Plantar Warts Home Remedies

Plantar warts are areas of raised and thickened skin caused by a viral infection of the skin cells. They are more common in children and may be very painful if located under a boney area (eg. the ball of the foot). The viruses that cause warts thrive in moist environments and thus these infections are quite common in swimmers and individuals who tend to perspire excessively. If you like to cure plantar warts with home remedies you can try several natural remedies listed below.

Plantar Warts Home Remedies

Natural remedies for plantar warts includes lemon juice and iodine application.

Lemon Juice for plantar warts

Try squeezing fresh lemon juice on plantar warts three or four times a day. Try it for three to four weeks. Those warts will turn black and fell off so fast and you will be completely healed within four weeks. You can also try lemon peel to heel plantar warts.

Banana Peel

Tape a piece of banana peel, inner side down, over the wart before you go to bed. A chemical in the peel can slowly dissolve the wart. Or, try the same with a piece of lemon peel. An oil in the peel seems to discourage warts.


Papaya contains an enzyme that digests dead tissue. Make shallow cuts on the surface of an unripe papaya, collect the sap that runs out and let it coagulate. Mix the thickened sap with water, then apply morning and night.

Raw Potato

A popular folk remedy is to rub a juicy, freshly cut slice of raw potato over a wart.

Basil Leaves

Crush a fresh basil leaf and tape it over your wart with waterproof first-aid tape (or even regular tape in a pinch). The leaves contain virus-killing compounds. Replace with fresh basil daily for up to a week.

Aloe vera

If you have an aloe vera plant on the windowsill, break off a leaf and squeeze a few drops of gel onto the wart. Repeat daily.

Iodine for plantar warts

Paint plantar wart with iodine in morning and night for six weeks. It will go away, no pain, just patience.

Oregano essential oil

If you have plantar wart, try essential oil of oregano covered with duct tape. Repeat it for 2 weeks and the wart will disappear painlessly (unlike freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen, which is very painful.

Castor oil

Castor oil is an old remedy for regular warts, castor oil would remove warts. Apply it possibly 4 or 5 times a day and after just a few weeks, the wart will just “rolled” out of its socket.

Salt water

We have been collecting wart remedies and found that soaking the warts in a salt water solution (30%) or taking desiccated liver tablets orally can help. • Plantar warts—painful warts on the bottom of your feet—are sensitive to heat and may disappear in a few weeks if you soak your feet in hot water (43˚C to 45˚C) for a about 15 minutes a day. This remedy was published in a medical journal in the 1960s. For an added kick, pour one part of salt into four parts hot water.

Apple cider vinegar or white vinegar

Some people maintain that vinegar soaks using apple cider or white vinegar will do the job. Apply a compress or cotton ball soaked in vinegar and tape it down on the wart with an elastic bandage for at least one or two hours daily. • Plantar warts are sensitive to heat and may disappear in a few weeks if you soak your feet in hot vinegar water (43˚C to 45˚C) for a about 15 minutes a day, pour one part of vinegar into four parts hot water.

Vitamin C

Grind up a few vitamin C tablets, mix with enough water to make a paste and dab it onto your wart. Cover the paste with a bandage or tape. Because the tablets are highly acidic, they can help wear the wart away and also fight the virus itself. Be sure to dry off your wart after you wash, to reduce the chance of spreading the virus to someone else. When warts are wet, they seem to be more contagious.

Minced Garlic

Apply freshly crushed garlic directly to the wart and cover with a bandage. The caustic effect of the garlic will cause the wart to blister and fall off in as little as one week. Apply new garlic every day, avoiding contact with healthy surrounding skin. (Smearing the area around the wart with petroleum jelly can help.)


Pull a dandelion from your yard, break the stem and squeeze some of its liquid onto your wart. Do this daily as needed. The sap is mildly irritating, so it stimulates your immune system to take care of the wart. Don’t use dandelions that have been treated with herbicides during the previous few years.

Birch bark

If a piece of birch bark is available, dampen it with water and tape it over your wart with the inner side of the bark facing your skin. The bark contains salicylates, which are found in many over-the-counter wart treatments. You can also make a tea from powdered birch bark, available from health-food stores. Steep a teaspoon of bark in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, let it cool, soak a cloth in it and press it on the wart.