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Get Rid of Warts, Moles, and Skin Tags With Castor Oil and Baking Soda

I've had a decades-long fascination with herbs and natural healing and found that many such treatments can be quite successful.

Having a lot of moles can be frustrating! Let's learn how to get rid of them

Having a lot of moles can be frustrating! Let's learn how to get rid of them

Trying to Get Rid of Moles?

I’ve probably removed a dozen moles and innumerable skin tags using castor oil and baking soda. Frankly, I’ve lost count of the moles and skin tags I've done away with in numerous batches.

Always consult with a licensed medical professional or dermatologist before removing skin growths at home.

Discutient Effects of Castor Oil

Medical-Dictionary defines "discutient" as a remedy that scatters or causes a lesion or tumor to disappear. This means a discutient is potentially capable of dissolving tumors, abnormal growths, swellings, and cysts. Castor oil is a discutient. For some inexplicable reason to me, the addition of baking soda makes this remedy more effective.

Removing Moles and Skin Tags with Castor Oil and Baking Soda

Moles and skin tags can potentially be removed by applying a drop of castor oil, mixed with a pinch of baking soda to them twice daily, morning and night. Even once daily works, though it may take a bit longer. Continue the application until the mole or skin tag is gone. If you have many skin tags over a large area of your skin, just apply the castor oil mixture to the whole area.

Don’t worry if you forget to use it once in a while.

Castor bean plant

Castor bean plant

Origins of the Castor Oil-Baking Soda Remedy

I first ran across this remedy in Edgar Cayce’s Encyclopedia of Healing. Cayce suggested both using castor oil alone and occasionally mixing it with a pinch of baking soda before applying. I have used castor oil alone, but many times using it on myself I have switched to castor oil mixed with baking soda out of impatience. It's possible that baking soda speeds up the process.

This is a very old remedy known to many of our foremothers. Back in the early 1980s when I first tried it, I mentioned it to our elderly neighbor, Mrs. Hollingsworth, who was in her '80s at the time.

She replied, “Oh, yes. Whenever I get a mole or a growth, I just put castor oil on it till it goes away.”

I suspect this is a very old “granny” remedy, and I am told that it used to be common to apply castor oil to any growths on cows’ udders to remove them.

How Long Does It Take?

Some moles take longer than others. Based on my experience, the maximum amount of time it takes for a mole to disappear is two months. I say this because that is the longest it ever took me. Some small, superficial moles will disappear in as little as one month.

The Dissipation Process

  • For four to six weeks, you will probably see little or no change.
  • After six weeks or so, if the mole is one of the large, prominent, “raspberry” types, it will begin to shrivel. Superficial moles will dry up so that they look like scabs of dead skin. They will fall off too, or you can scratch them off, as you would a scab. You may notice a small indentation in the skin where the mole used to be, but this will heal without leaving a mark.
  • At the very end, it will dry up and flatten out so that it looks like a small raisin that someone stepped on. You will notice that the mole is practically hanging by a thread to the skin.
  • The mole or skin tag will then fall off.

Tips and Tricks for Using Castor Oil on Skin Tags and Moles

If you are removing numerous skin tags over a large area, you will probably not see changes in the skin tags, and will likely not notice that some are gone. The day will come when you apply the castor oil mixture and realize that you don’t feel the skin tags anymore; all of them are gone and the skin feels smooth.

It may be possible to hasten this process by applying a drop of the castor oil mixture and covering the mole with a band-aid so that the castor oil doesn’t rub off and is in continuous contact with the mole.

I think you’ll be surprised and delighted if you try this old-time method.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Questions & Answers

Question: I have a large raised mole on my face I'm using castor oil and baking soda on. It has been a little over a week. The mole is sore and scabbing a bit on the outside. Is this normal?

Answer: I have never known of soreness or scabbing to occur using this method. I would suggest you see a doctor.

Question: Will moles that are flat disappear with castor oil and baking soda?

Answer: Yes.

Question: What kind of castor oil should I use to get rid of skin tags?

Answer: While there are several kinds of castor oil, in this article I'm referring to the "regular" kind that you can buy at Wal-Mart or any drug store.

Question: How long will it take to remove a wart?

Answer: The time varies, but a wart usually goes away in two months or less.

Question: How long do I leave the Castor Oil and Baking Soda mixture on the skin tag before I wash it off?

Answer: It's best to leave it on continually, and not wash off. The next time you shower, re-apply.

Question: Will removing warts, moles and skin tags with castor oil and baking soda leave a scar? If so, what can you refer to remove the scar?

Answer: I have never found removing a mole with castor oil to leave a scar. There may be a red spot for a few days, but if there is the redness will fade quickly.

Question: I've been using this method to remove moles for about a month. Lately, I noticed a "peel" growing on the moles I'm treating. My question is: should I peel it off or wait until my mole turns into a scab like you mentioned? Does it mean the moles are close to falling off?

Answer: It's hard to say where you are in the process, as the amount of time can vary. It's probably best not to "pick at" the mole, but I think gentle exfoliation would be fine.

Question: Can I pre-mix the castor oil and baking soda and what would be the "shelf life" if I pre-mix?

Answer: The only issue I can see is that baking soda, especially if the box has been opened, will draw some moisture from the air. One way you can tell that baking soda has some moisture in it is that it becomes lumpy. There is probably some moisture content even in an unopened box of baking soda.

Neither baking soda nor castor oil is attractive to bacteria. Moisture, on the other hand, is attractive to bacteria. This is why, in cosmetic formulation, any product that contains water must also contain a preservative. Normally, it is suggested that any formulation that contains water should be kept refrigerated and used up within two days.

Since there is a risk of moisture contamination, I would not suggest pre-mixing. Also, I can see very little advantage in doing so.

Question: Would caster oil alone be enough to get rid of flat moles?

Answer: I think castor oil alone will work. (I have never tried castor oil alone.) I think the baking soda just speeds up the process.

Question: Does castor oil and baking soda work for freckles & beauty spots that are inside skin & are not touchable?

Answer: I don't believe it does. There are a few topical applications that are claimed to help with freckles, age spots, and hyperpigmentation. These would include chemical peels (usually glycolic acid--easy to do at home), and various skin lightening products. I've found that glycolic acid peels have done little to reduce hyperpigmentation. I'm not sure how well skin-lightening products would work as spot applications.

My understanding--and I'm no expert--is that these types of discoloration are best corrected with micro-needling. You can buy micro-needling kits for home use, and I'm told they're fairly inexpensive. They are also said to reduce the appearance of scars. I've never gotten around to trying this--I fear I don't have the patience--but I may have to do so some time soon.

Question: Do you know if this would work on other types of growths such as seborrheic keratoses?

Answer: I don't believe it would. I looked into this at one time--though I'm not sure what type of keratosis I looked into. One common suggestion was to apply apple cider vinegar. You might try googling that.

Question: Any chance of this remedy, with the baking soda, removing wrinkles?

Answer: I would say no chance at all. However, there are many skin care products that help reduce "the appearance of" wrinkles. I think exfoliation--especially using glycolic acid peels--helps. There are several fine cosmetic oils that nourish the skin, and moisturizing will plump up the skin to diminish wrinkles.

I like the 7% glycolic acid toner from The Ordinary for basic moisturizing. Over that (at night) I apply an oil serum that is a blend of oils like rose hip, pomegranate seed, sea buckthorn, and some others. You can also apply such popular serums as hyaluronic acid, retinol, and Vitamin C. Micro-needling is also often suggested.

A good skin care routine can work wonders.

Question: If I don’t want to use baking soda and just use castor oil, as the baking soda dries up overnight creating red marks on my face, would it take longer and would it be as effective?

Answer: Many people are sensitive to baking soda. I think castor oil alone would be effective--though it might take a bit longer.

Question: Can I lower the amount of baking soda to remove my mole? Will it still work?

Answer: I am pretty sure that castor oil alone will work. But baking soda does seem to speed things up.

Question: For the process described in this article, are you talking about cold-pressed or regular castor oil for moles on your face?

Answer: I have always used regular castor oil, but I don't see why cold-pressed wouldn't work.


Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on May 07, 2020:

I have never had a mole that I removed with castor oil and baking soda come back.

Many years ago, I had two large moles surgically removed and one started to come back about ten years later. I removed that one with castor oil and baking soda and it has not come back, as of about 30 years later.

Teresa on May 06, 2020:

I wonder about the root of a mole. When removed with castor oil and baking soda, does it come back since the roots are not killed?

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on March 04, 2020:

Tea tree oil--or any other essential oil--will blend easily with castor oil or any other carrier oil.

It may be that there are some essential oils that help to remove moles, though I know of none. But I haven't researched this, either.

Kannauj Attar on March 03, 2020:

Castor oil is good but it is still a carrier oil. It will work more fine if we mix some essential oil in it. How about tea tree oil: ? Will it blend well with castor oil?

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on February 10, 2020:

Almost all drug stores carry castor oil. Walmart also carries it in the pharmacy section. I would order online only if I needed large quantities. (I order by the gallon for soap making, but you will need only a small bottle.)

Danika Deltoro on February 09, 2020:

Thank you for your post. I have been wanting to find a natural/ nonsurgical way of removing some moles that I just hate. I am looking forward to giving this a try. I don't know where to get castor oil... I live in a very small town, can I order from like Thanks so much

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on December 02, 2017:

Such helpful information. I have discovered such interesting facts about the health benefits of herbs and natural medicine. After the death of my husband and soul mate I started reading everything I could about natural cures especially for cancer.

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on December 01, 2017:

Many people have had success using castor oil for hair growth--meaning not only to encourage hair to grow but also to get thinning hair to grow back in, including eyebrows and eyelashes.

You don't need baking soda for this. You can use plain castor oil.

What I do is to apply castor oil to my hair about once a week as a hair mask. Leave it on for a couple of hours or overnight and wash out.

This seems to work well for some people, but not necessarily for everyone. I think it has helped my hair thicken to some extent, and also somewhat restored my eyebrows (which were mostly gone). I am 70, so it may be too late for me.

There are some other oils that are claimed to help restore thinning hair. One of these is black cumin seed oil, which is probably the best documented. You could blend castor oil and black cumin seed oil for a hair mask, if you wanted to get all crazy. Also, some essential oils are said to encourage hair growth and re-growth: cedarwood, thyme, and/or lavender are often suggested. Rosemary essential oil strengthens hair, so it's a good one. You could blend these with castor oil to make a hair mask.

There is also a commercial product called Vioxin that I've heard good reports about. But the seller of Vioxin will tell you than if hair loss has advanced to the stage where the hair follicles have died, it won't work. Still, some people have told me it works really well.

mark e. on November 29, 2017:

can i use baking soda and castor oil for hair growth?

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on September 10, 2017:

I did a little searching to try to find out about this issue. As best I can tell, castor oil is not one of the oils that is commonly extracted using solvents such as hexane. All the brands of castor oil I see for sale seem to be cold pressed, though it would be worthwhile to check the label.

Oils that are solvent-extracted are canola oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, and corn oil. It is my belief that it is a bad idea to to ingest these oils. Also, many essential oils are solvent-extracted.

While I haven't looked into this deeply, I'm inclined to think that solvent-extracted oils are fine for external use. For example, I use canola, sunflower, safflower, grapeseed, and coconut oils in making soaps and lotions. While organic versions of these oils are available for purchase, these are much more costly. Here's a good place to do price comparisons:

Few, if any, makers of soaps, lotions, and other products intended for external use place any emphasis on using only organic ingredients (which would be the only way you could be assured that no ingredients were solvent-extracted).

Further, there doesn't seem to be any meaningful enforcement of "organic" claims in personal care products, though there are (incomprehensible, to me) guidelines, and certification is possible. I asked the manager of my local health food store if their personal care products were organic, and he said they had no methods in place for documenting this, and that they had no "certified organic" personal care products, nor any products claiming to be organic.

I happened to look into this matter recently because I found myself in competition with another soap maker at our farmers' market, who was claiming that her soap was organic. While this is not impossible, it struck me as unlikely--plus I had my doubts that she even understood what "organic" means, or what the actual requirements would be for an organic product. This particular market has no procedure in place requiring documentation of such claims.

Some farmers' markets only permit the sale of organic products--though this is unusual. One of our local farmers' markets only allows the sale of organic products and requires that produce vendors be "certified organic," so that their regulation is taken care of by the government. Since there is apparently no meaningful enforcement of "organic" labeling of soaps and personal care products, the market masters require vendors who sell such products to provide documentation of their use of organic ingredients, and require that these products be at least 50% organic. In other words, they have adopted do-it-yourself enforcement, in the absence of any meaningful government regulation, and have concluded that 50% organic is about the best they can hope for. These people are pretty hard core, too.

Bottom line: Certified Organic personal care products for external use are hard to come by. Retailers probably do not allow organic claims on personal care products without certification. When artisans and farmers' market vendors make "organic" claims, you should probably assume this is hype and/or ignorance, and that the artisan or vendor likely does not know what "organic" means in this context.

In the context of Mary's comment, it means that, while hexane-free castor oil is easy to come by, solvent-extracted oils are ubiquitous in personal care products, enforcement of organic claims is virtually nonexistent, and anyone can claim their products are "organic" (hexane-free) without proof.

Mary on September 08, 2017:

Just remember to use hexane free castor oil, you can find at health food stores.

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on August 15, 2017:

Thank you for sharing. It is so interesting that these old cures sometimes work better than expensive over the counter treatments.

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on August 13, 2017:

I feel very confident this will work to remove your mole. I am not sure if you really need the baking soda. I would suggest you use it, unless you notice skin irritation.

Ruthie16 on August 11, 2017:

Hi, i am planning to remove my mole around my eyebrow and the size is like a raspberry and it's sometimes make me feel sad about it. And really wishing to remove it naturally without going to a expensive treatment. Do i really need to use baking soda with my castor oil or castor oil alone will do its work? I hope to hear feom you and sending you good vibes

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on July 30, 2017:

Jay, I have sometimes noticed that the skin around the mole get a little pink from this application. This is probably because baking soda can slightly irritate the skin, in some people. (Some people are more sensitive to it than others.) Castor oil never irritates skin, to my knowledge.

I would suggest using less baking soda in the mixture, or omitting the baking soda for a day or two, or using baking soda in the mixture only every other day.

I'm pretty sure castor oil alone will remove moles, and that the baking soda just gives the treatment a boost. So if the irritation bothers you very much, you could just proceed using only castor oil.

Jay on July 30, 2017:

Hey Author, i tried it today and after i washed it off from my face i saw that the skin around the mole was very faintly red in colour, so is it normal? Should i continue with it?

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on July 28, 2017:

Gayla, I think it would be fine to mix some castor oil and baking soda in a small container, so you wouldn't have to make it fresh daily. The baking soda will probably sink to the bottom of the mixture, and you'll have to stir it before use.

Mixtures of oils and other substances than contain no water will not spoil--as long as you don't get water in it by using it with wet hands, or from water splashing into it.

You will probably want to use a container with a lid.

Gayla on July 28, 2017:

Can I make up a small batch in bowl and continue use or do I need to make a fresh amount daily?

Jay on July 28, 2017:

Im just worried about the identation.... I hope my skin gets perfect after this leaving no identation! *fingers crossed*

Kate Burkett from Seattle/Hawaii on July 23, 2017:

Thanks, this is great! I burnt off a skin tag with apple cider vinegar but it was very painful. This sounds more mild and I have both of those ingredients in my medicine cabinet. I will let you know how it goes.

Aj on July 18, 2017:

Thank you... I have consulted doctor and they said it is a normal mole not cancerous and can be removed surgically... But I don't want to undergo painful procedures... So thought of trying this method...

I am not having this mole since birth... I got it when I was 15 years old...

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on July 18, 2017:

Aj, this might be a case where you should consider seeing a doctor. While castor oil and baking soda are completely harmless, and I can see no reason for not continuing with it, you seem to have something a little different going on here. Have it looked at, if possible.

Aj on July 17, 2017:

Thank you so much for your reply. I am applying for flat moles and it is working. but m having problem only with my raised mole on face.

if i stop applying mixture once i find that white thick layer on my raised mole and apply only castor oil that layer dissolves and have only black dried mole but if i continue castor oil and baking soda mixture that white skin type layer grows back. i am applying it twice a day and leaving it 24*7(that layer appears to be skin type once it falls,not sure skin or some kind of growth)

so if i apply only castor oil how long will it take to get rid of that mole? or should i continue castor oil and baking soda mixture? that mole is making my face look very ugly. please reply

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on July 17, 2017:

Aj, I've never heard of this happening, and I have no idea what's going on with this.

Aj on July 16, 2017:

I have been using castor oil and baking soda mixture on my small raised black mole on my face from 2 months and a thick layer of skin grows on top of my mole. after 20-25 days that layer on mole dries up and falls off. after it falls if i apply again the skin will grow again,dry and then fall. but the mole is still there. is this supposed to happen? is it working?

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on April 29, 2017:

It's wonderful to hear that! I used oil of thyme (white thyme) to remove two very large and deep plantar warts, but I've heard many people say castor oil also works to remove warts. Castor oil is probably the better choice, since it is much less expensive and doesn't have the strong penetrating odor of oil of thyme.

Buck on April 28, 2017:

I used castor oil on a planters wart on my foot, around day 23 the thing just peeled out of my foot, it was gnarly. Healed up no problems. Never came back.

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on April 19, 2017:


Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on January 19, 2017:

Thank you for a lovely informative hub. Will most certainly try it.

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on November 19, 2016:

Gayle, I'm so happy to hear that!

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on November 19, 2016:

Gayle, I'm so happy to hear that!

Gayle on November 15, 2016:

It took almost 2 months for a large raised mole to fall off...and my skin looks great underneath! Working on smaller moles now.

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on October 27, 2016:

I don't know for sure. I don't think they have for me. I did have one mole start to grow back, but I'm not sure if it was one that I had removed with the castor-oil method, or one of the ones I had removed surgically some 10 years before I discovered the castor-oil method. Whichever it was, I was able to remove it again with castor oil and baking soda.

Andreea on October 26, 2016:

Did your moles ever get back with this method after they desapear?

Katy on October 18, 2016:

Thank you so much! ♥ Have a great day!

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on October 17, 2016:

Your English is very good!

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on October 17, 2016:

This method has worked for me many, many times. Most likely the big moles will dry out more and you'll wake up one morning and they'll be gone--fallen off on your pillow overnight or something. I have never noticed any scarring, though it would be best not to scratch at the moles if they seem to be hanging on by a thread, but just let them fall off on their own.

Kati on October 17, 2016:

I'm using castor oil for about 1 month and half and i have doubts. Do you really get rid of moles? I just need someone to teel me this is going to work. I have a lot of moles on my face 3 big and 100 little and flat. One of the flat ones become lighter and that is awesome and the big moles are dried a little on the outside. I feel like this in going to work but i have a little doubt. do you think i will get rid of them without scarring ? Thanks for reading this and sorry if my english is bad but i'm romanian. I also used everynight before i put the castor oil on my hole face an scrub, i think exfoliating helps too.

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on October 11, 2016:

Castor oil taken internally could have an adverse effect on pregnancy. It has been used internally both as an abortificant and to help induce labor. Still, it's hard for me to imagine that a drop of castor oil a day, applied externally, could have any adverse effects related to pregnancy. You might ask your doctor, just to be sure though.

Caime on October 11, 2016:

I have a skin tag/mole that trippled in size when I got pregnant. It's about 5mm now. Am thinking of trying this method than opting for surgery to cut it off. My concern would be if the mixture would affect me in any way since am pregnant. The mole is on my groin.

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on July 07, 2016:

I've never seen this type of result, but I think daily application over a period of time would remove the mole completely.

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on July 07, 2016:

I have sometimes noticed moles "puffing up" during this process, before falling off. I think you will succeed in removing the mole if you continue.

Mahwishidrees on July 03, 2016:

Plz help me applying this mixture every 4th day a thin layer i peel off from mole and mole is still there does it happen to you because mole is still there?

Mahwish on July 02, 2016:

My mole was flat and by applying this mixture now it is raised like a pimple and faded is it working or not? Should i continue with the procedure?

bo jangles on June 30, 2016:

I've found a large difference in cold pressed , cold processed castor oil (like the home health brand) vs the heat processed kinds you find in drug stores.

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on June 25, 2016:

If you are experiencing a lot of irritation, you probably did the right thing by discontinuing this approach. My experience is that I have never experienced skin irritation from this treatment--or it was so slight that I don't remember it. I don't know why you would experience this, but it may be that this treatment is not for you.

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on June 25, 2016:

The castor oil and baking soda is completely harmless and you should continue applying.

ChrisDino on June 24, 2016:

I have been applying this castor oil / baking soda method to several moles on my chest for 21 days, morning and night.

The areas on which the paste was applied are becoming very irritated. A lot of acne in those areas also started showing up. I know that if I cease now, the acne will clear as it is likely caused by the paste clogging pores and irritated skin.

I also tried lightly scratching the biggest moles with a wooden toothpick. That seemed to irritate the skin more and caused a burning sensation. I did that once. I don't want to do it again. I applied calendula to promote healing and ease the pain.

Is this irritation normal? None of the moles to which the paste was applied have fallen off; however, I know you said that six weeks is the amount of time things start happening. I'm just afraid if the irritation continues, it may leave scars. on June 24, 2016:

I am using castor oil with baking soda i noticed a small hole on the mole should i stop the procedure r contunue applying mixture?

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on June 18, 2016:

I've had this happen with small moles. Sometimes they come off in a fairly short time, and you can scratch them off.

Happy on June 14, 2016:

I've been using this method for around 3 weeks just over night with a bandaid over it and wash it off in the morning when I shower and I'm using it for brown spot which is on my face. At first it turned very dark nearly black and tonight I noticed it was a little itchy so,I scratched it and it started to peel off, the skin underneath is much lighter, I'm still going to put it on at night until I'm satisfied with the results, so far I'm very happy.

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on May 08, 2016:

I honestly don't know if this will work with brown age spots, though there is no reason not to give it a try. As for Seborrheic keratoses, my impression from researching this is that it does not. I once looked into actinic keratosis. I have no experience with it, but the most promising thing I found just from researching it online was to apply apple cider vinegar. I have no idea if it works. You might check and see if there are reports of it working for seborrheic kertoses.

knittingkp on May 08, 2016:

Does the method work with brown age spots that are not raised?

Does it work with Seborrheic keratoses?

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on April 06, 2016:

All the castor oil I have seen has been clear, without even the faintest yellow tint. But if the product you purchased is castor oil, it should work. Baking soda used in cooking and baking is fine. (Baking soda has many uses!)

Riya on April 01, 2016:

The castor oil I use is of yellowish color and baking soda is cooking soda. Is it appropriate?

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on March 04, 2016:

Our family applies castor oil around the eye and over the eyelid to cure pink eye. Sometimes it will alleviate the pain of a toothache if you apply it to your face over the infected tooth. I understand it has been used to cure growths on the udders of milk cows. Castor oil packs have been used to treat cancer, too.

Meena from Bangalore on March 02, 2016:

castor oil is the best grandma medicine, still in village my grandma uses this caster oil as home remedy. This is new to me, that it cures warts and moles. I have a small mole on my nose, want to try this.

Reem on January 23, 2016:

I have a very small two superficial spots (I hesitate call them moles) on my nose. They bother me so much!! And I always cover them with concealer or foundation, but when it comes to swimming pools or sleepover parties I'm dead -_- I'll try this and I wish it works perfectly without leaving monuments cuz u know "nose" is an obvious part and there's no way to hide it if something happen.

Thanks for sharing btw :)

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on November 16, 2015:

From what I've read, castor oil/baking soda is not very help for this. However, I have read that applying apple cider vinegar works for many people.

ola on October 26, 2015:

can it be use for keleoid formation

Marlene Bertrand from USA on June 26, 2015:

I am excited to try this! I have those little moles all over my face and would love to get rid of them. Thanks for sharing such an easy remedy.

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on June 26, 2015:

I have always used white castor oil.

Sean on June 24, 2015:

Thanks a lot for your reply, blueheron! Really appreciate it.

Mine is not a mole. It's a skin tag that has always been black in color.

I've several under my arm pits, a few on my back, two on the neck, and one on the face. I am trying the castor oil + baking soda mix for one on the neck.

elena on June 23, 2015:

should we use black castor oil or white for this purpose?

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on June 20, 2015:

I've known this to happen sometimes. I'm pretty sure that if you persist the mole will eventually shrivel and fall off. Large moles seem to take about two months.

Sean on June 20, 2015:

I've been applying baking soda & castor oil paste to a black skin tag on my neck for a week, but it has only doubled in size!!

Has anyone else experienced this?

Many reports indicate it should shrivel and eventually fall off but the opposite happened. Now, I am not sure if I should continue.

Thanks for any help.

Sara on February 16, 2015:

I have heard Apple Cyder Vinegar will rid the moles in 10 days. You put the Cyder on a cotton ball then bandage it onto the mole so it stays put overnight while you sleep. It gets a little irritated but not so much it's unbearable.

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on December 12, 2014:

I've sometimes noticed changes in moles when applying the castor oil/baking soda mixture. I'm not aware of any possible ill effects or contraindications to applying this mixture, but if you are worried, you might want to talk with your doctor.

jazz kenedy on December 10, 2014:

i have a small flat mole on my nose.i I tried leaving the mixture on overnight on a mole but in the morning it rose and became i m so worried because it became dark.please tell me what to do???

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on March 30, 2014:

How long it takes to remove a mole is likely to be highly variable. Some small, superficial moles can be removed quickly. Some larger ones may extend beneath the skin--in other words, they are bigger than they look--and take more time.

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on March 29, 2014:

Thanks for your success story! The bandaid method probably does speed things up.

kmaskreations on March 29, 2014:

Several years ago, I tried this also and it worked. But the instructions I had said to massage the mixture into the mole for a couple of minutes, then cover with a band-aid, keeping it covered. It took about a week doing this twice a day. Good hub. Thanks for sharing.

frogyfish from Central United States of America on March 14, 2014:

Very interesting information and comments too. I have a couple of small moles on my arm I want to try this combo on. Thanks for sharing!

hrh tips on February 13, 2014:

Just put a pinch of baking soda in the palm of your hand, add a drop of castor oil and mix together with your finger.

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on December 20, 2013:

With flat moles, what I've seen is that the mole seems to become dry and crusty, almost like a scab. It can often be scratched off the way a scab can, but I wouldn't rush this unless it seems to come off easily.

Lalaland la on December 20, 2013:

But how does it works for flat moles, does it fall off or does it dissapear ?

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on December 20, 2013:

I have found it effective for all kinds of moles. It does often take some persistence. I can't claim to have done any large double-blind studies on this, or anything of that sort. I have just found that it worked for me--countless times. If you are finding that it doesn't work for you, then I can only suggest you pursue some other aproach of a more traditional kind.

Lalaland la on December 19, 2013:

Hi, I also tried first only castor oil and it didn't word.After that i mixed it with baking soda. And there is no change. Is it also effective for flat moles. Because I only have flat moles.

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on December 01, 2013:

Ooops! That was "a woman," not "a winab." I can't seem to edit on this computer.

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on December 01, 2013:

Metody, the castor oil/baking soda mixture must be left on your skin. If your mole is in an exposed area, particularly on your face, probably the best thing to do is to apply the mixture at night. (I personally knew a winab who went around with a bandaid on her nose for a month or so, to remove a wart.) A once-a-day application will work work, but may take longer. Applying the mixture and covering with a bandaid might be a good option, if the mole is on your arm, or some exposed location other than your face.

I have never tried using a bandaid, but it seems like a good idea, when possible, since it would keep the mole inconstant contact with the mixture and prevent it from rubbing off.

metody panayotov on November 27, 2013: you say once or twice a day but you don't explain for how long so that it counts.What is the amount of time for it to be on my mole before I wash it off {I can't leave it 24/7 because it would not be appropriate at work}.

Thank you for your help!

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on November 23, 2013:

Just put a pinch of baking soda in the palm of your hand, add a drop of castor oil and mix together with your finger. Apply this to the moles once--or preferably twice--a day. Keep doing this until the moles come off. I have sometimes known small moles to dry up in two or three weeks, so that you can scratch them off like a scab.

meena on November 21, 2013:

i have a small moles in my face how to use the oil

blueheron on October 28, 2013:

I have found that two months is about the maximum time it takes for a mole to fall off. It also seems like you see little change in the mole until towards the end of this time. I think you should persist, even if it takes a bit longer.

I am guessing that your mole is in an exposed spot, where you don't want a bandaid--or several bandaids. It also sounds like you aren't comfortable with applying the castor oil/baking soda mixture and just leaving it on--which is pretty much what you have to do. I know it would be unpleasant to have to apply this mixture and leave it, say, on your face 24/7.--though I once removed a facial mole using this method, and it didn't bother me.

I'd just suggest that you persist--maybe increasing the application to twice a day--and be sure to add a pinch of baking soda to the drop of castor oil. I've never had this method fail.

There was only one time that I gave up on it, and that was because I realized that what I thought was a flesh-colored mole was really a small sebaceous cyst. (There's a method for these, too, but it's quite a bit more detailed.)

metody panayotov on October 27, 2013:

Are you sure that if you complete the whole routine after two months I will have the result of wiping them out completely because I have tried the method for a month and a half and there was a little to almost no difference but yes I've skipped a few times and it was once a day.So if I follow all your directions but not the band aid for how much time do I have to keep the mixture on my skin?

P.S I would really appreciate your pointers because I loath those little......

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on August 20, 2013:

You should apply it at least once a day for two months. Twice a day is probably faster. Some moles come off in as little as a month. You really have to be persistent with this.

RH on August 20, 2013:


I tried leaving the mixture on overnight on a flat mole on my neck but in the morning it rose and became worse. This was over a year ago and it still hasn't gone down. How did you apply it? Did you wash it off after 10 minutes or so? Thanks.

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on August 14, 2013:

It will probably take two months. That's been my experience. You could try applying the castor oil/baking soda twice a day. Putting a bandaid over this to keep the mixture in constant contact with the mole might also speed things up.

neko on August 14, 2013:

I have a mole just above my lips. The size is something around 3mm. Will it take too long to come off if i start using this remedy..

Sharon Vile (author) from Odessa, MO on August 09, 2013:

I've removed quite a few moles--and a whole flock of skin tags--this way.

It's good idea to make a note of when you began. It can take up to two months, though it should take less time for small moles, and it will seem like two months after two weeks. I'm sure it will work for you, if you are persistent.

Art on August 08, 2013:

I plan to try this on a couple of small moles I have on my face. Fingers crossed.

To the author,

I liked your article, it's well written & well, seems genuine. Thank you for the tips :)