How to remove warts naturally using garlic

Updated April 17, 2017

Warts are a manifestation of the human papilloma virus (HPV) and they occur in 7 to 10 per cent of the population, particularly affecting women, children and the elderly. The powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties of garlic can help you remove warts naturally and painlessly.

At the end of the day, carefully wash and dry your hands and the area surrounding the wart.

Peel a fresh garlic clove and slice it in half. Apply the freshly-cut garlic clove onto the wart, taking care to treat only the wart itself and not the surrounding skin. Discard the garlic.

Place a bandage over the wart. Leave the bandage on overnight.

In the morning, remove the bandage and carefully wash the area surrounding the wart again.

Repeat Steps 1 through 4 every night until the wart disappears, which usually happens after 2 to 6 weeks.


Do not pick at, bite, cut, burn or otherwise try to physically trim the wart yourself. This will not remove the wart, and may even cause it to spread.
Although warts are unsightly, they are normally painless. If your warts are causing you pain, or if you have any other concerns, don't hesitate to see your doctor or naturopath.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh garlic
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Bandages
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About the Author

Heidi Almond worked in the natural foods industry for more than seven years before becoming a full-time freelancer in 2010. She has been published in "Mother Earth News," "Legacy" magazine and in several local publications in Duluth, Minn. In 2002 Almond graduated cum laude from an environmental liberal arts college with a concentration in writing.