Herbal Remedies for Warts
Warts! Ugh! I have had my fair share of them in my lifetime. The first appeared on the palm of my hand when I was in middle school. I had no idea what caused it, where it came from or how to get rid of it. I asked my mom and she carefully examined it and said I had what was called a common wart. These warts, which are caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, be found on your fingers, hands, toes, elbows and knees. These small warts usually have a rough, grainy texture and are grey or brown in color.
Over the years, I have also had plantar warts on the bottom of my feet. These warts have black spots and boy can they hurt when you walk. You can also get flat warts on your face, arms or legs and they are usually found in clusters. They are typically pink or light brown or yellow in color. My sister gets those on her arm, close to the crease at the elbow. Mom preferred to cure things at home whenever possible and getting rid of warts was no exception. Here are some of the natural remedies for warts mom, and then I, used over the years:
6 Natural and Herbal Remedies For Warts
Basil: Mom had an amazing herbal garden and she has many uses for her herbs. If a wart popped up on a finger or a toe (a place that she could wrap a bandage around), mom would sometimes use basil. She would pick a handful of basil and grind it or put it in the food processor. She would put a paste on the wart, cover it with gauze and a bandaid and replace daily until the wart was gone. This is not one to use on the soles of your feet as it is pretty messy.
Vitamin C or Aspirin Tablets: This is one of my favorite remedies as it seems to work exceptionally well. You crush up 2-3 tablets and add a bit of water to make a paste. Cover with a clean bandage and repeat daily until the wart is gone.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Soak a cotton ball in ACV and squeeze excess liquid. Cover with a clean bandage and repeat daily until gone. I love this remedy for plantar warts. Instead of the cotton ball, I will sometimes soak my foot in a thin layer of ACV in a rectangular storage box for about 15 minutes a day until the wart disappears. Find more uses for Apple Cider Vinegar here.
Tea Tree Oil: Make a paste of tea tree oil and baking soda and apply to your wart. Cover with a clean bandage and repeat daily until wart is gone. This is usually a quicker remedy than some of the other suggestions but can sting a good bit. Mom said this was to let you know it was working! Discover how to organize your essential oils here.
Aloe Vera: This works best if from the actual plant. Cover with a clean bandage and repeat daily until your wart is completely gone. I have found this to be especially effective on your plantar warts. See more uses for Aloe Vera here.
Garlic: Mince fresh garlic (you can use the garlic in a jar for this) and squeeze out extra juice. Mix with a bit of baking soda to make a paste and cover with a clean bandaid. Replace daily for about a week. Most warts will be greatly diminished within this time period.
Now, these are some of my favorite remedies I learned from my mom. There are so many other natural remedies you can use to get rid of those pesky warts. I have learned there are powerful medicinal properties in many of the items in my pantry and fridge. When in doubt, do an Internet search to see what wonderful healing properties are in your favorite herbs, fruits and other goodies in your kitchen!
What are your favorite natural and herbal remedies for warts?
My name is Kelly and I live in Knoxville, TN. I am a wife and mom of 3 who loves to create budget friendly crafts and recipes.