Essential Oils For Toenail Fungus Treatment 11 comments


essential oils for toenail fungus

Essential Oils for Toenail Fungus - Plus Blend Recipes and Application Tips

If you’ve ever been self conscious of showing your toes because of discolored, thick and brittle toenails… then you came to the right place.

Some essential oils are powerful, natural anti-fungal remedies that will clear up those toenails. If you’re reading this, then you probably know it can be embarrassing to show those toesies in public.

It may be even more embarrassing if you call them “toesies” in public, so.. you probably shouldn’t.

When summer time hits, and flip-flops and open toed shoes are a welcome relief from the heat, the last thing you want is to be stuck in shoes (a.k.a “foot prisons”) – that’s where essential oils for toenail fungus come in.

My experience with using essential oils for toenail fungus first began after trying an over-the-counter anti-fungals with no results.

I was extremely embarrassed with my yellow and cracking toenails. I wouldn’t wear flip-flips to the beach or pool, and it didn’t help that I’d gotten a few comments on how my toenails looks. 

After over-the-counter chemicals didn’t help, someone suggested that I try essential oils for my toenails. So, thus began my research into what essential oils had anti-fungal properties, and can they work for toenail fungus?

After much research I’ve compiled this list of anti-fungal and nourishing essential oils for toenail fungus  – just follow the application tips and blend recipes and you’ll be ready to show those toes in public.

Pass this information on to a friend you know who is suffering too, and help spread the knowledge!

What Causes Toe Nail Fungus?

Ok, so here comes the boring part:

If you feel like you know what you need to know about nail fungus – clinically called onychomycosis or tinea unguium, then just skip on down to the list of fungus killing essential oils below.

But, if you’re interest in getting to know a bit more about what nail fungus is, and what causes it, then this section is for you.

Nail fungus is an infection by fungi called dermatophytes, and occasionally yeasts and non-dermtophytes. Generally these fungi thrive in damp, dark places… as most fungi do.

Due to sweat and darkness, this makes shoes the perfect breeding ground for toenail fungus and cause to its commonly recurrence. Preventative measures, which are explained further in this article, will help you from having to revisit these treatments.

There are other reasons for what causes toenail fungus as well, such as:

  • Poor circulation
  • Weakened immunity
  • Diabetes
  • Psoriasis

If you weren’t already sure you had toenail fungus, these symptoms are clear symptoms of an infection:

  • Thickening of the nail
  • Brittle or flaky nails
  • Yellow or cloudy white discoloration
  • Distortion of shape

Even if you are still unsure if you have a fungal infection, you can use essential oils for toenail fungus prevention –  some are even beneficial to general skin and nail health; an added bonus!

Another reason you may have toenail fungus is an imbalance of bad to good bacteria in your gut.

You may, or may not, be surprised at how much our skin, hair, and nail health is directly related too our diet and intestinal health. That’s because a high level of bad bacteria – yeasts and fungi – create toxic by products that we eliminate through our sweat and sebum – the natural oils our skin produces.

That means that much of your skin and nail health relies on your internal health as well.

Two ways to remedy this are:

Probiotics will replace the bad bacteria in your body with beneficial bacteria that help balance everything out.

A healthy diet means you’ll want to cut out:

  • sugar
  • wheat
  • dairy
  • alcohol
  • coffee

Ok, now I’m sure you’re saying: I can’t cut all of that out of my diet!

It’s hard! I know!

I totally miss coffee, and especially cream in my coffee. But it’s worth it, even if it’s only while you’re trying to remedy an issue, such as toenail fungus.

Ok, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get onto the list of essential oils you’ll want to use to clear up that nail fungus.

Essential Oils for Toenail Fungus

Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano essential oil for toenail fungus is one of many uses for this powerful herb and essential oil. Often it is used to combat internal disease due to it’s anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-viral abilities, but it’s also an extremely effective topical anti-fungal. This is an often recommended essential oil for nail fungus and I definitely support that recommendation.

Begin your fungus free lifestyle by trying out this brand of Oregano EO

oregano essential oil
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Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree essential oil (also called Melaleuca) is a favorite among EO users. A lot of beginner essential oil users start with Tea Tree oil – I started my EO knowledge by using Tea Tree oil – and it is one of many “go-to” essential oil for toenail fungus, among many other skin ailments. It’s benefits are vast, but for the sake of this article it is important to note Tea Trees anti-fungal and astringent capabilities as a natural home remedy for toenail fungus.

Ocotea Essential Oil

Ocotea essential oil is not a widely used essential oil, mostly due to is rarity, but its medicinal effects are vast and powerful – and that includes its effectiveness as an essential oil for toenail fungus. This is thanks to its main constituent – Asaricin – and the addition of Cinnamaldehyde, both being extremely powerful and proven fungicides.

Ocotea isn’t the easiest oil to find but it is well worth the effort for not only its toenail fungus treatment ability, but also for skin inflammation, hair health, and it can even help regulate blood sugar and food cravings.

Thieves Essential Oil

Thieves essential oil is a blend of 4-5 essential oils with various “anti” properties that was concocted by a group of grave robbers during an outbreak of the Bubonic plague in the 14th – 15th century. It’s purpose was to allow them to rob the dead while avoiding contracting the deadly plague by preventing infection.

Now it is used for a slew of purposes, including toenail fungus home remedies, thanks to it’s strong anti-fungal ability – You can even mix 5-8 drops with white vinegar or rubbing alcohol, in a spray bottle, for getting rid of toxic mold in your home.

I highly recommend having this oil on hand for its many many purposes, get it here

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil is an especially strong anti-fungal, and is extremely effective at treating toenail fungus. Citrus derived essential oils are anti-fungal in general, but lemon is especially effective at penetrating the nail bed to fight deep fungal infections. It is a thick viscosity, so it won’t evaporate as quickly as some other EOs and will stay on the affected area longer.

You can find Lemon essential oil here

lemon essential oil

Thyme Essential Oil

Thyme essential oil is proven to be effective at killing mold and other fungi, and it’s recommended for use as a topical fungicide, including toenail fungus treatment. However, when it comes to purchasing Thyme essential oil, things can get a little confusing…

Thyme essential oil comes in two flavors – red and white. Red Thyme essential oil is a more crude version, and white thyme EO is refined from the red. Phenols are the constituent compound responsible – in this case – for Thymes anti-fungal ability, and they are much higher in the red version, making it a more effective essential oil for toenail fungus, but it may cause irritation because it is harsher on skin. It’s recommended you try White Thyme essential oil, especially if you are a beginner user of essential oils. If that doesn’t work for you, you can try the stronger Red Thyme essential oil, and you may see better/faster results.

Get White Thyme EO here

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil, like tea tree oil, is a go-to essential oil for toenail fungus. This is probably because lavender and tea tree oils are among the most popular essential oils used on the market. In the case of Lavender essential oil, it has been found combat fungal skin infections that are resistant to traditional medicines.

Since you’ll be using lavender for EVERYTHING try this large 30ml bottle.

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peppermint essential oil

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil – being anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral – is a triple threat that will clear up most anything that is ailing you. You’ll find that especially true when using it as a home remedy for toenail fungus due to its menthol content, a main constituent to the mint family.

My favorite peppermint oil is this one

Cinnamon Essential Oil

Cinnamon essential oil is another anti-fungal essential oil that works wonders for treating toenail fungus. Cinnamon is rich in the constituent Eugenol, an extremely potent anti-fungal. For thousands of years, cinnamon has been used to treat digestion issues, and that’s because Eugenol is extremely effective remedy against candida, which can contribute to the growth toenail fungus. So it may also benefit you to make a habit of adding organic ground cinnamon to your meals, or enjoying a delicious cup of cinnamon tea.

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Clove Essential Oil

Clove essential oil, like cinnamon essential oil, has high levels of Euganol. So, as you already know from the cinnamon listing, this is a powerful anti-fungal.  Either one of these is interchangeable, and really depends on your preference. Traditionally, clove essential oils has been used to treat a myriad of fungal issues, from athelete’s foot to jock itch, so it should come as no surprise that its a great essential oil for toenail fungus as well.

Also, like cinnamon, you can add organic powdered clove, or organic whole cloves to your meals to help balance intestinal yeast and bacteria –  which will, in turn, support healthier nail, skin and hair growth.

How to Apply Essential Oils

Single Oil Topical Application

There are two methods for applying a single oil topically. The first is using a dab of pure essential oil, called neat application, but for many oils this is too potent and my cause mild to severe irritation. The second application method is to use a carrier oil. These are mostly inert or supportive oils that you can mix with your essential oil to dilute it for a more practical application regiment.

Quality carrier oils include:

  • Jojoba Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Peach Kernel Oil
  • Apricot Kernel Oil

When using a carrier oil, for single or blended applications of essential oils for toenail fungus, I recommend using coconut oil.

Here’s why:

  • Coconut oil is rich in medium chain fatty acids that work as natural fungicides.
  • Contains lauric acid and caprylic acid –  two very effective fungicides.
  • Contains additional nutrients for skin health to prevent fungal infections.
  • Moisturizes, making nails softer and shinier.

When mixing together your carrier oil and your essential oil the recommended dilution ratio is 12 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of carrier oil.

Application directions:

Essential oils for toenail fungus can take between a few weeks to a few months to fully cure your condition, depending on the severity of your fungal infection and the effectiveness of your essential oil(s) as a fungicide.

  • Apply a few drops of essential oil to a organic cotton swab or organic cotton ball
  • Wipe nails and cuticles thoroughly with swab/ball
  • Re-apply oil/use a new cotton swab or ball as necessary
  • repeat 2-3 times daily, results in 1 -2 months

Note: if you don’t see results within 2 months then see a doctor to determine a proper solution to your condition.

 

Essential Oil Blend Recipes to Treat Toenail Fungus

Combine essential oils in a 2 oz. dropper bottle and fill to the top with a carrier oil. Apply twice daily. May take up to 6 weeks for results, depending on the severity of your condition.

Foot Bath Instructions and Blend Recipe:

You can make a foot bath for toenail fungus treatment and prevention. Try it daily or whenever you feel like a refreshing foot cleanse.

  • 3 tablespoons epsom salt
  • 10 drops Ocotea EO
  • 10 drops Tea Tree EO
  • 5 drops Peppermint EO

Add epsom salt and essential oils to luke-warm water in your foot soaking tub, and soak for about 20 minutes at a time.

How To Prevent Toenail Fungus

  • Good Hygiene – Washing your hands and feet with soapy water will wash away fungus before it can become a problem, especially when touching an already infected nail – toenail fungus can be transmitted from nail to nail.
  • Proper Nail Care – Trim your nails straight across, keepcuticles clean, and hangnails to a minimum.
  • Wear Absorbent Socks – Wear clean socks made of wool, nylon or polypropylene to wick away moisture.
  • Shoes That Breathe – If moisture and sweating is a problem, make sure to wear shoes that air can flow through, and avoid shoes that are too tight.
  • Throw Away Old Shoes – Old shoes, especially ones you wore during a fungal infection, may harbor fungi and could cause a reinfection. You can try an anti-fungal treatment with essential oils or powders.
  • Public Places – Avoid going barefoot in public places. Wear sandals or flip-flops when at the pool, showers, etc.
  • Beware of Nail Salons –  Many nail salons are great and reputable! However, horror stories about infections from nail salons are plentiful.
  • Go Natural – Fake nails and nail polish can damage the cuticles and even trap moisture against the nail, creating an ideal place for fungus to breed.

I hope that this information helps you clear up those toenails and give you the confidence to flaunt those babies in public! There are plenty more essential oils for toenail fungus that haven’t been covered here, if you happen to have a suggestion for what has worked for you – or if you want to let us know about your experience with the oils listed here –  please leave a comment!


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11 thoughts on “Essential Oils For Toenail Fungus Treatment

  • Lisa

    So, I started a treatment using thyme, ocotea, and lavender with coconut oil, about 2 months ago and the results have been great. I diluted to about 2% and as the nail grew the yellow went with it. The new nail was healthy and clear.. something I haven’t seen in a while. So thank you for this article, it helped a bunch.

    • Healed with Herbs Post author

      Thanks for the comment, we’re glad that you could solve your nail problems with essential oils. I’ve found that Ocotea EO and Thieves are two of the best when it comes to fighting fungus in any form.

  • gg

    It says the dilution rate of 12 drops of essential to 1 oz of carrier is recommended,
    but the next paragraph shows a recipe with 100 drops of essentials to 2 oz of carrier,
    so which is correct, 12:1 or 50:1 of essential to carrier?

    • Healed with Herbs Post author

      You’re right, that’s very confusing for readers. Originally the recipe was written as a master blend that would then be diluted for use whenever it was needed, but the drops didn’t seem to get changed. Now the drop amounts reflect the dilution for a single bottle. Thank you for pointing this out!

  • Lauren

    Hello,

    I am new to essential oils and have a case of fungus on my left big toe. I have been applying tea tree oil to it with a cotton swab twice daily (morning and night), and a couple days a week I do a foot soak with epsom salts, coconut oil, tea tree, and peppermint. I just recently bought some lavender too so I want to add that to the treatment too. With the coconut oil I’ve just been grabbing a couple spoonfuls and plopping it into the water for my bath, is that wrong? Do I need to melt it before putting it in the bath or blending it with any other oil? My skin doesn’t seem to react to it so I don’t dilute my oils when I’m swabbing my toe though. Also, is it good to add lavender too my foot soak or not? Do I have too much in it already?

    Thanks,

    Lauren

    • Healed with Herbs Post author

      Hi Lauren,

      That Lavender will be a great addition to any skin treatment oil blend you use. Lavender essential oil is very gentle on skin but packs a punch when it comes to scarring, burns, fungus, and pretty much anything skin related.

      As for the foot bath, the problem with water and oil is that they don’t mix. Personally, I would take your ingredients and mix them together first – and even add a splash of milk (the fattier the milk the better). The fat binds with the oils and helps disperse them, in the water… but you’ll want to keep the water moving as well. So splash your feet around, or whatever helps, just make sure that the oils don’t float on top.

  • Patty

    Coconut oil is a solid at “room temperature” in my house. So if I use it as a carrier oil for the nail fungus recipe, will the addition of the other oils keep it from solidifying or will I have to warm it up before every single use to melt it?

    • Healed with Herbs Post author

      Most essential oil blends call for “fractionated” coconut oil specifically. This is because it stays liquid even if refrigerated. So there is no hassle with it turning solid.

    • Healed with Herbs Post author

      Either way will work. If you choose to use essential oils for your toenail fungus as “neat”, meaning that they are not diluted with a carrier oil, then just apply the essential oil to a cotton swab directly. If you choose to use essential oils with a carrier oil (which I highly recommend), then mix your essential oil(s) and carrier oil and store in a dropper bottle and then apply that mixture to a cotton swab anytime you are applying to your toenails.

      The most important thing is to not contaminate your oils or bottles by touching your essential oil bottle with a used cotton swab that has already been used to treat your toenail fungus.