10 Natural Home Remedies to Banish Warts

There it is again—that embarrassing wart on the side of your thumb. You’ve tried numerous over-the-counter remedies to no avail. Why not give these home remedies a try and banish that unsightly blemish for good?

1. Castor Oil

Many individuals have had luck with castor oil. If you rub the oil into your wart before bedtime, the oil can break apart the virus cells from healthy skin cells and help diminish the wart for good.

2. Duct Tape

I’ve personally had some luck with duct tape. I cut a small piece from the roll and place it over my warts for a number of days. Studies show that the duct tape will irritate the wart, which propels the immune system to attack the virus and speed up the destruction of the wart-infected tissues.

3. Vitamin E

Vitamin E has shown some prowess as a wart remedy. Simply dip a cotton swab or q-tip in the vitamin E oil and rubbed over the entire wart’s surface.

4. Vitamin C

The same kudos are given to vitamin C as an effective wart remover due to its acidic content. Simply crush vitamin C tablets and mix into a paste using water. Dab the paste onto the wart and cover with a bandage or tape.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is already celebrated for its healing power, but it turns out that breaking off a fresh leaf and applying the gel directly to a wart can help speed recovery. Make sure you have a full plant so you can apply the gel daily.

6. Garlic

Garlic is known for its antiseptic properties and for fighting cold and flu viruses. But crushed garlic applied directly to a wart and covered with a bandage will cause the infected tissues to blister, break down, and fall off more quickly if the remedy is applied daily.

7. Banana Peel

The inner side of a banana peel can help you beat that wart. Just tape it down with a bandage so the inner peel is in contact with the wart. The oils in the peel will gradually break down and dissolve the infected tissues if you do this nightly.

8. Vinegar Compress

Dip a cotton ball or compress in a mixture of vinegar and lukewarm water and tape it directly the surface of your wart. Do this on a nightly basis and sleep with the compress on for at least 2 to 4 hours nightly for the most effective treatment.

9. Fresh Basil

It turns out that basil does more than cleanse the palate and ease digestion—it can fight warts as well! Break off a fresh basil leaf and tape it directly over your wart using a bandage of first-aid tape. The anti-viral compounds in the basil will slowly kill the wart.

10. Don’t Pick or Scratch

Refrain from picking or scratching at a wart no matter how tempting or irritated it might be. Breaking it open will make the wart even more contagious as the virus can transfer to someone else or to other areas of your skin. It’s also important to keep the wart dry in order to lower the risk of contagiousness.