Folk remedies for warts

Examples of folk remedies for warts include:

  • Putting a banana peel or garlic on a plantar wart at night.
  • Rubbing a wart with a bean.
  • Applying milkweed juice, lemon juice, castor oil, or vinegar to a wart.
  • Washing a wart in morning dew.
  • Wishing a wart away.

Although there is no scientific evidence that these methods are effective in curing warts, there is no risk in trying them.

Last Updated: September 11, 2008

Author: Caroline Rea, RN, BS, MS

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology

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