I had a blister on my toe that, after it popped, allowed the Plantar Wart virus to set up. I had never had a Plantar Wart before and I tried every natural way to rid myself of it for a year. I read that certain essential oils would kill the virus and tried several different oils in several different ways to no avail. What finally worked was cassia (cinnamon) oil.
I took most of the cotton off of a cotton swab and kept it, a pocket knife and the cassia oil next to my shower. After a bath or shower I would scrape as much of the plantar wart off of my skin as I could. Not cutting, just scraping! The wart virus seems to protect itself with the mound of dead skin it piles on top of itself (my theory). After scraping any dead skin I could off, I would then put just enough cassia oil on the cotton swab to cover the wart (because cassia oil can irritate your skin) and I would PUSH the swab and cassia oil down on the wart kind of hard for a minute. I did this every day for two weeks and the wart got smaller and smaller until it was gone. My toe is completely normal again.
Remember, the key to most of the remedies on Earth Clinic is to be consistent! If you are going to do it, give it time to work. Don't do something one day and then say it doesn't work! You have to give your body the stuff it needs and the time to heal! Godspeed!
Greetings, EC folks!
After going barefoot in the garden one summer, I developed a terrible case of mosaic warts on the soles of both my feet. Foolishly, I tried cutting them out with manicuring scissors, only to have them spread. I tried banana peel, wart pads, and anything else I could think of or find on Earth Clinic, to no avail. The warts were so painful I could barely walk! My soles were a mess, and it was spreading to my fingers! Out of desperation, I began applying Cinnamon Oil, no bandage, and clean socks. The healing was miraculous! It took a few weeks, but my soles totally healed. And now, if I spot a wart, I use cinnamon oil on it right away. I also wear shoes in the garden now.
Thank you, EC family! I have no health insurance, I rely on you all to help me stay healthy. Blessings!
My boyfriend had a nasty plantar wart on the bottom of his foot for MONTHS. I urged him gently to go to the derm to get it frozen off, because it freaky hurt him and his job requires standing all day. His mom, a RN and strong believer in natural homeopathic remedies gave him clove oil, DMSO, and garlic to use. He'd tape the garlic sliver on the way during the day for a few hours, let it be, then apply DMSO and clove oil a couple times during the afternoon and evening before bed. The wart turned black, then about a week and a half after consistent use, it fell out! It left a hole in his foot from where it fell out, so we used colloidal silver to help in skin repair. It's been a week and his foot is almost perfect!
So now I'm using DMSO with tea tree oil to get rid of two warts on the same finger. I'm on day two of two applications under a bandaid and they're already drying out. I've had luck with just tea tree oil in the past with ridding a wart on my knee, but it took a couple months. So I hope the dmso will make it go away faster!
I also was using Coconut oil on my plantar wart, and it helped make it smaller. Before that I used the tea tree oil and duct tape method. This helped remove some of the skin above the wart. After the coconut oil the wart rose to the surface. I left the tape off and applied nothing topically because it hurt. Bad mistake. Airing it out caused the wart to get bigger. It also inflammed the surrounding area. Now I am trying the ACV on cotton with duct tape on top. I'll update later.
Virgin coconut oil cured my plantar warts. I had some plantar warts on my foot for about a year, then I started rubbing coconut oil on my feet to help soften the skin and make walking more comfortable. After about 2 months of this, I was just starting to think of going to the doctor to have them removed (with much dread) when I noticed that the warts had shrunk. Then about 1-2 weeks later, the dead skin just peeled off like a callous, revealing soft healthy skin underneath. It wasn't an overnight cure, but the time was a small price to pay for not having them dug out! I know they were warts because they had the little black spots in them, they hurt or bled if scraped, and a couple of small ones had appeared elsewhere on my foot. I also use coconut oil in food preparation on a regular basis, as well as topically on all areas of the skin.
The duct tape worked for my daughter's plantar wart too. She was only 8 at the time and I was afraid foot doctor methods would be painful. I read on another site to dab it with sulfur powder and cover with duct tape. It took two months because we didn't do it every day but it was pain-free and never came back. And cheaper than the doctor.
I can't believe it, but duct tape actually worked in getting rid of a plantars wart I've had on the ball of my foot since I was a teenager, which was decades ago! It's slow-going, but it works. Prior to this, I had tried every product and procedure imaginable. Nothing worked. At best, I would have temporary relief but the wart would *always* grow back within weeks.
Just put a good-sized piece of tape over the wart and push down the sides of the tape to make sure it sticks well. When you bathe/shower, dry it off well and put a new piece of tape on. After a couple of days, you'll notice that the wart gets puffy with dead skin. Carefully use a razor blade (I put tape on one of the edges of the blade to make it easier to handle and safer to use) to slice off some of the dead skin - not too much. Just hold the blade parallel to the raised skin and shave a little bit off, then put a fresh piece of tape on. Repeat that process every few days - shaving just a tad of the dead skin off and never let the wart be without duct tape on it.
It took a few months of patience and diligence, but that sucker is GONE now! ;-) It's been five months and (knocks wood) - no sign of it. It feels sooo good to *finally* be rid of the pain that came with every step I took for all those years. As someone who takes nothing for granted, I am so grateful for the relief. I appreciate it every single day.
If your patient and diligent, the duct tape method *will* work.
Years ago I had plantar warts all over my feet. They were gross and I remember once going tubing down the Saco in Maine and being so embarrassed because everyone could see them. And to top it off they're so painful. I had a surprise cure for mine. I gave up refined sugar completely for another reason altogether and a by-product of that is every single one of the warts disappeared in a matter of a month and never came back.
My eldest son had golfball sized wart cluster on his heel x yrs which MD said he would not remove surgically as that would immobilize him for 6 mos. We had tried Apple Cider Vinegar + duct tape with limited success. MD recommended Tagamet 500 mg twice daily. in 4 days the warts were completely gone and have not returned in six years. My son stopped the Tagamet once the warts were gone.
Younger son has found that 500mg/day of Evening Primrose oil immediately stops warts once they start. He tried Tagamet but had an adverse reaction to it.
Hope one of these is helpful!
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) applied directly to a wart, topped with GSE on the cotton of a bandaid, and secured by athletic tape was the painless and easy remedy for a thumb on one son's thumb and plantar warts on my other son's feet. Duct tape was too much of a pain and was too obvious.
My 7 yo son developed a pea-sized wart on palm side of his thumb. I just put a few drops of GSE on it and made sure to keep it covered 24/7 with a bandaid and that's all it took. After the core turned black and was removed with tweezers, we continued to put GSE in the hole where the wart was until it filled in, so maybe a week or so? No pain and no scar and it's been over a year with no return.
Plantar warts have been a much harder process. Almost two months ago, my other son told me his feet hurt. I took a look and there were clusters of small to large plantar warts on both feet. I think he got them from the locker room floor at school since I've learned that several of his friends also have them. I'm not sure if it is because there were so many or if it's because plantar warts are so difficult to treat, but it's been about 6 weeks since I first started putting GSE on them and he's finally down to 2 as of tonight. To be honest, there were so many and it took quite awhile to clean, treat, and bandage his feet that I wasn't very consistent during the first 3-4 weeks or so and I'm sure that had a lot to do with the slow progress during that time. About two weeks ago I realized summer was pretty much here and he couldn't go barefoot anywhere, so I got serious and filed off as much of the top layer of each wart as I could without hurting him. (I immediately threw the callous file away since it was contagious.) Then I slathered the entire area with GSE and let it sit for a few minutes and put several drops GSE on the cotton part of several bandaids and covered the entire. Then I secured the whole area with athletic tape on top of the bandaids to make sure it stayed put until the next night. This had an immediate effect and the largest one was almost gone within the week. That foot completely cleared a few days ago and the holes are almost filled back in with healthy skin already. Now I'm just down to two small ones under his other toe. I'll keep at it every day and both feet should be completely clear within a few more days. I think more than anything, filing the top layer off and consistent treatment with plenty of GSE and covering the entire area is what made the difference. So thankful this is a painless remedy since I had a friend get hers burned off and she was in so much pain that she had trouble walking for over a week - and they are already starting to return and it's been less than a year!
Pros: no pain, no scars, natural, warts don't seem to come back if treated uncovered for a bit after wart removed and healthy skin is present
Cons: can take awhile, daily treatment is time consuming on a large area like feet, have to keep bandaged during treatment
PS. Don't forget to wear clean socks at ALL times and sanitize the shower floor after EACH use to prevent spreading the virus to healthy skin and/or other people.
I had a plantar wart on my clavicle. Never had one before. Waited three weeks for it to heal on its own. Then I placed on it cotton soaked with hydrogen peroxide twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. Kept it there with masking tape. It healed in about 10 days.
Lugol's Iodine for Stubborn Warts
I had a really nasty plantar wart on the ball of my foot for 5+ years. I tried many many things to get rid of it and nothing worked (prescription and natural remedies), and was contemplating having it cut out because it was very painful. Then I read somewhere on the net that Lugol's iodine worked. I scrubbed the wart down in the shower with a pumice stone till it bled a bit, then put a big drop of iodine on the wart and let it fully soak in, then covered it with duct tape. I did this repetitively every 3ish days and after about 3 weeks, the wart turned black and then fell out a few days later. It was really like a miracle after years of annoyance.. If it worked for me, I'm sure it will work for you! Probably a bit more powerful than ACV and banana skin methods I reckon. Best of luck to you:)
My son developed large warts on the bottom of his feet, underneath his toes. Our doctor tried burning them off a couple of times with liquid nitrogen, but they came back with a vengeance! They eventually grew to the size of small golf balls and we were all very concerned about his feet. Before his leaving to go back to college after Christmas, I gave him a bottle of Lugol's Iodine and a roll of duct tape. He applied the iodine to the warts after his shower in the morning and then covered them with duct tape. He removed the tape at night and before going to bed, repeated the same routine. It took about 6 weeks, but the warts completely disappeared and have not returned, 3 years later.
Thank you Earth Clinic, you're the best!
I suffered with plantar wart in my right plantar for about 1 year, I was trying ACV, but it didn't work out.Then I started to cut the wart area often and I applied hot jaggary syrup, this method somewhat worked for me, however my plantar wart was not completely cured. It reduced only pain. I tried another method, that is the sweet flag ( in tamil, its called vasambu ), I burnt the sweet flag and I applied its charcoal over the wart area for about 2 weeks, what a surprise my plantar wart completely disappeared now.
I am very happy to report victory over a very stubborn plantar wart.
Over the winter my son showed me a large plantar wart on the bottom of his foot. He hadn't mentioned it, not knowing what it was, but it hurt and he was on his feet a lot at work. He said it felt like he had a pebble in his boot.
Since we cured a small wart on my daughter's finger with just a few applications of 25% oregano oil I tried that first. Every night. For weeks, to no avail.
I checked EC for remedies and picked a mixture of crushed aspirin with castor oil paste. I love aspirin and castor oil and was sure this would work. I treated him every night for many weeks with this; I left it on as a poultice. And while it softened the wart and reduced pain during the day, it wasn't curing the wart.
I switched to the banana peel remedy since it is so very popular at Earth Clinic. I scraped the inside of a banana peel and placed it on the wart every night and covered it with a bandaid. I did this for weeks. It wasn't helping... or at least, it wasn't curing. He felt like what I was doing helping, but it wasn't getting rid of the wart!
Finally I tried tea tree and frankincense essential oil, one drop of each on the wart, each night. I did this for a few weeks every night. And suddenly we were seeing improvement. It didn't look 100% but he said it was better. That was weeks ago. Tonight I checked and his foot is totally healed.
That wart took months to heal. My son thought that everything helped some, but it was those two essential oils that did the trick! If I didn't have frankincense, I would have used just tea tree as it seems to work for many people.
~Mama to Many~