Tea tree oil is being used to treat fungal infections, bacterial infections, viral as well as yeast infections for several years already. The tea tree oil is extracted from the tree Melaleuca alternifolia from Australia. You can purchase it in homeopathic or alternative medicine stores. It has become popular because of its effectiveness and because it’s relatively inexpensive as compared to prescribed medications. It can be either used alone or blended with some essential oils used to treat toenail fungus. Get to know some tea tree oil recipes for toenail fungus treatment.
Tea Tree Oil for Toenail Fungus
Tea tree oil is a natural antibiotic and is used by many people in treating their toenail fungus. Be sure that you have purchased 100% pure tea tree oil but before applying it in the infected toenail, you have to trim first your infected nail with sterilized nail scissors. Soak a cotton bud into a small amount of tea tree oil then rub it onto your toenail which is infected with fungus. Although it doesn’t have a pleasant odor, it dries so quickly producing great results. Apply tea tee oil on the nails 2-3 times a day until a new nail has grown. The success of this oil depends on the severity of the fungal infection. You can also put some few drops into your bath for the care of your feet and to the rest of your skin.
Tea Tree Bath with Lavender Oil
Lavender, besides its calming properties in aromatherapy and homeopathy and its wonderful smell, acts as a healing solution which can reduce inflammation and irritation of the skin. It can be used to relieve eczema, psoriasis and athlete’s foot. Fill a basin with lukewarm water and add 3 drops of lavender oil and 3 drops of tea tree oil. After cleaning your toenail thoroughly, you can soak it in the solution for about 15 minutes and aside from the relaxation the lavender provides, you can also benefit from the antibacterial action the tea tree oil possesses. You can also try adding 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the mixture for better penetration into the nail and to soften your skin too.
Tea Tree Bath with Oregano
Oregano oil is also a great antifungal remedy which helps reduce pain and inflammation caused by fungus. Just combine tea tree oil and oregano oil with 1 tablespoonful of olive oil into a large basin of lukewarm water. The olive oil serves to soften the skin and for a better penetration into the nail to remove fungus.
The mixture will not only make your feet soft and touchable but it will also make the skin smell like an Italian bakery for several hours. Anyway you can have the best effects you’re always longing for. You can also rub the nails with olive oil or tea tree oil for 2 weeks in between oregano baths.
Other Tea Tree Oil Recipes for Toenail Fungus
Tea tree oil and patchouli oil mixed into warm water can be a good bath which can help with toenail fungus and athlete’s foot. Patchouli oil can relieve cracked skin and fungal infections. You can also use lemongrass oil in combination with a few drops of tea tree oil. Mix them together before soaking a cotton bud that can be rubbed into the toenail infected with fungus. Lemongrass has a pleasant odor but it can cause skin irritation. The use of helichrysum oil mixed with tea tree oil can also be used in rubbing the infected toenail so as to reduce fungal infections.
Fungal toenail infections are very contagious so be sure not to share towels, socks, shoes and nail clippers. Fungal toenail infections are painful and can cause permanent damage to the nails and can lead to infections. Better consult your doctor at once if you suspect toenail fungus.