Are you burdened by a stubborn wart? Here's an assortment of natural remedies for warts, including one unbelievable one that really worked!
Would YOU try it?
I'm just not a fan of prescription meds, or even OTC medications, mainly since one of the things that contributed to my health issues (including candida) is the overuse of meds and antibiotics in general.
So when warts surfaced in our home, I was not about to just run to the store to get an OTC wart remover - and I for sure wasn't ready to pay $30 (how did it get that high?!) for a physician copay to have it removed from my son's foot.
Warts are not a pleasant topic.
If you've ever had a wart, you know how hard it can be to get rid of it.
And it's worse if you've got more than one wart. Once they start spreading they can really be tough to get rid of.
About 1 month ago I was helping my youngest get changed for bed. I don't remember now what happened or why I noticed it, but I saw two small "somethings" on the sole of his foot, near the heel.
I wouldn't have thought much of them, except for the fact that I remembered having a plantar's wart when I was a young girl.
It was painful and it took a long time to get rid of it.
I think we went to the store and got an over-the-counter wart remover and I applied it over and over again.
And they're gross.
Back to my son.
I took a closer look at his foot and scraped a little of the surface off of the skin.
It felt hard underneath, and I could see the tell-tale little brownish-black dots in the center of a pattern.
The dots are called wart seeds sometimes, but they really are little blood clots.
Anyway, he clearly had two of them.
Then, my son showed me a "callus" on his toe.
It was a big one. But was it really a callus?
I went to the internet and found a site with great diagnostic information to find out if he had a callus or wart on his foot.
How to Know If You Have a Wart or a Callus
To tell know if you have a wart or callus, you will need to press down on the thing (whatever it is) and find out when you have pain.
- If it hurts pushing straight down on it--it's a callus.
- If it hurts putting pressure on the sides (by squeezing it)--it's a wart.
Sure enough, we had a wart. No pain pressing down, but when I squeezed it, my son wasn't happy.
Now it was time to try to get rid of warts.
Time to Get Rid of the Wart
A long time ago, we had tried using oregano oil before on a wart on my husband's finger.
One day we were on a road trip. I put the oregano oil on it and within 3 hours it went from being a raised wart to being level with the rest of his skin.
It really worked great for a natural wart remedy, but we weren't consistent enough to get rid of it, so it's still there.
So I tried the oregano oil on my son's foot for several days.
Again, I wasn't consistent enough and no surprise--nothing happened.
I really wanted to be consistent with the oregano oil, but life was getting in the way.
So I hopped back on the internet and even asked my fans on my Facebook page for their ideas. (hop on over there if you haven't already, K?)
Well, let me tell you, there were loads of ideas....
Natural Remedies for Warts
Following are some remedies that others suggested, plus some others that we didn't get to try.
OTC topical wart treatments: (not going there again)
Super glue: (doesn't sounds very natural to me)
Organic apple cider vinegar: (I did this once for a wart on my hand. It ended up burning the surrounding skin and was super painful)
Banana peel (the inside of it): - turns out that the inside of the banana peel has some kind of enzyme that can help address warts
Cutting: Some people try to just cut their warts off (not an option. No way)
Removal by a Physician: (I'd read over and over that the wart often comes back. This was the case for one of my son's friends.)
Tea Tree Oil I didn't try this one, but a friend told me that she tried it and it worked great!
Echaveria: One reader wrote in to say that this plant, also known as the common garden 'hens and chickens' and often grown in succulent gardens and rock gardens. Simply break off a leaf and squeeze the juice onto the wart morning and night!
Garlic: One reader mentioned that a slice of garlic on the wart worked well. That makes sense since warts are caused by a virus and garlic is antiviral
Milkweed: Milkweed juice applied daily has been reported to help with warts
Milk Thistle Extract: Since milk thistle is also antiviral this has been successful for some as well.
Basil: This is another antiviral plant that works for some to get rid of warts. You can crush a few leaves of fresh basil and rub the paste on the warts, or apply the crushed leaves over the warts and cover that with medical or duct tape.
Aspirin: the main ingredient in aspirin is salicylic acid, the main ingredient in wart remover. One reader told me that putting a paste of aspirin on the wart for 2-3 days with tape over it caused the wart to come off and never return!
and other concoctions of all sorts
and one that really caught my eye.
Yeppers. You all remember my post on natural ear infection remedies, right?
Well, at the time I tried that in my son's ear (of course, after reading all over the internet that urine therapy has been used by many cultures for many years and there was even an international convention on it--so don't think I'm just so crazy that I'll try anything that I read on the internet--'cause I'm not), I was already trying this on my son's warts.
But I wasn't sure if it was going to take care of the more stubborn ones so I didn't want to share it yet.
Well, now you can how well this natural wart remedy worked and judge for yourself:
Unbelievable Natural Wart Remedy- Urine Therapy
URINE - yes urine - is an amazing natural wart remedy.
- Have child urinate in a cup (we had a cup specially designated for this task to avoid unpleasant "glass confusion" :-).
- Cut or buy small pieces of cotton to a size that will cover the affected area.
- Soak cotton in urine and squeeze to remove excess.
- Place cotton piece on wart.
- Cut duct tape or medical tape in appropriate shape and cover the wart and cotton completely.
- Repeat one time daily.
We did this for a few weeks. It would have gone faster if I'd remembered to change the cotton daily, but I forgot occasionally.
But every day we noticed an obvious change in the big wart.
This is what his toe looked like after the "pee pee treatment" was done!
All gone except for some peeling skin.
And the other warts are gone as well.
Even while we were treating the first 3, one more showed up on the other foot (lovely) and that one is gone as well.
Now, I am thinking the oregano oil would have worked if I had been more diligent, but I would forget sometimes and frankly, urine is a lot cheaper.
But if you're squeemish about the urine therapy, then hop over to Rocky Mountain Oils and get some oregano oil. It's great stuff and is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. I've even heard of folks treating MRSA successfully with it. Now that's something to have on hand, you know?
If you're curious about what essential oils company I recommend, you can read my series on Which Essential Oils Company is Best.
But I tried the urine also because the testimonials were so emphatic.
One was even pretty hilarious.
A man said his whole family had been plagued by plantar warts--except for him.
He thought it was because he had the habit of urinating in the shower, so he thought his feet were getting a natural anti-wart treatment every day.
I don't know, but interesting, huh?
I'm not sure why my son got all of these, but they did start when he was wearing footie PJs and during winter when he was wearing winter boots around a lot, and his feet would get all sweaty.
I never liked those footie sleepers because they made my feet sweaty and sweaty feet are like a breeding ground for warts.
No more footie sleepers for him.
And no more warts for him either.
Urine Therapy for Warts--Is It Crazy?
Likely you think this is just gross and NUTS, right?
Well, check out this book - it's got some very nice reviews.
I say - if you can get things done naturally and inexpensively then it's worth looking at :).
A "Beautiful" Wart Treatment
How about a little pampering for you while you address your wart?
This is so crazy but seriously, one of my favorite skincare products also works on warts! Beautycounter's Lotus Cleansing Balm is so great. Many use it for, well--cleansing, but I love it as a balm to seal in moisture after I do my morning and evening skincare routine.
Turns out, these products works on warts too!
So after treating your skin to soothing balminess, put a little of this balm on your wart and watch it vanish.
Which of these Natural Remedies for Warts will you try?