Unfortunately, warts are not just a descriptive sign of witches’ appearance. They are very much real and common, and most of all, highly contagious. Some of them may hinder daily activities or social interactions, in which case measures are necessary. One good natural way of getting rid of them is the use of essential oils for warts.
In this article, I’ll be talking about:
- The way essential oils can help with warts on feet and hands. What their effects are and how they act when they touch the affected area.
- Pros and cons about the best aromatic oils that can help remove warts naturally. What they are and what makes them so, find out further on.
- Best (and safest) way to use essential oils to get rid of warts.
- Wart removal blends with therapeutic essences.
- Facts about warts. Know their types to find the right natural remedy. Learn about the signs and symptoms that’ll help you figure out the wart type you suffer from.
- Finally, you’ll get a few preventive tips to consider if you want to avoid a new infection.
Best Essential Oils for Warts (How They Work, How to Use and Blends)
The skin is our largest organ and it has the difficult task of protecting all the other organs. The skin absorbs physical shock. It also prevents bacteria from getting into the body and regulates the body temperature, among others.
When the skin is bruised (cut, scraped, etc.) it can become infected. The HPV, also known as the human Papillomavirus is the root cause of warts.
Presently, there are about a hundred different types of HPV known. More than half of them cause genital warts that can turn cancerous. One example is cervical cancer.
The HPV types that cause warts on feet, hands, face and other sensitive body parts are non-cancerous. Thus, they form benign small tumors (warts) on the superficial layer of the skin. This superficial skin layer is also known as the epidermis.
How Do Essential Oils Work on Warts?
Wart infections usually disappear on their own, especially in children. Most of them are harmless, but unfortunately, they can take a very long time to fall off. If you have a good immune system, your body may take up to 2 years to fight the HPV virus and get rid of the wart!
Warts are highly contagious (for yourself and others). Because of that, it is understandable to want to get rid of them as soon as possible.
Of course, there are many treatments available. They involve surgery, laser therapy and immunotherapy. There are also bleomycin injections, freezing and chemical peels. Many of these therapies are invasive and can also hurt.
On top of going through all this trouble, the virus can’t be cured. But its signs can be erased and it can be forced to lay dormant for a very long time. Unfortunately, warts tend to come back, whether it’s in the same spot or in another.
In the past, some natural remedies have been successful in removing warts. That is why using essential oils for wart removal is an accepted remedy. Diffusing them is another good way of protecting yourself from getting the virus in the first place.
These aromatic oils have taken off in popularity over the past decade. They are very concentrated plant extracts, with many beneficial effects on our health.
There are over a hundred different types of essential oils. Some proved to have effective antiviral properties. The best Aromatherapy oils for warts will have to be:
- Antiviral – This effect makes a substance efficient against viruses of all sorts. Some of them can even be destroyed, but not HPV.
- Anti-inflammatory – Infections in general are accompanied by inflammation as well. An anti-inflammatory can soothe the affected skin and help it recover faster.
- Dermocaustic – This is the ability of a substance to irritate and/or burn the skin. Normally, such an oil needs to be used carefully. For warts however, a burning oil may help it fall off.
- Analgesic – An analgesic is a pain reliever. Some warts can become painful, especially in areas of friction like the hands and feet.
Essential oils are known to work against bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. This is what makes them antiviral too. Unlike drugs, plant extracts are highly active. Thus, they can “attack” the pathogen in different ways.
In some cases, essential oils can penetrate the protective membrane of a virus/bacterium.
However, warts that occur on different body areas may or may not respond well to a natural treatment.
Sometimes, it may take many months to get rid of a wart. That’s why, after removal, it’s best to continue the treatment for a few more weeks.
Essential oils are volatile, meaning they don’t sit long on a surface. HPV infections are slow to develop. Thus, the oil molecules don’t stay long enough on a wart to inhibit its growth. It is because of this fact that the treatment of warts may take such a long time.
One of the conventional treatments involves the use of chemical peeling. For this, they use salicylic acid, which is able to peel off dead skin cells. That promotes the renewal of skin cells with healthier ones.
This method is especially useful for flat warts. I’ll be talking about wart types in more detail, in the last paragraph.
In nature, we can find a relative of the salicylic acid. It is called methyl salicylate and it’s found in high concentrations in a few essential oils. Two good examples are Wintergreen and Sweet Birch.
I’ve chosen 4 of the best antiviral essential oils for warts and listed them below. You’ll find pros and cons and my own opinion about them. All this information is meant to help you choose your treatments correctly.
1) Thyme (ct. thujanol) Essential Oil
Botanical name: Thymus vulgaris.
- Thuja is a very concentrated antiviral oil. It is its high content of thujanol that makes it fight virus and bacterial infections.
- The oil can also improve the blood flow and warm up the skin. There are clotted capillaries in a wart and this effect can add to the benefits of the oil.
- Thuja essential oil is great for warts because it is also immunostimulant. Thuja stimulates the activity of white blood cells and increases the immunoglobulin A. This has the role of strengthening cellular defense.
- This oil also helps the liver cells regenerate. The liver strengthens the immune system. The HPV is a virus that activates when the immune system is low.
- One study showed successful wart removal on a patient with kidney transplant. In the first year, following the transplant, he developed common warts on fingers. One of them turned malignant (cancerous) and lead to the amputation of the finger. After being treated with Thuja, the other warts fell off within a week. There was only little scar tissue left behind.
- This therapeutic oil can be used for wart removal on feet and hands.
- Avoid using more than 20% of this essential oil in a blend.
- Thyme essential oil for warts has hormone-like effects. This should be a matter of concern for those on hormone-dependent treatments.
- If you have asthma or are prone to seizures, consult your doctor before using this oil.
- Use only the thujanol chemotype (ct.) for the above mentioned benefits.
Why I like it:
I like that Thyme has a sweet, pleasant fragrance, which makes wart blends nice to apply. Thyme is also great for physical and mental exhaustion, fungal infections, etc. Its effects have been proven, which makes it one of the best essential oils for warts.
2) Wintergreen Essential Oil
Botanical name: Gaultheria fragrantissima/procumbens.
- First of all, Wintergreen contains 95 – 99% methyl salicylate. This substance is related to aspirin (salicylic acid) and works the same way. Salicylic acid is one of the many recommended conventional treatments. It is used to dissolve the wart formations, which are made of keratin (skin protein).
- The oil is also anti-inflammatory and analgesic. These effects help soothe and relieve pain for warts found especially on the soles of the feet.
- It is a good antiviral and antifungal, being able to deal with viral and fungal infections.
- It can also improve the circulation in the affected areas.
- Applied pure and undiluted, it can cause the skin to burn (dermo-caustic).
- Wintergreen oil should not be used on face and groin area. There is high risk of irritation around the wart lesion.
- Wintergreen essential oil for warts should not be used by people with diabetes.
- Neither should those with a poor blood circulation.
- Ask your doctor for permission of its use if you suffer from asthma, seizures or allergies.
Why I like it:
The oil has a medicinal, sweet and pungent aroma. Wintergreen is a great antiviral essential oil for warts. It is also really good at soothing muscle and joint pain. Preparing muscles for intense effort is another of its benefits.
3) Cinnamon Essential Oil
Botanical name: Cinnammomum zeylanicum (a.k.a. true cinnamon).
- The high content of cinnamaldehyde has high antimicrobial and antifungal effects.
- Cinnamon is a powerful dermocaustic essence. Because of this effect especially, it is useful against verruca vulgaris infections (common warts).
- The oil also has impressive antioxidant properties, acting on free radicals damage. UV light is one of the causes that make some more prone to warts infections (HPV virus).
- Cinnamon can burn and irritate the skin. It should be diluted before application. Or it can be applied with the utmost care directly on the wart.
- Avoid using the oil of Cinnamon on long periods of time. The best approach is to switch between oils.
- If you have asthma, you should avoid using this essential oil for warts. Or ask for your doctor’s opinion.
Why I like it:
Cinnamon is among the best essential oils to use to get rid of warts. It smells very nice and it has stimulating effects on the mind and body. It can also be used to treat digestive problems.
4) Oregano Essential Oil
Botanical name: Origanum vulgare.
- In a study, Oregano essential oil has been found responsible for the death of cancerous cells. They were located in the colon. Thus, it shows that it can inhibit the growth of cells and cause their death. In other words, Oregano oil should be used for warts to prevent them from becoming cancerous. Common warts are benign (non-cancerous).
- It has strong antibacterial and antiviral effects. It was shown to kill many Candida strains and other bacteria.
- Oregano oil for warts can also stimulate the immune system (immunostimulant).
- This oil is also dermocaustic.
- People with asthma or seizures should consult their doctor before using this essential oil for plantar warts or hand warts.
- Use only 15% of it in your wart removal blends.
- For diffusion, dilute the oil with a lighter one.
Why I like it:
Using Oregano oil for warts has a very familiar smell. It is especially known from sauces and dressings. However, it can be used successfully to treat warts and digestive problems. It can also be used against mycoses and other fungal infections.
Other good essential oils for warts:
- Tea Tree
- Cassia cinnamon
How to Use Essential Oils for Warts (on Feet & Hands)
You should always remember that dermatologists recommend their treatments depending on:
- Wart type.
- Patient’s age.
- Patient’s health and history.
These criteria make a treatment effective. They should be taken into consideration when choosing a natural remedy too. As you’ve seen, essential oils for warts also have contraindications. They are important to know for safe use.
Normally, essential oils should never be applied pure, directly on skin. Besides irritating it, they can also sensitize the area.
Unfortunately, once sensitized, that area will always react to the oil or its constituents. That’s why therapeutic aromatic oils must always be mixed with a carrier oil, salt, milk, etc.
However, for a painless and effective wart removal, they can be applied undiluted. You just need to apply a very small amount and only on the wart! Essential oils are very concentrated anyway and a little goes a very long way.
Apply a drop of undiluted/neat essential oils for warts only on feet and hands. For the other, more sensitive areas, you should always dilute them.
But not before going to the doctor and asking for his or her advice. Genital warts for instance, may need a different approach, dose and application.
- Soak the wart(s) in warm water first.
- Apply your essential oils and blends with a cotton pad or a Q-tip and then throw it away.
- Use protective gloves while washing the wart area or applying treatment. They are highly contagious for yourself and others.
- Use separate towels until you’re certain the HPV virus is no longer active.
- Apply mornings and nights, if necessary.
- Remove all dead cells in the shower and continue applying oils until the warts disappear.
- Wash your hands after each use of an essential oil for wart removal.
If anything hurts in that area, stop the treatment for a few days and begin again later. The process of getting rid of warts may be a long (and annoying) one.
Best case scenario, it may take weeks. Worst case, it may take many months to get rid of the wart(s). It may still be faster than left to heal on their own.
Unfortunately, there is no best therapy to remove warts. Sometimes, not even cryotherapy or radiosurgery works. That was the case with the patient treated with Thuja oil.
Essential oils can succeed where other methods fail and vice-versa. It takes a lot of patience and care every day until the wart falls off.
Essential Oil Wart Removal Blends
It’s time to get practical and move on to DIY recipes for wart removal. Pick whichever you like or can make and try it as soon as possible. You’ll also find a blend recipe meant to help your skin heal after the wart has been removed.
Simple Wart Removal Antiviral Blend
- Cinnamon essential oil: 3 drops
- Lemon essential oil: 4 drops
- Oregano essential oil: 3 drops
Mix these oils together and apply a drop directly on the wart. Use this method for warts on feet and hands only. For other sensitive areas, mix them with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.
The best carriers for wart removal are Coconut, Tamanu, Jojoba and Macadamia. They can enhance the anti-inflammatory and antiviral effects of the plant oils. They can also help with skin regeneration.
Essential Oil Blend Recipe for Stubborn Warts
- Wintergreen essential oil: 25 drops
- Cinnamon essential oil: 25 drops
- Thyme essential oil: 25 drops
- Clove essential oil: 25 drops
Mix these oils together and keep them stored in a dark glass bottle. Apply a drop of it on a cotton pad, place on the wart and cover with a band aid.
The lack of oxygen, plus the active oil molecules will help treat the wart faster. Renew twice a day, for up to 3 weeks or until it disappears. Also, take a peek at it, every once in a while and look for any unusual reactions.
Concentrated Wart Removal Recipe
- Oregano essential oil: 10 drops
- Tea Tree essential oil: 15 drops
- Cinnamon essential oil: 10 drops
- Thyme essential oil: 20 drops
Follow the same directives as for the previous blend.
Regenerative Blend for After Wart Removal
- Macadamia oil: 2 tablespoons
- Coconut oil: 1 tablespoon
- Lavender essential oil: 6 drops
Give it a good shake before each application. Again, apply it with a cotton pad or Q-tip for a week or two after the wart has been removed. There can still be dead, infected skin cells in that area and you’ll want to avoid spreading it somewhere else.
All the essential oils for warts used in these recipes are highly concentrated and potent. Always test them for allergic reactions. Do not use them without medical approval on babies and children. Or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Wart Types, Signs & Symptoms, plus Prevention Tips
The HPV doesn’t live on the skin but it can easily be contracted by touching someone infected. It then enters the body via lesions of the superficial skin layer. The virus may never manifest itself (it lays dormant).
But usually, when the immune system is very weak, that’s when it starts multiplying. Because they’re very contagious, the immediate removal and healing of warts is advised. Not only others can get the virus, but you can move it to other body areas too.
Where they grow on the body can tell you what type of warts to treat. Knowing that can also help you find the right natural remedy. Here are several wart types to look at and compare with what you have:
Common warts (verruca vulgaris)
Common warts are mostly seen on hands and fingers (around the nails mostly – periungual). These types of warts can spread to the face through a simple touch or nail biting.
They are not usually painful, except if they’re located somewhere with a lot of friction. Common warty bumps often feel rough to the touch.
Early use of antiviral essential oils for warts could help stop the virus from spreading. They could also speed up its healing.
Foot warts (plantar warts) and palm warts (palmar warts)
The first are known as plantar warts because they grow on the plantar surface (soles) of the feet. These types of warts usually hurt because of the walking.
That is also why they grow mostly inward. Palmar warts look similar to plantar warts but grow on palms. They all have black dots, those being clotted capillaries.
Foot warts can grow in clusters, and are also known as mosaic warts. Or they can grow singularly.
Luckily, you can apply essential oils for plantar warts directly on them. This means that they could heal much faster, as the oils are very potent undiluted.
They grow pretty fast, mostly on the face (around the eyes, mouth and nose). They have a long shape.
They are common on the face, legs and many other body parts. They also grow in clusters. If yours are on face, make sure the essential oils for warts you use are being diluted first. If they’re around or on the eyes, talk to your doctor before trying anything.
These are traumatized warts that bleed. It doesn’t happen often, but they do occasionally bleed. Especially if you pick at them, try to cut them, etc. These types of warts can be any of the ones I just mentioned.
It is never recommended to apply neat essential oils on open wounds. A blood wart is an open wound. It’s best to wait for it to close before resuming your treatment.
Some people are more prone to getting warts:
- They are usually children, who have fresh bruises, scrapes or cuts almost all the time. They also don’t have a very well developed immune system, which is the best environment for the HPV to thrive.
- People with immunodeficiency problems and illnesses are also more prone to getting warts. UV light, thus too much sun exposure, can cause virus contraction.
- Nail picking and other skin lesions can also lead to HPV wart infection.
Preventive Tips against Recurring Warts
If you have or had warts at some point in your life, you know they can come back. Especially when your immune system is down, this happens all the time.
It is not unusual to get a wart infection again, even several times a year. Here are a few good practices or tips to help you prevent warts from coming back again:
- Never scratch your warts and never pick at them, no matter how much you hate them. That can make them multiply on the same spot or anywhere else on the body.
- Avoid touching someone else with warts.
- Make sure you use your own towels and hygiene products/tools. Warts have a slow incubation time, which makes an infection a lot more possible. Not knowing you already have it increases the risk of contaminating others too.
- When going to public bathing places (pools, showers, etc.), always wear closed pool shoes.
- Keep your skin dry and well-nourished to avoid creating a good environment for the warts to spread.
- Stop any treatment that makes your skin break in rashes, become red and swollen, etc.
- Continue the treatment for a couple more weeks after the wart is gone.
- Seek your doctor’s advice before using any natural remedy. That’ll help you avoid unnecessary complications.
Oftentimes, natural remedies can work better than conventional treatments. Some are even documented. But there is still need for more randomized trials to attest their efficiency.
Antiviral essential oils for warts represent a good alternative to the usual treatment options. Surgeries and therapies may be too costly. Using such remedies is not usually painful. They can speed up the otherwise natural healing of HPV warts.
How are you dealing with warts? Have you tried essential oils so far? If you have a natural solution that works for you, maybe you’d like to share it with us. The more options, the better chances we have to get rid of them and stop infecting others as well.