Natural Remedies for Plantar Warts (Verrucas)

Banana Peel
Posted by Alicia (San Clemente, Ca) on 02/26/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Amazing! My 5 year old son was suffering from a wart on his big toe & after trying several other things it started to get infected so I tried the banana peel remedy & it worked!

I left it on for 2 days (infection healed) & then took it off & left it alone for about a week hoping it would fall off. After 7 days it was still there (black & looked dead) so as I shaved it down a little to put another banana peel on, it fell off! Perfect pink skin underneath!

Hope this helps someone! Especially children! A simple banana could save the child & parent so much trouble! Thank you all for posting!

Banana Peel
Posted by Nestor (Dubai) on 02/05/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I got this painful plantar wart on the sole of my left foot last Nov 2015. The first dermatologist thought it was just a corn and treated it in a wrong way which it gotten worse. I consulted different dermatologist and told me that it was an infected viral plantar wart so he did a cryocautery procedure and salicylic acid but nothing happened for almost 2 months and it gotten worse and became more painful. He told me the root of the wart should be removed so he did an electrocautery procedure where the anesthesia injection is the most painful injection I have ever experienced. It became better for 2 months but I can still feel some pain when walking.

I came back to the doctor for followup checkup and he told me it is getting better but needs to cryocautery again which is really painful. On the 2nd day the wart became swollen and painful again so I decided to look for alternative remedies on the net and I found this site.

I tried the Banana Peel procedure mentioned here. Every night I will clean the surface of the wart then will rub the inside of banana peel on the infected wart. I took a small piece, stuck it over the wart and covered it with a bandage tape. The next day is like a miracle the swollen and the pain of the wart have lessen. I continued using banana peel even on the day while at work. In just a week the pain is completely disappeared. I can walk better now. I should have known this procedure before.

I spent more than 300 dollars on the Doctors and wart treatment is not covered in my health insurance even if it is infected and painful.

I want to thank God for helping me to find this site and thanks to all of you.

I would definitely recommend this for anyone with warts.

Tagamet or Evening Primrose Oil
Posted by Gueva (19006) on 02/01/2016
5 out of 5 stars

My eldest son had golfball sized wart cluster on his heel x yrs which MD said he would not remove surgically as that would immobilize him for 6 mos. We had tried Apple Cider Vinegar + duct tape with limited success. MD recommended Tagamet 500 mg twice daily. in 4 days the warts were completely gone and have not returned in six years. My son stopped the Tagamet once the warts were gone.

Younger son has found that 500mg/day of Evening Primrose oil immediately stops warts once they start. He tried Tagamet but had an adverse reaction to it.

Hope one of these is helpful!

Lugol's Iodine
Posted by Marie (Reno, Nv) on 08/04/2015
5 out of 5 stars

My son developed large warts on the bottom of his feet, underneath his toes. Our doctor tried burning them off a couple of times with liquid nitrogen, but they came back with a vengeance! They eventually grew to the size of small golf balls and we were all very concerned about his feet. Before his leaving to go back to college after Christmas, I gave him a bottle of Lugol's Iodine and a roll of duct tape. He applied the iodine to the warts after his shower in the morning and then covered them with duct tape. He removed the tape at night and before going to bed, repeated the same routine. It took about 6 weeks, but the warts completely disappeared and have not returned, 3 years later.

Thank you Earth Clinic, you're the best!

Aloe Vera
Posted by Janie Y (Illinois) on 11/04/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I came to this site hoping to find a cure for some plantar warts that I have been suffering from for sometime now. A few are clustered together close to the inside heel of each foot. After using over the counter treatments, they would kind of callus over, never really going completely away, and then reappear again, only to look and hurt worse then they did previously. I really was at my "warts" end with these things. They truly hurt! When my feet hurt - I hurt all over!!! Anyway, I decided to try the aloe vera remedy, seeing as how I had a big Aloe plant in my window. I also had some Apple Cidar Vinegar but other people on here had mentioned they tried applying it directly to the wart, and it hurt like heck!!! I didn't want any further pain on top of the pain I was already feeling!

I always knew aloe was great for burns but never heard about using it for warts. This past Friday, my feet were killing me from bearing down on these warts. I couldn't walk! They were very tender to the touch. I was walking with my heels up in the air! "High-heeled" tennis shoes! On Friday - My pain gauge (ON scale of 1 to 10)... was a "10" before using the Aloe.

Well, I cleaned up the wound, scraped off some white blistery stuff that had formed I think, from using some over the counter stuff - it looked like a blister anyways, but I scraped that off until I could see some skin underneath. I split open one of the aloe vera leaves, rubbed the inside juicy part all over the wart area; It actually felt very soothing to the touch. I even took a good-sized clump of the gel, and lay in directly on top of the wart, covered it with a bandage and left it alone uintil Saturday. It was still painful to walk on. By Saturday. Pain scale was around "7". Still hurt but much better than Fridays pain gauge! I could (almost) walk normal, putting some pressure down on my feet. Did same thing - cleaned and gelled the area of the warts. I could tell - my feet were starting to feel better already. I might add that I did have a lot of redness and a red streak around the warts when I first started. That is a sign of infection! By Saturday, the redness was almost gone, and no red streak going out the side of it.! It really looked quite better in a days time. By Saturday night, the pain scale was down to about a "5". I doctored it again, the same way, before going to bed. By Sunday - Pain scale is a BIG NUMBER "1"! Almost "0" pain, but still just a wee bit tenderness. The redness is completely gone as well! I was actually walking normal again. I was so excited that my feet didn't hurt when I walked - I started cleaning the house! I had never been so excited about doing anything in my life! My feet were pain-free! My warts are on their way out, thanks to the Aloe Vera. which I will continue to use until they are completely gone.

I did read several explanations as to why I would get plantar warts, one being that they stem from a virus, and another that I read, could be caused from low potassium levels. Not sure what the total truth is, but I lean towards the latter because I was potassium deficient. It's interesting to read how the treatments for plantar warts call for using potassium rich ingredients such as; Bananas, Apple Cidar Vinegar, and even Aloe as the cure. These are all potassium enriched! Could there be some truth in that after all?

I might add that, from Friday on, I downed half a bottle of the Apple Cidar Vinegar.... I usually just take a couple tablespoons a day (and, I hadn't even been taking the ACV on a daily basis for a while now), but thought maybe I needed more potassium in my system...(and I don't like bananas! ), soooooo now I am wonderin', was it the high dose of my ACV that cured my warts so quickly or was it the Aloe... or maybe... both??? I was really, really overdosing on the "potassium" this past week-end! It is now Monday, and as of this writing my feet are feeling/looking wonderful!!!! Thank you to everyone who posts these wonderful, natural, healthy remedies on this website! I love to brag about this website every chance I get!

Coconut Oil
Posted by Brownandgreen72 (Anywhere, Usa) on 04/12/2013
4 out of 5 stars

I also was using Coconut oil on my plantar wart, and it helped make it smaller. Before that I used the tea tree oil and duct tape method. This helped remove some of the skin above the wart. After the coconut oil the wart rose to the surface. I left the tape off and applied nothing topically because it hurt. Bad mistake. Airing it out caused the wart to get bigger. It also inflammed the surrounding area. Now I am trying the ACV on cotton with duct tape on top. I'll update later.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Rachellepatten (Mesa, Az) on 03/11/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I had a large, painful wart on the bottom of my toe. I used apple cider vinegar. I placed a cotton ball with Apple Cider Vinegar on my toe and secured it with medical tape, replacing it daily. After about 3 days it turned black so I filed it down. There were dead, black veins sticking out of the wart. I did take a break for two days. The wart was very deep and it did begin to get sore. I then continued treatment and the wart was gone in 2 weeks. It has not returned and did not scar. I have tried freezing and wart removal liquids that did not work. From now on, I will only use ACV.

Cinnamon Oil
Posted by Karen (Shingle Springs, California, USA) on 03/01/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Greetings, EC folks!

After going barefoot in the garden one summer, I developed a terrible case of mosaic warts on the soles of both my feet. Foolishly, I tried cutting them out with manicuring scissors, only to have them spread. I tried banana peel, wart pads, and anything else I could think of or find on Earth Clinic, to no avail. The warts were so painful I could barely walk! My soles were a mess, and it was spreading to my fingers! Out of desperation, I began applying Cinnamon Oil, no bandage, and clean socks. The healing was miraculous! It took a few weeks, but my soles totally healed. And now, if I spot a wart, I use cinnamon oil on it right away. I also wear shoes in the garden now.

Thank you, EC family! I have no health insurance, I rely on you all to help me stay healthy. Blessings!

Duct Tape
Posted by Liz (Boston, Massachusetts) on 07/31/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I can't believe it, but duct tape actually worked in getting rid of a plantars wart I've had on the ball of my foot since I was a teenager, which was decades ago! It's slow-going, but it works. Prior to this, I had tried every product and procedure imaginable. Nothing worked. At best, I would have temporary relief but the wart would *always* grow back within weeks.

Just put a good-sized piece of tape over the wart and push down the sides of the tape to make sure it sticks well. When you bathe/shower, dry it off well and put a new piece of tape on. After a couple of days, you'll notice that the wart gets puffy with dead skin. Carefully use a razor blade (I put tape on one of the edges of the blade to make it easier to handle and safer to use) to slice off some of the dead skin - not too much. Just hold the blade parallel to the raised skin and shave a little bit off, then put a fresh piece of tape on. Repeat that process every few days - shaving just a tad of the dead skin off and never let the wart be without duct tape on it.

It took a few months of patience and diligence, but that sucker is GONE now! ;-) It's been five months and (knocks wood) - no sign of it. It feels sooo good to *finally* be rid of the pain that came with every step I took for all those years. As someone who takes nothing for granted, I am so grateful for the relief. I appreciate it every single day.

If your patient and diligent, the duct tape method *will* work.

Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Ew (White Plains, Ny) on 03/14/2011
5 out of 5 stars

My 7 year old daughter had a plantars wart on the heel of her foot for over a year. The doctor said it had to be cut out. I was worried about the pain and healing of that, and also that she would have to miss her favorite activities (gymnastics, ice skating, etc. )

Instead I used tea tree oil. Every morning and night I put a band-aid on her wart that had 1 drop of oil on the gauze area. I did the same thing at night and we covered the band-aid with a sock so it didn't come off while she was sleeping.

I had read that if you do this for about 3 weeks the wart will just pop out. Well, I wanted to go for 4 weeks, but after about 3 weeks my daughter said she needed a day off.

That evening I looked at her wart and very gently used my fingernail to see if the wart would come out. It popped right out with absolutely no pain. It left a cone-like hole that looked like it would hurt, but she said she couldn't feel anything.

Over time, the hole closed up. The wart never returned, she didn't miss one day of any of her activities, and there was never any discomfort.

Posted by Lisa (Blackie, Alberta ) on 01/19/2009
5 out of 5 stars

for the wart that is so resistant my nautropath told me if you see 1 outside there are thousands inside. when my daughter was having plantar warts and ones on her fingers he recommended liquid cholorphyll. 4x a day a table spoon . within 4 days it was totally freaky, her toe seemed to have 100's of warts just under the skin they came thru with no pain, some blistering of skin the big wart turned black fell off a few days later.

Banana Peel
Posted by Joanne (Philadelphia, PA) on 06/18/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I can't believe this! My son had an incredibly large plantar wart on the side of his big toe for YEARS. It was huge, hideous, and ugly. It hurt him a lot when he wore skates to play ice hockey, and no amount of padding helped. Duct tape didn't work to get rid of it, visits to a podiatrist didn't work to get rid of it, Compound W didn't work to get rid of it. I told him about the banana peel cure and he looked at me like I was crazy, but reluctantly agreed to try it.

The wart died in FOUR days! He just took a fresh piece of peel and kept that one piece on for four days straight, not understanding that it was to be changed every day. When he took the peel off, the wart was pitch black. He scraped the black stuff off, washed the area, and let it air out. He told me, I think the wart is dead, and I way, it can't have worked that quickly...put another banana peel on it. He said no...let's wait a couple of days - this wart is dead. I said ok, and promptly forgot all about it. After about a week, I remembered, and said, hey...let's see the wart. He showed me his feet, and I couldn't remember which foot the wart was on...both big toes were the same! The wart had totally disappeared. He was SO happy. And so was I. Thank you so much!

Coconut Oil
Posted by Ashley (Baltimore, MD) on 05/10/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Virgin coconut oil cured my plantar warts. I had some plantar warts on my foot for about a year, then I started rubbing coconut oil on my feet to help soften the skin and make walking more comfortable. After about 2 months of this, I was just starting to think of going to the doctor to have them removed (with much dread) when I noticed that the warts had shrunk. Then about 1-2 weeks later, the dead skin just peeled off like a callous, revealing soft healthy skin underneath. It wasn't an overnight cure, but the time was a small price to pay for not having them dug out! I know they were warts because they had the little black spots in them, they hurt or bled if scraped, and a couple of small ones had appeared elsewhere on my foot. I also use coconut oil in food preparation on a regular basis, as well as topically on all areas of the skin.

Castor Oil
Posted by Virginia (Cushing, OK) on 01/29/2008
5 out of 5 stars

A foot doctor said to put cold-pressed castor oil on a large wart on my sons' toe then put a sock on his foot nightly til the wart goes away. Amazing but it did within a week.

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