Natural Remedies for Warts--Including a Crazy One That REALLY Works!

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?

plantar wart on toe - Natural Wart Remedies

I'm always on the hunt for natural remedies to treat ear infections, sinus infections, headaches, and more.

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.

plantar wart on toe

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.

Blech.

Anyway, he clearly had two of them.

Then, my son showed me a "callus" on his toe.

Hmmmm.....

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.

Is it a Wart or 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.)

Thuja: Thuja Oil, Thuja Extract, or Thuja Homeopathic pellets (a reader mentioned that this worked well, but I haven't tried it yet)

Vapor Rub. It's true. Some people report that using Vicks® or a Homemade Vapor Rub works great for addressing warts.

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.

Urine.

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:

Plantars wart on big toe - Natural Remedies for Warts

 

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.

Plantar Wart on toe
Plantar Wart Healing a Bit

This is what his toe looked like after the "pee pee treatment" was done!

Toe healed from plantar wart
Plantar Wart Gone!

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.

Happy mom!

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 :).

Urine Therapy Book

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!

Beautycounter cleansing balm

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?

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819 Comments

  1. Oh, man, this makes me feel so validated.
    I grew up swimming year-round and was plagued by constant, multiple plantar warts. I remember in high school being so frustrated, I took a paring knife to them (my mom’s best paring knife! Still haven’t heard the end of that, and I’m 34).
    Anyway, one day I was complaining to my coach about how painful and gross they were. He looked at me and goes, “are you peeing on your feet in the shower?” I was dumbfounded. And probably feigned disgust. “Every time you take a shower, after practice, at home, wherever, pee on your feet. It’ll never happen again.”
    It never did. And people look at me crazy when I tell them I’ll pee on my feet all day every day in my shower, their shower, and their nana’s shower because IT WORKS!

    1. No way - crazy! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I think you'll see others in the comments had this same thought--nuts!!

  2. Hello! Online I’m finding the advice to dilute oregano oil with olive oil so that it doesn’t burn. We aren’t getting anywhere so I’m considering leaning toward straight oregano oil for the wart, thoughts? We will try your pee too....well, not your pee 😉

  3. I had a wart cluster on the bottom of my foot. I went to the dermatologist and them burned or frozen. They were still there. Then one day they were gone. (Probably about a year later) I had been showering with my little one for a few weeks and every shower he would pee and the drain was clogged so the water wouldn't drain out til we got out of the shower. So that is super gross but I had always connected the two with no good reason, I just assumed it was because of his peeing... Now I am sure it's true. 🙂

  4. It probably works because of the urea found in urine. There are prescription creams containing as much as 40% used to treat extremely dry skin. I have been using it for my feet and it’s the only thing that keeps the scaly skin and cracks under control, so I’m not surprised that urine works on warts! It is actually super exfoliating for the skin so it probably helps sheds the layers of wart skin. I think the urea in creams are now made synthetically, so urine is obviously much more cost effective!

  5. Thank you for the info, I will be able to solve 2 problems now, the first I will sweet talk my hubby into letting me use urine on his toe, the second problem my 10 year old granddaughter does gymnastics and has a wart on her palm she probably picked it up from the mat, the wart hurts when she tumbles, and I must add how my husband and I got rid of our daughters wart many moons ago it was on her finger, every night before she went to bed my husband would talk to the wart telling it to go away, and within a month it was gone. No I’m not crazy not on a weekend home pass it really worked, maybe you can include it in your next wart trial.

    1. You are so welcome. Ummmm...so the question for you, then, is why does he just not talk to his wart? 🙂

      1. I’m trying the urine therapy on my 2 year old son’s wart. I’m wondering if you use fresh urine every day? And do you know if it’s more effective to use his own urine or if any urine is ok? I’m curious! I might have to read the book you recommended! Thanks for sharing. It seems to be helping. Hopefully it will get rid of it completely!

        1. Hi there. I wouldn't want to have that sitting around. As for the other question, I don't know but I think most people would be squeamish about using someone else's :).

  6. As for plantar warts on my foot, I have tried prescription grade salicylic acid and oregano oil concentrate from a reputable company and did so consistently without any effect, don't get scammed into thinking this will work. You may want to eat edible mushrooms because they are a super booster to the immune system before trying other home remedies, if I do find a cure, I will report back, ASAP., Best Wishes, Bob Nevergivens.

      1. Oh no. You tried everything in this post including the urine? If so, let me know. My son did some things this year that really worked. Redox water, AmpCoil, Neural Retraining and the Gut/Brain supplements mentioned at the end of this post: https://wholenewmom.com/gut-brain-axis/. I can tell you more about any of these if you are interested. I am pretty sure his warts disappeared before doing the neural retraining but I'm not 100% on that. I need to add these things to the post!

  7. To anyone who is reading this comment, I cured my wart using cold sore cream the type that is meant for you’re face.
    I had tried everything apple cider vinegar, trichloracetic acid, bazuka, banana peel, duct tape, witch hazel, shaving it, swearing at it! Cursing it to hell! Nothing worked I had two years of limping being in constant pain it was constantly throbbing very stubborn! It would only shrink in depth and with after two weeks of sustained attack, freezing and burning and cutting. It wouldn’t go away. I literally got to the end of my tether and just thought I would try the cold sore cream as a total last resort before going to the doctor to get it cut off. And seeing as cold sore cream is for HPV I thought I would try it and see - I was aware that it may fail because the strain of HPV in plantar warts may be different to that on the face, hands etc. I want to make people aware that this worked for me as I have found absolutely NOTHING on the internet suggesting this as a cure for plantar warts.

    What I did was treated it with acid, left it for a week then began the painful process of shaving the dead parts of the wart with a callus shaver (yes it was excruciating every time and would take a minimum of four hours before the pain subsided enough for me to walk) anyway I sat there defeated and unwilling to add more acid to the broken and bleeding skin.
    I took the cold sore cream and applied it (the brand I used is called **** however if you can’t get hold of that one still try another reasonably priced brand)
    I didn’t see any difference after the first night so I continued to apply directly to the wart three times a day minimum and I would apply extra any time I felt the wart tingling or burning.
    After a week the skin healed and the pain disappeared.
    I was dumbfounded. I continued to apply the *** cold cream*** regularly even after the whole thing disappeared just to be on the safe side cause I couldn’t believe it actually worked!!!!

    1. If anyone is reading my last comment I would reccomend that you buy a reasonably priced brand of cold sore cream for plantar warts. If anyone else has tried this please let me know. I haven’t needed to apply any more cream the area is completely healed. I’m still in shock haha.

    2. Crazy--glad you are doing better. I did delete your cream's name as I am inundated with people promoting companies that they seem to be connected to. I am sorry if that isn't the case with you. Thank you for reading!

  8. Oh I will really try this tomorrow because i am getting very uncomfortable with my warts on my left foot and I've tried to burn it and make it bleed before putting acid but still it's alive so i really went nuts and searched for all the remedies possible. And i found this very helpful article. I will definitely do the thing tomorrow. Thanks!

      1. Really but i had to, like cutting it until it bleeds a little and then apply the salicylic acid use cigarette to burn it. And it hurts so much, really.

  9. My husbands brother was in the military. When he got to boot camp it was recommended from day 1 that service people pee on their feet every time they shower. They spend a lot of time in their boots, some camps are in very warm and we climates, and you can bet all new recruits sweat no matter where they attend boot camp. Anyways, I had a bit of athletes foot before I met my husband, and a lot of warts when I was even younger, but he told me this bit, how urine prevents all kinds of bacterial foot issues. We both do it consistently and have no more issues with warts or athletes foot. Also just tried it in my sons ear for a bad earache/infection, nearly instant pain relief.

  10. Wow...I shall have to try this!!
    Do you,by any chance, have a natural healing remedy for large birth marks,(hemangioma)? Our grandson has 2 of them.We,(my husband n I),have joint legal custody of him along with his Dad,(our son).We are trying the honey patches,but it’s a long,slow process;and his Mom is not using them while he is at her house.
    Any ideas would be appreciated!
    Thanks!

  11. Yes Urine is excellent. I been drinking for 30 month already and I feel like 40 and I am 61. I recommended to everybody that has a serous sickness to used. I'm chemist and the first time a friend told me about it, I told him go away! he left me a book to read of Dr. Armstrong and I give a try and after that never stop.

  12. Strange that I should come upon this website, but my dad has always told me that urinating on things like poison ivy would cure it. He believed that two major items healed most skin conditions: urine and vinegar!! My parents also told us that when you get a fever blister on your lip, that ear wax would heal it. I used my ear wax throughout my childhood if a fever blister started and sure enough, within 24 hours it would go away. My husband had one once, and I told him about the earwax. Needless to say, he was unhappy with the thought of digging ear wax out. He did, however, try it and the next evening he said "hey, this fever blister is almost gone". Another home remedy proved to be odd, but true. The only problem I have with urine is that if someone has some type of bacteria or fungus, that it could make a skin problem worse. As a last note, I will say that rubbing a penny on a wart will make it fall off. My sister has used it and it worked within a few days. The only downside, is that the penny has to be before 1982. After than, pennies are zinc with only a coating of copper and will not work. So, the treatment is rub your wart with a penny (before 1982) and throw it over your shoulder. Ok...I know the shoulder thing was an old wives tale, but who wants to chance it. LOL. Thanks for your blog, it was great reading it.

      1. I have NO idea!! LOL. I was told that it would not work with the newer pennies , but you can certainly try it and I could be interested to find out if the newer ones work. But just in case, I have a few older pennies on hand 🙂

  13. I had a large wart on the back of my hand for much of my childhood, which caused much embarrassment and discomfort. I had it frozen off once, but my little brother managed to smack the blister and pop it so that it didn't "take". Eventually a friend told me to try cooking oil. I put some in a tiny little glass bottle I had just because I thought it was cute and carried it with me everywhere. I just rubbed a little on the wart every time I thought about it and it went away and never came back. I've since had them elsewhere on my body, but never as big and noticeable. I had read that once you have them, the virus is always in your body and will come out somewhere, so I figured I would leave the ones I have now alone lest they come back somewhere less convenient the next time.
    I found this post today though, because my husband was telling me how his Grandmother used to have the ability to buy them. She gave his cousin a penny (and must have said a Bible verse or something) and the next day his cousin's warts were gone but his Grandmother had them in the exact same place his cousin had had them. A local folklore historian told him that had she lived long enough, she would likely have passed the ability on to him, as it was commonly passed from grandparent to grandchild. Although...come to think of it, maybe I am glad she didn't give it to him, since he could find himself covered in other people's warts!!

  14. I am crazy enough to try this. I don't really understand the point of the press and pinch test. Anytime you pinch your body it hurts... but it didn't hurt when pressed so maybe I have plantar warts. They started on the sole, got rid of them, but now they are spreading on my toes like crazy! I have tried OTC wart remover and no real progress.

    I do pee in the shower sometimes, maybe once a week. Will 10 minutes of a urine and water foot soak every day be effective enough? Bandaging toes is so awkward, especially during sandal season.

    1. Hi there. Sorry for the delay. I've been inundated w/ a ton of issues personal and professional. I don't know what would be enough. Did you try it?

  15. Urine works. I read about that same man, and started peeing int he shower, capping the drain so that my feet could soak as I showered, and after a few weeks it was gone and, given my new habit (though I no longer cap the drain) warts have not come back.

  16. This probably worked because of the duct tape! My son had a really nasty wart on the bottom of his foot and we had tried the otc products with no success. The doc recommended soaking my sons feet in hot water for half an hour and then cover the wart with duct tape, reapeating the process for a week. It took a little longer than a week but it shrunk each day until the last day it pulled out the "root ". The duct tape doesn't allow air into the area, essentially suffocating the wart.

  17. Jeeze so much work! Did you know if you take Vitamin A internally in large doses your wart is GONE GONE in two weeks no pee no cutting no freezing. Planter warts grow from inside topical is not long term it comes back!

    1. Hi there. There are concerns about vitamin A toxicity with large doses especially over time. I understand pills are easier but please take care.

  18. Do you have to use urine from the person you are treating? My daughter and son both have warts, but my daughter REFUSES to pee in a cup. Could I use my son's urine on my daughter?

    1. Hi there. I am no expert and I really can't say that I think that "urine therapy" is valid but I just shared this to say that I couldn't believe it worked and that it appears to work for a lot of people. That being said, I have read in most places that people who espouse urine therapy say to use your own b/c it has special characteristics that are specific to you but that you can us anyone's b/c urine is similar.

        1. Hi there. In your support....vit a, d, e & k are all fat soluble vitamins that build up in the fatty (adipose) tissue. As the author has written this can become toxic. As people exercise and burn fat the vitamins stored there get released into the blood stream a lot like an endocrine gland. If you happen to exercise too much and burn excess in close proximity you can again cause toxicity as the vitamins are again released into the system even weeks or months down the track. Hope this info helps. Anyone can look up fat soluble vitamins for extra reading if desired.

          1. Great info - thanks. How are you personally careful not to take too much? Do you recommend just going by the RDA?

          2. I totally agree with your comments when it comes to taking synthetic vitamins, but there are Vitamin A supplements out there that are water-miscible and can be taken in high doses without the concern of storing toxics. They've provided incredible results for me and my family.

  19. I discovered the perfect cure for plantar warts while hand-painting mahogany wood with olive oil. The mahogany dust would pass via the brush to the oil, slowly. I had this wart on my right thumb since 15 years ago, I tried literally everything, it wouldn't go away. Then, after doing my thing with the mahogany painting, I noticed it just went off. It didn't burn anything, but rather disappeared naturally, leaving normal skin behind. No pain, no scar.
    Then, I tried it on my other big wart on the right foot thumb. I just placed a drop of that oil with mahogany dust (the dust had already stayed there for a few weeks) on my foot wart and in 2-3 weeks it was gone, with a little scar, but gone. Same formula: no pain or anything, it just went away. I did the same with the remaining warts on my soles. They all went away. Now I'm testing a soft wart under my elbow, not sure it works, but for plantar ones it surely does. I recommend this treatment wholeheartedly, it works 100%. I used african mahogany and "Farchioni" olive oil, cold-pressed, but I think any oil will do.
    I read about mahogany, no link with wart clearing properties. Then I found a site that said neem tree is related to mahogany, and neem oil is wart-repellant. I haven't tried it yet, if someone does, please share the knowledge. Good luck!

  20. I have had a rather large wort on my head for many years, only ever noticed by myself and my hairdresser. My hair is quite thick and long, how wld you advise using the urine on this particularly tricky part of the body. Bearing in mind I’ll have smelly pee hair!!!?

    1. You can always do it overnight. Whenever I am doing some kind of topical treatment for my hair I just put a little of whatever the substance is on my finger and then work it on the area in question. Hope that helps.

      I have tried some interesting things and have never had anyone comment about a scent :). But a good natural perfume or essential oil on your body could help :).

      1. Not so much a scent than an odour, that will probably have people moving away; hmmmm actually, two birds with one stone - people and the wort.
        One final question how many nights would you think this would need before it has become effective and said wort - GONE? X

        1. I think you will be OK. It's a small area. I don't remember how long it took and I think it depends on a lot of things but hopefully it works quickly!