solitary wart and mosaic wart diagram graphicWarts are described as being small circular skin growths “bumps” about the consistency of a scab. Warts are a viral infection. The virus affects the top layer of the skin called the epidermal. The virus is called the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are more than 100 types of HPV known. The virus is contagious. It can be passed, by contact, to someone. A person can infect another person by sharing towels, razors, or other personal items. After contact with HPV, it can take several months of slow growth beneath the skin before you can notice a wart.

Warts usually appear on the hands or the feet but can be found elsewhere on the body. There are different names for warts based on the location they appear on the body. Below is a list of types of warts and ways to use essential oils to help treat warts.

List of Types of Warts:

Common warts – Are the typical raised circles about 1/4 inch in diameter.

Plantar Warts – Are hard thick patches of skin found on the soles of the feet .

Flat Warts – Are about 1/4 inch in diameter but are flatter and lighter color than common wart. They may be on the face, arms, or legs.

Filiform Warts – Grow around the mouth, nose, or chin. They match the skin in color and have thread like growths protruding from them.

Periungual Warts – Small bumps and are found around the fingernails and toenails.

Molluscum Warts – Small, pimple like, viral infection of the skin that typically is found on the trunk of the body or the arms or legs.

Genital Warts – Also a viral infection. They appear in the genital area as small (may not be visible) flesh colored bumps. They are highly contagious and a sexually transmitted disease.

Suggested Oils to Use

Frankincense, Oregano (With Carrier Oil)

Also consider: Cinnamon, Clove, Cypress, Lemon, Tea Tree, Thyme

Suggested Ways to use

For common, plantar, flat, and periungal warts Oregano is the most common and effective oil to use because of its natural antiviral properties. Use Oregano by diluting it with a carrier oil such as coconut oil since Oregano is a “hot” oil. Frankincense has also been shown to be effective at treating warts.

Mix a blend of 1 drop of both Oregano and Frankincense. Oregano is a strong oil can can irritate softer skin, such as children’s skin. We recommend adding a carrier oil such as olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil etc to dilute the Oregano oil’s potency. You can mix these oils in a small bowl. Apply the mixture with a q-tip 2 – 3 times a day directly on the wart and surrounding area for 2 – 4 weeks or until wart goes away. We recommend continuing to apply the mixture 1 week after the wart is gone to avoid the wart coming back.

For Molluscum Warts apply Oregano topically to the bottom of feet 2 – 3 times per day. The skin on the bottom of the feet usually is not as sensitive to Oregano. We suggest using a carrier oil to dilute the Oregano oil for softer skin or young children. Consider adding lavender or tea tree essential oil to the mixture and surrounding area as well.

For Genital Warts use Tea Tree Oil and/or Frankincense topically 2 – 3 times a day. Getting rid of a wart virus usually takes 2 – 4 weeks. Also continue to use the oils after wart(s) are gone to insure they do not come back or spread. Also use a q-tip to apply oils at all times to prevent the spread of warts. Also wash your hands.

In all cases always consider a health professional.