Herbal Remedies for Warts

Get rid of warts naturally with various herbs

| May/June 1999

  • *Culpeper’s English Physician, London, circa 1794. Courtesy Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, ­Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Portrait of an old man and a boy ­(Portrait d’un ­vieillard et d’un jeune garçon) by Domenico Ghirlandajo (1449–1494).
    Courtesy Musée du Louvre

•  Herbs to the rescue  

DADDY-Y-Y-Y!” my teenage daughter came crying to me. “It’s ugly! What can I do?” She pointed to her knee, where a rather large wart sat. In just a few months, it had grown from a tiny dot and was now very noticeable—it was summer, and she had just started wearing shorts.

I took my daughter to the local drugstore, where we bought an over-the-counter wart cream. I gave her directions for using it and promptly forgot about the matter until . . .

“DADDY-Y-Y-Y! It’s getting bigger!” After a few days of using the cream, my daughter was unnerved. To me the wart looked about the same size, but it surely hadn’t fallen off as promised by the cream’s manufacturer. So I took her to a dermatologist, who removed the wart surgically. Zip! No more wart! The procedure left a small scar, but it wasn’t big enough to be of concern—at least to me.

Then, several weeks later . . . “DADDY-Y-Y-Y! It’s back! I want to try out for cheerleaders! Do something!” Indeed, the wart had returned. Already it was bigger and meaner-looking than ever. I was desperate, but I kept my wits about me. I knew that the herb celandine had a long folk history as an effective wart remedy. Additionally, published scientific papers show that, when applied topically, celandine is an effective germ-fighter with few side effects.

Celandine grows like a weed in our garden, so I had an ample supply and suggested to my daughter that we experiment. Every day for a week after her evening shower, she was to go to the garden, pick celandine leaves, and squeeze juice from the leaf stems onto the wart. After seven days, we’d assess the situation to see whether celandine worked.

12/6/2014 8:26:08 PM

Acetic acid (vinegar or apple cider vinegar) works well on getting rid of warts. Soak a cotton balls and wring it out. Put cotton ball over wart and fasten with a bandaid or micropore tape. In a few days to a few weeks the wart will be gone!

12/6/2014 3:42:58 PM

Plantar Warts are the worst! And although there are many plantar wart treatments, they don't all seem to work to really rid most people of warts. I had a really bad one that took a lot to get rid of, but I was able to using duct tape 24/7, epsom salt soaks and salicylic acid after a couple weeks of the duct tape method. I had tried for 2 years to get rid of the stubborn wart until I found success with this treatment. I've got before and after pics and more details about my experience with my plantar wart on my blogger page if anyone is interested... http://stubbornwart.blogspot.com/

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