Fungal infections of the nail are very common and also very unpleasant. Nail infections of this kind are characterized by nails that are thick, brittle, dark, dull, and/or distorted. The first symptom of a fungal nail infection typically appears as a small white or yellow dot underneath the nail. Also known as onychomycosis, the fungus can then invade deeper into your nailbed, causing it to become chalky, crumbly, and even painful.
Tea tree essential oil (melaleuca alternifolia) has amazing antifungal properties that can help treat common nail infections due to fungus. Tea tree oil also has antiseptic and disinfectant properties, as well as a powerful germicidal effect. With persistent application, it can have a dramatic impact on healing nail infections. Studies have shown tea tree oil treatments to rival popular prescription topical solutions such as clotrimazole and ketoconazole.
How to use tea tree oil on fungus:
Tea tree oil can be very effective in the elimination of nail skin conditions and best responds
to a diligent application process over a substantial period of time.
Tea tree oil may be applied topically to fungal infections on the nail in its pure form, using
a Q-tip or cotton swab to apply a small amount to affected areas. Application should also
be done on surrounding nails in order to prevent the spread of fungus from one nailbed to
Add 20 drops of tea tree oil to a bath or bucket and soak hands/feet for 20-30 minutes at a
Tea tree oil can also be diluted in water (10 drops per 8 ounces) to be used as a spray or
rinse for hands and feet.
In addition to treatment, tea tree oil can also be used in the prevention of fungal outbreaks.
Once you have successfully treated a fungal infection, use any one of the above methods
periodically to prevent a recurring outbreak and maintain overall nail health.
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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