Home Remedy for Warts & Viral Skin Infections

Viruses can be spread via air, water and direct contact. There are many viruses that live in our bodies and never cause us any harm – autopsy results show the average person has 16 viruses in their brain that never caused them any trouble during their lives. Like Candida albicans (a yeast-like type of fungus) that is a normal, natural resident in our body, many viruses only cause “infection” when they get out of balance, or the bioterrain of the host is compromised and the normal immunity, or balance, of the body is damaged.

There are over 150 varieties of common warts that are all caused by viruses (like HPV). Most have a rough surface and appear to have tiny black dots; which are small, clotted blood vessels. Flat warts and plantar warts are also viral infections of the skin.

Warts may be passed from one person to another through skin contact. It is also possible to get warts by using objects previously touched by a person who has warts – like towels and gloves, etc. It can take 2 – 6 months for a wart to appear after viral transmission has taken place.


As with other viral infections, warts are highly contagious. As such, one can “self-spread” these growths (to other parts of your body).

Plantar warts commonly begin in areas where skin is traumatized. One can also get them from communal areas such as locker rooms, bathrooms, and hotel rooms. To minimize the spread of warts to others in such settings, the use of disinfectants and sandals is encouraged.

Risk Factors

Antibiotic Use
Antibiotics are medicines designed to kill harmful bacteria that are causing infection or illness. However, since these drugs also kill off the good bacteria in your body, fungi and viruses can then flourish unchecked. That’s why it’s better to use wild oregano oil, rather than a drug antibiotic, since wild oregano oil kills viruses, fungi, and bacteria. Then, of course, you should also take a high dose of probiotics last thing before bed.

Corticosteroid Use
Corticosteroids (like prednisone) are a group of drugs that suppress inflammation. Unfortunately, these drugs also reduce our immune response and improve conditions for fungal growth, bacterial infection, and viral infection.

Medical Conditions
People with diabetes and some cancers, such as leukemia, are more susceptible to fungal and viral infections than the general population.

Viral Skin Infections

One year, my daughter Zara contracted contagiosum molluscum – a viral infection that she had caught from one of her friends. In her friend, the virus resulted in a rash of dozens of raised, painful nodules all over the back of her leg. Zara just had two nodules total, under her arm, that weren’t bothering her – but if left untreated, it could spread.

Then, my son Hugo also developed a verruca (wart) on the bottom of his foot – this is also caused by a viral infection. And, not surprisingly, one of Hugo’s playmates had one too.

I started off treating these things with just straight wild oregano. But since they were children, they would not sit still to let the wild oregano penetrate for more than 5 minutes or so. I also could only consistently treat them once per day – at bedtime.

When Zara was a baby, she had a candida infection in the skin of her neck/shoulder, and that resolved very quickly with diluted wild oregano (10:1 dilution, 10 drops organic olive oil to 1 drop commercial (NOT Essential) wild oregano oil). But as a baby, I had access to her all day long and so could apply it 3-4 times/day – and also prevent her from inadvertently rubbing it off. So, in these cases, with older children, the wild oregano oil on its own wasn’t working too well.

However, one of my favorite new healing substances is DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide – extracted from tree bark). Not only does DMSO have its own healing abilities, but it binds with water faster and more strongly than water itself. Thus it penetrates deeply into the skin, tissues, and cells of the body, almost instantaneously (by binding to water molecules throughout the body – and we know how much of the body is actually water!). And here’s the other key point: it will carry with it whatever substance it is mixed with (unless the molecular weight is too heavy).

Luckily my kids are used to my experiments and were all willing lab rats in Mum’s latest “search for a cure”! Then, once we perfected the formula, we handed it out to their friends, so they could test it too. This resulted in two different formulas – a Kids Formula for kids up to age 6 and the regular formula for age 6 to adult.

Some interesting facts about DMSO & Wild Oregano

DMSODMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide – extracted from tree bark) instantly transports into the cells and bloodstream anything it comes into contact with. So you must make sure to wash your skin with only natural soap and water (don’t apply any creams). Also use only glass or stainless steel to mix, hold or apply DMSO.

  • After applying topical DMSO anywhere on the body, you can taste it on the tip of your tongue within 30 seconds – it travels through the bloodstream that fast.
  • DMSO binds to free radicals and forms a substance (dimethyl sulfone plus water with the hydroxyl ion) that is readily excreted through urine.
  • DMSO substitutes for water, so it pulls substances through cells that ordinarily would not move through them. The DMSO-water bond is 1.3 times stronger than the water-water bond.
  • DMSO is readily absorbed via topical (skin) or oral application. However, absorption is even better from the GI tract (oral).
    (Source: DMSO Nature’s Healer by Dr. Morton Walker)

WARNING: Dimethyl sulfoxide will transport anything it comes in contact with instantly into the cells. So wash your hands with natural soap before handling, and use only unvarnished wood, stainless steel, or glass to store or apply. Avoid plastics or anything that contains synthetic chemicals that could be transported into your body. May cause skin irritation. Avoid contact with eyes, skin, clothing. Wash thoroughly after handling. In case of eye contact, immediately flush eyes with water and call a physician.

Do not refrigerate, as liquid DMSO crystallizes at temperatures below 67 degrees Fahrenheit. This does not harm the product – just thaw at room temperature.

Wild Oregano OilWild oregano oil has strong anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, which makes it useful for many conditions where pain and inflammation is present. For instance, it is excellent for sore muscles and joints, athletic injuries, as well as open wounds and burns. For those conditions where pain and inflammation are symptoms of infection (ie. toothaches), oil of oregano is the perfect treatment – it aggressively fights invading pathogens, while relieving discomfort. Many people are surprised at its ability to reduce or stop the pain of severe tissue damage (see my treatment for painful Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease). However, veterans of oregano oil argue that it is “the closest thing to morphine in nature”.*

To compliment its pain-killing ability, wild oregano oil also has vulnerary properties, so it speeds the healing of wounds and open sores. Needless to say, it is an invaluable item for first-aid kits and a necessity for anyone who spends time in the backcountry. Oil of oregano is an ideal topical rub for muscles and joints for several reasons: 1) As an essential oil, it deeply penetrates tissue and reaches the source of the problem; 2) Its natural anaesthetic compounds reduce pain; 3) Its anti-inflammatory properties combine with antispasmodic actions, to relax and soothe inflamed and spastic tissue; 4) It is also an antirheumatic, which means it eases the stiffness of joints and improves mobility.

Don’t be afraid to experiment

Your child may be older than six, but if the virus is in a sensitive area – like under the arm or the face, then even older children may still need to use the weaker kids formula. On the flip side, if you’re treating a wart on the foot (for example), then even though the child is younger than 6, the regular formula is best. For adult mucous membranes (lips, nose, genitals) you can try the weaker formula and see if you tolerate that first, if not, you can dilute it further with George’s aloe vera juice. Likewise, if you can tolerate more, then try the regular formula.

For a herpes cold sore on your lip (virus), you can try this formula, or, just straight diluted wild oregano oil (6:1 dilution, 6 drops organic olive oil to 1 drop wild oregano oil). But your best results may come from adding 250 mg L-lysine to the formula or using a commercial product called Super Lysine. L-lysine is very effective at neutralizing the herpes virus – if you can apply it before it erupts, or regularly take it orally, you will likely avoid the cold sore altogether.


For Zara’s (age 6) contagiosum mollluscum under her arm, the skin was very soft and sensitive, so we used the kid’s formula and applied it once per day, at night before bed. This formula worked better and much faster than a popular (and very expensive) product called Zymaderm, which we had also tested.

For Hugo’s (age 3) verruca on his foot, we used the regular formula and just dabbed it on at night. I thought, “There’s no way this is going to work!” Because Hugo would not allow me to put a Band-aid on it (to hold the formula in contact with the wart), and he would only sit still for about 30 seconds before running off to play – effectively wiping it all off on the carpet. In fact, he was so difficult to treat that we didn’t even apply it every day.

The wart had grown quite rapidly and Hugo was complaining that it hurt to walk on that foot (it was on the ball of his foot). In fact, you couldn’t even press lightly on the skin surrounding the verruca, without him yelping. I resigned myself to the fact that due to his refusal to allow proper treatment, we were most likely going to have to go to the doctor and get it removed. So after a couple of weeks of struggling to apply the formula, I just gave up on it and left it alone for a week or so. I figured that when it got so bad that he couldn’t walk, I would take him to the doctor.

Lo and behold, no one was more surprised than me when I looked at his foot at the end of the week and discovered the wart had dried and shrunk, and brushing at it with a Kleenex made the dried-out plug fall out and voila – his foot was perfect. That took about 3 weeks total. There has been no recurrence of a wart on his foot or anywhere else.

I haven’t tested this formula on any bacterial skin infections – but there’s no reason it shouldn’t work equally well.

Jini’s Topical Anti-Pathogen Formula

2 tsp DMSO 99%
1 tsp wild oregano oil
1 tsp tea tree oil
1 tsp colloidal silver (minimum 20 ppm)
1 tbsp cold-pressed castor oil

For usage with warts, also add enough zinc oxide powder to turn the formula into a sticky paste. Add gradually and stir well until you reach the desired consistency; spreadable, but thick/stiff enough to stick to the skin.

  • In a glass container with a pour spout (a glass measuring cup works well), mix together all ingredients. Note: if you have a wide-mouth amber glass jar, then it’s best to mix directly in your storage jar (especially if adding zinc oxide powder).
  • Pour mixture into an amber glass bottle or jar (an empty wild oregano or Natren probiotic bottle works well). Store at room temperature.
  • Shake/stir well to mix and apply using finger, or wooden chopstick, or natural bristle paintbrush to affected area 1 – 3x/day.

*Always do a “patch test” first on a small area and wait for 15 minutes to test for tolerance before applying. If not tolerated, wash off with soap and water and then apply comfrey salve or aloe vera if needed to soothe.

WARNING: For external/topical use only. Do not ingest orally, rectally, or vaginally.

To use on warts, plantar’s warts (verruca) apply topically to the affected area, then soak a small piece of sterile gauze in the solution and apply/wrap it around the affected area. If you have added zinc oxide to the formula (highly recommended for warts) then just apply a layer of the paste directly to the wart. Cover completely with a band-aid or surgical tape to hold in place and leave on overnight. Best to also wear a sock as zinc oxide will permanently stain your sheets.

If you use the zinc oxide version, then you only need to apply it once before bed, and in the morning, remove the bandage to let it breathe all day long.

If you’re using the liquid version, then during the day, also apply topically twice, letting it air dry. You need the balance of having the affected area open to oxygen during the day and then soaking in the solution during the night (or vice-versa; you can bandage it up during the day and leave it free and open at night).

If adding zinc oxide to form a sticky paste – this is a good consistency to aim for

Wart Removal Instructions

Supplies You’ll Need:

1. Jini’s Topical Anti-Pathogen Formula – add enough zinc oxide powder to turn into a sticky paste

2. Sterile Stainless Needle – stainless steel needles are widely available at grocery and drug stores. You can sterilize the needle using a flame from a lighter or match.

3. Emery Board – disposable emery boards are widely available at grocery and drug stores.

4. Band-aids or Corn Plasters – Band-aids and specialized corn plasters are widely available at grocery and drug stores.

All-Natural Method to Remove Warts:

1. Last thing before bed, clean wart with soap and water. Pat dry (with Kleenex, don’t use a towel or you could spread the virus), but leave the wart damp.

2. Scratch the entire wart surface with a sterile, stainless steel needle. Concentrate on the wart’s center and base. You only have to do this once – only before you apply Jini’s Topical Anti-Pathogen Formula for the first time. This should not hurt, but if children are freaked out by the sight of the needle, then just use the emery board alone.

3. Next, use the emery board to scratch and rough up the entire surface of the wart. Scratching and roughing up the surface of the wart helps the mixture to penetrate the wart. You only have to do this once – only before you apply the formula for the first time. If you have performed this step properly, a slight stinging sensation should occur when you apply the mixture – this is how you know the formula is penetrating the wart.

NOTE: If you don’t want to rough up the surface of the wart, or you have a small child who won’t tolerate it, it is not imperative. You can apply Jini’s Topical Anti-Pathogen Formula directly to the wart, it will just take longer to work and destroy the wart.

4. Mix Jini’s Topical Anti-Pathogen Formula to ensure the ingredients have not separated. Apply a small amount of formula – using the end of a metal teaspoon, or a wooden popsicle stick, or chopstick (do not use plastic) – and rub it into the wart until it is partially absorbed (this will take approximately one or two minutes). Make sure you apply enough so the areas you have scratched are covered completely.

5. Then, after the initial application, apply more of the mixture to completely cover the top of the wart and cover with a band-aid. For kids who are wriggly and won’t sit still, or a very large wart, you can use a corn plaster and fill the hole in the middle with the Jini’s Topical Anti-Pathogen Formula.

6. Go to bed and leave treatment in place overnight. In the morning, take off the band-aid and do nothing – just go about your day as normal.

7. Be patient! It can take anywhere from three days to three weeks for the wart to fall off. However, since everyone’s body is different, the process may take longer. For this reason, keep doing the application/bandaging process until the wart has fallen off completely. You do not need to pick at the wart or scrape it again with the emery board. It will just naturally fall off by itself when it is completely dead.

After showering or bathing, when the wart is softened, use a tissue/paper towel to abrade the wart and slough off any dead tissue that is ready to come off – then apply the formula. Maintain sterility around the wart tissue to avoid spreading it to other areas of your body.

Important Notes:

  • Certain types of warts are very hard. It usually helps to soak them in warm soapy water for 20 to 30 minutes before scratching. If necessary, simply scratch harder to penetrate the outer layer. If a slight stinging sensation is not felt, the mixture has not penetrated the wart(s), and the application may not work properly, or take a lot longer to work. Scratch deeper and reapply.
  • Prior to using the method, calluses covering the wart should be softened and removed by immersing them in warm to hot water for 15 to 20 minutes. Calluses, also called keratomas or tylomas, are thickened areas of skin without distinct borders. They may have no pain whatsoever, or they may be quite painful. A callus usually forms at a location that is prone to repeated stress or friction.
  • The treated wart should be covered all night after the mixture is applied. Be careful not to disturb or remove the band-aid, because premature removal can slow the healing process. Zinc oxide powder will stain white anything it contacts, so make sure the formula is well covered with a band-aid or sterile gauze, or wear an old sock.
  • Make sure you mix Jini’s Topical Anti-Pathogen Formula well before each application to ensure ingredients don’t separate. If the mixture begins to dry out, add more castor oil as needed, to bring it back to a paste with gum-like consistency.
  • The wart(s) will usually fall off anywhere between three days to three weeks, though some individuals may take as long as six weeks.
  • Redness on the skin around the treated wart(s) is a natural occurrence and indicates the healing is progressing. Such discoloration quickly disappears.
  • Pink or red tissue is normal after the wart falls off. Normally, the pinkness fades as the tissue becomes environmentally conditioned. Skin tones normally balance out within 15 days, although some people may require several weeks for skin tones to return to normal.


Jini’s Topical Anti-Pathogen Formula is for external use only. If the mixture gets into the eyes, flush thoroughly with water. If unusual discomfort arises, discontinue, or consult a physician.

Child with Wart

Jini’s Topical Anti-Pathogen Kids Formula (for babies to age 6)

1 tsp DMSO 99%
10 drops wild oregano oil
1 tsp tea tree oil
1 tsp colloidal silver (minimum 20 ppm)
2 tbsp cold-pressed castor oil

  • In a glass container with a pour spout (a glass measuring cup works well), mix together the castor oil, silver, and DMSO.
  • Then put wild oregano oil into a 1 tsp measuring spoon, and add tea tree oil until it is full. Stir into formula until well mixed.
  • Pour mixture into an amber glass bottle (an empty wild oregano or Natren probiotic bottle works well). Store at room temperature. Makes 1 oz of formula.
  • Shake/stir well to mix and apply using finger or natural bristle paintbrush to affected area 1 – 3x/day.

WARNING: For external/topical use only. Do not ingest orally, rectally, or vaginally.

*Always do a “patch test” first on a small area and wait for 15 minutes to test for tolerance before applying. If not tolerated, wash off with soap and water and then apply comfrey salve or aloe vera if needed to soothe.


  • Apply Jini’s Topical Anti-Pathogen Formula 1-3x/per day as needed.
  • For warts, after applying the formula, be sure to cover the area with a band-aid or old sock, and leave on overnight. This is to protect against staining from zinc oxide. Then, leave open to breathe during the day, or vice-versa (treat during the day, leave open at night).
  • Experiment as needed with the two formulas (regular or kids formula) depending on age, location, or severity.
  • Reduce sugar in your diet as much as you can – sugar suppresses the immune system. And supplement with Natren probiotics to create a healthy gut flora.
  • Take supplements to bolster your immune and endocrine health, like MultiAbsorb Immune Booster, vitamin D3, and QuikPlus atom-sized ionic minerals.