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DIY Wart Remover with Essential Oils


DIY wart remover - Dr. Axe

Are you looking for a natural way to remove a wart? Just what is a wart anyway? A wart is a small, typically hard, benign growth on the skin that’s caused by a virus. They are usually found on fingers, hands, elbows and the knee area — areas where the skin is more likely to have blemishes or be broken.If you have broken skin of any sort, warts have a much easier entry point and are more likely to develop. Warts take form by causing infections when the virus comes in contact with your skin.

Oddly, it seems that some people are more susceptible than others, a fact that dermatologists are still trying to understand. Meanwhile, children are more likely to encounter warts since their immune defenses have not built up like an adult. Regardless, it’s important to know that you can get warts simply by touching a wart on someone else’s body or by touching items that have been in contact with a wart such as a towel.

But while you can go to the dermatologist to have them removed, it isn’t necessary and can be costly. Read on to learn how to get rid of your wart at home using this DIY wart remover remedy!

In a small dish, add the apple cider vinegar, which contains both useful acid and probiotics. The acid goes after the wart, and with a little patience, will help it to fall right off of the skin. While the vinegar does not affect the virus that caused the wart in the first place, much, if not all of the virus, may be eliminated from within the wart, once removed.

Now, add the oregano, frankincense and lemon essential oils. Oregano oil contains carvacrol and thymol, which have beneficial antiviral properties. These properties help make this DIY wart remover truly work. 

Frankincense is an all-time favorite and offers assistance to the wart removal process because it’s a natural antiseptic and disinfectant. Lemon oil is the perfect addition to this natural remedy because of its powerful d-limonene content. D-limonene has the ability to fight inflammation due to the antioxidants it provides.

To finish, add the coconut oil. Coconut oil has antimicrobial and antifungal properties that can help diminish the wart. Also, coconut oil provides a base for the other ingredients so that the essential oils don’t evaporate, but rather seep into the skin and hit the wart more deeply. Once you have added the coconut oil, make sure to mix well.

Now that all ingredients are blended for your DIY wart remover remedy, gently clean the affected area. Then, take a clean cotton ball and lightly dip it into the mixture. Squeeze out a little of the excess so that it does not drip, but not all so that the cotton ball is mostly saturated with the mixture. Place the cotton ball on top of the wart, then gently cover with a bandage.

You may want to use a larger bandage so that the cotton ball stays clean and in place. Apply this bandage in the morning and another fresh one at night. Wear as long as possible and continue the process until the wart has diminished or fallen off the skin. This usually takes a few days and may take up to a couple of months; however, it’s painless, natural and way cheaper than having it removed by the doctor.

It is important to note that you should not use oregano oil on genital warts since that is a very sensitive area. Instead, you can use frankincense and tea tree oil combined with coconut oil and gently rub onto the affected area.


DIY Wart Remover with Essential Oils

Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2–3 applications


  • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 2 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 cotton ball
  • 1 bandage


  1. In a small dish, combine the apple cider vinegar, oregano essential oil and frankincense.
  2. Blend well.
  3. Add the lemon oil and blend again.
  4. Add the coconut oil and stir well, making sure all ingredients are well mixed.
  5. After cleansing the area, use a clean cotton ball to dip into the mixture.
  6. Lightly soak the cotton ball, then apply it to the area.
  7. Cover with a large bandage.
  8. Apply this remedy twice a day, morning and night (you can sleep with it), until the wart is completely removed.

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  1. Jewlene Walkington on

    THIS WORKS!!! I made some in 2017 and used it on my 7 year old son to remove a wart on his hand and it worked. I then gave the remains to my sister in law for my nephew and it removed a wart off his foot. Fast forward to 2022, I realized a bump on left shoulder was a wart, the size of the nail bed of my little finger. I used this and 10 days later it is gone. So glad I am able to get rid of these with completely natural ingredients. Thank you!

  2. Jay on

    This was too harsh for my skin, but manuka honey saved the day! I covered the wart with honey every night then put a bandage on it. A week later it was totally gone.

  3. WartyWoman on

    Used this to remove a plantar wart. Didn’t have frankincense at the time so used just lemon and oregano essential oils. But this worked! Relief within a few hours and healed by about two weeks.

  4. Lautaro on

    1. The wart turned black but still does not fell off. Do I have to still apply the DIY wart remover? For how long?

    2. How do you bandage your penis? You really have to be creative I guess.

    3. Shelf life?

    • Ana on

      Hi, I once read about a method to apply herbal remedies or essential oils to the penis, called a penile or penis soak. I will quote this for reference: “James Green in “The Male Herbal” (The Crossing Press) recommends using a penis soak for the male genitals, to avoid passing genital infections back and forth between male and female partners. Green attributes the origins of this therapy to Cascade Anderson Geller. ” It says that to perform a penis soak, you hold a drinking glass, vase or jar filled with the herbal remedy/essential oils and hang in there for about 5-10 minutes. (If you are not circumcised, you should retract the foreskin throughout the soak). An alternate method is the sitz bath, consisting of filling a small basin or plastic tub with the remedy and sitting in it.

      So for applying this particular remedy, you would add enough water to cover the penis, the apple cider vinegar (1/2 teaspoon) and 1 drop each of the essential oils (exclude the coconut oil because it would not dissolve in the water). Disperse the oils well in the water and soak for 10 minutes at least once a day, but preferably 2 to 3 times a day.

  5. Richard on

    is there a link between warts (anywhere) and cold sores (on the lips),

    I heard parasites are not good they cause viruses to escalate and there pooh is not good.

  6. Sue on

    I’ve just made this treatment. I have put in a small roller bottle. How long will it last and should keep in in a cool place?

  7. julie on

    new skin liquid bandage i put that on my son feet every night and sanding it down with a drumel at a very low speed,soaking his foot in desinfectant like javex just a cover in tub of water drying it good before applying the liquid skin

  8. Jessie on

    I have Genital warts and now a planters wart as well. I’ve had the genital warts for about 5 years and have had conventional acid treatment from doctors which are painful and they always come back. I would like to try this method however I’m not sure how I would bandage cotton in my genital area? Has anyone had success with this? If so please tell me how you managed to pull this off

    • Ana on

      Hi, assuming you are refering to the vagina, you can try doing a sitz bath, using water and adding the same proportions of each ingredient (excluding the coconut oil since it wouldn’t dilute in water). You can also apply a more diluted mixture directly to the affected area. It needs to be more diluted because genitals are much more delicate than other areas. So you would use 1 tablespoon -or 1/2 oz- coconut oil (instead of 1/4 tsp) and the indicated amounts of essential oils in the recipe.

    • Ana on

      According Dr. Axe: “For external genital warts, you can paint the warts with liquid vitamin A or beta-carotene once or twice daily. For best results, also add three to four drops each of thuja, echinacea and lomatium tinctures. Don’t use for internal genital warts, and absolutely do not use genital treatments of any kind without first consulting your doctor if you’re pregnant. Essentials oils can also be used to naturally treat warts. Some of the most popular choices for fighting warts include tea tree, oregano, lemon, thyme and eucalyptus. For plantar warts, make a blend of one drop each oregano and frankincense with a bit of coconut oil. Apply this mix topically two to three times per day directly on the wart and surrounding area for two to four weeks or until the wart is gone. Continue application after the wart is gone for one week to avoid recurrence.
      For genital warts, use frankincense oil with tea tree (melaleuca) oil and apply in the same manner. Continue to use the oil treatment even after warts are gone to make sure they don’t come back. Use a clean Q-tip to apply oils each time to prevent spreading.”

  9. Jody on

    Thank you. This makes sense and I will certainly try it if my current method doesn’t work. I’ve had a finger wart for around 5 years, tried everything on it. I even knocked it off in the doorway after freezing with dry ice at work, blood pouring out, still grew back. Finally I feel like I’m having success with ACV overnight on a cotton ball, and a proprietary mix of essential oils similar to yours (lemon, tea-tree, thuja) and homeopathy (which I don’t really believe in) applied a few times a day to uncovered wart. So yes I really think your method will work, and it would be a lot cheaper, so thanks for sharing. But for now I still have most of a bottle of the other one, and my wart is getting blackish after just a few days.

    • Veronica Dunkley on

      There are multiple questions listed above that I would also like to know some possible suggestions or solutions or answer to but i cant see any responses to the conversations or comments from Dr Axe. Is there any point posting discussions on this page if it isnt monitored regularly?

  10. Diana Rogers on

    We’ve removed many warts and several seborrheic keratosis with nothing but apple cider vinegar on band aids. The object is to keep all light and air off of the wart or seborrheic keratosis so as to suffocate it. Don’t change the band aid for a week. Just put more apple cider vinegar on it using a cotton ball or just pour it on to saturate the band aid. After a week, take the band aid off and see if the wart or seborrheic keratosis falls off with the band aid. Take a cotton ball and rub gently to loosen it. If it didn’t come completely off, take another band aid soaked in apple cider vinegar and do the same process again for another week. There probably won’t be, but If there is any scar, it will usually be gone in a month. You can also remove warts and seborrheic keratosis with nothing but duck tape but it might hurt when taking it off. Remember…. you want to block all light and suffocate the warts and seborrheic keratosis.

    • Jody on

      Didn’t work for me. I thought it was gone and then it came straight back, and it was very painful throughout. ACV does not kill the wart virus. I think it’s working now though, using the same ACV covered overnight, then uncovered with a mix of essential oils including thuja during the day, I guess the virus is finally being killed. This is a wart I have had for five years and got rid of several times, have just about tried everything, including ACV covered for days as per your method, and essential oils. Now finally it is starting to blacken, never had that before. I think the only way is to combine methods as they’ve done here.

  11. Jackie on

    Can I use this on my 6 year old sons plantar wart? It’s just below the crack between his big and second toe. Hard to keep a bandaid on it.

  12. Julia on

    We are treating warts on our daughter’s thumb and it seems to have “burned”her skin. What do you recommend to help soothe or heal this?

  13. Karen on

    Should this be mixed in a glass bowl? Does it need sealed in a container? How long does this keep or do you make it fresh everyday?

    • Jody on

      I’m not seeing anything that says it’s not okay. A few quick google searches should tell you. I’ve heard some experts say essential oils are not for pregnancy. Oregano oil should not be taken internally during pregnancy, but as this is external, should be okay. Probably better not to if you’re unsure though or have a difficult pregnancy. Can just use ACV which works for a lot of people, and could always add some lemon and coconut oils as I’m pretty sure they’re safe. Also read this:

  14. Eric on

    is there more? I am thinking treatment for one might not work for another. A flu virus can be flushed out with drinking healthy limits of water more than normal. So maybe to help with this treatment, maybe we should also look at other things such treatment to sweat out toxins from the skin.

  15. Rusdhy Junaid on

    Just put some coconut oil drops on your hand and mix with your finger it will melt quickly. while applying to the wart body temperature will keep it liquid form.

  16. Kay on

    I have had cancer cells on my cervix, can I put this blend, a blend without apple cider but with lavender, rosemary, frankincense, tea tree, coconut oil, and oregano?

  17. Madiha on

    My 4 year old son had a wart on the top of his nose/nostril. What is the alternative for putting the banaid and the Cotton Ball on.

  18. Jenny Rajda on

    My daughter has five small warts on her eyelid and 2 on her eyebrow. They have been there about 3 months. I am wondering what home remedy would be safe to use in this sensitive area? Thank you.

  19. Carolyn Olinger on

    Dr. Axe thank you so much for your exporties on herb healing. I really enjoy your webpage. I do have a question: do you have a substitute list for herbs? In other word! If you don’t have that certain essential oil on hand what substitutes can one use. Thank you and God Bless.🇺🇸

  20. Kathy on

    Hey Dr Axe
    I have genital warts. Had them surgical removed but they came back. This time also inside vagina although had abstained from sex…but had started Jade egg practice, because I thought I was in the clear.
    * can I use remedy inside vagina switching oregano w tea tree?
    * not sure how to bandage my lower parts…any suggestions please?

    Thank you for all the wonderful afvice!!

    • Ana on

      Please share what is Jade egg practice? And also can the remedy with oregano or tea tree oil safe to Use inside vagina?

  21. Talal on

    O my GOD, i dont have words to say thank you.

    I had genital warts for almost two years. one time i even did my cautery for warts removal. but after two month it came back. around 4 months ago i came across your website and warts removal formula along with that healthy diet.

    instead of “oregano essential oil” i have used “Tea tree essential oil”.

    First I didnt follow to put the cotton ball on wart and cover it with bandage. I just apply on top of it for almost 5 days but i didnt see any result.

    then i thought to myself let me that i should follow the exact instructions. then i did what u have explained and O MY GOD,

    after on day the warts became white and then the second day they became black and when i have checked the third day they were completely gone.

    I was sooooo worried about it for almost two years coz i did my cautery and then they came back but now also following the diet. i dont have it anymore.

    I am really really thankful to you for sharing such important and valuable home remedy.

  22. Deb on

    I have had a small (flat) wart on the under eyelash area of my eye removed by a dermatologist in early December. He said that he got as much as possible, but I just noticed it didn’t remove every bit of the wart. Can I use essential oils under my eye to try and get rid of the rest of this virus? If so, should I just concentrate on the under eye, as it is on the watery eye edge as well? Please let me know what may be the best way to kill this virus for good. Thank you Dr. Axe and your wonderful team for all your help!

  23. Helga Simons on

    I totally LOVE Dr. Axe!!! Great medical information and advice on how to treat diseases naturally with herbs, food and essential oils. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Helga

  24. Victoria on

    Antibiotics do not fight viral infections, but may help to protect against infection should the skin integrity be compromised.

    • T Burry on

      Dear everyone…..Research the oils yourself. It works on viruses. The mixture works and if you don’t agree then just don’t use it.

      The end!

  25. Chris S. on

    I appreciate all the work you do to help people heal naturally Dr. Axe but the fact that you’ve been called Out for misinformation regarding oregano and virus removal over a year ago and you or your admins haven’t corrected the article is just totally irresponsible and invalidates everything you’re saying. Pride is a funny thing but please do the right thing and edit this article to reflect the truth. This is a lie that I cannot believe a “Doctor” would make. Do you even have a PhD? How can you call yourself a doctor and not know that a virus cannot be treated or cured with an antibiotic? I’m going to leave this article from the CDC to refute your false information. Please, do your writing and research diligently. I’ve been following you for quite a while and I’ve started to sniff out a few things that have made me question your work and intentions. Please, I’m begging you, tell the truth, warn people about your treatments if there’s any side effects, and get your information correct. Also, I know you sell products but part that job is making sure people are aware of not only what they are buying but how it can effect them and their families positively AND negatively! I sell essential oils and I make sure to inform my customers in every single step of the way. With your following, it’s a must! Thank you!

    • Lon on

      Oregano oil DOES have antiviral properties, along with it having antibacterial, and antifungal properties. If Dr. Axe is guilty of anything, he needs to do a better jog at proofreading his articles. I’m sure he knows, as does any junior high school student, that antibiotics do not kill viruses. Climb off your high horse there, Chris.

    • Ellie on

      A list of what the oil is capable of is not misinformation. One out of the list is anti-viral!!!! Which is what works on the wart.

    • Sydney on

      Bad Link as well as your response is ill advice. Oregano essential oil has virus fighting properties. It should never be used for neat (undiluted) s as it will baby skin Where is your proof that this is disinformation? The link you provided leads to an error page

  26. KJ on

    I live in a colder climate and the coconut oil keeps separating from the apple cider and possibly other oils. Any tricks for this? I keep stirring but they keep separating…

  27. Stacy Walsh on

    Should be common knowledge for a doctors website…oregano oil is an antibiotic so therefore it CANNOT work on a virus. Up above it states that oregano oil works on viruses because it is an antiobiotic. This is absolutely not true, and should be corrected.

    • sammmy on

      Just because oregano is antibiotic does not mean it is not antiviral. You are correct that the antiviral property is the relevant one for warts.

  28. D on

    It’s incorrect to say that if something is an antibiotic that therefore makes it good for fighting a virus. You lose credibility if you say something that’s obviously wrong.

  29. Anita on

    I added tea tree and this totally worked. I have photos and everything. It was just a couple of weeks before the virus was obviously dead, then it took another 6 weeks or so before I was able to easily pick the wart off in layers. Now I have smooth skin on my hand again.

  30. Freda on

    Dr. Axe, I am sorry that I misplaced your contact info and just now found it. I hope. I would really like to learn about essential oil healing and how to get certified. I messed up big time today.
    I got your text earlier on my phone but don t know how to do the SMS thingy. I got to use my iPad for cruising the web.


  31. Marlene on

    my oldest had a wart just pop up . so what we are doing is putting teatree oil & covering it @ all times you cant let these buggers breath. as you get closer to the root its going to hurt, it will take a few weeks for it to go away. i change it once a week wash the area really good, use sandpaper to sand it off a bit but not too much otherwise it may bleed than put a dab on that area than take about 1/4 of a cotton ball had a few drops of teatree oil cover it with duct tape & keep it dry as possible . it does work give it some time to do the work.

  32. Gina R on

    Thank you for the DIY wart treatment. You do not mention the ratios when putting the ingredients together. Can you share what those are?

  33. Lynda on

    I would just like to point out that if a wart is a virus, the antibacterial properties of the oils do not affect the virus. Antibiotics do not work on viruses so that is misinformation. I am waiting for my oils to arrive to try this as I know others who have had great success with oregano removing skin tags especially.

  34. Carrie on

    I’ve had a Plantar’s wart on the bottom of my foot…covered up with a huge callous… For years…I have even gotten it frozen multiple times with no luck….will this work?

    • Dot on

      I recommend having the doctor look at a wart on the soles of the feet. Warts can spread if not removed completely and it could get bad. When my 50 yr old son was 20 he had many deep, big warts on his feet and because he’s on his feet all the time the warts grew inward. He waited too long to get help and they grew really deep. After 3 surgeries he gave up and went to cortisone steroid shots in his feet. They shrank the warts but come back. And the steroids destroyed most of the fat from the soles so by bedtime he can hardly stand or stand the pain.

      • Jody on

        Steroid shots for warts? Seems to me they’d just encourage the virus to grow. Shame he didn’t find a good cure. Maybe he can try this now if the warts are still there. I have arthritis in my feet, so I know how hard it is to be in pain while standing or walking. My doctor was no use, and I only have one wart. Just gave me high strength salicylic acid, even though I told her I’d had it three years and tried lots of other treatments. The salicylate really hurt and was the least effective treatment I have tried. TCA is much more effective, and available over the counter, although the wart still grew back even with TCA.

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