How to Remove Moles and Warts with Essential Oils {with step-by-step method} #wartremoval #moleremoval #essentialoils #EOremedies #howtoremove #herbalremedies

How to Remove Moles and Warts with Essential Oils

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After sharing that my family successfully removed moles and warts at home with essential oils (instead of apple cider vinegar), MANY of you have asked me for more specifics on how we did it. This post makes that communication easy, as it’s all written down step-by-step. However, I used essential oils “neat,” which can cause dermal irritation, although it didn’t in my case. I give some disclaimers below, accordingly. I also explain why naturally removing moles and warts works better for our family than going to a dermatologist. (By the way, if you love simple, natural remedies, you may also like this article about how our family treats pink eye with just raw honey, or this article on how we treat first and second degree burns with just one, easy pantry staple.)

Neat Essential Oils

Any essential oil used “neat,” meaning without a carrier oil, has the potential to cause irritation to the skin, and even a lasting sensitivity to the essential oil that caused the irritation. Consider this risk before using essential oils neat to remove moles or warts. I have not personally had this happen, but aromatherapists warn of this risk.

The concept of a carrier oil is a good one: it helps to “carry” the essential oil into the skin for better absorption and to protect the skin from irritation.

Natural Home Removal

The reason I chose the route of home removal is that I was not satisfied with the experience I’d had with my dermatologist. I’d had a large mole removed from my back surgically, and the wound left behind was huge (a giant rough-edged hole), very itchy and painful; and frankly, it felt like a shoddy job. In addition to about 2 months of serious discomfort and itching, the procedure was expensive.

My experiences with home removal, in contrast, have been interesting, exciting, sometimes painful, effective, learning experiences. They felt very low-risk because I consulted with my naturopathic doctor first, and I trusted the process of using essential oils as being gentler and more effective. Essential oils help on a cellular level to correct what’s grown amuck. We each must judge for ourselves what’s right for our own bodies. The following is what I did.

How to Remove Moles and Warts with Essential Oils {with step-by-step method} #wartremoval #moleremoval #essentialoils #EOremedies #howtoremove #herbalremedies


How to Remove Moles with Essential Oils

The following method of removal can be used for moles that are just aesthetically displeasing to you or for moles that may be a source for concern. I have used the method successfully with both big protruding moles as well as flat moles that could have been precancerous. I consulted with my doctor before removing my own and family members’ moles.

Disclaimer– This method is what I did to remove moles from my own body. I’m not recommending you do what I did. You need to do your own research and decide if the methods described here are right for you. As mentioned above, I did use essential oil “neat,” but it’s gentler and more cautious to use a carrier oil. You may choose to follow the steps I outline below, but add in a carrier oil to be safe. The process will likely take a bit longer using a carrier oil, as the active ingredients in the essential oil will be diluted and less intense.

The Ingredients

Clove essential oil (find it here) is the best oil for this process. I’ve tried several different essential oils, including oregano oil. I’ve also used apple cider vinegar. Clove EO was the fastest and the most effective.

For large moles I also used unwaxed, plain dental floss, although I was using what I had on hand. You could use another thin, strong string that’s sterile.

The initial process takes about 10-14 days (not including the After Care outlined below), which means even if the essential oil isn’t irritating, the bandages’ adhesives may be. That was the case for me. While some mole removals can be uncomfortable (many are not), my skin looked more irritated from the band-aid. So choose a bandage that you know to be less irritating to your skin, like this one. You can also rotate the bandage so the adhesive touches different parts of the skin.

How to Remove Moles and Warts with Essential Oils {with step-by-step method} #moles #moleremoval #essentialoils #EOremedies #howtoremove #herbalremedies



  1. Put a few drops of clove essential oil (find it here) on a cotton swab. (Find sustainable swabs here.)
  2. Put the swab on the mole, wetting it well.
  3. Put a few drops carrier oil on a small section of cotton. (Find organic cotton here.) Add a few drops of clove essential oil.
  4. Place this wetted cotton over the mole and cover with an adhesive bandage. (Find hypoallergenic bandaids here.) Note: The cotton is wetted with both the essential oil and the carrier oil; this keeps the cotton and thus the mole “wet,” while the neat essential oil was applied directly to the mole for its intense effectiveness.
  5. Leave the bandage on for 24 hours.
  6. Do this every day until the mole falls off, which it may do in pieces or all at once. Stop if skin irritation occurs. (Note: Some skin irritation WILL occur on the mole site itself, but the surrounding skin should be kept dry, as much as possible.)

Note: To play it safe, clove oil can be diluted: 1 drop clove oil in 2 teaspoons carrier oil.

Big Moles

For a big mole on my back my husband used dental floss. He tied the floss between my back and the mole and tightened the floss every other day or so. It did hurt when he tightened the floss. Obviously only use this method if you’re comfortable with the process and if you’ve first consulted with your doctor.

Once the string was tied between the mole and my back, my husband dropped neat clove essential oil over that tied area, so the dental floss was saturated in the clove oil. While we basted the large mole itself each day with essential oil, what really made the mole fall off was applying the essential oil where it joined my back, and on the dental floss.

I recommend having someone you trust do the string part of the job, if it’s somewhere you can’t reach. Because it does hurt when it’s tightened, and you don’t want to blame them for hurting you. You want to know going in that a little bit of pain can’t be helped when severing off a piece of flesh. ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you’re interested in removing moles with apple cider vinegar, this is the post I first read on that topic.

After Care

Lavender essential oil (find it here) and frankincense essential oil (find it here) are the best oils for after care. They fight infection, speed healing and sooth the area.

Use a carrier oil. My favorite is castor oil. Castor oil pulls constituents down through the skin and is itself healing to moles. (Find it here.) Carrier oils help to prevent evaporation, thus allowing the essential oils to work well and longer.

Continue to cover the area with a bandage and daily applications of lavender and frankincense EOs until the wound is well healed. (18 drops of essential oil can be diluted in 1 tablespoon of castor oil for daily care. This is a 4% dilution, for acute issues in localized areas and short-term use.)

Note: When a mole falls off it may or may not create a kind of crater in the skin. Flat moles come OUT in a sense, leaving behind a hole. This is another reason to use frankincense essential oil (which heals on a cellular level and suppresses cancer cell viability), and you can continue to use clove as well, if you feel that more of the mole is below the skin’s surface and still needs to come out. This process can easily take one month. Consult with your doctor. (source)

How to Remove Warts with Essential Oils

Again, the great and effective warrior, this time for wart removal, is clove essential oil (find it here). I applied it neat years ago, before I new anything about essential oils, and was amazed at the results. I did ask my doctor before using essential oil, but even he was surprised at how well it worked.

I used clove oil neat. You may wish to dilute. If you do, your process may take longer.

Since that time, I asked herbalist and aromatherapist Devon Young for her input on wart removal. She says, “Essential oils such as clove, cinnamon, oregano, and lemon balm are all highly antiviral and may help to reduce the size of a wart if diluted in carrier oil and applied to the pad of a bandage, and placed over the wart site. Change bandage daily for best results.”


My wart was on my hand, in a place where a bandage wouldn’t stick. I simply put 1 drop of clove EO directly on the wart each night, and after 10 days the wart had dried up and when I scratched at it a bit the dried part simply came OUT of my hand like a little pebble. The hole that was left behind was not at all gory (which is different than my experience with moles, which are wound-like as they heal); it was dry. I applied lavender essential oil to the hole and it healed completely. There is now no sign that the wart ever existed.

How are others getting rid of warts? We see here that propolis can be used on warts. This post shares the use of several natural ingredients for wart removal. This post shares medical approaches such as using salicylic acid or liquid nitrogen.

Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Devon Young. Devon Young is an herbalist and aromatherapist with a degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from the American College of Healthcare Sciences.ย  She blogs about holistic and sustainable living at, and her first book, The Backyard Herbal Apothecary, will publish Spring 2019.

How to Remove Moles and Warts with Essential Oils {with step-by-step method} #wartremoval #moleremoval #essentialoils #EOremedies #howtoremove #herbalremedies


I’d love to hear about your experiences removing moles or warts!… Comment below with questions or share what you’ve experienced.

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  1. I’m so glad you wrote about this! I do have a questionable mole and would hate to do anything medically. I really appreciate this and you sharing your experience with both moles and warts. SO amazing!

    1. Thanks, Emily! I hope it’s helpful! Feel free to comment again if you go through the process and have anything to add! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Hi Megan thank you so much for the information I have quite a few moles on my face what would you suggest I do to cover the larger areas can I use a gauze or a larger Band-Aid to put the oils on thank you

      1. I have many SK’s on my back. Ugh… I have used ACV with success but you must be diligent as it takes days/weeks to get the SK to start to turn black – sometimes swell up in the process. I have also had success with Compound W gel. Again, it takes many days but when the SK does fall off it doesn’t leave a scar. I am going to try the clove EO now to see how quickly it works in comparison.

        1. Hi Debbie I’ve use apple cider vinegar but it always burn my skin maybe I was using it in a wrong way can you tell me how you were using your apple cider vinegar to remove your moles off your back thank you

    1. Oh good, I’m so glad, Renee!! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a really interesting and helpful process. I love being able to affect my body in such an intimate, supportive way without the cost or complications involved in the surgical process.

    1. I’m not sure how much the carrier oil will slow down the process, but I expect not too much. Moles take longer than warts, so you have to more patient with the whole process with moles. Warts are fast and easy.

  2. I am in the process of removing a small wart on my finger that has been there for about 10 years. The biggest problem I have had in the past is that once one is removed, others crop up because of the virus being let loose again. This time I am using 25,000mg of vitamin A directly dropped onto the wart and left overnight without washing off. After one month of doing this nightly, the wart has diminished drastically and I plan to continue. The bonus of this method is that apparently the vitamin A kills the virus as well which prevents reinfection! And itโ€™s not nasty like popping the warts out.

  3. Do you have pictures of the process with dental floss? I have been considering this option for removing an unwanted protruding mole on my back. Thank you for sharing this!

    1. Hi Ashley, I just have the one photo above of the mole on the band aid after it came off. You can see the dental floss on it, kind of icky. But I don’t have one of the process. You’re welcome and hope it goes well for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Yes, I do. Consult your doctor first to be sure it’s safe for you. If it were me, I’d use the dental floss method I describe above, as if it was a protruding mole.

  4. This is so helpful! I am going to try it on my 12 year-old. He gets scared every time I say it’s time for another wart treatment (freezing) on his wart. Freezing works but makes him afraid, so I am grateful for a much better option!


    1. Hi Becky. The easiest wart removal treatment that I used growing up, as well as in my own household, is completely pain free, cheap and quick. One packet of SLAKED LIME (40 gram)
      (equals 1.41096 ounces) One ounce should be sufficient. “Pour” the SLAKED LIME into an empty half gallon soda bottle, fill with water. Close lid. Shake it up.(Any container with tight lid will do) All the lime will not dissolve. Some will settle at the bottom. Let it stand on the kitchen counter (not in fridge)

      Take 1 tablespoon daily. It tastes terrible, so stir it into Oats porridge.(No milk added) Oats porridge is the only thing that camouflages the taste. Can add sugar/honey. Only pour off from the top of the liquid. DO NOT SHAKE the bottle before use! Once the water level comes close to the sediment at the bottom, add more water and shake it up again. Let it settle before using again. Warts usually fall off after about a week.I have never used up all the Slaked Lime. Once the wart comes off, discard the leftover mixture.

      You might find Slaked Lime at a Pharmacy/Chemist/Drugstore. Else, it is also used for preserving fruit (when making canned fruit), so try your supermarket.

      Happy health

  5. I have used EOs on moles, and I’m hooked. I used a combination of lemon and rosemary. I had a very small growth that I think was a wart (I’m not prone to them) on my finger, and I used rosemary on it and it was gone in only a few days. (As I said, it was very small.) I also used my oils neat, and had no problems. I will definitely try clove EO in the future. As for skin tags, I have removed those by tying them off with dental floss but minus the EO. Do you suppose adding an EO will speed up the process? Thanks for your post. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Lianne, I appreciate you sharing the specifics of what’s worked for you! That’s great to hear. I do think that adding an EO with the dental floss speeds up the process. I also like the fact that clove EO (and many other EOs) is anti-bacterial and may help to prevent any kind of infection. Thanks for your comment!

  6. Thank you for this. I have a large mole that I’ve had since birth, and just started noticing it changing a bit. So obviously I’m worried, but terrified of getting surgically removed. I am thinking of trying your method, but also scared because you said it hurt- but I guess either way it will! ๐Ÿ™ So at the end, did you have to pull it out? Or did it just kind of ‘fall away’? It looks like it was painful to remove! Thank you for taking the time to write out the process. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      You’re welcome, Jennifer. ๐Ÿ™‚ The hurt mostly occurs when the string is tightened. It does hurt quite a bit, but it’s very brief. For me it was definitely worth it. There was no pulling out; it just fell off. Most of the time during the process there is no pain.

  7. thank you for the quick reply – and the candor ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you think it would have dissolved eventually without the floss (just a longer process)? Off to buy some Clove and Castor oil! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. I have a question. Could this method also be used on tags on the skin? I have a few that I would like to remove but not surgically.
    Thank you.

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  9. Can clove oil be used to remove a seborrheic keratosis spot about 5/16โ€ in size? There is a large one with several small ones around it. Itโ€™s flat on the skin where my finger is attached to my hand.

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    2. I would love to hear if you went ahead and tried this on your seborrheic keratin spot! I have a couple as well I was hoping to try good method on.

  10. I can’t wait to try this! One question though ~ what about showers? Keep it covered or expose it for the shower and then treat it after?

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  11. I used Braggs apple cider vinegar and sea salt to remove a skin tag I put it on cotton and did it for maybe four nights in a row, it literally wiped away, I was amazed! It was in a sensitive area [near my bikini line] but the results were amazing and I didnโ€™t have to go to a Dr and use lazer therapy or put strange unknown substances on my skin!

  12. Thank you so much for this! I wish I had seen before having a wart removed from my sons back. The hole has now filled up with scar tissue leaving an unattractive large bump of scarring. Any ideas about getting rid of that?

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      Hi Ilona, sure, no problem. It means using the essential oil all by itself, without a carrier oil– so just straight, directly from the EO jar. It’s very potent in this form, and usually best to dilute it.

  13. I used oregano oil neat on my young sons warts on his feet. His dad was insistent on me bringing him in to have them froze off. At the time I worked at the clinic and knew what that entailed. I was told about the oregano oil and put it on the warts every night before bed and one day it looked as though someone scooped them right out. Several others came out to as it is a virus and when they were gone they were gone have never come back!

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  14. Iโ€™ve used fresh garlic successfully for warts on the hands. I just cut a wee piece of fresh garlic (about the size of the wart) and place it on the wart topped by a bandage. I would do this overnight for 3 nights in a row. After that the wart would start falling apart and eventually disappear altogether. Itโ€™s been several years and theyโ€™ve never come back. The garlic will irritate the surrounding skin a bit so I tried to limit the contact there.

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  15. I had a severely painful wart under my index fingernail for 3 years and had 5 different costly, nauseating doctor’s treatments to no avail. Then I tried a green banana peel on the wart secured with duct tape for 3 nights over a 5 night span. And my wart disappeared without any pain. That was in 2013.
    Also, our sons have had innumerable plantars warts on their feet from being in pond water.

    Over 3 or 4 nights’ span:

    Shower first (helpful if you can)
    Soak feet in white vinegar
    (what we used)
    or apple cider vinegar for 15 to 20
    min. as long as your skin is
    Rub foot/feet entirely with coconut
    Put on clean socks (loose enough
    to slip over toes easily) and go to
    Green banana peels can be used
    in place of vinegar if you like.
    Just wrap the duct tape carefully
    to ensure good circulation while
    keeping the banana peel intact.

    I have also heard that a
    ripened banana peel is preferred
    by some. As long as you have no
    allergies to any of these
    ingredients, your body might
    respond to one or the other better.


    Another remedy for a different finger (knuckle) wart I had was simply putting colloidal silver gel on a bandage (secure with white tape over bandage) overnight. That worked just as fast as the banana peel.
    Natural remedies are usually better, cheaper, faster, and kinder to our bodies. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you for allowing these suggestions on your blog. I’m so thankful to have read about wart removal from another caring person like you. We should help others too.

    P.S. I told the mom of a little girl
    (she had numerous warts on her tiny hands) to give the green banana peels remedy a try. She was so happy that it worked. She said that she had to be diligent about it with her daughter, but it worked really fast like mine did.

    God bless you all!
    Ann Marie Smith

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      Thank you Ann Marie for sharing all those details!! So happy for your successes and insights! Glad you shared! God bless you too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I love this. My question though is… if you remove a mole in this way, what if it is precancerous or cancerous? How do you know? When I’ve had places removed, they send them out for a biopsy and I get the results back. I like the idea of removing them at home but am concerned if there was something to the mole aside from it being an ugly mole.

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      Hi Beth, good questions. That’s why I recommend seeing your doctor first and getting his/her permission or blessing. Of course, most standard medical doctors aren’t trained in safe mole removal at home. My naturopathic doctor examined our moles first and said it was fine. Many functional medical doctors will also have training in this approach. Also, there are many wonderful books on herbs and topical alternative healing for cancer or non-cancerous growths using them, which are helpful to read for home education. Ultimately, there is nothing like connecting with a practitioner you trust and reading up on herbal solutions. Lastly, some moles go deep under the skin, as you know. So if there is any danger of a mole being cancerous, it is important that the entire mole, even under the skin, is removed. This is why my dermatologist took such a huge chunk out of my back so many years ago. He wanted to be sure he got all of it, and he had it biopsied, as you mention. So home removal can involve this deeper level of removal. But, again, you need to work with a doctor and feel comfortable with the process. Cancerous or precancerous moles tend to have several warning signs about their appearance. The big mole we removed from my back did not have these signs. Typically the large moles are benign; it’s the flat misshapen and discolored moles that usually raise concern.

  17. I am trying this tonight!!! So excited to see this bbn post and try it out! I’ve seen/tried just about everything other than seeing a Dr or freezing for my Warts. I have 2 on my left wrist that have been there for ages, and I’ve tried the banana peel method, the apple cider vinegar method, even attempted the freeze off once and I just couldn’t handle the freeze. I sure hope this works!!!

  18. Love your post and ideas! Wanted to share something that has worked fantastic for me for those fuzzy brown patches/moles we get with age called seborreic keratosis. Go to the health food store and get food grade hydrogen peroxide-come wither a pipette.Tiny drop- dont get it on other skin-stings- use everyday. Amazing!!!!

  19. Hi I have several of what seem to be very small warts on my face (I have one on my hand, and I touch my face a lot so it spread). What do you think of treating those, as long as they aren’t around my eyes? I do see my dermatologist soon, and I could arrange to see a doctor trained in integrative medicine before I do anything, so I’ll ask first.

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      Hi Sarah, sounds great that you’re thinking about seeing a doctor who might have some training and input for you! I’m not in a position to recommend what’s best for you, but best wishes as you figure it out!

  20. Hi, love this arrivals, my 1 year old has a large mole on her face just under her eye, can I ask when using the clove with carrier oil did it irritate the surrounding skin still as I know it is a hot oil.

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      I think the dental floss or sterile string would work well on skin tags, using the essential oil near the string to prevent infection and aid the process. Smaller skin tags might be more difficult.

  21. It is safe to use neat of clove EO on breasts, for warts? Area is so sensitive to bandage, is it okay to do this every night till it falls off, instead of using bandage? thanks

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      No, I would not say it is safe. Definitely this is an individual choice and should be done with caution, and preferably under the guidance of a doctor. Any neat use is done with some risk. You can certainly use no bandage, but with a carrier oil base. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. This is so interesting. I didn’t know essential oils could do so much. I have warts on the bottom of my feet that i want to get rid of. I have had warts for about 3 years and really want to get rid of them. Will this treatment work for warts on the bottom of your feet?

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  23. Are moles and skin tags along the same line? I have a huge unsightly skin tag right now and WANT IT GONE! I have all the well known essential oils like clove etc, but was wondering which one would be best for skin tags? Thanks in advance for any help!!

  24. So glad I found this. My son just asked me today if he was always going to have a wart. He will be happy to try this and see how it goes! Love all the benefits of oils! Thank you

  25. I have been looking for good weeks a method of applying essential oils to warts and red moles. after I turned 30 it started aggressively to appear red moles. I have it all over my body. I cannot say that the red one are disturbing me so much as the warts. the warts are not like ordinary flat warts, they are like little wires. and they appeared under my armpits. I was epilating my underarms with epilator and I probably had this kind of wart and I broke it with the epilator, and the virus scattered under both armpits. now I have 10 or more warts. obviously I’m not longer using epilator or blade or anything else to broke them. only depilatory cream.
    how can I treat them? considering that they are thin and many and I cannot apply to each one of them essential oil. I was thinking at a roll on in which I would put carrier oil and clove (or oregano) and to apply on the entire surface of the armpits, without any bandage, 2 times per day, even if the process will last longer.
    can you please help me with some advice, which would be the proportion between the carrier oil and the essential oil? can I apply the same treatment on the red moles as on the brown ones?
    excuse my English, I’m not an English speaker.
    Thank you in advance.

  26. Hi Megan, For after care I was advised to put Vaseline and then a bandage. You said you used castor oil as your carrier oil, but I do not currently have castor oil or Vaseline. Is there another carrier oil I can use instead of the castor oil? Thank you for this informative post!

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