Didn't think the ol' banana peel had any uses? Think again! Banana peels gets rid of warts (including plantar's warts) and when toasted to a crisp, gives roses and other flowers a huge boost of potassium to help them flower. Gardeners swear by it!
How it works:
Loads of potassium in the banana peel.
Banana Peel Wart Removal Treatment
Rub the inside of a little piece of a banana peel on your wart every night. You should see results from this warts treatment within one to two weeks.
Also, check out our page on Natural Corn Removal Treatments or go back to the Wart Remedies Main Page
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[YEA] 12/09/2009: Benji from Acity, Hi: "banana peel wart remedy
i came back here to tell the story of how a banana peel cured my wart while nothing else could, but i was amazed to see how many people got to it before me. so instead id like to answer a question i see repeated over and over about the application of the peel.
i think its safe to say that it doesnt really matter how you apply it to the wart. so long as the banana peel gets to touch your wart at least for a few seconds. the chemicals in the peel are EXTREMELY effective against warts. (well some/most warts)
also i believe the chemicals are most potent when the banana is still very unripe. im lucky enough to have a banana tree growing right outside my door, so i cut off a banana that had another month to grow and used the inside of its tiny green peel under a bandaid. i saw a reduction in size and little "hairs" poking out in just 12 hours! compared to other people who say 1-2 days.
this just goes to show you the simplest and safest answers are given to you by nature."
[YEA] 12/31/2010: Kj from Atlanta, Ga replies: "After my wife had four treatments of liquid nitrogen that did nothing but multiply the colony of warts on the bottom of her foot and cause unbelievable pain, I found this suggestion on this website. With a great deal of skepticism, she tried the banana peel recommendation. She scraped the inside of a banana peel, applied it to the warts, covered the area with half of a cotton ball, and used medical tape to hold it in place. She put on an old sock and went to sleep.
It took about six months of a daily or every other day treatment to eradicate the entire colony, which covered half her foot. Some disappeared in days, some in weeks, and some in months, depending on surface area and depth. Some of those suckers were like pebbles."
09/18/2011: Mike from Longview, Tx, Us replies: "Hi This is Mike,
I wanted to let y'all know that I have tried the banana peel on the wart and all the other medicines on the over the counter and on the doctors side they did not work for me. I am not saying that it didn't work, but not for me. I had to go to the doctor and actually have them remove it they had numbed my hand then burned it off that's the only way I actually was able to have it off but it feels so great having it off finally after 10 to 15 years."
03/23/2012: Kayla from Topsfield, Ma/ Usa replies: "It's very true. My son had warts when he was about 3, 4, or 5 years old. We read about this treatment in a Natural Remedy book for children and it got rid of his wart on his knee. So glad I remembered this and am going to use this remedy now for the big one on his palm. Yay Bannana Peels!!!"
05/02/2009: Jack from Santa Barbara, CA: "An easy way to apply the banana is to scrape the inside of the peel with a small screw-driver or something else with a blade a little wider than the wart. The scrapings can be applied as a poultice, as opposed to rubbing the banana peel directly on the wart. This made the application of the peel to the warts much more convenient for me and I was able to leave the scrapings on the wart until they dried. That said, after several weeks the cure did not seem to be working so I moved on to using white vinegar, which completely cured me in about two weeks. There are about 100 different types of warts so perhaps that explains the apparent lack of effect of the banana cure on my particular variety. I had used salicylic acid for about 4 months before trying either cure and while it removed the wart the wart kept coming back from the roots."Replies
05/23/2009: Rajalakshmi Swami from Pune, Maharashtra, India replies: "Hello, This is Rajalakshmi Swami from Pune, India. I read with interest your write-up on "Application tips" for plantar warts. I am having a chronic wart on the sole of my left foot, under the third toe for the past 30 years. After reading about the banana peel as a permanant cure for plantar warts, I have been applying the peel for the past two months but there is only 10% effect. As you have said, the banana peel does not seem to work for all plantar warts. Then I read youre feedback on this and became interested in trying out white vinegar application. I have a few questions to ask you:
1. What should be the exact concentration of the white vinegar? (The one that i found in the local market is 3.75 ml. of acetic acid in 100 ml water.
2. I found the non-fruit white vinegar. Will this do?
3. When should it be applied?
I would very much appreciate an urgent reply."
01/19/2010: Lynnbb from Ann Arbor, Michigan replies: "Jack,
I must make a comment on your application tip. If you think it doesn't matter how it is applied, then why didn't it work for you? I have been seeing mine reduce in size every night that I remember to put a piece of peel on my wart. Sorry it didn't work for you but you didn't do it right.
Please don't give advise when you didn't get a good response, that doesn't help anyone. We have been cutting a bit of a very ripe banana and keeping it on with a bandaid. We have only done it over night because it is too hard to do during the day. It is working!
03/23/2010: Mardee from Milwaukee, Wi replies: "Yes, there are many kinds of warts which is why some treatments work and some don't. My warts came back after the banana peel treatment. After two years the only thing that worked for me was bleach. It sounds awful, but a q-tip dipped in bleach and applied morning and night just to the wart, was the only thing that helped. Just let the bleach dry and you don't even need a band aid. The bleach didn't hurt or redden my foot. Remember, bleach is what they use in showers and at swimming pools to keep people from getting warts. So why wouldn't it work to make them go away? It may not be "natural", but it works."
04/16/2010: Aaron from Wauwatosa, Wi replies: "Rajalakshmi Swami (or anyone who knows how to send this to them),
Check this success story that I got off of the web
Location: Michigan, United States
Date: April 01, 2010
I CANNOT believe this actually works. But it does! I'd tried everything, including having my doctor cryo my wart off, but instead it just got bigger. To the point where my tiny plantar wart on my heel/instep had become a massive almost quarter sized beast.
Here's my recipe for success. I did this every night after I got home from work:
Take a bucket or large mixing bowl, fill with water as hot as you can stand it (I'd run it as hot as it can go). Take a measuring cup or eyeball to add two cups of AC Vinegar. Soak your foot for an hour. I'd sit on the end of my bed and watch the TV for an hour.
Wash your foot. Take a cotton ball or folded up piece of toilet tissue, soak in vinegar. Put on top of the wart, then duct tape it to your foot. Cover over with a sock. Go to sleep.
The next time you go to repeat this process, before you soak your foot, take a nail file (emery board) and file off the dead wart. You'll it's dead because the sucker will turn black. The vinegar is eating the wart and pushing it out of the foot, and you're basically filing the dead wart off.
It took about four days for me to feel any kind of discomfort, but, it will hurt to the point of tears after you start to get down to the root of the wart when sleeping with the vinegar taped to your foot. Try taking an aspirin before you soak your foot so that you're comfortably numb by the time the pain hits.
Despite the pain, I did not skip a day. I filed the wart even when it hurt. Exactly one week and a half to the day, my wart "fell off". I was filing it, and it started to chunk off revealing red skin underneath. Underneath the wart had turned white, and the middle didn't have any black skin left. I took a pair of nail clippers and just clipped it right off revealing pink, non-wart skin! I'm wart free for the first time in my life! And all it took was a few gallons of vinegar."
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[YEA] 04/04/2013: Wart Toad from Spring Hill, Fl, Usa: "I am a 100% "true believer" in the power of banana peel treatment for the painless method of removing warts! I had one on the delicate side of my "soft spot' on my face by hairline. I was religiously faithful for 2 1/2 weeks putting a fresh piece of the fruit, and grey duck tape on it at night, I could slowly see the area darken more and more and smaller and smaller, filing gently and "wulla" in less than 3 weeks it is absolutely gone!
Thanks for the info. Try it it really works!"
[YEA] 02/08/2013: Carol from Elizabethville, Pa, United States: "I was so pleased when I found this site for banana peels. Several years ago a friend told me about there usefulness for getting rid of warts. It was good to know, but I've never had warts. A year or so after that our daughter was in a very bad car accident. Maybe because of stress or picking something up at the hospital (spent several days there with her). I found something on my back that looked like ring worm. About the size of a quarter and it burned and itched. Didn't go to a Dr. (don't like them). Decided to try the banana peel. My husband cut a piece and put it inside down over the mark, covered it with gauze and taped it down. Next day it was better. Continued this for three more days and the thing was gone. Haven't had a return of it. Have also tried peels on sore throat. Put the peel on your throat and wrap with a towel or something to keep it in place. Sleep or rest for awhile. See how it feels a few hours later.
I've only been online a couple of months, but I love earthclinic. I've always been one for alternative remedies and love having them at my finger tips. I've learned so much. Oh, I tried the oil pulling. Had an abcessed tooth and was using clove oil, which worked beautifully, but had to keep applying it. Started oil pulling on January 26, 2013 and three days later I didn't need the clove oil anymore. Don't have to put it on over night or anything. It's great and the pain is gone. Teeth are white. Also noticed my neck doesn't seem to sag as much. Don't know if that is from the constant movement for the 20 minutes of oil pulling or the oil itself doing something.
This is a wonderful site. Thank you. Carol from Pa"
[YEA] 07/12/2010: Dan from Kansas City, Missouri Usa: "The banana peels cured my warts! I had a wart on my heel for about 9 years. Over the years I tried multiple different "cures" but nothing would get rid of it. I finally got fed up and when to a podiatrist and thought I'd leave it up to a professional. At first she prescribed Aldara, which is more expensive than liquid gold and about as effective as dog's drool. I took Zinc, Vitamin A, and Garlic along with the Aldara cream. After 3 months it was clear the Aldara and herbal medicine was doing nothing. Then the doctor recommended removing it surgically. Big mistake. I don't know if it was just a bad doctor or if the success rate of that type of surgery is just low. She cut off a hunk of flesh about the diameter of a quarter and about 1/4 inch deep. It was excruciatingly painful getting the anesthetic. Recovery took about 5 weeks until I was walking around normal. I was pretty depressed when the wart returned, even bigger than before. Then another wart appeared on my other foot. I was out a lot of money, had lots of pain, and now was worse than before. My wife found this website that recommended a banana peel. I was skeptical, thinking it sounded too easy to be true. I read a bunch of these feedback comments and decided I had nothing to lose. From Christmas 2009 to Easter 2010 I put a banana peel on both my warts every day. To my surprise, it actually worked. Both warts are completely gone now. I still can't believe it worked and as a skeptic, felt obligated to make a post about it. I'm an engineer and need hard proof before I believe something (just ask my wife). I'm sure there are others reading this thinking: "A banana peel? Right..." Please try it. You'll be glad you did.
Supplies you'll need:
- roll of duct tape (standard sized roll is fine)
- sharp knife
- sandwich baggies
- rubber band
Here's what you do:
- Every morning after you dry off from the shower, cut off a small piece of peel the size of your wart. - Take the sandwich bag and put it over the end of the banana and seal it off with the rubber band. This keeps your banana and it's peel fresher longer. A green banana seems to work best. When it gets too ripe, it doesn't seem to work as well. - Tear off a piece of duct tape that's roughly 1" by 1", or big enough to entirely cover the wart with overlap. - Put the peel with side that touches the banana onto your wart. - Put the tape over the top of the peel, firmly pressing the tape into your skin so it seals the peel onto your foot and keeps peel juice from escaping. - Put your sock on and enjoy your day. - At night, leave the duct tape on. If it comes off with your sock, tape it back on. - In the morning, pull it off. The peel will be black. Wash the wart in the shower and dry it off before repeating the cycle. - Your wart should only see the light of day for the short time that you are in the shower and drying it off. - Once the skin starts to look a little callous our dead, use an emery board or nail file to file the dead skin off. It took my wart about a month before I did this, but I had a huge wart that was older then our oldest son, so yours may go quicker. You can also use Compound W to get rid of this skin. You only need to do this step about once every couple weeks. - Eventually, the wart will disappear. Along the way, you can tell progress is being made because it will no longer hurt when you firmly press on the wart.
Thanks to those who took the time to recommend the banana peel. I'm still not a big believer in home remedies, but this worked for me."Replies
10/18/2010: Jithurm from Muscat, Oman replies: "I has a plantar wart on my foot appeared about 3 months back. In fact initially I didnt know wt is it, gradually when the pain started coming I consulted an idiot doctor who said it is a corn and u have to do a surgery to remove it. The surgery was too painful and I had to live with the bandage for 1.5 months more before the flush and new skin came. The sadest part is after couple of weeks of healing of the surgical wound a cluster of warts appeared near to the old wart. For past few weeks I am in real depression and desperately surfing to find a real cure for this. After reading so many testimonials regarding banana peel I am going to try it today onwards. I have a small doubt regarding the application, after putting the banana peel on the wart and covering it with duct tape is it ok if I wash my foot any time during the day? will reverse the effect of banan peel? is there any problem if I use water to wash my foot with the peel & duct tape on my foot? Please reply, Jithu"
07/24/2012: Eamon from Joppa, Md replies: "I am going to try the banana peel for flat warts on my hand. I have nothing to use. Thanks to all.
One other tip. My Father had just put duct tape on a wart on the back of his hand, A tall wart type. It fell of in 2 weeks."
09/11/2012: Kim from Beaverton, Or replies: "I am now trying the banana peel. When I used just the duct tape as suggested by someone - my wart exploded into several warts instead of just one :("
[YEA] 04/15/2010: Kristina from Samobor, Croatia: "Thanks to this site I have cured my sons wart. He is five and has it for six months on his knee, been size. Started with banana peel I month back, size 2x2 cm every night, remove in the morning. After a week it becomes black and soft, little by little I did peeling every morning. One month after first application it is gone, still little scarf but gone. Thanks Earth Clinic"Replies
[YEA] 06/24/2011: Sunnymummy from Seattle, Wa replies: "This worked wonders! I had Plantar warts for years and nothing I tried would even remotely work. I read about the banana peel on EARTHCLINIC and tried it on the cluster of 4 warts on my foot and the one wart on my toe. I just carved out a small piece of the inside of the banana, sometimes I left the peel on sometimes I wouldn't, and used band-aids to attach them to the warts. I left it on as long as it would stay, and if it fell off early I would reapply later.
Well after just a few days the black spots in the middle of the warts started to raise and the warts were smaller. After about 2 weeks of this process daily the warts just fell out. There was a small hole where they were which healed over later. This was a year ago and they are still gone!! Thank you so much for this cure, it was amazing!"
[YEA] 03/28/2010: Barbara from Fife, Scotland: "banana peel on warts. it works it works it works cant believe it i used a small piece of banana peel on my wart with duct tape ten days later it was gone. i kept the dressings on constantly changing it once a day, it was a bit painful and tender for a few days but i persevered its now completely gone."
[YEA] 02/18/2010: Kmcou from Iloilo City, Iloilo, Philippines: "I have tried putting banana peel overnight on my nephew's finger with wart growth measuring 2-3 cm overnight. after several days of using it, the wart was gone."
[YEA] 01/27/2010: Dee from West Hartford, Ct: "Banana Peel cured my daughter's wart! For two weeks every night I would scrape the inside of a banana peel with a toothpick and apply just enough to cover the wart and cover with a bandaid. Each day it would turn a little more black. Last night she came running to me laughing that when she took the bandaid off, the wart just "popped off". That was the end of it. Thank you for this great remedy!!!!!"
[YEA] 01/01/2010: Miguel from Exton, Pa: "I had a plantar wart on my foot for 3 months. I thought it was just callous. I went to the doctor and she did the freezing treatment. That exposed the nerve cells of the wart but didn't really treat it. So I googled and found this banana peel treatment online.
I put the small banana peel with the inside of the peel on the wart, put the duct tape to hold it and leave overnight. In the morning, I would wash with warm water to remove the banana residue and scrub the dead skin using pumice stone. Don't overdo the scrubbing just enough to remove some dead skin. After doing this for 3 days I noticed that my wart shrunk and no longer hurts when I walk. It turned white and like everyone's observation it looks like it's dying.
I continued doing my treatment routine for 3 weeks. Yes, it takes a while but there's good progress. So after 3 weeks it became a scab. I went back to my doctor just to confirm if the wart is really gone. She removed the scab (brown dead skin) and now I just see the keratin or skin tissue. No sign of the warts. She did another freezing just to make sure it would kill any remaining virus.
The banana peel really helped! I laughed about it when I read this before but I'm telling you guys that this helped me a lot! I hope this helps the others too."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 12/21/2009: Susan Colgan from Genoa, Il, Usa: "I just wanted to comment on the success I had using squares of banana peel on my son's plantar warts. The warts were on his heel.
I have been treating this "thing" since March 2009. We had seen a Dr. monthly, for freezing sessions, acid treatments, scraping with scalpel. Then in Aug, 1 large wart started to spread out into small clusters that popped up all over his heel. I didn't think we would ever be rid of them!
One morning I followed a link that came in through an e-mail. I read that warts could be "cured" using banana peel.
I thought...really...well, we've tried just about everything else...lets see what happens.
Last night I put 2, 1 inch squares of peel, inside down, on my son's warts and covered them with adhesive paper tape. About 12 hours later he removed the tape, and shouted...Mom, their black!
Sure enough...the warts that were covered with peel had indeed turned black. He rubbed the black off, dents were left where the warts had been. There are still some "feeder veins" left, so we will treat the foot again tonight.
I'm hoping this is the treatment we've been looking for. I can't thank you enough your useful site and remedies! I have bookmarked your page for future use. Sincerely, Susan"
[QUESTION] 12/15/2009: Schatzfunde from Sydney, Australia: "Banana peel cure for warts
I am curious as to whether all the people who say the banana peel cure worked ate the bananas as well. A sharp increase in potassium could possibly be related to the cure for the warts. Any ideas?"Replies
07/17/2010: Lisa from Brisbane, Australia replies: "I just thought I'd comment here. I eat at least 1 banana a day for the last couple of months, and the wart I've had for years is still there. So eating bananas probably doesn't help at least for me. I will try the banana peel and report back!"
09/27/2011: Happiernow from Sydney, Australia replies: "Banana Peel didn't work for me and I did try it. Here's my story: I was sharing a shower with others in a house I used to live in. One of the occupants came to me one day and asked me if I knew of how to get rid of a plantar wart. I didn't even know what one was though it was apparent it grew on the bottom of the foot. Months later, I noticed what I thought was a splinter in my right foot and due to exhaustion, I kept putting off tending to it as I didn't feel it sometimes. Finally, I got someone to look at it and they said that it looked like a wart. Then came the research about it. I was glad I didn't pick at it before and was determined to get rid of this wart on the bottom of my foot even though it was very small. I wasn't happy about it because it meant I too now had to be careful not to go barefeet anywhere as I may give it to someone. I went overseas very shortly after and due to (long story) I couldn't see any medical expert about it because they couldn't speak English anyway.
I tried for months, in between tears and anger, the following to get rid of them: apple cider vinegar, brown vinegar, white vinegar, toothpaste, banana peel, duct tape (useless because it didn't stay on) salt, iodine, nail polish, nail polish remover, white out and probably a few other things. None of it worked. I was furious and by this time, one plantar wart became two and then it spread causing me to have a plantar wart on the bottom of my left foot, then I think I got another wart on my right foot. Great. What now? I began to quite hate the person who ignorantly used to walk around barefoot everywhere in the house not bothering to tell me that he had something contagious on the bottom of his foot. I felt a bit like a leper.
Finally I returned to my own country and tried to see a specialist who wasn't in and so I saw the doctor who prescribed a very expensive cream for me that could have been dangerous. I threw the script away and soon after, came across someone's site where they were explaining in general the following, which made sense to me so I tried my own slightly different version of their instructions. First I must say that months before, I noted almost by accident that when my feet were enclosed for long periods of time, my skin almost looked like it was suffocating (under my feet) and the plantar warts really rose up and looked quite scary to me. I wasn't sure what to do so I'd let my feet 'air' as much as I could. (Wrong. )
Ok - here's the method, and it WILL work because it makes sense AND it worked for me. Close to a miracle. Duct tape doesn't work because it's NOT STRONG ENOUGH and continues to let air in to allow that stinking plantar wart to breathe! You've really got to suffocate it. Go to the Chemist or Pharmacy or Drug Store and buy some ATHLETIC TAPE. It's very STRONG bandaid that's on a roll. The one I bought was also called Sportsplast. The tape I bought was wide and a brown type colour. You cut about four or five inches across (maybe 15cm across) and basically on your clean foot, you simply put that 'tough as nails and concrete' bandaid onto the bottom of your foot - making sure to COVER entirely the plantar wart/s. This particular bandaid has NO GAUZE on it. You DON'T NEED gauze on it. It's very tough. You can even take a shower with it on and it won't come off. I left my first bandaid on for about 7-10 days. I really felt like it was making a difference. Then I slowly ripped it off. Didn't hurt, just felt a bit weird. I saw a DIFFERENCE! It looked like it was receding - going away/healing. Ok, what the bandaid does is, not only is it SUFFOCATING the plantar warts, apparently it is causing them to have NOWHERE to go. Remember, when they suffocated on my foot before, they rose to the top of the skin and looked even worse. This is the plantar wart PANICKING!! Now, when the bandaid has enclosed around and over the plantar wart, the plantar wart tries to get air and when it can't get it, it PANICS causing - wait for it - your IMMUNE SYSTEM to notice something funny going on down there. It goes to check it out and finds the foreign entity namely, the plantar warts. What does it do then? The immune system begins to kill the plantar wart because it knows it's a foreign body. Bit by bit, the plantar wart weakens and gets killed off. You start to feel happier. Yes. It's possible, but you must find the bandaid preferably without gauze and as tough as CONCRETE man!! It's got to stick to your foot through hail and storm. I put another fresh lot of tough bandaids on the bottom of my feet again for a further 10 days or something and the plantar warts continued to get even smaller but of course, I had to make sure they were totally gone. Every now and then I felt a sting - probably the virus still trying to set up house down there. I think it was the third or fourth time after taking the bandaid off, I couldn't believe it - when I took the bandaid off, the actual plantar warts came off with the bandaid!! It was like looking at the dead enemy. To make triply sure, I put more bandaid on there. This is totally the cure. Sometimes I put two layers of bandaid on the bottom of my foot, just to make sure. I don't have any stings at this point and my feet are bandaid free but I haven't walked on any floor barefoot yet due to paranoia and always wear sandals in the shower these days. My feet look all clear but after that experience, I don't know when I will walk barefeet on any hard surface anymore as who knows if a teeny-tiny bit of whatever might infect someone else. I'm possibly being paranoid though, but my feet look normal again. You've got to try it - make sure it's REALLY TOUGH STURDY TOUGH AS CONCRETE BANDAID.
This is what was on the website: SPORTSPLAST PREMIUM STRAPPING TAPE.
137 Mtrs (45' 8") length per roll
For all high stress joint sports strapping needs.
*I don't recommend putting it on the top of your foot as the skin is more sensitive there and will hurt if you try and take it off. Good luck, although you probably won't need it!"
[YEA] 12/08/2009: Yeah from Lodon, England: "its working the banana peel and im about 1 week into it the size of my warts have halved at least and im seeing results this is great thanks"
[YEA] 10/27/2009: Knitter from Cottbus, Germany: "A few years ago I got a wart on my ankle that was so large it was wearing away at the back of my shoe, and would get torn up when I went to the gym. I tried everything...liquid nitrogen, OTC wart medicines, duct tape, garlic...nothing worked. I ended up here though, and read about the banana remedy. I rubbed the peel on the spot, and then taped/bandaged a small piece on the wart for a week. It started coming off within two days, and was completely gone in a week. My dad was in town and was VERY skeptical, so it was pretty exciting when it worked! I'm amazed!"
[YEA] 10/06/2009: Mhussain from Kuwait: "Banana Peel cured a wart on my daughter's toe. The way i applied: Rub a piece of banana on the wart, then cover the wart with piece of banana peel and tie it with the toe using a bandage cloth. Just in 15 days, the wart disappeared."Replies
07/08/2012: Pat from Newport News, Virginia replies: "Does the banana peel remedy work on skin tags as well?"