Tea tree oil has long been known as a natural remedy for many maladies. It’s naturally antiseptic properties make it ideal for treating minor scrapes and scratches. Recently, however, people have been reporting great success when using tea tree oil to treat nail fungus.
It is best to use 100% pure tea tree oil when treating nail fungus. Organic tea tree oil is best, and it comes only from Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant that is native to Australia. The oil from this plant has antimicrobial properties and has been used for many years by Australians to treat and prevent various infections.
But how does one use organic tea tree oil to get rid of toenail fungus? It’s very simple. Apply a drop or two of tea tree oil to the surface of the infected nail and also rub it into the tissue surrounding the nail. If you wish, use a cotton swab to apply the tea tree oil to avoid getting it on your fingers. The oil will penetrate the skin and the nail, killing the fungi. This should be done at least once a day, most easily just before going to bed. However for a large infected area, the treatment can be repeated up to three times a day. Leave the feet uncovered. You may see results within a couple of days, but continue the treatment for at least a week.
Be careful not to use too much tea tree oil as this natural antiseptic could be irritating to some people. Keep an eye on the treated area and if an allergic reaction occurs, wash the area and stop using the tea tree oil.
Tea tree oil can be mixed with another agent, such as petroleum jelly in order to dilute it a bit and make it easier to stay in place. You may also wish to mix a foot soak to use to soothe the feet as you treat the fungus. According to the website, one recipe includes mixing warm cider vinegar with tea tree oil and a fragrant essential oil like sandalwood in a basin of warm water. The feet—or hands—can be soaked for up to twenty minutes.
While treating the fungus, go barefoot as much as possible or wear clean white cotton socks—not colored socks. Keep the feet dry as much as possible as moisture encourages the growth of fungus. Again, it is important to go shoeless as much as possible because fungi grow best in dark, damp environments.
As with any new treatment, it is wise to consult a physician before starting to use tea tree oil. This is especially true if you have any other kind of skin condition such as eczema or sensitive skin. There are, of course, prescription and over the counter medications that can be used to treat toenail fungus. But natural is always best, and organic tea tree oil is a proven winner.