In the last article, I wrote about what nail fungus is, what causes it, and a few things you can do to prevent getting it. However if you already have nail fungus you might want to try these natural approaches to eliminating the nail fungal infection before using over the counter remedies.
As stated, the nail fungus recipes are natural, smell pleasant (depending on which essential oils you add) and they have therapeutic benefits too. You might find a few of the items needed in your home. Others, such as the essential oils, you might not have. However, you can usually pick them up at a health food store or you can order the essentail oils needed online. Just make sure that you are getting the essential oil and not something simply called “lavender oil” or “lavender perfume oil.” There’s a huge difference.
Celebrate Life’s Aromatic Foot Bath For Nail Fungus Prevention
- 6 cups warm water
- 6 cups Apple Cider Vinegar (I use Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar)
- 4 drops of lavender oil (optional)
- 4 drops of tea tree oil (optional)
- Soak your feet in a basin for at least fifteen minutes.
- Remove your feet from the basin.
- Dry your feet thoroughly.
Although I haven’t experienced toenail fungus. Occasionally I do pamper my feet with a foot bath. It feels great, and it’s yet another way I get that all important “me time”. When drying off your feet, use an aborbent towel and make sure your feet are thoroughly dry. A quicker way is to use a hair dryer to thoroughly dry your feet. Don’t forget to dry between your toes! It’s important that your feet are completely dry! As mentioned in the prior article, nail fungus loves moist places, keep your feet dry!
Celebrate Life’s leave on solution for nail fungus prevention
- 3 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 3 drops tea tree essential oil
- 3 drops neem oil
-Neem oil smell is similar to garlic. It has a lot of amazing properties, one of the most noteable is that it’s antifungal. About five years ago, my grapevine had some type of fungus. It wasn’t bearing fruit. Knowing about the amazing antifungal properties of neem oil, the next season, armed with my neem oil solution I went out and sprayed my grapevine. The fungus was eliminated and it started bearing fruit. Did you know that neem oil also makes a great insect repellent? I used it on some of my garden plants.
How To Use
Dab a few drops of this solution onto a cotten ball or swab and apply around the affected nail two – three times daily.
Information about ingredients used in nail fungus recipes
In our Westernized culture, many of us quickly reach for allopathic medication without researching the ingredients, or wondering what type of effect they might have on our bodies. The natural ingredients I’ve included in the recipes are gentle, and I’ve used extensively over the years. I’m not writing about items I’ve never used.
I’ve always been a crunchy type of girl/woman. I questioned everything since I can remember. My father lovingly referred to me as his little question box, so naturally as I got older, those questions turned me into a natural researcher. The majority of my cleaning products, and remedies I used to combat physical ailments are made from natural ingredients. Since I’ve seen amazing results first hand, I’m happy to share them with others.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Neem Oil
Apple Cider Vinegar can be a strong fighter against nail fungus. Apple cider vinegar works by acidifying the nail. It aggressively attacks the fungal infection at the place where it’s protected. The nail covering.
Taking apple cider vinegar orally will supposedly speed up the healing process. I use Apple cider Vinegar. I normally take two tablespoons, three times daily. It’s one of the many nutritional tools I use to attack any “germs” that might want to infect my body. I have to warn you that Apple cider vinegar is fairly strong, and most people never get used to its taste. However, you can add apple cider vinegar to fruit juice, combine it in salads, or sprinkle over your meal. Due to its acid content, it’s important to brush your teeth thoroughly after using, since over time the acid can damage the tooth enamel.
Is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, and it also helps fight infection. This amazing essential oil has beenn used for centuries. I make a homemade cleaner that includes tea tree essentail oil. About four years ago, I effecitvely used it to treat my daughter of chest congestion.
Cuts down on the healing time, natural antiseptic, effective against burns, great for relaxation, etc., Lavender essential oil, comes in many varieties, I tend to pick the ones that have a more floral scent.
Is taken from the Neem tree. It smells strongly of garlic and is extremely effective in killing infection, fighting fungus. About three years ago, my grape vine suffered from some type of fungal infection. Creating a homemade solution that included neem oil was an extremely effective way to stop the fungus, and cause my grapevine to start producting grapes once again.
Natural remedies for nail fungus: When will I see results?
Natural treatments typically have fewer side effects than allopathic treatments. The same is true of nail fungus treatments. It’s usually recommended to continue the holistic treatment for three to four months before moving onto another approach. In some cases, I’ve read have taken about a year. So relax, be patient and perhaps look at this time as your “me time” a chance to unwind, even if it’s just for 15 – 20 minutes.
That being said, If the natural remedies haven’t worked, you might want to seek the advice of a physician to look at other ways to eliminate the toenail fungus. It’s important to remember that our diet plays an important role jn our nail health. If you’re following an unhealthy eating lifestyle, your body will be more susceptible to variety of health related conditions, including toenail fungus
If you’re looking for additional information about essential oils, I highly recommend purchased The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless. Although I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Julia Lawless, I’ve purchased several of her books. Over the years, her name has been referenced in a few of the aromatherapy classes I’ve attended. The Encyclopedia of Essential oils have been reprinted at least once since I purchased it in the mid 90′s, and it’s still an excellent source for those wanting additional information about essential oils.