8 Natural Remedies for Warts
Ever noticed the sudden appearance of a rough round blister in your body without you knowing how you get it? It looks like a cauliflower on your skin, only that; it is not necessarily white, it is, however, small and totally not edible. Warts, as what it is called is, in fact, a virus infection to your skin caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), which aids the excessive supply of keratin, a hard protein on the top layer of the skin that leads to the development of these warts. It comes in different kinds and may be contagious with skin to skin contact or through using the things of someone who was infected by it. While the virus can also spread throughout your body, it is, however, can be prevented and treated, hence these 8 natural remedies for warts.
While there are many possible treatments for these warts such as ointments and creams available over the counter and opting to be removed by a doctor for cosmetic reasons, the easiest and most convenient however are found in your backyard and your kitchen.
1) Banana Peel
After eating a banana, its peeling immediately goes straight to the trash because we don’t eat that part anymore. But what seems to be a junk actually have some uses and benefits.
Contrary to what many of us know, the banana peel is actually edible and loaded with high amounts of Vitamins B6 and B12, magnesium and yes, potassium. You may not want to eat it straight though because it does not have the sweet taste of the fruit and is hard to chew, thus in some countries, it is very common to include it in their food menu by frying, baking or boiling it first.
Because of the presence of these vitamins and minerals, banana peel has several benefits such as teeth whitening, pain reliever, cures a headache, skin treatments for acne, pimples, psoriasis, and wrinkles treats anemia and lowers your cholesterol.
What we also don’t know is that it is an effective remedy for warts. This is because warts are actually one symptom of potassium deficiency. By following these easy steps in applying to the infected skin, the effect will be seen in approximately 10 days.
- Cut a small square portion of the banana peel using a knife.
- If you have any tea tree available, you may apply it to the wart at this point. Otherwise, you may proceed to the next step. Note however that the absence of the oil does not reduce the effectiveness.
- Apply the banana peel to the area. Cover and tape it and leave it overnight.
2) Apple Cider Vinegar
In the world of natural home remedies, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is known to be the jack of all trades. It is a title earned as it is an effective treatment for many diseases and conditions. Backed by scientific research, apple cider vinegar can kill many types of pathogens, lowers blood pressure level, fights diabetes, lowers cholesterol, reduces the risk of a heart disease and even helps reduce weight.
Hence, it is no wonder why it is also included in this list of natural remedies for warts. It does not, however, kill the virus that causes the wart. Instead, it destroys the physical wart from the healthy skin, which in theory takes a huge fragment of the virus with it. The high acidity component of the ACV is what makes the wart including the virus to peel off. M any have tried and proved this to be highly effective.
Applying the apple cider vinegar to the wart is very easy to do and will only require your cotton balls and band aid aside from the ACV. It is recommended to apply it at night time and leave it to soak overnight or 24 hours.
You may feel some swelling or soreness, which is totally normal as it starts to penetrate your skin. After a few days, the wart will turn into a dark shade of black and will eventually come off in its course.
A staple ingredient that makes our food flavorful and delicious, garlic also helps remove stubborn warts that is one of the major skin problems faced by many of us. So how does it work? When consumed, garlic boosts our immune system that will help stop the growth and effect of this skin lump. A compound called allicin that developed in garlic has antiviral and anti-tumor properties that can kill the virus that causes these warts. And lastly, its caustic element makes this annoying viral skin condition to peel off from your skin leaving it to its smooth wart-free form.
There are several ways on how to use this garlic to the infected area. One is by crushing the garlic clove to paste, apply it to your skin and secure it with a bandage and let it stay overnight. Rinse it the next morning and reapply, following the same process every 6 to 8 hours every day until it is gone. Other than that, it can be used alongside other home remedies such as the following:
- Castor Oil
- Vitamin E Oil
- Olive Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
While it satisfies your craving for pesto pasta or some basil on your menu, you might want to leave some of this herb for a cure for warts. A common fixture especially on most Italian cuisines, it has anti-inflammatory qualities and antibacterial properties that aid in the treatment of several skin and health conditions including this skin blemish. It even has a high level of antioxidants that prevent aging.
One of the favorite herbs in the kitchen is also one of the healthiest as it contains vitamins and minerals and DNA-protecting flavonoids that protect the body’s cellular level together with antibacterial properties. To remove the wart using basil, you will only need the following:
- Fresh basil leaves
- A mortar or anything to use to crush the basil
- Band-Aid or cloth
How to do the process? Crush basil leaves until they are become wet and slushy then place it to the nub area. Secure it then with a bandage for as long as possible to allow the substance to sink and kill the virus. It is advised to do this daily for speedy results.
5) Manuka Honey
Manuka honey is one best reason why we should be thankful for the existence of bees. It is called such because it is made from the manuka bush, or called tea tree for some that grow in New Zealand where these bees feed. You would easily recognize it from other honey because it is darker in color, and appears to have a distinct taste.
The list of benefits of using this honey as a cure for several diseases has been overwhelming that it is even used as an excellent nutritional supplement. What is unknown to us, however, is the fact that it is one of the best remedies for warts.
Since virus causes it, the powerful antiviral properties of this Manuka honey treats and remove these warts from your skin. In fact, for thousand years, it is already known to dress wounds and use as a balm for skin infections and cuts in most countries.
How to apply to the wart? It is no rocket science at all. Like how you would normally apply other of these remedies, ointments, and cream to your skin, take a teaspoon of this honey and rub it on the wart. Seal with a bandage and keep it overnight. With regular application, your wart will be gone in no time.
6) Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has been known to treat several skin conditions such as sunburn, frostbite, cold sores, and psoriasis. We know it as an effective moisturizer to the hair and scalp as well, as we often see it as an active ingredient in our shampoo and other hair products. But do you know that it can remove warts as well? Yes, it seems that there are more to know about the many benefits of rubbing this cool jelly-like substance in the different parts of our body.
There are two ways of using aloe vera to cure warts:
By stimulating the immune system, we are preventing the growth and spread of this viral skin infection. This is due to its sugar contents such as the monosaccharide, polysaccharide, and germanium that make it more resistant to viruses and pathogenic bacteria.
By applying the aloe vera gel to the infected area of your skin, its anthraquinone substance’s antiviral and antibacterial action attacks the virus that causes the growth of these warts with constant use.
Combining both methods may expedite the healing process and prevention of spreading out to your entire body
7) Castor Oil
Used with other home remedy ingredients such as baking soda, garlic, tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar, castor oil can be applied through rubbing it on the wart with cotton alternately with dipping it into the bottle for about 10 minutes before sealing it with a bandage. The process should be repeated twice a day diligently for fast results. The same process may apply with the inclusion of additional ingredients. The secret is consistency, as warts cannot be removed immediately by one application.
Why is it an effective cure for warts? Primarily, it is its acid content that annoys warts until it vanishes. It is made up of a ricinoleic acid that kills the virus that causes these warts as it contains the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory element. At the same time, it is high in antioxidants and Vitamin E that promote healthy skin.
Before using it, however, it is suggested that you should do a patch test first to check if you are allergic to it or not. That being said, it is better to consult with your doctor before using it first.
8) Duct Tape
You read it right. Yes, we mean the tape you use to hold and combine pieces together. You may find this odd to be included in the list, but this method actually works, surprisingly. Following the steps religiously below, it will remove warts safely and effectively.
- Cut a piece of duct tape that is slightly bigger than the size of the wart.
- Place it on the infected area for 6 straight days, only removing it when it seems to take off
- After completing the 6 consecutive days, soak it in the water and gently rub the area. No need to put another duct tape, at least for overnight.
- Repeat the process the next day until wart is removed.
How did you find the list? Were you surprised with some items included as well? Most of these remedies are easily available at home and have been used for other purposes that we don’t expect it to have these certain properties and benefits. And the best thing about it, it is easy to find and will not cause you a lot of money but proven to work effectively.
These warts if not treated may spread out in your body and ruin your beautiful skin. If you find this list very helpful, please do share. And if you have any other ideas at all about other natural remedies for these ghastly warts, just comment it below. We definitely would love to know about it.