes before placing on the bandage.
Contained within this delicious fruit is an enzyme known as Bromelain. This particular enzyme is especially good at breaking down harmful proteins. Simply cut a piece of the pineapple peel and apply it to the affected area. Wrap with a bandage and leave on for at least 8 hours. Repeat this step until the wart is removed. Another remedy involving pineapple is to soak the area in pineapple juice several times per day.
This beloved fruit is not only one of the healthiest in the world, but it also contains powerful antioxidants as well as the enzyme, Proteolytic. Applying a banana peel several times a day with a bandage has been proven to be a potent remedy against this virus.
Not all Honey is created equal here. My recommendation for this is Manuka Honey. Many homeopathic doctors and even some hospitals will swear by it due to the amazing antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. To use this method take a small amount to the affected area and cover with a bandage. Repeat several times a day for 2-3 weeks.
Crushed pills mixed with water or Vitamin C Serum have been reported by many people as being as having positive results. Apply either method several times a day until you have achieved satisfactory results.
When you have a wart, you have a virus. This means that you need something with anti-viral properties. Basil just happens to be chalk full of them. As a natural remedy take a few basil leaves and mash them up until they can form some sort of paste. Place directly over the wart and wrap carefully with a bandage. Change paste and bandage once per day until the wart has disappeared. Normally takes 1-3 weeks.
The reason for the effectiveness of this remedy is not quite known. However people have still used with great success for hundreds of years. Similar to the other remedies just cut a slice of the potato and apply directly to the area. Wrap with bandage, rinse after 8-12 hours and repeat until gone.
These aren’t your typical weed. The milk found within the Dandelion contains helpful medicinal properties. To get rid of your warts, pluck a dandelion and place the head of the flower directly onto the area, squeeze in order to retrieve the milk. Wrap the area with a band aid and repeat the process daily.
Yep, this one is pretty gross, but it does work. Because urine is sterile and contains what’s known as Uric Acid, it is quite effective as a treatment. Take a small cotton ball dipped in urine, apply to the area and wrap fully with a large bandage. Leave overnight and repeat this step until the wart is gone.
Do not consume and keep out of reach of children. If taken orally it can be toxic. Keep away from eyes. Apply a small portion of the sap from the Milkweed to the area and as always wrap carefully with a bandage. Repeat the process until it has been completely dissolved.
The use of essential oils and other natural remedies prove to be effective in treating warts. They are easy to use, and they come with no side effects. They are also cheaper than some medical interventions.
However, if you have to use essential oils, ensure they you are not sensitive or allergic to the oil. For your safety, go for the high-quality essential oils and carriers. Also, beware of the fact that these natural remedies work slowly, so, you have to be patient. Finally, there is no cure for warts, so, do all you can to prevent them.
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