Treating Warts with Essential Oils

Treating Warts with Essential Oils

Warts are annoying. They are ugly, they grow, they are contagious, and they drive you nuts. Fortunately, they rarely cause serious problems. (This article does not cover treatment of genital warts.)

“Viruses are responsible for both verrucas and warts. Warts look like little lumps and although they can grow anywhere, they are most common on the fingers or hand. Verrucas are foot warts but instead of growing outward, they grow inward.  They can be extremely painful. You can spot them by the tell-tale black spot in the center of the painful area. Warts will often go away without any help, but in many cases nothing seems to shift them.” (4)

Warts are worrying to treat. They can respond to several approaches and, sadly enough, sometimes they respond to nothing at all. Essential oils can help you get rid of them.

Best oils to use:

Oregano, Tea Tree, Lemon, Lime, Tagetes,  Cinnamon Bark, Lavender, Cypress, Cajeput, Frankincense,

You can apply any of these oils neat directly on the wart 2-3 times a day. You can also use a combination of 2 or more of any of these oils, and you can dilute them in 2 teaspoons of Cider Vinegar. Apply by using a cotton ball and apply to the wart directly, but avoid the surrounding area.

Things to do

  • You can use the same treatment for skin tags as you use for warts. Just be very careful around the eyes. If you have a wart or skin tag around your eyes, you need to speak with a doctor before treatment.
  • “Tea tree oil is the main essential oil that is touted for healing warts. Tea Tree oil is widely known for its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, and some studies suggest that it also has antiviral properties. This is backed up by its success in treating warts, which are caused by the HPV virus. To use Tea Tree oil to cure a wart, you have to apply it–undiluted–directly to the wart a few times each day until the wart is completely gone. Other essential oils that might help are Lemon and Patchouli oils.” (1)
  • Oregano is a great oil to use on warts. It is very hot, however so be careful. You put a drop on the wart once or twice a day. Keep it on the wart only. If it gets on the surrounding skin, make sure you clean it off with a carrier oil.
  • If you want to use any treatment on a child, make sure you dilute the oils properly. It’s best not to use Oregano on a child under 10, however.


Here are a few options for recipes that I found in my research. As I find more, I will add them to the list.

Wart Treatment

  • 10 drops Lemon
  • 5 drops Cypress
  • 2 teaspoons Cider Vinegar

Put all ingredients in a clean, glass bottle and shake well.  Apply by using a cotton ball or Q-tip and apply to the wart directly, but avoid the surrounding area. Apply twice a day until wart disappears completely. Can be used on children. (4)

Special Wart Blend

  • 12 drops Lemon
  • 4 drops Tea Tree
  • 4 drops Bergamot FCF
  • 4 drops Thyme
  • 3 drops Cypress
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Blend together in an dark colored glass bottle. Then apply only ONE drop ONCE a day to the wart. Use up to 2 weeks.

To use on children or the elderly – mix the above in 2 tablespoon of Jojoba oil and apply one drop once a day. If no improvement, discontinue and see your doctor. (5)

Other suggestions

Here is what  Rocky Mountain Oils family members are saying about it on facebook:

  • LSA: “Frankincense! Be consistent and it will go away:) My daughter used it straight out of the bottle twice a day. :)”
  • NC: “Oregano but be cautious, it is quite strong, but anti-viral. And again consistency! Do NOT use near the eyes. Really any oil that is either anti-viral, and will boost the body’s immune system and natural ability to heal should do the trick. Also setting the intention that the oil perform a specific job helps.”
  • JGF: “Tea Tree oil (1 drop neat) then cover with a bandaid. Once or twice a day.”
  • CEB: “We are using a blend of Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, and Helichrysum Italicum on my son’s warts. I’ve only been treating them once a day for the last couple weeks. I can see that the warts are dying!”
  • JS: “I have used grapefruit seed extract and it worked really well. The skin will wrinkle or shrivel up and come off. works really well. Not sure about Grapefruit oil?”
  • RMY: “I use Oregano for warts on hands or feet. It’s a hot oil, I mix it with Olive Oil before I put it on my skin. Warts are gone. But really be careful how much you use, as it is burning hot oil. But it worked wonders for my family.”
  • PS: ” I concur – Oregano – then, use some oils specificlly for your liver like Celery Seed in a gel capsule – warts and skin tags are viruses that live in the liver.”
  • KH: “We’re using Frankincense and Lavendar on the ones my son has on his head. They appear to be shrinking and dying off. We use the oil neat.”
  • TFF: “I will have to back up the Oregano claim. I had a plantar wart on the bottom of my foot. I had it cut out by the DR and it came back even bigger, tried duct tape, nothing worked! I started using Oregano on it consistently and it started to shrink in the first week and disappeared after about 5-6 months. It was pretty big thus why it took so long but it is now gone when nothing else worked!”
  • MV:  “Braggs Vinegar for warts.”

And finally,

Warts are no fun. But they can be gotten rid of. If you find that the natural treatment just won’t work, then definitely go see your doctor and get them burnt off and then treat the scar with good healing oils like Lavender and Helichrysum Italicum. And please, let us know in the comment section below anything you’ve done that helps. We would love to hear from you!


  2. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  3. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils, by Kurt Schnaubelt
  4. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, by Valerie Ann Worwood



About JC Shannon

I am a writer. I was first introduced to this world of natural health in 2005 when I was asked to write an article about using essential oils. Since I like to know what I'm writing about before I do it, I immersed myself in the essential oil and aromatherapy world and found I prefer it. I never left it. In a quest to educate myself and others in more alternative and safer ways to make our world a better place, I am always looking for good information to share.

Hi. I just found this website, and I wonder about your Special Wart Blend: what do the letters FCF mean after Bergamot? I have bergamot essential oil, and wonder if this is another oil?


I was skeptical but eventually became desperate enough to give it a try, after exhausting all other options I could think of and researched. The extract from this amazing and readily available herb works amazingly against all infections and viruses, and heals the skin very quickly. I struggled against a plantar wart for half a year, trying various remedies. It grew to the size of a thumb and I could barely walk. This oil ate it up in ten days flat. A friend tried it and said it cured his athletes foot within three days. It can cure cancer and seemingly any ailment. Word needs to get out about this.


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