Fungal infections are described as contagious diseases that can be passed from one individual to another. They present themselves as mild conditions but become more serious in patients with a low immune system. The most common fungal infections include the following: athlete’s foot, candida, jock itch and ringworm.
Candida is a type of fungal infection that presents itself as a diaper rash or thrush in babies; while in teens and adults, especially women it presents itself as a yeast infection. The jock itch is known to affect certain areas such as, the groin area and the tops of the thighs. Ringworm is described as a skin rash which is a fungal infection that affects the limbs, torso, scalp and the nails. Athlete’s foot is known to present itself between the toes but it may also affect other areas of the feet.
Numerous essential oils have antifungal properties and since they are made up of complex chemical components they can be used in the treatment of fungal infections. Essential oils can be used to combat fungal infections by relieving the symptoms. According to research, essential oils that are extracted from herbs and spices are the best in treating fungal infections. Such oils include: Origanium, mint, clove, cinnamon, thyme and salvia. Other essential oils with antifungal properties include: tea tree, rosemary, pine, basil and peppermint.
Mix of oils against Fungal Infections
Some essential oils can cause skin irritation; hence it is highly recommended that you do not apply directly on the skin. Before use ensure that you dilute the essential oil in carrier oil such as jojoba, almond or sunflower oil. Here is a procedure that one can use to treat fungal infections: Mix the following essential oils; tea tree oil, lavender, geranium, eucalyptus and myrrh. Dilute the oils with vinegar, which helps to deter fungus in the infected area.
Add small amounts of peppermint in order to relieve itchiness after application. Use a compress to apply by soaking it in the mixture and then apply around the affected region. In order to keep the area dry it is highly recommended that you should use a fungal powder. This powder can be made by mixing the following: twelve drops each of tea tree, clove and geranium oil, one tablespoon of goldenseal root powder and a quarter cup of bentonite clay.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has many healing properties but it is known to be effective in the treatment of athlete’s foot. Here is a procedure of how to prepare a mixture of tea tree oil for athlete’s foot. Measure half a cup of arrowroot powder and mix it with forty drops of tea tree oil in a mixing bowl. During application put socks on your feet and sprinkle the mixture into the socks. In order to obtain quick results you should apply the mixture twice daily for one month. Taking an aromatic foot bath is also effective for the treatment of athlete’s foot.
Oregano oil is another effective essential oil for fungal infections, such as jock itch, yeast, scabies, head lice and diaper rash. Use one drop of oregano oil and mix it with one ounce of a carrier oil such as, sweet almond or olive oil. Apply the mixture around the area of infection this is mainly recommended to be used on external areas only.
Lavender oil Anti Fungal Infections
A combination of lavender, lemongrass, bergamot and eucalyptus oil is also known to be an effective remedy for the treatment of candida. This blend of oils is rapidly absorbed by the body; hence getting rid of the fungus. You should use this mixture three times daily for a period of one month in order to obtain quick results. You can also watered down three drops of tea tree oil in 1/3 cup of warm water; this mixture is also effective in candida. For application, soak an organic cotton tampon and insert it in order to cool and sooth the area.
Lavender oil is commonly known to aid in the treatment of ringworms. It is known to help in reducing itchiness and inflammation around the affected region. You can add a few drop of lavender essential oil into your bath and soak in it for thirty minutes. This bath helps in soothing your skin and the area affected. You can also dilute ten drops of lavender oil in combination with one teaspoon of olive oil. Use this mixture and apply it around the affected area. It is advisable to apply the mixture three times daily. Neem oil can also be used to treat ringworm; you are required to apply just a drop of the oil around the affected region three times daily for ten days.