Nail fungus is one of those pesky and unsightly little things that spread easily and is not easy to get a control of, even when you’re on a treatment. Now foot or nail fungus when compared to other diseases or infections may not seem like a big deal. However it can leave one feeling embarrassed, can lower their self-esteem and make them extra conscious especially when they wear open-toed sandals. The discoloration and the unseemly brownish or yellowish-white color can leave anyone hyper aware and self-conscious. There are many conventional and over the counter medications available that treat foot fungus or toenail fungus but, they do carry a good dose of treatment along with side effects like ingrown nails or hangnails and irritation and swelling. Many people are now turning towards a natural solution that may have little to no side effects and are just as effective against this fungus i.e. Essential Oils.
Read on to find out more about some of the best essential oils for foot fungus and how to use them.
How to Treat Thick Toenails at Home With These Essential Oils?
Thick or cracked toenails, yellowish or brownish discolouration and stinky feet are few of the symptoms of foot or toenail fungus. Whether you have an athletic lifestyle, live normally but leave your feet covered by in socks and shoes for most of the day, foot/toenail fungus can happen. However there are a few essential oils out there, worth mentioning, for its powerful anti-fungal properties that fight off the fungus and leave your feet looking healthy. Whenever using essential oils, always remember to mix them up with some carrier oils be it almond, coconut or olive oil. This enhances the action of the essential oils and allows it to be better absorbed into the skin.
Tea Tree Oil
You’ve all probably heard of tea tree oil and its most famously known for its antimicrobial and disinfectant properties. It’s one of those essential oils that not only helps with toenail fungus, but it also helps with acne, athlete’s foot, skin tag removal and helps with dandruff as well. Like sunflower oil in hair, tea tree oil is also used to help with dandruff and itchy scalp. One of the best ways I’d recommend using this essential oil for toenail fungus is by mixing a few drops of it in 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Wash your feet with a unscented soap and dip a cotton ball into the mixture before gently applying it to the infected area. Leave it one for 10 minutes before gently scrubbing the nail with a soft brush. Repeat this twice a day until the nail grows back healthy.
Cinnamon is not only known for its spicy but sweet smell and taste but rather its use in aromatherapy and to promote hair and skin health. Cinnamon oil contains high amounts of a compound called Eugenol which kills fungus and prevents the spread of any sort of bacterial or fungal infection as it helps maintain a dry environment, thus getting rid of the environment fungus thrives in. Due to its high antimicrobial properties, it’s also used as a mouthwash to prevent any oral bacterial or fungal infection. And believe it or not, unlike other DIY deep conditioner for hair, cinnamon oil mixed with honey, almond oil and a Vitamin E capsule could make for an awesome hair mask to give a healthy shine, and strength and smoothness to dull, brittle and weak hair. If you’re looking to use this oil to help with your toenail or foot fungus, mix a few drops of cinnamon oil with a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil. Dip a cotton ball into it and gently rub the mixture onto the infected area twice daily to get the results you’re looking for.
There are many essential oils out there that have antifungal and antimicrobial properties. But one of the most recognised essential oils for toenail fungus is clove oil. According to a study conducted in 2007, with its strong antifungal properties and strong aromatic odors, clove oil can make for some seriously bad-ass toenail / foot fungus or athlete’s foot fighter. Cloves have many uses, they’re antimicrobial, used in food and even helps with diabetes and weight loss, like avocados. According to a few nutrition facts about avocado, like cloves, these help with weight loss, control of diabetes and promotes heart health. A very effective way to use this essential oil is by first washing your feet with unscented soap and drying it up. Mix a few drops of concentrated clove oil with 3 tablespoons of olive or coconut oil. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture before gently rubbing the oil onto the infected area. Leave it on for 10 minutes before gently scrubbing the nail with a soft toothbrush. Repeat the procedure twice a day until you see a new nail sprout.
Oregano oils are known for their antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. This oil has been studied for a long time for its fungal killing effect and its power to heal. Not only is it great at treating toenail fungus, but it is known to effectively fight off ringworm or any other bacterial or fungal infections that may happen in between your toes or anywhere on your feet. Not only does this oil soothe the irritation but it also helps with acne and athlete’s foot as it is easily absorbed into the skin. The most effective way of using this oil is by mixing a few drops of it with a carrier oil like olive oil and dipping a cotton ball into it before gently rubbing it onto the infected area and leaving it on for 10 minutes. And always remember to wash your feet and dry them before applying any of the mentioned essential oils.
This is one of those essential oils that I absolutely love. Lemon oil is extremely amazing for your skin and hair. It has antiseptic properties and is known to fight off and kill bacteria and fungus that grow on skin. It’s also great if you have discolouration for the toenail or foot fungus as it brightens and returns color back to the affected area when used twice daily, religiously. And honestly, the lemony, clean and fresh smell of lemon oil is bound to give your feet a fresh odor. Remember to also mix lemon oil with other carrier oils like olive or coconut oil as lemon oils can be pretty acidic. But it is still known as some of the best essential oil for toenail fungus or athlete’s foot.
Care For Feet To Avoid Toenail or Foot Fungus
Toenail and foot fungus can be a bit aggravating and hard to handle. One of the major reasons is, if you do not properly care for the infected area on your feet, it could come back. And a lot of the time, the issue with an athlete’s foot, ringworm, foot fungus and other microbial foot conditions is, they come back a lot, even when you take good care of your feet. The best thing you could do is always care for your feet as much as you can. You walk on it daily and it takes you to places, so really, you need them. Wash your feet with unscented soap, scrub and exfoliate them daily. Try your best to always keep your feet clean and dry. Sweaty and closed environments as is common when you wear socks and shoes, could become a breeding ground for fungus and bacteria. Switch up your pair of shoes daily and always leave them out to be aired after a long day out or at work. Change your socks daily and make sure you wash them thoroughly before putting them on again. And use the above mentioned essential oils as much as possible if you feel like you have foot fungus. Another small tip to help with toenail fungus; if you have toenail fungus, try to cut off the toenail as much as you can wherever you see discoloration and be careful not to break skin. This can help get rid of the fungus as much as possible. There are supplements like Pure Nails Pro that are used to help fight off fungal infections and pure nails pro side effects are little to none as compared to antifungal or antibacterial medications.
At Auraat, we believe that taking care of every part of your body, including your feet should come naturally and is just as important. Keep some of these essential oils in mind the next you get any fungal infections. And remember, you know your body better than anyone else. If you feel like the situation isn’t getting any better or if you’re in pain, please visit your nearest doctor or GP. You could always use these essential oils but do consult with your doctor before using them while on some other medications. While allergic reactions to essential oils are not commonly reported, I would still recommend a quick skin patch test 24 hours prior using the essential oil.
So give these essential oils a try and let us know what you think.
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