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DIY Wart Remover with Essential Oils

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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.

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DIY Wart Remover with Essential Oils

Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2–3 applications

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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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