Toenail fungus or onychomycosis occurs when fungi infect one of your toenails. It usually begins as a white or yellowish discolouration under the tip of the nail itself. As the fungus spreads deeper into the nail, it may cause the toenail to thicken or develop rough edges that crack easily. This can be painful if the toenail falls off. This fungus thrives in warm, moist environments such as sweaty shoes or shower floors.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has many antiseptic and anti-fungal qualities that make it a perfect candidate for treating toenail fungus. Tea tree oil is distilled from the leaves of an Australian shrub. It is rich in terpinen and cineol, agents that are thought to fight germs, fungus and bacteria. Apply tea tree oil directly to the infected toenail three or four times each day. It's a relatively inexpensive and completely natural way to treat toenail fungus.
White or apple cider vinegar is an inexpensive way to treat toenail fungus and stop it from spreading. When toenail fungus occurs it changes the pH balance of the skin surrounding the toenail and the cuticles that produces an alkaline environment within the tissues underneath the toenail. In the initial stages, this sets-up pain and irritation. Since vinegar contains a high level of acidity it can combat the microorganisms that cause the fungus and prevent them from spreading. Vinegar use has no harmful side effects, making it an ideal treatment for toenail fungus. Using a cotton ball, apply vinegar directly to the infected toenail twice a day until the fungus disappears.
Thyme oil contains thymol, a powerful antiseptic that is highly toxic if used improperly. According to physician and aromatherapist Jean Valnet, M.D., studies have shown thymol to be a powerful anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral essential oil. It is also used in commercial mouthwashes to fight gingivitis and combat the organisms that cause plaque build-up on the teeth. Ideally, thyme oil should be diluted, 1% or less, with a carrier oil like sesame oil or flaxseed oil. Thyme oil blends well with bergamot oil or rosemary oil. Blend these oils with the carrier oil and then test the mixture on the skin surrounding your infected toenail. If you see no signs of irritation after several hours, apply the oil mix directly to your toenail twice a day.