The Best Essential Oils For Warts: Tea Tree, Frankincense & More
A common wart is a typically benign growth on the skin.
It’s caused by various strains of the human papilloma virus.
They can grow in different parts of the body, like the hands, feet, and genitals.
They can also spread to other parts of the body.
They can also be transmitted from one person to another.
Plantar warts can appear on the weight-bearing parts of your feet and heels.
Genital warts are considered a sexually-transmitted infection caused by the same human papilloma virus.
Wart removal options include over-the-counter and prescription medications, freezing agents, salicylic acid peels, and even duct tape.
For more advanced options at your dermatologist or doctor’s office, you can opt for laser treatment or minor surgery.
If you’re interested in home remedies and natural ways to treat warts then essential oils might just be an effective option for you.
Essential Oils As A Natural Wart Remedy
Essential oils (EOs) are highly concentrated plant compounds extracted from different sources such as trees, plants, flowers, and even fruit.
These oils are potent – just a few drops is all you need to benefit from their medicinal and healing properties.
The therapeutic application of EOs is referred to as aromatherapy.
Research shows EOs can be effective at:
- Boosting the immune system
- Decreasing stress and anxiety
- Improving sleep
- Relieving pain and discomfort
- Soothing eczema and other skin conditions
- Treating colds, coughs, sinus infections, and sore throats
- Addressing allergy symptoms
- Soothing headaches and migraines
Many EOs also possess antiviral properties that make them particularly useful for at-home wart treatments.
The Best Essential Oils for Warts
Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Australian tea tree essential oil has been used for centuries by the Aboriginal people for multiple healing purposes.
It’s known as a potent anti-inflammatory, antiviral, pain-reliever, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic.
It can also help accelerate wound healing.
As an antiviral, low concentrations of tea tree oil have been shown to inhibit herpes simplex virus (HSV) in cultured cells. (1)
HSV is another wart-causing virus.
Oregano oil (Origanum vulgare)
Oregano essential oil is a pain-reliever, antiviral, a natural antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory.
Frankincense oil (Boswellia carteri)
Frankincense is a pain-reliever, antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory.
Frankincense can also be very soothing to the skin.
Lemon oil (Citrus limon)
Lemon oil is an antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, relieves muscle spasms (antispasmodic), and aids digestion.
Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender oil is a pain-reliever, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory.
It also helps to speed up the skin healing process.
Clove bud essential oil (Syzygium aromaticum)
Considered a potent agent against viral infections.
Highly anti-inflammatory because it boasts the highest antioxidant score among herbs and spices.
It’s also antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal.
Cinnamon oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
This heating oil is a pain-reliever, anesthetic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic.
Cypress oil (Cupressus sempervirens)
This oil is a powerful antiseptic and antiviral that has shown to be effective against the Herpes Simplex virus. (2)
There is currently no research to indicate that any supplement or essential oil can provide protection against coronavirus COVID-19.
No lifestyle or diet change will prevent this disease except for social distancing and stringent personal hygiene habits.
When used mindfully and with care, EOs offer little to no side effects.
You want to make sure you’re using 100% pure essential oil that is undiluted and certified organic.
This ensures the highest healing benefits and potency and can also protect you against potentially harmful chemicals and solvents.
When using EOs directly on the skin such as with wart treatment it’s very important to dilute the oils with a carrier oil.
You do not want to apply the neat oils directly on the skin as this can cause skin irritation and adverse reactions particularly if you have sensitive skin.
It’s advisable to perform a patch test on a non-affected area and wait 24 hours before proceeding to the affected area.
Remember – EOs are potent.
A little goes a long way.
How To Use EOs for Warts
As mentioned, always dilute your EOs in a carrier oil like coconut oil or jojoba oil when applying them directly to your skin.
Stick with a ratio of 1 drop of EO per teaspoon of carrier oil.
You can also use a diffuser, however, this method is not as effective for wart treatment.
A DIY Wart Obliterator Solution
Use this essential oil blend as an at-home wart treatment and be patient – natural wart remedies can take weeks to be effective so be sure to apply this solution at least twice a day, every day.
- ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon salicylic acid
- ½ teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 drop tea tree oil
- 1 drop oregano oil
- 1 drop cypress oil
- 2 drops frankincense oil
Mix all items together and soak a sterile cotton ball into the solution.
Apply it to the affected area and seal it with a large band-aid.
Do this twice a day (morning and night) until the wart is gone.
If you experience any sort of adverse reaction stop immediately and discontinue.