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Essential Oils for Treating Fungal Infections

Updated on November 7, 2018
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I have been an active advocate of alternative health therapies for 10 years, and I am the author of a book on essential oils.

Introduction to Fungal Infections

The two most commonly recognized fungal infections are nail and foot fungus. These are caused by microorganisms that thrive in various places on the human body. While microorganisms can often a serve beneficial purposes, they can also be a source of disease.

Some of the most common areas of the body affected by fungal infections are the hair, skin, or nails. These are all, of course, external parts of the body, but fungi can also affect and debilitate the immune system. When this happens, the body becomes incapable of protecting itself against various other diseases.

Nail fungus is an infection affecting one or more nails due to the presence of certain types of fungi. At the outset of this infection, you will notice the presence of either a yellow or white spot beneath your nails. Once the infection spreads deeper into your nail, you will notice the nail starts to discolor with the edges starting to crumble. Not only is it unsightly, this can be painful as well.

On the other hand, there is foot fungus that is more commonly referred to as athlete's foot. It typically affects the skin on your feet or between each toes. One of the most common ways to acquire athlete's foot is through walking bare foot on moist floors that might serve as breeding ground for fungi that cause such infection. Some of the most common symptoms of foot fungus include reddening, swelling, or itching of the skin.

Natural Fungal Treatment with Aromatherapy

One of the simplest way to get rid of fungi and infections entailed along with it is to keep your body clean. Focus on specific areas of the body that are known to be the most likely breeding ground for fungi. Another option for natural treatment against fungal infections would be the use of essential oils in aromatherapy. There are several essential oils that contain antifungal properties, which effectively combat the effects of the fungal presence in your body to prevent its spread and the development of other diseases.

Not only is this treatment approach known to be effective, experts recommend it too due to the lack of side effects. The effectiveness of the treatment using aromatherapy hinges on two aspects: (1) it eliminates fungi that is causing the infection and preventing it from further spreading, and (2) it helps restore the natural condition of the specific area of the body affected by fungal infection.

Olive Oil Night Cream for Oily Skin

Best Oils In Fighting Fungus

Again, when deciding on essential oils to use in treating fungal infections, you need to go for those containing antifungal properties. This will ensure you of an effective method for treating skin conditions that could arise from the presence of certain types of fungi in the body. And since most fungal infections affect the superficial sites of the body such as skin, nails, and hair, the use of topical application would work best in treating these conditions.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a popular vegetable oil that is most famous for its culinary purposes. Despite being native to the Mediterranean region, it is now cultivated in various parts of the world, mostly due to its wide application in cooking. The oil is derived from the ripe olive fruit, which can yield up to 20 percent of volatile oil. The oil is then used for various aromatherapy applications, which includes treatment for fungus infection.

Olive oil is best used for nail fungal infections. But aside from combating fungi that is the leading cause of the infection, it also helps in restoring the health of your skin. To optimize results, you need to apply the olive oil directly on the affected area for 2 to 3 times daily.

Oil of Oregano - Nature's Antibiotic

Oregano Oil

This essential oil is extracted from the leaves of oregano plant that is known to be one of the most effective oils to use in treating fungal infections. It is derived from a perennial herb known as Origanum vulgare, which produces a strong aromatic essence. Many aromatherapy experts deem this as one of the best antifungal oils around. But this is much stronger as compared to other types of oils recommended for treating fungal infections, so you need to be cautious on your method of applying this oil for fungal infection treatment.

Aside from the antifungal properties of oregano oil, it is also a great source of anti-parasitical properties, both of which effectively fights against fungi and its effect on the body. You can use it to manage and control symptoms of fungal infection such as pain and inflammation. If you have highly sensitive skin, then you might have to seek professional advice before opting to use oregano oil for treating fungal infections. To prevent this from happening, it would be best to use oregano oil in combination with other essential oils such as olive or aloe oil. You can also try using natural solvents to enable the properties of oregano oil to penetrate deeply into the skin or nails.

Patchouli Oil

Patchouli is one of many floral essential oils. But more than just offering sweet fragrance, this oil is also makes a powerful treatment against fungal infection. In addition to being utilized as one of the top perfume oils, patchouli oil is a good source of antifungal properties that help effectively treat athlete's foot or foot fungus.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is known as one of the best essential oils to use for fungal infections. It acts as a natural antibiotic, which explains why it is best recommended for treating fungal infections, particularly nail fungus. It is derived from the native Australian tree known as Melaleuca Alternifolia. It also contains antiseptic and antifungal properties that work best in killing fungus that cause infections and other diseases.

Furthermore, tea tree oil help to disinfect your skin, the nails, and nail beds for effective fungal infection treatment. Just make sure that you are using pure tea tree oil to be ensured of these results. To use tea tree oil for fungal infections, you must apply it directly on the affected nails 2-3 times daily. When curing nail fungus, it will take up to 6 months for it to be completely cured.

Practical Tips for Treating Fungal Infection

In order to fully overcome problems with fungus, you need to take different practical measures. This is especially true when using essential oils that can be optimized for best results. Here are some tips to consider:

  • The topical method of application is considered as the best method to use in treating fungal infection with essential oils. But make sure to perform sensitivity test before applying the essential oil directly on your skin to avoid developing irritation.
  • For your own safety, always combine essential oils with a base or carrier oil prior to using it on your skin. This will enable you to avoid the possibility of developing skin irritations and sensitivities.
  • Never ingest essential oils unless specifically instructed by an expert physician or aromatherapist.


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