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Fungal infections of the Toes, Fingers including the Nails

by Penny Keay

When you have a fungal infection that has invaded your finger and toenails it can be one of the hardest things to get rid of.

Unfortunately, certain kinds of fungal infections can be transmitted easily and once they begin can be hard to eliminate.

The most common dermatophyte that causes nail fungal infections is Trichophyton rubrum, but there are several more that can cause the infections.

Several prescription drugs are available but can have detrimental effects on your liver. So many people seek alternative methods for treating this problem.

To start with, it would help to know for sure that you are indeed dealing with a fungal infection. You need to get a positive diagnosis from your physician and then make sure they have no objection to you trying an alternative solution to this problem.

Once you are ready there are certain things you need to do besides just using essential oils.

1. Make sure you are willing to follow the regimen for the length of time needed. Treating nails for fungus can take several months. You will need to continue until the nails have all grown in with new nails. This can take almost a full year.

2. Wash your feet and clean your toes daily. Dry them thoroughly. (If you have infections in your fingernails you still need to clean them good and dry them too!)

3. Change your socks every day, twice a day if you have sweating feet problems.

4. Use a drying powder - ideal would be to use Talc Powder impregnated with Tea Tree essential oil. Do not use cornstarch as this is food for fungus. You can use Baking Soda if you cannot use Talc Powder .

5. Rotate the shoes you wear. Set them outdoors into the sunlight to air them out. Let the sun help to destroy any fungus.

6. Limit your sugar and sweets. Fungus love high levels of sugar. And if you have too many sweets, they stay in your blood and can "feed" the fungus. That is one reason Diabetics (or pre-diabetics) often times have problems with nail fungal infections, along with candidiasis, yeast, etc.

7. Wear shoes made of cotton or leather. Or wear no shoes as much as possible (while indoors of course).

8. Consult your physician if you see no improvement after one month. You may have to resort to conventional medicine :-(

9. Set time aside and be CONSISTENT - To begin you will need to set time aside each day for soaking your feet (or hands).

You should begin by washing your feet (or hands) thoroughly. Clean underneath the nails with an orange stick to remove any dead cells and debris. Keep your nails as short as possible. Remove any sharp edges.

In a basin place some room temperature water (about 4 cups) and also 4 cups of vinegar.

Yep, we are pickling your feet!! No not really. But Vinegar is great at killing fungus and it is not too objectionable.

I have known people that use the vinegar full strength to soak their feet or hands in but that is pretty strong since you are going to be soaking it for almost an hour.

Add 5-6 drops of Tea Tree oil to this foot bath. Sit and soak for 30 - 60 minutes. When you are done, dry your feet well. Let them air out.

You can reuse the same basin of vinegar/water for 2- 3 days. You will need to add a few more drops of the Tea Tree oil as it will diffuse into the air overnight.

A good time to soak your feet is shortly before bedtime. You can also add a little Lavender to the basin if you like.

If you do not have time to soak your feet then you can try this blend. Apply it daily to clean dry nails of your toes, fingers or feet (if you have athletes’ foot infection).

Tamanu oil – Tea Tree for Nail and Foot Fungus

Tea Tree oil – 24 -30 drops
Tamanu oil – 1 ounce.

Blend together and use a Treatment Pump Glass Bottle to place a few drops on affected toes or nails, massage in well. Use daily. Continue for several months since fungal infections can take a long time to be eradicated.

NOTE: Tea Tree and Tamanu oil may be very ‘sticky’ so you just need a small amount, massage in well.

If you cannot use Tea Tree Oil it has been reported that Tamanu oil by itself can help with all kinds of fungal infections. You can try this alone but realize adding essential oils can help speed the healing process.

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Other Essential oils that can help with Fungal Infections include:

Cajeput or Fragonia – these can be tried if you cannot use Tea Tree. Basil, German Chamomile, Cinnamon leaf, Clove bud, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Melissa, Neroli, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme.

For really stubborn fungal infections or for those folks that cannot use Tea Tree. In the following book by Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D "Advanced Aromatherapy" noted that Tea Tree may not work for all toenail fungus. He suggests you try the following blend applied to the affected nails.

This is a very strong blend and you should test before hand to make sure you do not have a reaction to these oils. This recipe is a two-step process. Please follow directions carefully.

Step one:

Thyme - 4 ml (80 drops)
Oregano - 2 ml (40 drops)
Cinnamon leaf - 2 ml (40 drops)

Blend these oils in a glass bottle.

Step two:

Add 5 ml of the above mixture into 15 ml of your choice of carrier oil. Tamanu oil or Fractionated coconut or any of the Coconut oils are great in this blend. Blend well.

We suggest you use one of our Cobalt Blue or Amber 1 ounce bottles with a treatment pump. This way you can pump a small amount onto your finger or toe nails.

Next: You will apply 1-2 drops to each affected nail twice a day. Be sure your feet/hands are clean and dry before applying. (See above).

If you see no improvement after 14 – 21 days, discontinue. You may need to seek professional medical help as the problem may require further diagnostics.

How do you know if there is improvement?

You will see new healthy nail growth when the skin and nails begin to heal.

Eventually there will be no more hard discolored or yellow nails.

New healthy growth will begin to show near the nail beds growth area.

After the first 14-21 days, and if you are seeing improvement, you should apply at least once daily thereafter until there is a complete new nail. Again, this can take up to one year or more.

You need to continue to use Tea Tree or the Thyme, Oregano, Cinnamon blend for at least ONE MONTH BEYOND the time where your nails are totally healthy and all brand new. If you don’t you may not have totally eradicated the fungus.

If at any time you should develop irritation or symptoms appear worse, discontinue and seek professional medical advice.

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Below is something I hope will be of value to you if you have an infection of the skin of your foot that may be fungal or bacterial in origin.

It was in response to a letter I wrote to a gal who knew of military personnel that needed some help with a thing they called ‘boot rot’.

My Letter:

I have been plagued with Athlete's foot off and on for many years but I have found that there are things you can do to get it healed and keep it under control. (Yes, I have Diabetes T2, but I've had this for years before being diagnosed.)

Recently we had a customer inquire as she had very bad athlete's foot confirmed by her doctor. She used my regimen and within about 3 weeks her feet/toes were healed. She now maintains them using the same essential oils but only needs to use them on a weekly basis.

Here is what I suggested to her. You will need to soak your feet nightly in the following.

- Warm water with 1 cup Salt (Epsom is fine alone but Sea Salt and Epsom Salt is better) and 1 cup vinegar (distilled white is fine). Soak for a minimum of 15 minutes. 30 minutes is better.

Yes you are `pickling' your feet. Well, not really, but you are soaking it so you can scrub the dead cells off. Now don't really `scrub' your feet when you are done, just rub them with a wash cloth. Then rinse them and dry them.

Then you will apply several drops of the following blend to your feet and particularly between the toes. Just apply a thin layer.

Althete Foot and Toe blend

Tea Tree - 20 drops
Lavender - 10 drops
Myrrh - 10 drops
Geranium - 8 drops
Peppermint - 8 drops
Oregano – 8 drops
Thyme ct linalol- 5 drops
Grapeseed oil- 1 tablespoon
Tamanu oil – 1 tablespoon

Mix essential oils in a glass bottle, then add the Grapeseed oil & Tamanu oils. Shake well.

Apply just a few drops to both feet and between toes and massage in.

At first it is going to sting and burn, especially if you have any raw or opened areas on your feet. After a few days as your feet heal this should disappear.

This is a strong blend but should work NO matter what is going on – if it is any kind of fungal or bacterial infection.

After applying the oil blend let it sit for a minute or two then apply some Talc Powder (unscented or you can make a blend of the above essential oils and add to the powder bottle - shake well).

Because fungal infections (athlete's foot & toe or finger nail) can take a long time to get rid of, you will need to follow the above regimen for at least 2-3 months!

I have had this blend heal feet and toe lesions within about 7-10 days but because fungal infections can be very deep seated in the layers of skin this should be continued for a quite a while.

I know that is a long time for treatment but if you have toe nail or other nail fungus and if your Dr would be treating you with an Rx you would be taking it for a whole year and the Rx could cause liver damage.

Using essential oils is MUCH SAFER!! (I know we aren't talking nail fungus but any fungal infection can take a long time to be eliminated.)

Athlete’s foot fungus, in particular, likes moist warm places. So you have to keep between the toes dry too!

Now I know the troops cannot necessarily do the soaking but cleaning their feet really well and drying them will certainly help before applying the oil blend and Talc Powder

Let me know if you would like more information as I have had Athlete's foot where all the skin sloughed off between my toes and I had bleeding weeping sores.

This can happen within a few hours and so I've learned my lesson – that whenever I go to a hotel, motel or even one of my son's houses I start using my blend and keep my toes powdered too!

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© 2012, 2015, 2017 Penny Keay All rights reserved Worldwide.
Please do not use my information without my permission.

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