How to kill fungus with sea salt

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How to kill fungus with sea salt
Fungus can grow on feet and other dark, moist areas. (basketball image by Alexey Klementiev from

The most common areas that we see fungus are on old foods or in mould- and mildew-laden bathrooms, but the truth is that fungus can grow anywhere moisture and heat combine and sunlight and air circulation are lacking. This can include areas of our body, and the results are infections such as athlete's foot, yeast infections or ringworm. While there are a variety of prescription and over-the-counter remedies, applying sea salt to the fungus in a soak mixture or as a body scrub can help to kill the fungus.

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Things you need

  • Sea salt
  • ½ cup grape seed oil
  • 10 drops grapefruit oil and juniper oil
  • Bowls or containers
  • Spoons or stirrers
  • Water

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    Add 1 cup of sea salt, ½ cup of grape seed oil, 10 drops of grapefruit oil and 10 drops of juniper oil to a bowl.

  2. 2

    Stir the oils and salt well to ensure that they combine. You should get a thin paste.

  3. 3

    Dampen the infected area of your body with warm water. Spread the paste over the area and massage it in with your hands for a minute. The salt and oils will help to kill the fungus on your skin.

  4. 4

    Rinse away the scrub with warm water. Apply the scrub twice per day until the fungus is gone.

  1. 1

    Fill a bowl or bucket with warm water. The container must be large enough to hold the area of your body that has grown the fungus. If you are battling fungus on multiple areas of your body, you can soak in a bathtub.

  2. 2

    Add 2 tsp of sea salt for every pint of warm water you used. Stir the mixture to spread the sea salt throughout the water. This will create an effective anti-fungal soak.

  3. 3

    Soak the infected area for 15 minutes, at least twice per day, to kill the fungus. The sea salt will also absorb some perspiration from the infected area, reducing the moisture needed to grow fungus.

Tips and warnings

  • If sea salt is unavailable, use Epsom salts instead. If you cannot use grape seed oil for the scrub, replace it with soybean oil or hazelnut oil
  • You can use either the soak or the scrub on your head for scalp infections as well.

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