Fungal infections & Essential Oils

Fungal infections and essential oils are increasingly likely to appear in the same sentence in the future. With so many people afflicted by fungal infections, from Yeast Over-Growth in the form of Athletes Foot and Thrush, as well as Toenail Fungus, there are a lot of people looking for an effective cure…

Essential Oils and a good diet are increasingly providing the solution, with conventional medicine failing to deal with the complex causes of these potentially very harmful issues…

Fungal Infections

Fungal infections are extremely common, especially in hot humid climates. Tropical conditions provide an ideal breeding ground for our unwanted fungal visitors, which can pop up anywhere on the body. However, fungal infections are most common between the toes and under the toenails. (Although, I’ve seen plenty of people with finger nail fungal infections too, sadly, as a consequence of messing around with toenail fungus.)

However, you don’t need to be sunning it in Ecuador to contract a nasty, itchy fungal infection. Sweaty shoes and sweaty pants are particularly good at recreating the ideal conditions found in tropical countries that permit fungal infections to flare up.

Fungal Infection Treatment

Conventional medicine advocates using Clotrimazole for treating fungal infections. Clotrimazole is not a steroidal cream, but it can often be combined with a steroid based treatment to provide symptomatic relief from the itchiness and swelling associated with a lot of fungal infections.

Despite Clotrimazole not being a steroidal cream, it still thins and weakens the skin. So, whilst Clotrimazole is effective at treating several fungal infections, especially Thrush and Athletes Foot, it is not an ideal solution owing to the undesirable side effects.

Treatments for toe nail and finger nail fungal infections are even more toxic and are rarely effective.

It is a real shame that more people don’t know about the natural treatments for toe nail and finger nail fungal infections as they are easy, non-toxic and they work.

Wild As The Wind advocate using over the counter products that are inexpensive and efficacious. Products such as Bicarbonate of Soda, Neem Oil, and diluted Oregano Essential Oil all work brilliantly in most fungal situations.

Persistent Fungal Infections

Sadly, because the conventional fungal treatments are so unpleasant, and are equally ineffectual, many people suffer with persistent fungal infections for years.

However, this is entirely unnecessary, and, luckily for you, I’m just about to introduce you to the treatment that will really work!

Skin Fungal Infections

It is very easy to treat fungal infections of the skin. These usually occur in easy to reach places such as:

  • Under the breasts
  • Armpits
  • Between the buttocks (oh joy!)

As with Thrush, an application of a 5% dilution of Tea Tree Essential Oil will provide instant relief from any itchiness and soreness of the skin, and will clear up a normal fungal infection within a matter of days with repeated applications.

Three applications a day should be enough for normal infections, but more applications in summer may be required if you bathe more regularly.

More established and stubborn fungal infections will need the addition of Myrrh Essential Oil in the mix, which is also advocated for stubborn Athletes Foot.

The dilution should remain 5%, but Myrrh Essential Oil should constitute 2.5% of the dilution and Tea Tree Essential Oil should constitute the other 2.5% of the 5% dilution.

In extreme cases the addition of Oregano Essential Oil may be necessary.

It is also highly beneficial to dust the affected areas of skin with Bicarbonate of Soda, in much the same way that talc, or talcum powder, is used. This can be done several times a day in conjunction with the application of the oil based options stated above.

Thrush

Thrush, whilst unpleasant, is a straightforward fungal infection that responds to Tea Tree and Cocoa butter peccaries and a dilute application of oil on the external skin.

The application of a 5% dilution of Tea Tree Essential Oil on the external skin provides instant relief to the itchiness and soreness of the skin.

Athletes Foot

Athletes Foot is equally simple to treat as Thrush. A 5% Tea Tree Essential Oil dilution should be enough to see off a mild infection. However, some people, unfortunately, suffer from repeated bouts of Athletes Foot which tends to get a real hold.

In these cases, adding Myrrh Essential Oil to the mix is a good idea.

The dilution should remain 5%, but Myrrh Essential Oil should constitute 2.5% of the dilution and Tea Tree Essential Oil should constitute the other 2.5% of the 5% dilution.

Drying between toes after bathing is essential and failing to do this is the main cause of Athletes Foot.

Dusting between the toes with Bicarbonate of Soda will speed up the healing process quite dramatically. Not only is Bicarbonate of Soda anti-fungal, it also helps keep the affected areas free of moisture, thus preventing the fungal infection from gaining a greater hold, and from spreading even further.

Bicarbonate of Soda, or bicarb, which is also called Baking Soda, will also neutralise the bad smells associated with Athletes Foot.

Baking Soda can be applied to the affected area several times a day, which is best done alongside the application of the oils based cures already mentioned.

Washing between the toes with soap is not ideal, and can also contribute to problems. Instead, it is better to apply the oil between the toes whilst bathing. This will allow fluff and other residues to get washed away and prevent the Athletes Foot from drying out too much. If too dry Athletes Foot will split and become very painful.

In extreme cases the addition of Oregano Essential Oil to the recommended essential oil remedy may be necessary.

Toe Nail & Finger Nail Fungal Infections

Toenail Fungal infection

Toe nail and finger nail fungal infections are the least desirable of all bodily fungal infections… but, to be honest, none of them possess a great deal of charm which ever way you look at them!

The reason why toe nail and finger nail fungal infections are the worst is that they are the most difficult to treat by a long chalk.

The fungal infection is able to gain a real hold of the skin beneath the nail, which can’t easily be accessed.

It is therefore, necessary to bring out the big guns to treat toe nail and finger nail fungal infections.

Oregano Essential Oil is the way forward!

*For toe & finger nail fungus symptoms please scroll down…

Treating Toe and Finger Nail Fungal Infections

Adding a 5% dilution of Oregano Essential Oil to your preferred base oil, (we advocate Neem Oil) is the way to go.

*Wild As The Wind sell an Oregano and Neem Oil Preparation specifically for this application.

Apply a minimum of three times a day by forcing the oil as deep as possible under the nail and down the sides of the nail. This is best done by applying the oil dilution to the thumb which should then firmly stroke the top of the nail by retracting it over the top of the afflicted toe and nail.

Spend time massaging the oil into the nail and sides of the toe nail and cuticle also.

Continue to do this until the fungal infection has grown out and the nail appears clear.

This may be months down the line.

Be patient!

This works!

My wife purchased a solution for fungal nail infection in Wells market 5 months ago, recommended by you, after having the issue for 3 years. Nothing from the doctor or chemist has worked.
But finally there seems to be a big improvement thanks to your solution.


Thank you so much for your advise and help.

On behalf of Susan, Somerset

If at all possible, we advocate soaking the affected digits in warm water with a good amount of Baking Soda added to it.

Baking Soda, or bicarb, is very anti-fungal in itself, and so can potentially speed up healing times.

Ideally done once a day, but two or three times a week would still be helpful.

Base Oil For Fungal Infections

Any base oil can be used to dilute your essential oils to treat your fungal infection. However, Neem Oil is also profoundly anti-fungal and so it is the base oil, or carrier oil, of choice for treating any type of fungal infection.

Neem Oil is high in Oleic Acid, which is a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid. This makes it ideal for dry skin conditions like Eczema and Psoriasis, as well as being perfect for nail fungus.

As well as being profoundly anti-fungal, it is also antiseptic and antibacterial.

Non-Oily Base For Essential Oils

Aloe Vera possesses anti-fungal capabilities and can be used for diluting essential oils for treating fungal infections.

Aloe Vera also has skin healing properties. It promotes new skin cell growth.

*Only use Aloe Vera on areas of the body that can be dried quickly. Don’t use Aloe Vera on the harder to treat fungal infections.

We advocate using a carrier oil, rather than Aloe Vera, for Athletes Foot that’s between your toes as this area needs to be kept moisture free.

We also advocate a base oil to be used for toe and finger nail fungus, particularly Neem Oil, because oil has stronger staying power.

Toe & Finger Nail Fungus Causes

Nail fungus, or Onychomycosis, is a condition that afflicts more than 10% of the population at one time or another.

Older people used to be more likely to have nail fungus than younger generations, but a devotion to convenience foods and carbonated sugary drinks means that those with a poor diet are equally susceptible.

Essentially, anybody with a compromised immune systems will be more susceptible than those that look after the good bacteria in their gut.

Toe & Finger Nail Fungus Symptoms

There are four different types or toenail and fingernail fungus. The following list is a composite of all of the symptoms that afflict toe and finger nail fungal infections. Therefore, just because you do not have one or two of the symptoms doesn’t mean that you’re in the clear.

Conversely, if you have more than 50% of the symptoms below then chances are you are reading the right article!

  • Brittle nails
  • Painful cuticles and surrounding area of the nails
  • Nail discolouration – browning or yellowing of the nails
  • Softening of the nail
  • Scaling under the nail
  • Nails that crumble or break easily and appear fragmented
  • Thickening of the nail, especially in ridges running the length of the nail, from head to cuticle
  • Nails that start changing shape
  • Sections of nail breaking off, or the full nail detaching completely

Candida Overgrowth

Toe and finger nail fungus can be a sign that you have a Candida Virus or Candida Yeast Overgrowth within your system.

Dietary changes, and supportive supplements as well as your Essential Oil therapy, will allow you to treat, and eliminate, the root cause of your toe and finger nail fungus.

Immune Deficiencies & Fungal Infections

Gut issues can often lead to fungal infections. So, you need to treat your dysbiosis if you want to remain fungal infection free in the future.

If you have gut issues then, sadly, you will be immune deficient. The bacteria in the gut form over 80% of your immune system!

Food intolerances and the consumption of sugar can cause dysbiosis.

But, things like Chemotherapy also wipe out the immune system.

Essentially, anything that can cause the bad bacteria in our guts to overwhelm the good bacteria will likely cause a fungal infection or other unpleasant conditions.

What Causes Fungal Infections?

Aside from gut dysbiosis there are a few other ways of contracting this distressing and persistent condition,

Having athlete’s foot, damaged nail beds or being exposed to someone else’s nail fungus are all common causes of nail fungus. But, wearing dirty or tight shoes can also lead to nail fungal infections.

A course of antibiotics will indiscriminately kill the good bacteria in your gut along with the bad, so it’s important to follow up a course of antibiotics with a course of probiotics to replace your good bacteria. Unless you do this you leave yourself wide open to a fungal infection as well as other opportunistic conditions.

Who Is Most At Risk Of Fungal Infections?

Anyone with a poor diet and a compromised immune system are more prone to fungal infections.

People that suffer from auto-immune conditions, particularly those that affect the skin, like Psoriasis are also more prone.

Diabetics and people that suffer from circulatory problems in their legs caused by other factors, such as heavy smoking, or artery disease, are more likely to contract toenail fungus.

Healing Gut Dysbiosis

Cutting out what you are intolerant to and eliminating sugar from your diet will help to transform your gut issues.

You will also need to take an excellent Probiotic in pill form, preferably with billions of cultures, some of which will be soil based. This should be taken first thing in the morning about half an hour before food and flavoured drinks. This is to allow as many good bacteria to get through the stomach as possible.

The hydrochloric acid in the stomach will kill many of the good bacteria within your Probiotic before they can reach the small intestine. If you eat food and drink flavoured drinks the level of stomach acid will increase, killing more of the good bacteria.

Nail Fungus Diet

Cutting sugar out of your diet will starve the fungal over-growth and bad bacteria.

As well as your morning Probiotic, you can also introduce fermented foods into your diet. And, eating Prebiotics to feed your good gut bacteria is also essential. Apple cider vinegar is a Prebiotic, which will feed your Probiotics, so use this vinegar in your salad dressings and include Asparagus, Onions and Bananas more often in your meals.

Eating a well balanced, colourful diet is the way forward. This will also help to restore the acid balance of your body. Bodies that are acidic are prone to all manner of health conditions, including fungal overgrowth.

Add to this healthy animal fats and good sources of protein, (brown meat on chickens and the chicken skin etc.), and the jobs a good ‘un!

Fungus & Sugar

It will be nigh on impossible to effectively overcome any type of yeast or fungal infection without removing sugar from your diet.

But this doesn’t just mean stopping spooning sugar into your coffee and cutting out puddings.

There is an awful lot of sugar in processed foods that need to be eliminated from your diet, and, processed grains turn into sugar almost immediately after consumption.

Sooo… all those grains need to go along with things that contain actual sugars as well.

And yes, alcohol is a sugar too!

Sorry!

Learn more about skincare and skincare ingredients to avoid by reading other articles on this website.

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Disclaimer

The information provided is not intended to replace the medical directives of your healthcare provider. This information is not meant for the diagnosis of health issues. If you are pregnant, have serious or multiple health concerns, consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils or associated products. If you experience any complications or adverse reactions contact your healthcare provider.

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