Salicylic acid, clear nail polish, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, oregano oil, coconut oil, turmeric powder, epsom salt, lemon oil, thyme oil, garlic, onions, iodine, honey, pineapple juice, basil, banana peel, milkweed sap, baking soda, aloe vera gel and castor oil are some of the natural ways to get rid of plantar warts on feet.
Plantar warts are hard, grainy growths that are formed on weight bearing zones of your feet. They are viral infections caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) which can enter through cuts on your skin. They are painful, irritating and embarrassing and highly contagious and fairly common among children and adults. However no need to worry as here are simple natural remedies for plantar wart removal.
21 Ways to Remove a Plantar Warts on Feet
Salicylic acid dissolves the skin debris around the wart. Before applying the ointment wash the affected area with warm water and scrub with an emery board or pumice stone to loosen the dead callus tissue, which will help easy penetration of the medication. It weakens the upper layer of skin infected by the virus and the mild irritation caused by its application heightens the body’s immune response to the virus.
Clear nail polish
Clean the area and apply clear nail polish on it. Leave it on and let it dry for a few hours. The nail polish layer serves as a barrier between the air and the warts, which will led to dead skin and dead virus around the infected area.
Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and keep it applied to the affected area by attaching it with a bandage. Its high acidic content weakens the virus and after a few days the skin peels off naturally.
Soak tea tree oil in cotton and secure it on affected area with duct tape. Its antiseptic and antiviral properties prevent further infection and kill the existing virus.
Soak oregano oil in water and set it on warts with duct tape. This oil’s antiviral properties destroy HPV virus and it softens the skin around infected area.
Virgin cold pressed coconut oil has soothing properties which moisturize the skin around the infected area and reduce the pain caused by the warts.
Create a thick turmeric paste by mixing the powder with water or coconut oil and gently massage it into the infected area. Its antibacterial and healing properties will eventually remove the wart and not leave behind any scars.
Soak your feet in warm water and Epsom salt for fifteen minutes daily. They have antiseptic and antibacterial properties to prevent infection. Soaking your feet in this mixture will also detoxify and clean the infected area.
Apply lemon essential oil on the wart and let it soak into the wart. Its antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties boost immune system and kill the HPV virus.
Thyme oil is rich in antiviral properties and effectively kills the HPV virus. Apply 2-3 drops of thyme oil on the infected area and apply a band-aid after the oil is soaked in. Daily application will help you get rid of planter warts.
Cut thin slices of garlic or apply garlic oil on affected area. Garlic is known for its medicinal and antiviral properties which prove it to be an effective remedy for removal of plantars warts.
Onions are rich in antihistamines which reduce inflammation in the infected area. Its high acidic content destroys the virus causing warts. Apply onion juice to the warts or slice up an onion and place it on the infected area, then wear a sock. Onion juice will also moisturize the affected skin and make it easy for peeling it off.
Iodine is a popular disinfectant and can be applied on the infected area. It has high antiseptic properties which will kill the virus. Soak a cotton wad in iodine solution and apply it to affected area for 10-15 minutes daily to get rid of plantars wart.
Thoroughly apply honey to the infected area and bandage it. Honey is known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties which will cut off oxygen from the virus and destroy them. Honey will also nourish and smoothen the infected skin.
Pineapple juice contains the enzyme Bromelain whose anti-inflammatory properties will reduce swelling and reduce pain caused by the warts. The high acidic property of the pineapple juice also helps in killing bacteria around it.
Basil herb is a popular home remedy for its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Crush a few leaves of basil and make a paste of thick consistency. Then apply the paste to the warts and let it dry overnight. Basil reduces pain and swelling and is an easy remedy for plantars warts.
Banana peel is a very common remedy for removing warts. They contain anti-fungal and antiviral properties which kill the wart causing virus easily. Mash the banana peel and apply it on affected area as a paste until you get rid of the warts.
Use a pumice stone to smoothen the infected area and apply milkweed sap. The enzymes present in milkweed sap destroy the HPV virus and reduce pain caused by warts.
Baking soda soothes warts and relieves itchy, swollen skin. Mix baking soda powder with white vinegar and apply it as a paste to infected warts. The antiviral properties effectively get rid of plantars warts.
Aloe vera gel can be readily bought from the pharmacy or extracted from the plant. Aloe vera has soothing and moisturizing properties which soften the skin around the wart and let it peel off. Its proteolytic enzymes get rid of the plantars warts.
Castor oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which make it an excellent remedy for plantars warts. Apply castor oil to affected area and cover with a bandage to let it moisturize the infected area and get rid of warts.
Apart from these remedies, eat a diet rich in vitamin C and maintain clean hygiene in your foot area to prevent formation of warts.