Whether the problem is dandruff or athlete’s foot, fungal infections of skin, scalp or nail bed can cause a lot of irritation and discomfort. However, before reaching for commercial sprays or creams, consider using one of the following naturally anti-fungal essential oils instead. These oils are just as effective at treating fungal infections and are free from the side effects that commercial products bring with them, side effects which can include irritation or inflammation at the site, rashes or blisters, numbness and even more serious side effects like liver damage. Below are the best oils to treat this issue.
This oil is antibacterial and antiviral as well, and can be applied topically to the affected area, but cannot be taken internally.
Dilute one drop of cinnamon oil into three drops carrier (like almond oil) and use topically; it is also a natural antiseptic and can help the healing process.
Taken internally in the form of capsules, this antifungal agent is also an astringent and can soothe and calm irritated skin.
Use clove oil topically, diluted slightly in something like olive or almond oil, and will eliminate the fungal infection and leave the skin cleansed and disinfected.
Coriander oil will not only help treat the fungal infection, it will also bring down the painful inflammation in the affected area and can be used topically without being diluted.
This oil will not only kill off fungus, it will soothe and calm the itchiness, redness and irritation that a fungal infection can often bring with it.
Lemon oil should be diluted slightly for those who are sensitive but is a wonderful antiseptic and antibacterial agent apart from being very effective at eliminating fungal overgrowths.
Malaleuca or Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can treat fungal infections effectively and is also good for other microbial infections. In addition, it is a wonderful cleanser and will help support healthy tissue.
This is one of the most potent antifungal oils, so make sure that it is diluted in a neutral oil like almond or olive oil first. Applied topically it will quickly eliminate the fungal infection.
This will not only treat a fungal infection, but also act as a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory is an excellent remedy. Rosemary oil is a powerful antifungal agent and in addition has antioxidant properties which can help speed up the healing process.
Be sure to dilute thyme oil (one drop for every four drops carrier oil), then apply topically to take advantage of this antifungal and antiseptic properties.
Fungal infections are uncomfortable and can also be embarrassing, Fortunately, treatment with any one of these oils can quickly cure the problem without worrying about the side effects of many commercial treatments.
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