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Wart Remedies

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Natural treatment for warts is very effective and consists of inexpensive home remedies like banana peels and garlic. It is thought that a strong immune system fights the virus causing warts, so immune support herba; formulas are also very helpful in the treatment of warts.

What are Warts?   

Warts are skin growths caused by human papillomavirus (HPV).  They can grow anywhere on the body and easily spread to another part of the body or to someone else, although the wart will not appear for months.  There are several types, each found on certain part(s) of the body and having unique appearances.

Home Remedies for Warts

No home cure will work on everyone, but many are cheap, safe and often effective. While many warts will eventually go away on their own, no one wants to wait months if they can be removed faster.

Banana Peels – The #1 Home Remedy for Warts

This natural remedy is extremely successful.  It’s simple - put a small piece of banana peel over the wart, skin side out, tape and leave on overnight. Less ripe bananas work best as the healing agent seems to become less effective with age.

The Power of Positive Thinking

A double-blind study had one group of people with warts undergoing hypnosis once a week for 5 weeks while a second group with warts did not get hypnosis.  None of the people treated the warts.  The final result was that the ‘hypnosis group’ had many of their warts disappear, while the other group did not.

Duct Tape

Covering a wart with duct tape will cause the wart to shrink and disappear. This home treatment usually takes 1-2 months.

Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV works as an effective alternative cure. A damp paper towel kept against a wart overnight is report to remove warts in 2 weeks.


Rubbing cut garlic cloves on warts has been a tried-and-true solution for years. Some people find that taking 3 odorless garlic capsules a day works. The antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory benefits from garlic are always beneficial.

Strengthen the Immune System

Natural whole foods will help the immune system fight warts.  Garlic, sweet potatoes and sunflower seeds are a few good choices.  Apple cider vinegar tonic taken daily is always good.

People have tried many alternative treatments for warts over the centuries. Building a strong immune system seems to be key to fighting warts and preventing chronic reoccurrences as well as simple and inexpensive home remedies.



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Posted by Nelle (Sarasota, Florida, Usa) on 09/13/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I used acetone for my wart and it dissapeared in 5 days. Whenever the wart is hard I applied acetone and when it's soft I scrape it with a nail file and it work.

Replied by Jc

It worked but Acetone is dangerous. There are much safer and still yet effective approaches. But I am glad it worked for you and you are fine.


Use regular nail polish remover, it has acetone in it.

Replied by Wendy

This is pretty interesting, because I had a brainstorm of using liquid bandage on a wart above lip (this is ruining my life), and I noticed after just one application it shrunk about 30% or more. My purpose was to starve the wart of oxygen, much like duct tape...which obviously just wouldn't work for my face. The liquid bandage contains acetone, among other ingredients. I was just using a generic brand. I've been doing it when I'm inside the house for the night.

ACV, Banana Peel, Duct Tape

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Posted by Maria (Newmarket, Ontario, Canada) on 08/06/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I got a wart last week on my foot between third and fourth toe, I rubbed banana peel on it and then covered it with tape, it looked like it will stay here forever but after a week its gone, I am so happy and thanks to earth clinic, its really a very good site and I love it, during the week I also applied apple cider vinegar covering with duct tape, I am also drinking apple cider viegar for my planter faciitis and its also working no pain after one week.

Replied by Terri
(Great Falls, Va)

I used ACV on my 9-yr old's filiform wart on lip and it came off after one dosage. I taped a small amout of cotton soaked in ACV on the wart, left it on overnight (removed in am). The wart came off the next day. Successful treatment. I cancelled his appt with the derm for surgical removal.

Replied by Mario

Wow, that was a very successful treatment.

ACV, Banana Peel, Duct Tape
Posted by David (New York, New York) on 05/11/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Used a banana peel/acv "one two" combo with duct tape for a wart. Here's the story. I've had a wart on my forehead for maybe a year and a half. In the beginning i just thought it was a pimple i couldn't get rid of. And because it grew so slowly i was adjusting psychologically to its presence and not doing anything, but finally, i'm like, it's huge and ugly, it's on my forehead, it's a WART, and i'm getting rid of it, somehow. Didn't want to spend a lot of money, so went on the net, found you guys. I went with the ripe banana peel inverted, pressed and sealed over the wart with duct type. I'd rub the peel liberally on it first. Did that for a night and a day, not removing the duct tape except once to put in a new peel. Then browsing around on your site, got curious about apple cider vinegar as cure-all ingestant, so went and out got that (along with some OP sesame oil just for giggles). So then, changing the banana dressing, knowing that ACV was the other popular wart cure and that i had some right in front of me, i took a q-tip, dipped it in the ACV, then jammed it at the wart, for a few minutes (By the way, I wasn't positive that the peel had done much by this point but thought not to judge from the short amount of time). Felt a nice burn, which i enjoyed. If there's pain, there's death. Cause the thing's gotta die, right? But anyway... Then i rubbed a new banana peel on it, and put the duct tape on, and went to bed. Next morning, i noticed the thing was irritated, red and uglier than usual. I put another banana peel with duct tape on. In the afternoon, i'm like, "you know... i liked that BURN from the ACV. Let's do that now." So i repeated my q-tip ACV application for a few minutes. Then i dipped another q-tip in the ACV, this time cut the end of it with scissors, cut it small enough for it to just cover the wart area, placed it on the wart and duct taped it over. Going to bed, vigorously rubbed banana peel on wart, then duct taped wart over ACV'd q-tip (no peel). Waking up, I did banana peel. [SORRY THIS IS BORING BUT IT'S ALMOST OVER]. Evening, I looked at thing, it had shrunk, was red and black. Decided to hit it with ACV. Tested it with my fingernail to see if there was any dead stuff to slough off, and then the thing started bleeding, slowly but non-stop. So for like a half-hour, i q-tipped it with ACV until it stopped bleeding, then duct taped it over another ACV'd cut q-tip for the night. I'd planned to see some friends, but not happening! Next morning (yesterday, actually), I looked at it, knew I'd won. It was black and laying flat just below surface skin level, like a mesa, unlike the protrusive mass it was before. Pressing on it, I felt a soreness, but in the healthy normal skin encasing it, not the wart itself. It was dead. I decided to just slap some duct tape on it without anything for the rest of the day and night. Now it's today, the next day, and I've removed the duct tape, so the area will dry out and hopefully the wart will fall out, no reason why it shouldn't, it's not living after all! heheh :)

Some thoughts: Obviously, i just followed my whims with this treatment, using what i read here as a guide. The banana peel definitely had a less aggressive feel. Don't know if it would have worked on its own. One thing I notice is that the immediately surrounding skin looks great. Really pink, plump and healthy. Maybe there's a facial in it for the girls out there (and boys ;p)

Finally: The site is very cool. Thanks a lot to you people for making it happen. One problem or question: People here really seem to be into "oil-pulling". I'm now in the process of trying it from having visited here. Thing is, i've looked all over the web including on this site to find any rational explanation of how it works, and have just drawn blanks from my perspective. How does it detoxify? HOW? All you see written is that it "pulls" toxins out. Okay, how does "that" work? Or that a doctor from India told some Ukrainian doctors that it works and if they don't believe him, try it for themselves. I understand fasting for detox. Makes perfect sense: Body gets overloaded with toxins, can't process them out of the system, meaning they stay in. Stop food intake, body gets a break to process out the toxins. But "oil-pulling"? Well, i'm trying it, but without a better explanation i'm skeptical it's not just placebo. Would be interested in anyone's thoughts on the subject.

Replied by Kathy
(Reading, Berkshire, UK)

I have read the remedy for banana peel with interest, my 10 year old daughter had one recently removed from her thumb using Bazooka, but two have now appeared on her face, one on her lower lip a nasty tiny cauliflower devil about the size of a pea, and the other just below her eye. At first we thought it was a calcium spot but it has grown slightly and the GP confirmed they were different types of wart. She bravely agreed to have them frozen, but when the time came, she just couldn't bring herself to keep still and we agreed it would be too dangerous to continue. Does anyone have any advice on how to apply the banana peel to these facial warts? I suppose I could duct tape them on at night, but any other suggestions would be most helpful. Many thanks

Replied by Alex
(Boston, MA)

I am replying to Kathy from Reading, Berkshire's posting. For wart problems, consider trying Manuka honey, Manuka oil or a mixture of Manuka honey and turmeric. Just put it over the wart and cover it with a bandage. I have personally had great results using Manuka honey and recommend it to anyone. I had warts on my hands for which I used a number of different remedies in addition to freezing and other over the counter medications, I used vinegar, copper pennies soaked in vinegar, banana peel, a variety of oils (clove, tea tree, etc) vitamin E, etc. Nothing really worked until I tried Manuka. I believe that these microorganisms that cause warts and other skin conditions adapt/mutate, and that is why many remedies work well for some and not at all for others, the little creature become somewhat unique to that person's body. While I am not sure if this will work for everyone, I really think that it is worth a try. The treatment is painless and you can find Manuka at most grocery stores.

Replied by Tricia

many years ago while studiying reflexology I managed to contract a wart on the bag area under my eye. At tht time the only over the counter remedies were based on salicylic acds which seemed to strong for such a delicate area. The course tutor told me to use clear nail polish on it to stop it from getting contact with oxygen. Well it worked. I put it on morning and evening and the wart completely dissappeared in about 3 days. He explained that all warts need oxygen to survive and if they are deprived they will die off. The sooner it is treated the less time needed on the remedy. BTW this won't work on verrucae cos they get their oxygen fron a blood vessel in the skin hence the red dot in the middle of them.

Replied by Marie
(South Bend, In)

I recently grew a filiform wart on my face right below my lip. I found information on the internet about using iodine on warts. since I take lugols solution(iodine/iodide) I started applying the lugols to the wart. within a week a large portion of the wart fell off. It took about 4 weeks for the whole thing to dissappear, but the iodine worked. From everything I have read and from my alternative doc, warts on the face should not be frozen.

Replied by Jmt
(Seattle, Wa)
5 out of 5 stars

I have had plantar warts on both of my feet at one time or another, I tried freezing, duct tape, and even tried bleomycin (incredibly painful) injected by a dermatologist. The only thing that ever worked was to use mediplast (it is the only product that seems to work), using this technique: www.wartsplantarwarts.com
It really is that easy, just get mediplast and tape, you don't even need to use nearly as much tape as in that picture or really even use a pumice stone, scissors will work.

Replied by Charity
(Meridian, Idaho [id])

Hey David, to answer your question. Oil-pulling "pulls" toxins out because they are chemically attracted to fats. You don't have to use oil specifically - any fat will do like full fat milk (but that leaves a gross taste in my mouth). This book, Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing - is really great. He has a lot of the science of how it all works. Check it out - it'll answer your questions.

Replied by Erin
(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

I have been alternating a taped on banana peel and Apple Cider Vinegar for the last week while just putting some athletic tape on it during the day.

Now, I am beginning to question whether I have a plantar wart or a corn. If you do a search for either image, you will get pictures of corns that are plantar warts or vice versa. I did have a black dot I think (could have just been dirt I guess), and now I have a tiny crater surrounded by puffy skin, but no dots. Nothing has turn black and cauliflowery yet, but I have that damn tiny crater and puffy hard skin around it (kinda looks like a wide volcano) that will not go away. It has been only a week though.

As far as the previous question about oil pulling, you cannot find information for why it "detoxes" because it does not detox. Oil pulling is great for teeth whitening and gum issues and hairy tongue (most often confused for oral thrush) which is a bacteria issue (not yeast, though there may be a yeast build up on the tongue because of the poor shedding).

People think that somehow the vein under your tongue transports the oil into your blood which attracts toxins, causing a "herx" reaction with symptoms. These symptoms that people think are proof of detoxification include, mild headache, diarrhea, sores in the mouth, fatigue, etc. Once these "herx" symptoms go away, people feel detoxed.

Here is the thing about the Herxheimer Reaction. There is very little modern research on whether or not this reaction exists, and the older research deals with serious antibiotics used on serious diseases, like Lyme or Syphilis. Even if Sunflower Oil (which is antimicrobial) was somehow able to be absorbed into the blood stream and act as a magnet for toxins, it would not be to the degree that would cause a herx reaction. There is a confusion of bacteria with "toxins" here too. Just look this stuff up.

So the symptoms can be much more logically explained.

mild headache- you are stressing your jaw for twenty minutes. Too much vigor would cause a stress headache (mild).

Diarrhea- You are still ingesting some oil which is fat. If you have ever eaten at a high end restaurant that uses high quality butters and oils, you have probably had diarrhea to mild loose stool issues after that meal. You have lubed your tubes.

Placebo is a big deal, and if it works, awesome. The mind is a powerful tool and there is nothing wrong with a little mind over matter to get well in very minor instances of illness. Taking any action towards one's health improves one's mood. Once your body gets used to the slight increase in fat intake, and the diarrhea subsists, and you believe that you are toxin free, a boost in mood and energy (though possibly fleeting with exercise and a health diet) is guaranteed.

People also like to feel in control of uncontrollable situations, and often times these instances of supposed "control" are unhealthy bc medical advice is being ignored.

We live in a society that wants to believe unlicensed "naturopaths" over highly specialized, trained, and scientific doctors. I am not sure why it does not occur to the same people that someone is much more likely to seek a quick profit off of pseudo"natural" products that take no effort and little money to create, than scientists who dedicate hundreds of thousands of dollars, all of their time, and their careers to curing disease and preventing death (which is a pretty hopeless position to begin with considering dying is inevitable).

Just use common sense. Oil cannot pull toxins out of your body through your tongue, your intestines do not store ancient, indigestible poop, and candida has not infested your entire body causing extreme fatigue and poor digestion (eating poorly does this which is why giving up sugar eventually makes you feel better... To give up sugar one must give up many preservatives and food without nutritional value).... And science is not evil. Common sense.


Hi Erin. If this is the way you feel, why are you on this site? Most people have been failed by the so-called experts - hence the reason they are here. I personally watched "experts" literally kill my Mother and if I hadn't stepped in, they would have done the same with my Dad, all the while making mega $$$$ from their pain. I wish you luck, but don't rain on other's parade. Its just bad form!

Replied by B
(Roseburg, Oregon)

Erin, I am sorry you feel that all natropaths are unlicensed. That is a far cry from the truth. The "herx" reaction is a real occurrence. One which you have obviously never felt, nor researched. I hope you never have to rely solely on your "over highly specialized, trained, and scientific doctors". Even if you eat a super healthy, clean diet, you may still have complications of oxidation/aging. It is clear that you have never suffered from any ailment that required you to seek out alternative treatments, due to your "over highly specialized, trained, and scientific doctors", failing to provide you with even a glimpse of what ails you, let alone a solution to the problem. Yes there are good Dr.s out there, just as there is good licensed natural practitioners. Generalizing this as all a placebo, and needing a "over highly specialized, trained, and scientific doctors", as you are is misleading to earth clinic readers.

Replied by Scott S
(Pen Argyl Pa)

This is something I was using for another issue but it seems to be affecting the wart I've had on my finger for several years. Zinc. I take 2 - 30 mg capsules of opti-zinc split up over the day. I've been taking the zinc for about a week and the wart is significantly smaller, about half the size. If it does completely eliminate the wart, I'll still continue it for another week just to be sure the virus is completely dead.

This is something you have to be careful with. Too much zinc could be toxic. It also interferes with the absorption of other nutrients, particularly copper.

For your daughter, since she's so young and small, I'd recommend much smaller dosages. Also, don't take it around meals or with other vitamins as it may block other needed nutrients. It might also be good to supplement with some copper but not within 2 hours of taking the zinc. Don't over do the copper either. For her, 1mg a day should be more than enough.

Replied by Timh
2073 posts

From my readings and personal experience, Erin's views on the common "herx reaction" and debunking Oil Pulling is simply very far from the truth. My O.P experience has nothing to do with oral health but everything to do with detoxification, or to be precise, elimination. As-a-matter-of-fact, back-to-back O.P. (o.t.c. commercial grade vegie oil) left my mouth contaminated w/ pathogens so I had to begin swishing Colloidal Silver fallowing. I also have been adding Grapefruitseed Extract to the oil which helps keep the pathogens killed (rarely need to swish C.S. now). I don't suppose Erin has read my post on my "Diffusion Gradient" theory for the efficacy of O.P. The volume & density of the oil in the mouth are simply many times that of those toxins stored in the lipid or fat cells in the body. Same kinda rule goes with detox foot spas. The volume of water plus the negative ionic charge of the water forces toxins to un-bond from the sites and drawn to the tub.

Now about the Zinc, along w/ small doses of copper, other accessory nutrients like Vit-A and Vit-B6 will greatly enhance the efficacy of the Zinc.

ACV, Banana Peels, Tea Tree Oil

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Megan (Long Beach, Ca) on 04/01/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I used Apple Cider Vinegar and banana peels to get rid of what seemed to be small flat warts on my face. They were small, round, slightly raised, and skin colored and appeared around my mouth, eyebrows, eyes, and neckline. The skin would get slightly thick and would slough off with a facial scrub, but would just grow back. Well, I looked for a treatment and found this site and decided to combine them. I first started taping small pieces of well-ripened banana peel (not too brown though) to those areas for about a week without any real progress. While keeping up with this routine I learned about ACV and tea tree oil. So, I combined about 2 cups of purified water with 1/4 or so of ACV and about 8 drops of tea tree oil. Shake very well to combine all ingredients and use as a toner after washing your face. I used the toner and then kept using the banana peels on my face over night (but did NOT use duck tape because it caused some warts on my neckline to spread adn turn light brown!) They cleared up in about 3 weeks. Just be careful - tea tree oil is potent. I wouldn't put it directly on my face. Diluting it, as in the toner above, if you are going to use it at all, especially on your face, is highly recommended.

Aloe Vera

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Posted by Dawnbeary (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) on 07/31/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Started with several big ole warts on hands and feet. Used apple cider vinegar with limited results. Used over the counter wart removal stuff for months on and off. Pretty much figured I would never get rid of these things. Put aloe Vera on them with bandaid and virtually gone after 2 days. Amazing.

Aloe Vera
Posted by Jay (Newquay, Cornwall, Uk) on 07/14/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Just wanted to share that I had many warts on my hands and had an aloe vera plant, had read somewhere they get rid of them. I had tried all the different products and just didn't get rid of them. I cut a leaf off the plant, cut it in half, put the flesh side down on the wart, covering it. Then wrapped a small bandage and tape over it, within a week they had gone!

Aloe Vera
Posted by Cathrine (Plant City, Florida, Us) on 08/12/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Rub the cut edge, of a piece of an Aloe vera leaf, on the planters wart 2 times a day, for 2 weeks. Cover with bandage if you wish. A small piece of a leaf cut off the plant will be enough to last for several days if you keep it in the refrigerator.
This worked for my daughter. Out of 20 of our doctors patients, this worked for 19. He had a patient with planters warts that kept returning after being removed. The patients grandmother had the remedy!

Aloe Vera
Posted by Erin (Cconcord, NC) on 07/17/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Just wanted to let you know that I have tried everything to get rid of a painful plantars wart that was on the bottom of my foot. I tried duct tape, ate tons of bananas, tried every OTC thing possible, even Tagament. I could hardly walk because the foot would hurt so bad. It would be red and painful by the end of the day. Finally tried aloe vera gel. I put it on one night and within two days, I noticed it did not hurt as bad. About a week later, I noticed I could walk without any pain and the wart had turned black. Almost two weeks later, the wart had dried up and I was able to take a pair of tweezers and pull it completely out. The wart is gone and my foot feels and looks normal except a little dry rough spot where the wart was, a small crater like hole where the wart was that is closing in. I am so happy and relieved as I had the wart for about four months.

Replied by Chris33456
(Hemet, Ca)

Thats funny! I've had mine for about two months I started Aloe Vera about 2 days ago and have no pain at all and the wart is flat and doesnt hurt when I walk or move it hopefully it falls off soon!

Replied by J Girl
(Tampa, Fl)
5 out of 5 stars

My son had at least 6 planters warts on his one foot which were painful and seemed to be multiplying in spite of all our efforts. Got some pure aloe vera gel (the whole plant not simply the inner milk/juice) at the health food store for about $12 for a small bottle and started putting that on his foot at night while he slept (no covering, just open to the air). Within 6 days they started to turn black as I read. After about 2 1/2 weeks they are all gone. Looks like a brand new foot. No pain involved in the whole process.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Wendy (Wisconsin USA) on 08/07/2023
5 out of 5 stars

I had warts on my hands in the past and using topical thuja with a bandaid changing it twice a day got rid of them.

Now I had a wart on my toe and one on my finger. The thuja wasn't working so I gave ACV a try. Small piece of a cotton ball with ACV taped with a bandaid or medical tape. Changed in the morning and evening. Within a couple days the warts would turn black. I picked the black part off and kept applying ACV. Sometimes it would BURN really bad but put up with it cause it's working.

It did take a month or so to get rid of the finger one completely. it would turn black and I would peel it off. Give it a break from ACV and if it still grew back I'd do it again.

the toe one took a lot longe. Probably about 9 months to get rid of. I kept putting ACV on it for a few months then gave it break for probably a month. Went back at it and then it was finally gone after another couple weeks or so.

IT WORKS! I'm telling you. You just gotta stay consistent. Keep killing it with the ACV until you're sure it's really dead. The black might just fall off on its own or I guess you could pick it out like I did. Not sure if that's recommended tho.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Bart (Columbus, USA) on 04/21/2023
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar for Warts

To remove warts, lightly ruff up the wart with a finger nail file. Lightly soak a cotton ball with ACV and hold it on the wart for 20 minutes for 5 -7 days. The wart will start turning black and will be completely gone in 10 days. No scars that come from surgery.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jules (Arlington, Va) on 10/21/2021
5 out of 5 stars

I had a small wart appear on the side of my head. I thought I'd give ACV a try. For three nights I placed a little bit of tissue soaked with vinegar against it. By day three I noticed it was coming loose. With just a little bit of pressure the whole thing came off. Amazing!

It may have helped that it had developed only recently. I used organic ACV, with the mother.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Suzanne (Washington) on 06/11/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I think ACV is a great way to treat issues naturally! I used it on a wart on my arm that got really dark so I became concerned. So I used ACV and after only two days of applying ACV on the spot then putting Scotch tape over it three times per day, it is nearly gone. It is white. Now I have a spot on the side of my nose that keeps bleeding and won't heal. I have a cotton ball with ACV taped to my nose and will continue with this treatment. I believe it is working.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Makaylakl10110 (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) on 03/09/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I have had warts for at least 6 years, and I thought that everybody had warts, but somebody at school pointed out my warts and from then on I knew warts weren't something everybody had. So I tried getting rid of them by putting on hand sanitizer, and wearing wart remover bandages, it turns out that it actually worked, but only made them smaller. I ended up googling how to get rid of warts and it Apple Cider Vinegar, so I tried it, and it worked.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Emily Lynn (Howell Nj) on 07/31/2017
4 out of 5 stars

I've had this wart on my finger for almost a year now, I used ACV and it started turning black, the wart came off ( at least I think ) but the inside had a yellow daughter and the outer part of my skin is a light red and hurts a little. Should I continue putting ACV on it or let it go away on it's own .

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Love19 (Washington ) on 11/19/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Wart remover with Apple Cider Vinegar. It's seriously amazing!!