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
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.