How To Get Rid Of Toenail Fungus With CBD Infused Essentials Oils

What Is Toenail Fungus?

What is toe fungus?

Toenail fungus is a fungal infection that can get in through cracks in your nail or open cuts in your skin. Visually, toenail fungus can make your toenail change color and appear yellowish as well get thicker. Toenail fungus can also be painful. Since toes are often covered with socks and shoes, toes are often kept in warm and damp conditions which helps fungus to thrive.  There are many different types of fungus that can create a toenail infection and each can affect different parts of the nail.

Essential Oils For Toenail Fungus

Can essential oils help treat toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus is just that, a fungus.  And as such, there are many all-natural alternatives to over-the-counter medications to help rid your nails of fungus.  Lemon slices is a commonly used natural therapy which simply requires one to lay the pulpy part of the lemon slices over the nail to allow the citrus to penetrate the nail the same way the fungus does.   An even more effective treatment for many, is essential oils.

Essential oils are comprised of the essence of the plant it was extracted from.   They are very concentrated and most cannot be used directly on the skin as a result.  Many essential oils contain terpenes and other compounds that have their own benefits such as being antimicrobial, antibacterial and yes, antifungal.  Essential oils have many other types of attributes such as pain relief, reducing inflammation and even aiding internal issues for us such as indigestion or nausea.

Here is a list of essential oils can help rid your nails of fungus.

  • Tea Tree
  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint

Tea Tree is well known for its ability to detoxify our skin and help nourish our hair.  Tea tree, like most essential oils, requires a carrier oil in order to be used topically.  While any carrier oil will help dilute the essential oil, the best carrier oils are olive oil and coconut oils as they are able to carry the oils better than most.  You can also use Tea Tree oil in a foot soak (Jump to recipe) to allow for a wider degree of treatment and helps prevent the fungus from spreading.

Lemon essential oil has a low pH level due to its high citric acid content.  Lowering the pH level of the infected area is an effective treatment for fungus since many types of fungus cannot live in lower pH levels.  Like Tea Tree oil, lemon oil requires a carrier oil to help dilute it and can be used in a foot soak as well.

CBD for Toe Fingus

CBD For Toenail Fungus

Can CBD help treat toenail fungus?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of hundreds of compounds in the hemp plant.  Like essential oils, CBD has been shown to be effective antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal (2).  And much like essential oils, CBD requires a carrier oil to carry the beneficial compounds into the body, or in this case, the nails.  CBD and essential oils have their own synergy you can read about here.  When combined, the effectiveness of body CBD and essential oils are amplified in a process called the Entourage Effect.  With this type of synergistic relationship, it is easy to see why CBD infused essential oils make a fantastic all-natural alternative treatment for nail fungi.

How To Get Rid Of Toenail Fungus Naturally

There are a couple different ways you can treat nail fungus; through a direct application applied much like nail polish and through soaks, such a foot soak.  The most common method, is the direct application of diluted essential oils in a carrier oil.

Diluting essential oils is easy and only requires the essential oil(s) and a carrier oil.  As stated above, a moisturizing carrier oil is typically the best choice as it helps to nourish and moisturize the dry skin a fungal infection can leave behind.  To create the diluted oil, add the desired CBD essential oils in a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil.  Both carrier oils are effective in helping to moisturize the dry skin associated with the fungus and helping to carry the oil better.  You will need a small brush or cotton swab to be able to place a healthy layer of the diluted oil directly on the nail and infected areas of the skin.  Allow to air dry and fully absorb.  Use daily with a dilution rate of 1-4% depending on your sensitivity to essential oils.  If you do not know how essential oils will affect you or are using a new oil to try to treat the fungus, it is best to conduct a patch test.

To conduct a patch test, simply add a 1-2 drops of oil to a half teaspoon of carrier oil and mix.  Apply a few drops to to a band-aid and place the bandage on the inside of your arm.  Let the band-aid sit for 24 – 48 hours to ensure no allergic reaction or rashes occur.  If a reaction occurs then do not use the essential oil you just tested.

CBD Essential Oil Dilution Chart for CBD Massage Oil Recipes

In order to speed up the results and increase the effectiveness, the essential oils can be used in a foot soak up to 3 times a week in conjunction with the diluted oil directly on the affected nail(s).

Easy To Make DIY Foot Soak Recipe


  • 1 Cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
  • Up to 40 Drops CBD Essential Oil (Recipes below)
  • 2 Tbsp. Carrier Oil
  • Polysorbate-80 (optional)

Combine Epsom Salt and baking soda in a bowl and mix well.  In a smaller bowl add the carrier oil, essential oils and polysorbate (if using) and mix well.  Pour the carrier oil/essential oil mix into the larger bowl and mix well until the oils are completely incorporated.  Store in an airtight container and use as needed.

Essential Oil blend recipes for fighting toenail fungus

CBD Infused Tea Tree Essential Oil (30 Drops Tea Tree, 10 Drops Peppermint)

CBD Infused Lemon Essential Oil ( 30 Drops Lemon, 10 Drops Peppermint)

CBD Infused Lavender Essential Oil (30 Drops Lavender, 10 Drops Tea Tree or Eucalyptus)

CBD Infused Peppermint Essential Oil (30 Drops Peppermint, 10 Drops Lemon, Lavender or Eucalyptus)

CBD Infused Eucalyptus Essential Oil (30 Drops Eucalyptus, 10 Drops Lemon)

Sum It Up…

Now you know how you can use CBD and essentials as an all-natural alternative remedy for nail fungus.  When trying these methods, make sure to use proper dilution levels to avoid unwanted skin reactions.  As this is a natural therapy, continued routine use is key for successful removal and prevention, especially if you are prone to getting the fungus.

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