The People's Perspective on Medicine

Banana Peel Cured Wart

Q. I went to the doctor with six warts on my arm. I wanted to get rid of them before my wedding in November. He froze them off but they came back worse, red and blistered.

I read on your site about banana skin for warts. I didn’t believe it would help but I tried it. After two days, my warts had dropped off.

Before bed, I cut a piece of banana skin to cover my warts with the white fleshy side touching the wart. I wrapped a bandage over it and taped it up so I couldn’t scratch at it in my sleep. In the morning I removed the bandage and used the shower to hose them down. Whenever I got a spare minute throughout the day I put more banana skin on the warts; then at night I did the treatment again.

My warts have dried up. I hope they will not grow back.

A. Thanks for sharing your fast success. Wart remedies are highly variable. What works well for one person may be totally ineffective for another. We’re glad this inexpensive and safe remedy did the trick.

Other readers have had success with a wide range of remedies, from castor oil to duct tape. Garlic, Listerine and turmeric may all seem implausible but people have found them helpful as well. You can learn more about such approaches in our book from National Geographic, The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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I had a large wart on my left wrist about the size of a nickle. It was raised and had seeds. I tried to scrape it off, used tea tree oil, Freeze-Off, duct tape, banana peel, etc. No luck,it just became more irritated, perhaps I didn’t try long enough and was ready to go to a dermatologist.
From People’s Pharmacy I saw vinegar suggested. I put Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar on a small cotton ball and put a bandage over it most of the day and night. When I looked, it had turned black and I knew it was working. It formed a scab and eventually that fell off, smaller scabs formed and it is now cured. Thank you!

I had a wart on my hand that the dermatologist tried to burn off. Didn’t work. Put nail polish on it and also lemon. The wart is almost gone. Now I have a corn in between two toes and am trying to get rid of it by making sure there is no irritation… but it is still there. Does anyone have suggestions for natural cures for corns?

Banana peel as a solution to planter’s warts was offered several months ago on this site. I had them for decades, but decided to give the banana peel a try. It worked! It took some weeks, but I have been wart free for months.

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