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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


Warts are usually a small circular skin growth about the consistency of a scab.  They are a viral infection and affect the outer (epidermal) layer of the skin.  The virus can be passed, by contact, to another person.  They are typically on the hands or the feet but can be found elsewhere.  Depending on the location they have different names. 

  Common warts are the typical raised circles about 1/4 inch in diameter.

  Plantar warts are hard thick patches of skin found on the soles of the feet .

  Flat warts are about 1/4 inch in diameter but are flatter and lighter color than common wart.  They may be on the face, arms, or legs.

  Filiform warts grow around the mouth, nose, or chin.  They match the skin in color and have thread like growths protruding from them.

  Periungual warts look like small bumps and are found around the fingernails and toenails.

  Molluscum warts are a small, pimple like, viral infection of the skin that typically is found on the trunk of the body or the arms or legs.

  Genital warts are also a viral infection.  They appear in the genital area as small (maybe not even visible) flesh colored bumps.  They are highly contagious and a sexually transmitted disease.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  FrankincenseC, Protective BlendC, OreganoC, Cleansing Blend

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: CinnamonC, CloveC, CypressC, LemonEC, MelaleucaC, ThymeC

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Suggested protocols:

Common, plantar, flat, and periungal warts - Oregano is best and Frankincense is also proven effective. Make a blend of 1 drop each Oregano and Frankincense. (Oregano is a hot oil and a carrier is recommended for children.) Apply topically 2 -3 times per day directly on wart and surrounding area for 2-4 weeks or till wart is gone. Continue after wart is gone for 1 week to avoid recurrence.

Molluscum warts - Protective Blend or Oregano topically to the bottom of the feet 2 - 3 times per day.  Also consider Lavender, Melaleuca, and/or Cleansing Blend topically directly on the warts and surrounding area.

Genital warts - Consider Melaleuca and/or Frankincense applied topically 2 -3 times per day.  The varieties of virus that cause warts typically take 2 - 4 weeks to eliminate and the topical application should continue at least a week after they appear to be gone.  A carrier oil may facilitate application. For women soaking the end of a tampon can be used for genital warts in the pelvic region.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

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Doris - I met a young man and he had  warts all over his hands. Easily 15 or more per hand. He said he had had them for a few years now, had tried having them cut off, frozen off but they always came back. Also no OTC creams had worked. I only had lemon and tea tree oil at the time, and after reading in a natural remedy book,  I suggested he put the lemon oil on his warts a couple times a day. And he did.  Somewhere around 2-3 weeks, they were all completely gone and have never come back. It was truly amazing!

Rob - I've had success with Frankincense on warts. They are a viral infection so oils work well on them.

Use one drop daily.  It took a few weeks, but they're gone and have never come back. I've also had friends use Lemongrass, Protective Blend, and Lemon with success.  When you find one that works, use it till they are gone, then apply it for the same amount of time after they are gone so they won't come back. For instance, if you had a wart on your hand, and using Frankincense, you were able to get rid of it in 8 weeks,  continue using the Frankincense for 8 more weeks to kill the virus and assure the wart does not return.

My experience has been the time varies depending on the type of wart, your body type, and consistency  in application.


Lil - I have had great results from using Oregano. You have to be careful because it can burn, but the two warts I removed never came back.  If it's too hot you can add a little coconut oil to cool it down. I applied the Oregano twice a day and the warts were gone within 10 days or two weeks. Good luck!


Pat - I had a planters wart on the bottom of my foot since high school (a loooong time ago), I have had it removed and it always came back. I am using Oregano (neat) and it is almost gone. I do not use a carrier oil, since it is on the bottom of the foot the oil does not burn, but each person is different so you might want to check it out First. Pat L


Sunny - My sister had warts all through high school when we lived in Massachusetts. When she left and moved to Arizona, the warts went away. After being away for 40 years, she met and married her high school sweetheart and moved back to Massachusetts this year.  Within three weeks, the warts were back!  By June, she'd already had them burned off a couple of times, but they came back within weeks.  At my suggestion, she put a drop of Frankincense on each wart and within two days, they began to dry up and disappear.  It was really amazing to see it work!


Ashlie - I read that Lemon was good for warts, and my son had a couple of little ones on his hands, so we put it on only a couple of times, and they are gone! 


Maree - I know a 5 year old girl that has wart like things on the left side of her body from her chest down her abs and on the back and down her legs:( they look like a zit but itch really bad and then bleed when she scratches them... any suggestions.

Brooke - It sounds like those nasty molluscum warts - and they are so frustrating. It is usually cased by a 'virus' - I found that using Protective Blend or Oregano on the bottom of the feet several times a day was helpful in knocking out the virus. On the little warts themselves, I used Melaleuca and Cleansing Blend (and sometimes a little Lavender). It took care of my son's -but it took a couple of months to really get them gone, but they haven't come back!


Lisa - I have two members of my family who did the Oregano and Lemon  and Frankincense for 6 months alternating between them and nothing changed on their warts, my daughters actually got bigger.  I decided I needed to change which oils I was using or use them differently.  I had to apply Protective Blend, wait 6 seconds, Oregano wait 6 seconds, Lemon wait 6 seconds and Frankincense and wait 6 seconds....we also applied them along the spine because I heard at a meeting that viruses live in the spine.  Once we started applying them to the spine with coconut oil and along the foot reflex points it only took a few weeks and they were completely gone.  My suggestion is use the reflex points for the spine and the spine itself along with the oils on the warts.

Protocols folks recommend for children

Ashlie - I read that Lemon was good for warts, and my son had a couple of little ones on his hands, so we put it on only a couple of times, and they are gone! 

TaLaisa  -  (a real experience) Wart Removal Success was the final selling point in my journey to using (...) essential oils.

My oldest had a very large plantar wart on his foot. I I attended a Dr. Mom class the night before we were had an appointment with a doctor.  I asked Gina what would work for this plantar wart. She gave me a little sample bottle of Protective Blend and told me to put a drop on the wart, morning and night.

I put a drop on his wart as soon as I got home and then again in the morning. He started to complain that it was itching.   So I put a little olive oil on the skin surrounding the wart and we headed to the doctor’s appointment. We were told that it was so big that burning it off would be painful, very very painful.  My son said, I think I can handle the itching that the oil is giving me more than burning.  The doctor gave us a pad that was intended to dry out the wart and said it should take the wart away in 6 weeks and if it hadn't come back and we'd go the burning route.

I continued to use the Protective Blend, twice a day, every day.  Two weeks after the First application the wart fell off, leaving healthy skin and one very happy boy. He told me on several occasions that the slightly itchy feeling was way better than burning it off. And I can't begin to tell you how excited I was to call the doctor so soon after the appointment and let him know that the wart was gone. Thrilling!

My vote is for Protective Blend.


Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils

Debbie - Years ago I had planters warts all over my feet.  I spent hours with a podiatrist having them all removed, only to return almost immediately.  My research taught me this was a result of a vitamin A deficiency.   I took a good vitamin high in A and they were gone within a month or two, never to return.  

What Science & Research are saying

Successful topical treatment of hand warts in a paediatric patient with tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia).

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2008 Nov;14(4):225-7. Epub 2008 Jul 11;   Millar BC, Moore JE.;   Northern Ireland Public Health Laboratory, Department of Bacteriology, Belfast City Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.


Tea tree oil (TTO) (Melaleuca alternifolia) has been used recently as an effective topical application for the treatment of skin infections due to a variety of aetiological microbial agents, including mainly bacterial infections. We detail the First report in the peer-reviewed literature of the successful treatment with TTO of a paediatric patient with warts on her right middle finger. TTO was applied topically once daily to the lesions for 12 days, with a successful outcome, including complete re-epithelization of the infected areas. The case highlights the potential use of TTO in the treatment of common warts due to human papilloma virus.


ViroXis Corporation Initiates Phase II Clinical Trial of Novel Botanical Topical Treatment for HPV Skin Warts

Clinical Program Supported by Texas' Emerging Technology Fund

SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 8, 2011 - ViroXis Corporation today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval for the Company's investigational new drug (IND) application and planned clinical development of a drug substance derived from East Indian Sandalwood oil (EISO) for the topical treatment of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), common warts of the skin. ViroXis' EISO-derived product is being developed in accordance with the FDA's 2004 Guidance for Development of Botanical Drugs.

“The FDA's swift approval of our IND provides validation of ViroXis' mission to be a leader in the development of botanically-derived topical drugs and strongly supports our proposed clinical development plan for EISO,” said Ian Clements, President and CEO of ViroXis. “Based on promising data in previous clinical trials with Sandalwood, we are optimistic that the anti-viral activity and safety profile of this essential oil will lead to a new and effective treatment for this highly prevalent, painful and difficult to treat condition, for which there are currently no approved prescription products.”

Trial Design

The company's FDA Phase II clinical trial will be a double-blinded, placebo-controlled, dose range-finding trial with four arms looking at safety and efficacy of three doses of EISO in an ointment base. The patients will be adults, 18 years and above. Trial participants will be treated for up to three months and followed for an additional three months of follow up. The primary efficacy endpoint will be complete resolution of warts.

About East Indian Sandalwood Oil (EISO)

EISO has previously been successfully studied in Phase I and Phase II investigator sponsored clinical trials in adults and children for the topical treatment of warts. The positive results of these initial trials lead to the issuance of three US patents for the treatment of HPV and other skin diseases.

East Indian Sandalwood oil is produced by steam distillation from the heartwood of the Santalum album tree. The essential oil is widely used in the food and fragrance industry and has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, particularly in India. EISO has been adopted in the West to treat a number of diseases and conditions, and it has been shown to be active against a variety of pathogens in addition to human papillomavirus.

Wild sources of the Sandalwood tree, which is indigenous to India, are becoming increasingly scarce and supply of the oil is dwindling. To overcome this issue, ViroXis will be using Sandalwood oil from trees harvested from sustainable commercial plantations in North Western Australia for its marketed drug products. ViroXis has an exclusive supply agreement with Tropical Forestry Services Corp. Ltd. (TFS) of Perth, Australia for supply of pharmaceutical ... EISO for healthcare uses. TFS, an Australian listed company (ASX: TFC), manages the largest sustainable supply of East Indian Sandalwood in the world and has won numerous awards for its ecological and environmental stewardship.

About HPV virus and Common Warts

Common warts are caused by the transmissible HPV virus and there is currently no approved prescription product for treatment of problematic warts. Typical therapies involve cutting, freezing or the use of chemical blistering agents that are painful and often cause scarring. A painless and effective treatment for this common skin condition would be a welcome addition to the therapeutic options currently available to dermatologists.

About Series A & State of Texas Emerging Technology Fund (ETF)

Essential to supporting ViroXis' clinical program has been Series A funding from the locally-based Targeted Technology Fund and a subsequent investment from the State of Texas' Emerging Technology Fund (ETF).

Alan Dean, Chairman of ViroXis and CEO of the Targeted Technology Fund, stated that “The fact that ViroXis was able to achieve this significant regulatory development milestone so quickly and with minimal capital expenditure is a testament to the efficiency with which the company has been operating. We are optimistic and very excited about the future prospects for the company's drug development efforts.”

Startech, the regional organization body for the ETF, was instrumental in coordinating the State's investment in ViroXis, which was made after three rounds of presentations and due diligence at the local and state level. Jim Poage, Startech's CEO, reiterated that “The mission of the ETF is to provide much needed venture capital to entrepreneurial life science companies at critical times in their development to help secure their future growth and the future of high technology jobs in Texas. Clearly, their decision to support ViroXis' regulatory program has been vindicated by this news”.

About ViroXis

ViroXis' mission is to develop and commercialize novel, safe and effective prescription and over-the-counter botanical products for the treatment of virally-induced skin conditions. The Company has been funded by a combination of venture funding from the San Antonio-based Targeted Technology Fund and a $2.5 million investment from the State of Texas Emerging Technology Fund (ETF). Botanically-derived drugs have formed the backbone of the pharmaceutical industry and the recently implemented FDA botanical guidelines aim to streamline the development of drugs, such as ViroXis' lead drug candidate, that are a mixture of plant-derived compounds rather than a single chemical entity, and that have a historical record of safe human use. ViroXis was the recipient of the 2009 Michael E. DeBakey Award from the RICE Alliance Life Sciences Ventures Forum as the most promising Life Science company in Texas.


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