DIY Wart Remover with Essential Oils

DIY wart removal - Dr. Axe

The word wart already provides feelings of disgust, let alone if you actually have one and want to get rid of your wart. But what is a wart anyway? A wart is a small, typically hard, benign growth on the skin, and is 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. Instead, you can try this DIY wart remover remedy right at home!

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 discarded from within the wart, once removed.

Now, add the oregano, frankincense and lemon essential oils. Oregano oil is a natural antibiotic, making it a great choice for fighting a virus. Oregano oil contains carvacrol and thymol, which have beneficial antibacterial and antifungal properties. These properties act as a natural antibiotic and 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 once in the morning and a 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. 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


  • 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. blend again.
  4. Add the coconut oil and stir well making sure all ingredients are well mixed.
  5. After cleasning 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. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.


  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.


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