Nail fungus infections are frustrating, embarrassing and very unpleasant to the eye. The fungus that thrives under and around the nail, usually on the toes, changes the appearance of the nail, making it yellowish, brown or even black, as well as hardened and crumbly. Sometimes the entire nail may fall off. Because the fungus is mainly located underneath the nail plate, it can be very difficult to get rid of.
Treatment options for nail fungus
There are several treatment options when it comes to nail fungus. Some people use over-the-counter or prescription antifungals and others prefer home remedies. Of all natural remedies available for the treatment of nail fungus, tea tree oil seems to be the most efficient one.
Tea tree oil for nail fungus
Tea tree oil is oil obtained from a plant than has nothing to do with the actual tea plant. This plant is called Melaleuca alternifolia and it originates from Australia. The oil obtained from this plant has powerful antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties and it is widely used in alternative medicine in treatment of various skin ailments.
Tea tree oil is one of the best solutions for nail fungus. It should be applied directly, two or three drops straight on the nails and the surrounding skin, three times a day, until the fungal infection clears.
Tea tree soaks
Some people are sensitive to direct application of tea tree oil. For them, it is better to try tea tree soaks instead. These finger and toenail soaks are made by mixing half a cup of apple cider vinegar, six drops of tea tree oil and a few drops of another essential oil, preferably peppermint, thyme, patchouli or sandalwood. This mixture is then poured in a large recipient full of warm water. The affected fingernail or toenail should then be soaked in it for at least 15 minutes, each day.
Tea tree lotion for nail fungus
Another remedy based on tea tree oil is a lotion that can easily be prepared at home. It requires four tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 30 milliliters of distilled water, 10 drops of lavender oil and six drops of tea tree oil. The vinegar is first poured into a sterile glass bottle and then the essential oils are added and mixed well. The final step is to add water and to shake the bottle well so all the ingredients blend. Shaking is necessary before each application of the lotion with a cotton ball or a swab, three times a day.