Treat Warts With Natural Ingredients at Home

wartsWarts are skin growths caused by human papillomavirus or HPV virus, which usually enters the body through a tear in the skin, infecting its top layer.

When the virus attacks the skin, it causes the skin’s top most layer to grow quickly thus resulting in the formation of warts.

This virus can enter the body through any broken skin and can cause the warts to grow anywhere on the body – arms, thighs, hands, feet, neck or face.

Warts are highly contagious and can spread via touch. If you touch a wart on somebody else, you are likely to get it. The virus can also spread when you use or touch an object that has been handled by an infected person, e.g. towel.

While they look repulsive, warts are generally harmless. They usually go away on their own but there are certain natural remedies you can use to hasten the process. These remedies can also help you deal with the pain that is sometimes caused by warts.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is as close to miracle substance as you could come. It features on almost every remedy thanks to its anti – inflammatory, anti – bacterial and anti – viral properties.

Applying apple cider vinegar won’t directly kill the virus but, it will attack the flesh where the wart is growing and let it peel away; hopefully taking the virus with it.

To use this remedy, soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and squeeze out the excess liquid. Tape the cotton ball over the wart and leave it on overnight. Replace it the next day.

Continue this remedy for 1 – 2 weeks and the wart will eventually die and fall off.

  1. Milkweed

Milkweed is a common plant that can be found growing everywhere – roadsides, gardens, in the fields – throughout the world.

It is true that milkweed is poisonous but, only when taken internally. It is completely safe to use milkweed for topical application.

The sap of milkweed has been used by Native Americans to treat warts since the ancient times and this remedy can be used even today.

Using a pumice stone or a file, slightly remove the top layer of the skin on the wart. Now break the plant to extract the sap from it and apply it on your wart. Leave it on and keep re – applying as needed. You should see the results within a week or two.

If the application of the sap causes your skin to itch or you get a rash, wash it off immediately and do not use it any further.

  1. Aloe Vera

No remedy can ever be complete without the mention of aloe vera; such wide range of benefits does this herb provide, thank to its anti – bacterial, anti – inflammatory and anti – viral properties.

Using aloe vera is a natural and effective way to get rid of the warts. Aloe vera contains anti – viral properties which allow it to deal with the virus while its anti – inflammatory properties ensure that the wart goes away.

Commercial aloe gel is available but it is better to extract fresh gel from the aloe vera leaf. Use the extracted gel and apply it on your wart with a cotton ball.

Then, using a bandage, hold that cotton ball on your wart. Replace the cotton ball every day or every alternate day, for 1 – 2 weeks to treat warts.

  1. Manuka Honey

The wide ranging benefits of honey are extensively known and acknowledged by people throughout the world. Its anti – bacterial, anti – inflammatory, anti – septic and anti – oxidant properties make it common ingredient in natural remedies.

Manuka honey in particular has shown to be extremely effective at treating wounds and skin infections as it also contains anti – microbial properties.

File your wart a little from the top and cover it with honey. Completely covering the wart will deprive the wart of all oxygen and eventually kill it.

Apply honey 2 – 3 times a day for a week or two to get rid of warts.

  1. Garlic

Garlic is one of the most powerful ways to treat warts. It contains potent anti – inflammation, anti – bacterial and anti – viral properties which can directly attack the virus causing warts.

To use this remedy, crush a glove of garlic and apply it on the wart. Cover the area with a bandage and leave it on for 20 – 30 minutes. The take the bandage off and wash the area properly.

Do this twice a day for about 1 week and you will find that your wart will blister and fall off due to the effects of garlic.

  1. Baking Soda

Baking soda contains strong anti – inflammatory and anti – septic properties. Its alkaline nature means it can also help balance the pH levels of the skin. No wonder it features so predominantly in skin and hair remedies.

Using baking soda on the wart can fight inflammation which will help reduce pain and swelling. Its anti – septic properties will help eliminate the virus causing the infection.

You can apply baking soda by making mixing 1 teaspoon of white vinegar with enough baking soda to make a paste. Now dab it on the wart and leave it on for some time. You can rinse it off later.

Do it twice a day, morning and night, for 1 – 2 weeks to see the desired results.

  1. Hot Water

It might not be the fastest working remedy, but it is the easiest to use and requires you to look no further than a bucket of hot water.

Soaking your warts in hot water softens them up and leads to a quicker healing than it normally would have. While you can use plain water, adding Epsom salt or white vinegar makes this remedy more effective.

Fill a container with hot water (not scalding hot) and add a little Epsom salt or white vinegar to it. Soak your affected area for 20 minutes and then wash it under normal water.

Do it thrice a day for 1 – 2 weeks to get the desired result.

  1. Castor Oil

Castor oil contains strong anti – bacterial, anti – viral, anti – fungal and can be used topically to treat a variety of skin infections including warts.

Apple castor oil on the affected area of the skin using cotton ball and tape it on the wart for a day, replacing the cotton ball the next day.

Within a few days of using this remedy, you will notice that the wart has gone dark and will eventually fall off.

  1. Basil

Basil is a commonly used kitchen herb and is widely regarded for its culinary as well as medicinal uses since ancient times.

This herb has been used to treat a variety of medical conditions – from fever to bug bites to skin infections caused by viruses.

To use basil leaves to treat warts, crush ¼ cup of leaves and apply it on the wart. Cover it with a bandage and leave it on for a few hours. Re – apply as needed and continue doing it for at least a week.

  1. Banana Peel

Banana peel contains proteolytic enzyme that is capable of eating away at the wart when applied on it.

To use this remedy, take a banana peel and scrape of the white much on the inside of it using a knife or any other sharpened object you can find.

Apply this mush on your wart, twice a day for 1 – 2 weeks. Wash your hands thoroughly after application to prevent the wart from spreading to any other part of the body.

 

Sources for this article includes:

RD

Best Health Mag

Fab How

Web MD

Herbal Legacy

Mercola

Healthy Holistic Living