Warts! Ugh! I have had my fair share of them in my lifetime. The first appeared on the palm of my hand when I was in middle school. I asked my mom and she said I had what was called a common wart. That is when she pulled out her recipe book for her six natural remedies for common warts.
These warts, are caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV. You can find them on your fingers, hands, toes, elbows and knees. These small warts usually have a rough, grainy texture and are gray in color.
Six Natural Remedies For Common Warts
Over the years, I have learned you can also get plantar warts on the bottom of your feet. Those are the warts with the blacks spots and boy can they hurt when you walk. You can also get flat warts on your face, arms or legs and they are usually found in clusters.
These warts are typically pink or light brown or yellow in color. My sister gets those on her arm, close to the crease at the elbow. Mom preferred to cure things at home whenever possible and getting rid of warts was no exception. Here are some of the natural remedies for common warts mom used over the years:
6 Natural Remedies For Warts
Basil: Mom had an amazing herbal garden and she has many uses for her herbs. If a wart popped up on a finger or a toe (a place that she could wrap a bandage around), mom would use basil.
She would pick a handful of basil and grind it or put it in the food processor. She would put a paste on the wart, cover it with gauze and a band aid. Replace daily until the wart is gone. This is not one to use on the soles of your feet as it is pretty messy.
Vitamin C or Aspirin Tablets: This is one of my favorite remedies. You crush up 2-3 tablets and add a bit of water to make a paste. Cover with a clean bandage and repeat daily until the wart is gone.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Soak a cotton ball in ACV and squeeze excess liquid. Cover with a clean bandage and repeat daily until gone. I love this remedy for plantar warts.
Instead of the cotton ball, I will actually soak my foot in a thin layer of ACV in a rectangular storage box for about 15 minutes a day until the wart disappears.
Tea Tree Oil: Make a paste of tea tree oil and baking soda and apply to your wart. Cover with a clean bandage and repeat daily until wart is gone. This is usually a quicker remedy than some of the other suggestions.
Aloe Vera: This works best if from the actual plant. Cover with a clean bandage and repeat daily until your wart is completely gone. I have found this to be especially effective on your plantar warts.
Garlic: Mince fresh garlic (you can use the garlic in a jar for this) and squeeze extra juice. Mix with a bit of baking soda to make a paste and cover with a clean band aid. Replace daily for about a week. Most warts will be greatly diminished within this time period.
I have learned there are powerful medicinal properties in many of the items in my pantry and fridge. When in doubt, do an Internet search to see what wonderful healing properties are in your favorite herbs, fruits and other goodies in your kitchen!
What is your favorite herbal/natural remedy for getting rid of warts?