remedies for plantar warts

What are Plantar warts?

Plantar warts are also called as foot warts or verrucas. Plantar wart is a noncancerous skin growth caused by papilloma virus infection. Plantar warts are hard, rough and irritating. It usually appears on the heels, sole or balls of our feet. In most cases it does not require any treatment and goes away automatically in a few days. But sometimes it creates a lot of pain and may need immediate treatment.


The main reason is infection caused by papilloma virus that enters the skin through cuts, breaks or other weak spots on the bottom of your feet. It may spread through public swimming pools,sharing athletic or gym facilities, communal showers or even via touch.


  • A small, hard, flat grainy growth on the feet. Often comes along with black dots in between.
  • Hard and thickened skin around the virus affected area.
  • Severe pain on the bottom of feet while walking or standing.

Simple home remedies for plantar warts

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties. Apple cider vinegar does not kill the virus and rather peels the warts from the healthy skin.


  1. Wash the virus affected area thoroughly.
  2. Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar.
  3. Apply it on the wart.
  4. Cover it with duct tape.
  5. Replace it once in every few days.
  6. Soak your feet in warm water every time you remove the tape.

Repeat the process until you see a significant change.


Onion contains anti-inflammatory and anti-histamines naturally. Also, the sulphur content of onion is excellent for the skin. Onion is very good for the treatment and prevention of warts.


  1. Cover the wart with a bandage overnight to soften it up.
  2. Next day morning, cut a peeled onion.
  3. Dip it into little salt.
  4. Rub this on the wart thrice in a day.

This is a simple and easier method.

Sliced onions

Banana peel

Banana peel is another home remedy to remove warts.


  1. Take one ripe banana’s peel.
  2. Cut a small square shape with a knife.
  3. Place the inner part of the banana peel on the wart.
  4. Stick it with a cotton tape.

Aloe vera gel

Aloe is a wonderful remedy for warts.


  1. Take fresh aloe vera leaf.
  2. Cut and open the leaf.
  3. Squeeze or scrap to extract gel.
  4. Apply it generously on the affected area as it is quickly absorbed by the skin.
  5. Apply it several times a day.
  6. Cover it with tape or bandage each time.

Repeat the process until the warts dry and fall off.

aloe vera
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Garlic has been known to have anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.

“A study in the International Journal of Dermatology confirms that garlic is a useful treatment for warts and corns”.


  1. Take one clove of garlic.
  2. Cut it in half.
  3. Use one side of the cut portion to rub the wart.
  4. Make sure the entire wart is coated with garlic juice.
  5. Take the remaining half and place it on the wart.
  6. Cover with athletic tape.
  7. Do this process before going to bed.
  8. Leave it overnight.
  9. Remove the tape and the clove of garlic in the morning.

Repeat the process everyday night.

remedies for plantar warts

Cold water

Cold water treatment is another simple remedy for warts. Soak your foot in cold water for 15 to 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, dry your foot properly. This will kill all the viruses and gives you good relief.

Potato peel

Potato peel also heals the wart naturally.


  1. Take one fresh potato.
  2. Remove the potato skin by using peeler.
  3. Use the inner part of the skin to rub the virus affected area.
  4. Repeat twice a day.

In one or two weeks, the warts will begin to fall off.

Peel potato

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil has anti-viral properties that help to get rid of of plantar warts. Tea tree is strong in nature, so it is advisable for those who have sensitive skin to dilute tea tree oil. Add a few drops of tea tree oil in ½ teaspoon of olive oil to avoid skin irritation.


  1. Take 2 to 4 drops of tea tree oil.
  2. Mix it with olive oil in the said proportion.
  3. Apply it directly on the wart.
  4. Lock the oil by using banana peel or a slice of garlic.
  5. Cover the area with tape.

Follow this process every night.

tea tree oil

Duct tape

This is my least favourite remedy and I wouldn’t recommend this much since it causes quite a bit of pain.


  1. Cut a piece of duct tape.
  2. Soak your foot in warm water before placing the tape.
  3. Cover the wart with duct tape.
  4. Leave it for 6 days.
  5. Remove the tape after 6 days.
  6. Repeat the soaking process.
  7. Again cover with duct tape.

Repeat the process for a few months.

Lemon essential oil

Similar to tea tree oil, lemon essential oil can also be applied directly on the warts.


  1. Take 2 to 4 drops of lemon essential oil.
  2. Apply it directly on the wart.
  3. Lock the oil by using banana peel or a slice of garlic.
  4. Cover the area with tape.

Lemon oil

Use lemon essential oil for few days continuously to help in clearing warts.

Note: If the warts are painful or have persisted for a long duration, consult a health care provider before you start treating warts at home.

Kalaivani Selvaraj, MBA, got her Master’s degree in Human Resources. Due to her interest in natural healing, she pursued studies in the field of alternative medicine and is certified in Aromatherapy by Isla Verde Spa Training Academy. Ms. Kalaivani Selvaraj is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.