Warts can be embarrassing, especially if they’re located on areas of your skin that aren’t easily covered by a piece of clothing. I’ve actually suffered from small warts on my skin for many years, and although mine are usually located around my ankles, they’re still something I would prefer not to have at all. Essential oils are an amazing way to naturally get rid of those ugly warts!
What Are Warts?
Warts are small growths on the skin that are caused by a viral infection called the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV. It’s estimated that there are over 100 different types of HPV, but only a small few of those viruses actually cause warts, and those warts can show up in several different places on the body.
Warts are so common that most people have at least one, or will have one or more in their lifetime. They are easily spread through skin-to-skin contact with other people who have warts, or even by simply touching something that another person with warts used, like a hand towel or exercise equipment.
The virus that causes warts usually enters your body through a small cut or break in your skin, and if you already have warts, you can easily spread them to other parts of your body. Most people today actually carry HPV in their bodies, but not everyone will develop warts as it really depends on how your immune system responds.
Symptoms Of Warts
There are no real “symptoms” associated with warts, but they do have a distinct look about them that differs from other skin issues like moles. Warts come in all different shapes and sizes, and there are a few very common types:
- Tend to grow on the fingers, toes, and the back of hands, but can appear in other areas as well.
- Usually small and have a rough texture to them with a round top, like small rough bumps.
- Appear slightly gray in color than the surrounding skin.
- Can have black specks or dots in the center, which is the root of the wart.
- Grow only on the soles of the feet, and actually grow inward instead of outward.
- Appearance will resemble a small hole surrounded by hardened skin on the bottom of your foot.
- Harder to treat than other types of warts, and can make walking very uncomfortable.
- Can also contain black specks or dots, and appear as single warts or in clusters.
- Can occur anywhere on the body, but mostly appear around the face, thighs, or arms.
- Small in size and can appear pink, brownish, slightly yellow, or skin colored.
- Flat appearance, so they are smoother and less noticeable.
- Usually appear in clusters, but can also show up as a singular wart.
- Usually grow on the face around the mouth, eyes, neck, chin, or nose.
- Are small in size, same color as skin, and can resemble skin tags.
- Have small threads or “fingers” that stick out from the base.
- Tend to grow quickly.
Natural Wart Treatment
You may have seen those advertisements for removing warts on TV before, and most of the conventional methods for treatment use either salicylic acid or by freezing them with at-home cryogenic kits. While these conventional treatments do work pretty effectively, there are some issues with salicylic not being intended for diabetics, or anyone with poor circulation, and the cryogenic kits can sometimes leave scarring after treatment.
With that being said, there is a more natural approach to treating warts using some very specific essential oils. While using a more natural approach to treating warts won’t give you the “quick-fix” that conventional treatments might, you’ll have a much better chance at keeping the warts at bay for a lot longer.
9 Essential Oils For Getting Rid Of Warts
All of the oils listed here work wonderfully for treating warts, and most of these oils have additional medicinal properties in them that help with other ailments as well. You can buy all of the oils listed here at Amazon.
1. Oregano Oil
This is one of the most effective and fastest natural wart treatments out there, but it’s also the harshest because oregano oil is a “hot” oil, which means it can create a burning sensation and irritation on the skin. However, it’s one of the best essential oils to burn off warts, even the most stubborn ones, and does this with its active ingredient carvacrol.
2. Lemongrass Oil
Studies have shown that lemongrass oil can effectively eliminate the herpes simplex type 1 virus (the one that causes cold sores), both at the onset of a cold sore, and even after it’s already appeared. It’s also one of the best oils for treating shingles with, which is caused by the chickenpox virus, and works as a great wart treatment too.
3. Tea Tree Oil
This is an essential oil that everyone should have in their home for various reasons, but if you’re trying to get rid of warts, tea tree oil is a good treatment. Tea tree oil is loaded with antiviral ingredients that make it superior for treating acne, psoriasis, eczema, scars, and warts. It won’t work as quickly as oregano oil or lemongrass, but it’s still very effective against warts.
4. Eucalyptus Oil
Not as potent as tea tree oil, eucalyptus can be used in place of tea tree oil if you don’t happen to have it on hand. The best way to use eucalyptus oil, though, is to combine it with tea tree oil for a more effective wart treatment.
5. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil is effective against cold sores and some viruses, and if you’re using this to treat warts, make sure to apply it in combination with tea tree oil for more potency.
6. Manuka Oil
This is another essential oil with antiviral properties that help stop some viruses from spreading, if applied early enough. When using manuka oil for warts, make sure to apply it as soon as you notice the wart appear for maximum effectiveness.
7. Cajeput Oil
Cajeput oil is another essential oil derived from the same plant family as tea tree oil, and is used by many people to help treat viral infections as well. Combined with tea tree oil, it can make a very effective wart treatment.
8. Thyme Oil
Thyme oil is a very useful antiviral oil that can even help get rid of some drug-resistant viruses that live on the skin.
9. Ginger Oil
Another antiviral oil, ginger oil can also help treat drug-resistant viral infections like thyme oil can. These oils are best used when combined with stronger essential oil treatments, like tea tree, lemongrass, or oregano.
How To Use Essential Oils For Warts
As with any essential oil, never apply directly to the skin without a carrier oil, as you can develop irritation or sensitivity to certain oils. Some carrier oils to use are jojoba oil, almond oil, or coconut oil, but by far the best carrier oil is emu oil.
According to Radiant Life:
Emu oil is a traditional healthy fat with many properties that are nourishing and healing for the skin when used topically. Naturally rich in collagen, emu oil is regenerative in nature and also possesses anti-inflammatory and bacteriostatic properties.
When used in combination with your choice of essential oils, emu oil will help deliver the powerful antiviral properties into your skin to help treat warts quickly and effectively.
Before trying any of these recipes, make sure to test any of the essential oils (especially oregano oil), on the inside of your forearm to see how your skin reacts. If it burns or becomes inflamed, add more carrier oil to dilute it until it’s tolerable enough for your skin.
Simple Wart Treatment
- Mix 10 drops of lemongrass oil with 1 teaspoon carrier oil of choice, and store in a small dark colored bottle like this.
- Saturate a cotton ball with your mixture and apply directly to the wart. Secure the cotton ball tightly with medical tape, an Ace bandage, or a strip of soft fabric.
- Apply twice daily until wart has completely disappeared.
Extra Strength Wart Treatment
Mix the following oils into a small dark colored bottle, and apply to the wart one to three times daily by saturating a cotton ball, and securing it tightly against the wart.
- 1 tablespoon desired carrier oil
- 2 drops Lemongrass Oil
- 2 drops Manuka Oil
- 2 drops Tea Tree Oil
- 2 drops Peppermint Oil
- 2 drops Eucalyptus Oil
Extreme Strength “Hot” Oil Wart Treatment
This is the fastest, and most effective oil treatment for warts, but because this treatment uses oregano oil, it can cause a burning or hot sensation on the skin. This blend of oils may be too strong for the face, so make sure to do a skin test before applying this to the wart, and if you do have any reaction to the oregano oil, dilute the mixture with more carrier oil.
- 1 tablespoon carrier oil
- 2 drops Oregano Oil
- 2 drops Lemongrass Oil
- 2 drops Clove Oil
- 2 drops Tea Tree Oil
With a cotton swab, apply a small amount of Vaseline around the outside of the wart to help protect the surrounding skin from the mixture. Mix all the ingredients together in a small glass bottle, and apply a few drops directly to the wart with a cotton swab. Cover the wart with a cotton ball and secure tightly with a bandage, or piece of fabric.
Repeat daily until the wart is completely gone. This process usually takes 14 days or less.
After Treatment Skin Renewing Blend
T replenish your skin after treatment, and to keep warts from returning, you’ll want to use a gentle blend of oils that will continue to provide antiviral protection, but help your skin bounce back after treatment. After the wart has been treated and is completely gone, apply this mixture for a week or two until your skin has healed and no more signs of a wart appear.
If you decide to use essential oils to treat your warts, make sure to start with the simple wart treatment first and work your way up, depending on how your skin reacts to the oils. Always use high quality essential oils and carrier oils, as poor quality oils can do damage to your skin.
Finally, be patient! While these treatments won’t be an instant “quick-fix” for wart removal, they are much more effective at getting rid of the virus that causes warts to appear in the first place. While there’s no cure for warts, or the HPV virus that causes them, essential oils are very effective as treatment and preventative care for warts.
Do you have any warts? Have you ever tried natural methods to treat them? How did it go?