Top 10 Home Remedies For Fast Relief
Onychomycosis – or more commonly known as toenail fungus – is recognised by inflammation and pain or swelling of the toe, also yellowing or thickening and crumbling of the toenail itself. Toenail fungus can be the result of :
- continuous exposure to moisture wearing synthetic socks
- abnormal pH of the skin
- compromised immune system
- poor foot hygiene
- sweat build-up in shoes
- weak circulation such as that caused by diabetes
Today’s remedies for toenail fungus are using topical treatments such as oral anti-fungal medicine or in some cases actually removing the toenail through surgery. There can be numerous Side effects when you use these medications and may possibly include breathing trouble, swelling of the face or mouth, rashes, hives, blisters, dizziness, headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, liver damage, fatigue, heart problems, diarrhea, fever, and more pain – all just to cure toenail fungus…
Traditional herbal medicine can do the same job by simply using natural oils, dry goods and fruit juices from your home pantry which typically have 0 side effects (assuming you aren’t allergic to them.) The choice is easy.
Here are our top 10 options when choosing a natural home remedy for toenail fungus:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
The best remedy for toenail fungus is apple cider vinegar and it can be used both topically and internally. Simply mix 1 part ACV and 1 part Epsom salts with 6 parts hot water. Let the water cool so it is just warm but won’t burn you. Gently soak your feet twice daily for at least thirty minutes for maximum results. Mix 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar with 8 ounces warm water and 1 teaspoon of organic honey to sweeten it.
2. Olive Leaf Extract
Our 2nd choice for eliminating toenail fungus is to use olive leaf extract. When you take this daily, it can be a powerful natural remedy that can cure deep fungal infections. Olive leaf is an anti-bacterial as well as an anti-viral. It can also help lower your cholesterol as well.
Olive leaf extract is a powerful detoxifier that can cause a little discomfort when you first start taking it. If it gets too bad, consider taking a lower daily dose until your body sheds some of those stored up toxins. When you start to feel better, you can increase your intake.
3. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an antiseptic and fungicidal remedy. It is a great remedy for onychomycosis. To start, clean the areas on and around the fungal infected area with rubbing alcohol and then apply the tea tree oil directly to the nails and really let it soak in good. After 10 minutes, scrub the infected nail with a soft toothbrush. When you apply tea tree oil directly to skin, mix the oil 1-to-1 with an all-natural olive oil. Repeat this routine daily until the new nail grows out completely, then continue this same treatment for 2 to 3 more weeks to prevent it from coming back.
4. Orange Oil
Orange oil is another all natural remedy that can be directly applied to the infected area daily. Be sure to use a dropper to apply oil on the nails and between the toes. Let the oil soak on the nail for at least 1 hour. Orange oil is very strong and may not be for people with sensitive skin. If you are too sensitive, dilute the oil at a 1-to-1 ratio with olive oil. Because citrus allergies are fairly common, I would recommend to test orange oil on a small area of your skin before applying it to infected nails.
5. Corn Meal
One of the more surprising home remedies for infected toenails is organic cornmeal. Corn is a natural host to a form of fungus that is harmless to humans but deadly to Candida – the biggest fungal parasite that causes infections in people. Find a container that is big enough to fit both of your feet in. Then, mix 1 cup of cornmeal with about 2 quarts of water. Let the cornmeal soak in the water for 1 hour, then put the infected foot (or feet) in the mixture for a 1/2 hour. I would use this treatment daily till it is gone. Cornmeal is harmless to skin and nails so the treatment can and should be repeated as much as you like.
6. Baking Soda and Sodium Borate
Because toenail fungus needs an acidic environment to survive, alkaline baking soda prevents toenail fungus from spreading by making a deadly environment for future growth. Sodium borate, (also known as simply borax) is a natural mineral that is a powerful fungicide. These 2 components combined create a powerful cure for nail fungus that works fast. To get started, simply mix one part borax powder to one part baking soda and add just enough water to form a paste. Wet your feet or hands and gently rub the mixture all over the infected nails. Do this 2 times daily and continue for at least 2 weeks after all fungus has disappeared.
7. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains caprylic acid that has the ability to penetrate the cell wall of Candida amongst other nail fungi. Without its protection, the cells of the fungus dissolve, which will destroy the infection. Simply apply a very thin layer of coconut oil on the infected areas. Let it soak for 15 minutes. Coconut oil is awesome for your skin health, so be sure to use this treatment as much as you would like. Double check and make sure you aren’t allergic to coconuts before you start using this product.
8. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is an effective remedy for mild signs of toenail fungus. Just apply a few drops of lavender oil to the infected nails once a night just before bed and let it soak and work while you sleep. If you are concerned about the oil rubbing off, just cover your feet with wool socks. Be sure not to use synthetic socks or it will worsen the infection. Side note: Just because a nail looks healthy doesn’t mean that all the fungus is completely gone. This is why continual treatment is recommended for at least 2 weeks after the infection looks to be gone.
Oregano is yet another herb that is anti-fungal. To get started, mix just a few drops of oregano oil with about a teaspoon of carrier oil, then use the mixture and dab it onto the infected nails. Thats it! Really simple.
Your body is likely to have an imbalance of healthy micro-flora. This can also be why you might have fungal overgrowth like onychomycosis. Be sure to purchase a quality probiotic like Dr. Tobias’s Deep Immune Probiotic to use along with the rest of your toenail fungus remedies. Healthy intestinal bacteria can hinder the growth of parasitic fungi and other microbes. The other benefit is lactobacillus bacteria that is also found in most probiotic supplements. It can actually secrete a bi-product that kills Candida. Be sure that your supplement is sugar free with no artificial fillers. These only feed candita which will cause more unwanted fungus to grow.
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