Natural  Remedies for

Warts and Verrucas, Bedwetting,

and Other Childhood Illnesses

  • Natural Remedies for warts and verrucas: for adults too!

  • Natural remedies for bedwetting.

  • Natural remedies for childhood illnesses, including hay fever, infections, injuries, nerves and sleep


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Warts and Verrucas

Facts about Warts and Verrucas

Common warts and verrucas (verrucae) are most frequent on the hands, arms and feet, but they may occur anywhere.  Warts are due to the Human Papilloma Virus or HPV. They spread by direct or indirect contact, and you may also spread your own warts by scratching them. Some people are more naturally resistant to warts. Alcohol and smoking may also increase the likelihood of contracting warts.

There are different kinds of wart, flat or raised, smooth or rough. Plantar, or palmo-plantar warts are those occurring on the palms or soles. On the feet we tend to call them verrucas. Genital warts are different: do not try to treat them yourself.

Over 100 variations in the HPV virus exist. It is extremely tough. It can resist freezing, drying, and prolonged times outside the body. The incubation period ranges from 1-6 months, but can be up to 3 years or more, so you may never know who you ‘caught’ your warts from! Warts are more common in young people and in white people. They can occur at any age, but are commonest around age 12-16: just the time we are most self-conscious.

Warts will heal on their own, commonly in a couple of years, but they may persist longer. Treatments available include: conventional medical treatment, natural remedies, nutritional treatment, and even magic.

The natural remedies on this page are NOT for self-treatment of genital warts.
Warts on the genital areas need a specific type of treatment. I advise you to see your doctor or local Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) clinic, if you, or your child, have these. You risk injuring a very sensitive area if you try to treat them yourself. They can spread by sexual contact, so unprotected sexual contact should be avoided until they have been treated. In the case of children, be aware of the possibility of sexual abuse or under-age sex.


Pictures of Warts and Verrucas


Common warts on the thumb, showing the characteristic rough appearance.
Warts do no harm, although some people feel embarrassed about them.

A bad case of plantar warts – also called verrucas (verrucae)
or myrmecia. These can be painful on pressure;
corn plasters may help protect them.

A crop of warts on the fingers and around the nails,
a characteristic place for them to appear.

Close up picture of a verruca, showing
small blood vessels within it.


Conventional Treatments for Warts and Verrucas

These are divided into over-the-counter remedies, and prescription medicine/surgery. Over-the-counter treatments are creams or paints, which contain one or more acids (eg salicylic acid), and sometimes other chemicals. I believe they are rarely effective, and may lead to other warts popping up in untreated areas. They may cause redness or burning of the surrounding skin. Some of them need a plaster to cover them, others contain a glue-like substance, which forms a seal of its own. If you use these, it is important to rub off the accumulating dead skin with an emery board or pumice stone, about once a week. Otherwise it builds up and protects the wart.

Prescription treatments include: freezing with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy); conventional surgery; laser surgery; drying the wart with electric currents. Surgical treatments can be painful or cause scarring.


Homeopathic Treatment for Warts and Verrucas

1. Homeopathic Thuja.

thuja can help wartsSorry – information removed for reconstruction. Please see special note at end of page.

2. Other homeopathic remedies.

There are many remedies for different kinds of warts and verrucas, depending on where they are, and whether rough or smooth, bleeding, itching or whatever. These neeed to be selected by a qualified homeopath according to your (child's) individual state of health.
Wart remedies include Antimonium Crudum, Calcarea Carbonica, Causticum, Dulcamara, Lycopodium, Nitric Acid, Silica, and Sulphur – there are many more! I recommend using the Natural Health Answers Report, so that I can suggest the remedies that most closely correspond to your/your child’s warts.

Homeopathic treatment works best when the remedy is closely matched to the individual symptoms, ideally considering the whole person. This is called constitutional treatment. Homeopathy views warts as an expression of an underlying imbalance: they naturally disappear when the body is balanced again. In the best homeopathic treatment, we would never recommend treating the warts or verrucas alone. This could suppress them and drive the problem deeper into the body.

Homeopathic treatment from a qualified practitioner may be used by a person with genital warts. Homeopathic remedies should never be purchased over-the-counter for self treatment of this problem. Do not neglect medical support.

If you do not live locally, consider Online Homeopathic Treatment for this constitutional approach.

Natural Remedies for Warts and Verrucas

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Method for applying remedies to the wart or verruca:

Gently rub the wart with an emery board or pumice stone, before treatment, and once a week, to remove dead skin only. Apply natural remedy as directed. Clean area surrounding wart or verruca. Cover if necessary.  On removal, wash gently, and repeat as directed. Apply at night if the treatment smells strong or looks unsightly.

1. Banana skin.

banana for wartsOne of the most effective treatments, backed by research.

Cut a small piece of banana skin and tape it on, with the inside skin on the wart or verruca.

Repeat for several weeks or until the wart disappears.


2. Garlic.

garlic for wartsCut a garlic clove in half, and rub the juice on the wart; cover with a plaster. Repeat for a couple of months. In one clinical trial, every wart disappeared completely in an average of 9 weeks (ie. some took less, some took more). In another trial, all warts disappeared in 2 weeks! Garlic may cause some local irritating effects such as burning, redness, blistering, and temporary darkening of the skin around the treated area.


3. Oils and Herbs

The following are also recommended by various sources, though I have not seen any clinical studies. Thuja oil. Lemon oil. Tea tree oil. Aloe vera. Neem oil. Colloidal silver (All of these are said to kill viruses.) Dandelion. Greater Celandine.
Lemon oil may increase sensitivity to sunlight.

5. Potato skin.

Peel a potato very thinly, and rub the inside onto the wart or verruca, ideally twice a day. A nurse is reported as saying: “In one or two weeks the wart will turn black and fall off. There is apparently a chemical in the potato near the skin which kills the wart. I have used this for warts large and small on several people, and it never fails." It has the advantage of not smelling as strong as some of the above!

6. Duct tape.

duct tape for wartsNot very natural perhaps, but not as chemical as some conventional methods. This method is technically known as ‘adhesiotherapy’!

Cut a small piece of duct tape and stick over the wart. Leave on for 6 days; replace the tape if it falls off. On day 7, remove tape, soak the wart to soften it, and gently rub away any dead cells with emery board or pumice stone. Leave the tape off overnight. Repeat this cycle. If the wart is going to respond, you will usually see results in 1 month, but you can continue up to 2 months.

A randomized trial in 2003 showed that duct tape is considerably more effective than cryotherapy – 85% of warts disappeared. The only side effect was minor skin irritation.


Note: Reconstruction of homeopathic sections of website
Changes in UK law oblige me to remove suggested usage from specific homeopathic medicines. Homeopathy is still entirely legal, and available just as before, but medicines are now categorised as ‘’unlicensed products’. I apologise for this inconvenience. It is my opinion that restricting this information makes the use of homeopathic medicines less accurate and reliable for the general public.
Although I cannot give general guidelines on the website, you may still consult me, or another qualified homeopath, as an individual client. As this is more time-consuming, I may have to charge for this service.

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