Castor oil is a quick, effective and gentle treatment for all types of warts on any part of your body. However, it should be used in different ways depending on which type of wart you are treating, so it’s important to know the best treatment method for your situation. For instance, plantar warts require more frequent applications because they are more difficult to remove. Finger-tip warts may be eliminated faster with complimentary treatments. In this article, we will explain how it works, how to apply it to different types of warts on various parts of your body and how long it will take to completely remove the wart.
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Castor oil is used for several medical purposes including hair loss, constipation, arthritis pain and various skin conditions, including warts. It’s fatty acid composition consists mostly of ricinoleic acid, which boosts the immune system’s response to infection. It is best to use pure castor oil for this treatment from a trusted source.
In addition to ricinoleic acid, castor oil has salts and esters that provide skin conditioning benefits. As a matter of fact, it’s used in many cosmetics.
The skin benefits of castor oil include:
- Increased blood circulation,
- Increased lymphatic system circulation,
- Increased hair growth,
- Reduced itching and swelling,
- Relief from fungal infections,
- Sunburn relief.
So, it should be no surprise that castor oil also helps to fight the virus that causes warts. Since it is classified by the FDA and generally safe, this is a great treatment to try on any skin condition as a first option. Still, because castor oil has the potential to cause skin irritation, even though that potential is very small, it’s best to do a patch test on your skin before using it on any very sensitive areas.
To do a patch test, simply apply a very small amount of castor oil with a q-tip to your forearm. Wait for 24 to 36 hours and check the patch for redness or swelling. If there is any redness or swelling, don’t use the castor oil treatment. If there are no signs of irritation, go ahead and move forward with the treatment. If there is irritation, try a different treatment. To learn more about DIY wart removal, read here.
How to Remove Warts with Castor Oil
Castor oil helps your body fight infection. Since warts are caused by the HPV virus, ricinoleic acid helps your body to fight and eventually eliminate the virus in your cells. This way you can completely eliminate the infection so it has less chance of coming back. There are no clinical studies yet to confirm this treatment, but it has been used for this purpose for hundreds of years.
To use this wart removal treatment, first thoroughly clean and dry the wart and the surrounding skin. Apply a small amount of castor oil to the wart and wrap the area with a bandage or duct tape, which is especially recommended as duct tape is also known to help with wart removal.
Keep applying the oil morning and night and whenever the skin gets wet. You should see the wart begin to die and slough off in 2 or 3 weeks. Some people also like to mix castor oil with baking soda before they apply it so that it makes a gummy mixture. This helps the castor oil adhere better to the wart.
Castor oil works to remove genital warts in the same way that it removes warts elsewhere, by helping your body to fight the virus. However, due to the possibility that it can cause irritation, it is extremely important to do the skin patch test for sensitivity, because the skin at the genital region is thinner and more fragile than your other skin. If you see no redness or irritation from the skin patch test, you are probably safe to move on to treatment. If you do see irritation, you might want to consider a milder treatment like banana peels. To learn more about banana peel wart removal, read here.
- Before bedtime, wash and dry the area to be treated.
- Apply a thin layer of castor oil to the warts and surrounding skin.
- Cover the area with gauze, and apply tape to the gauze only, not to the skin. Do not use duct tape on genital warts. The adhesive could damage your skin, leaving you prone to additional infections.
- Leave it on all night.
- Apply again in the morning if possible.
- Do this for two or three weeks and the warts should turn black and fall off.
- If you notice severe redness or irritation, discontinue the treatment and try a different method.
It is extremely important that you discontinue sexual activity while you have warts, and for a few weeks after they have cleared. It’s extremely easy to spread HPV, even if using a condom, because the condom does not cover all the skin of the genitals.
Warts on Feet and Hands
Castor oil works very well to treat warts on the feet or hands. Most treatments only take 2 or 3 weeks to fully cure the infection. The treatment can be accelerated by rubbing the warts with ACV before applying the castor oil.
Vitamin E oil and vitamin A oil also help to significantly speed up healing. If adding vitamin oil to your treatment, apply it several hours after applying the castor oil to give it a chance to work. You can alternate applications up to four times a day. To learn more about vitamin A for warts, read this article.
When applying your treatment to warts on the hands and feet, be sure cover any open sores or cuts on your hands. The virus that causes warts can easily infect any injured part of your skin. Reasonable precautions and a strict application schedule will greatly increase your chances of completely eliminating your warts so they don’t return.