Q. I have had success using fresh pineapple peel on a plantar wart. I applied the pineapple skin to the wart overnight with the fleshy fruit side toward the foot. I saved the peel in a plastic bag in the fridge so I could reapply it several nights in a row.

I found it easier to keep the pineapple skin in place with a callus cushion. I centered the plantar wart in the hole, fit the pineapple into that and covered it with a bandage. An added benefit: the fresh pineapple is delish!

A. We have heard about applying banana skin to warts, but this is the first time we have read that pineapple might be beneficial. An ingredient in pineapple, bromelain, has both anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating effects, so there is a plausible mechanism of action.

Some people tell us that pineapple is good for joint pain, as this reader did: “I read on your website about pineapple for arthritis and it has certainly helped me. I eat a slice of fresh pineapple daily. Without the pineapple, I wake each day feeling every joint in my hands has been broken.”

Anyone who would like to learn more about pineapple, bromelain and other anti-inflammatory food and spices may find our book, The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies, of value. 

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  1. SGH
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    I think you’re right-on about the enzyme Bromelain being the probable benefit with the pineapple remedy. Because of the Bromelain, I can’t eat pineapple; it upsets my stomach, so I avoid it. Interestingly, I can eat it if it’s been cooked, e.g. on a baked ham, upside down cake, etc. Glad to know Bromelain is good for something.

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