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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 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.
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.
- Put a few drops of clove essential oil (find it here) on a cotton swab. (Find sustainable swabs here.)
- Put the swab on the mole, wetting it well.
- Put a few drops carrier oil on a small section of cotton. (Find organic cotton here.) Add a few drops of clove essential oil.
- 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.
- Leave the bandage on for 24 hours.
- 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.
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. 😉
If you’re interested in removing moles with apple cider vinegar, this is the post I first read on that topic.
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. She blogs about holistic and sustainable living at NittyGrittyLife.com, and her first book, The Backyard Herbal Apothecary, will publish Spring 2019.