Athlete’s foot is an extremely common fungal infection of the skin of the foot. It is caused by
the fungus tinea, which is spread wither by direct skin-to-skin contact or from walking on
damp floors in public showers or locker rooms. The fungus can also be transmitted to other
people or parts of the body by means of contaminated bedding, towels or clothing.
Athlete’s foot is characterized by a variety of symptoms that include: itching, burning, small
blisters, inflammation and cracked, scaly skin between the toes. All of these symptoms, if
left untreated, can worsen and spread over time. If the infected area is scratched and further
irritated, it can be spread to the soles of the feet, toenails, and even other sensitive parts of
the body such as the ears, groin and underarms.
Tea tree essential oil, extracted from the leaves of melaleuca alternifolia, has amazing
antifungal properties that can help treat both the symptoms and the spread of athlete’s foot.
Studies have shown tea tree oil treatments to rival popular prescription topical solutions
such as clotrimazole and miconazole.
How to use Tea Tree Oil to Treat Athlete’s Foot:
Add 20-30 drops of tea tree oil to a small tub of warm water. Soak feet for at least 15
minutes three times a day. Following the soak, thoroughly dry feet and use the following
Apply 3-5 drops of undiluted tea tree oil directly to the affected area two or three times
a day. Continue this method of application until the infection has cleared, and for an
additional two weeks after all signs of the infection have vanished to make sure the fungus
is completely eradicated.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.
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