Fungal Fighter Aromatherapy

Use this solution and powder as a one-two punch against fungal infections.

Fungal Fighter Solution

  • 12 drops tea tree oil
  • 8 drops geranium oil
  • 3 drops thyme oil
  • 2 drops myrrh oil (expensive, so optional)
  • 1 tablespoon tincture of benzoin
  • 2 ounces apple cider vinegar

Combine the ingredients, and shake well before each use. Dab this solution on the afflicted area, or use it as a wash at least once a day -- more often if possible. You can purchase tincture of benzoin at any drugstore.

Fungal Fighter Powder

  • 14 drops lemon eucalyptus or tea tree oil
  • 8 drops geranium oil
  • 5 drops sage oil
  • 1 drop peppermint oil
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

Place the cornstarch in a resealable plastic bag. Sprinkle in the essential oils slowly, trying to distribute them evenly through the powder. Close the bag and toss the powder, breaking up any clumps that form. For long-term storage, keep the powder in a sealed plastic bag or glass or ceramic container, although you probably will find a shake bottle with a perforated lid more convenient to dispense it. A variety of these bottles are sold in housewares departments for the kitchen. Use the powder at least once a day, more often if possible.

Many different fungal infections appear on the skin, and the following treatments can often wipe them out. Most people are familiar with ringworm, especially athlete’s foot because it is so common. Athlete’s foot is so common because feet sweat and then are cloistered in socks and shoes. This creates the moist environment that fungi really love.

If sweating feet are part of the problem, you can use sage to decrease perspiration. Peppermint will help relieve the itching that accompanies a fungal infection. Incorporating the essential oils into a cornstarch powder or a vinegar-based preparation will discourage fungal growth because both are quite drying. Vinegar has the extra benefit of destroying fungal infections.

Some of the most effective antifungal essential oils are tea tree and eucalyptus; lemon eucalyptus is particularly helpful. Lavender, myrrh, and geranium are close seconds. A small amount of peppermint essential oil relieves the itching, and because it stimulates blood circulation, it helps perk you up after a long day on your feet. Don’t hesitate to use the same essential oils to treat funguses that creep under nails or affect other parts of the body.

An aromatic foot bath is a great way to treat fungal conditions like athlete’s foot -- or to simply revitalize feet after a long day. You can’t ask for a better way to take your medicine! If you think you don’t have time for such a luxury, why not haul the basin in front of the TV, or read the newspaper or a book while enjoying your soak. Get yourself a basin large enough to accommodate both feet, fill it with warm water, and add several drops of essential oil. Add Epsom salts to relax tight muscles and soreness.

For a complete anti-fungal treatment, start off with a foot bath, hand soak, or wash that covers the afflicted area. Afterward, dry off thoroughly, then apply the Fungal Fighter Solution with vinegar followed by the Fungal Fighter Powder. Do the entire routine at least once a day, and apply either the vinegar or the powder a few extra times.

Essential oils for fungal infection: benzoin, clove, eucalyptus (especially lemon eucalyptus), geranium, lavender, lemongrass, myrrh, peppermint, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme

To learn more about Aromatherapy and other alternative medicines, see:
  • Aromatherapy: Here you will learn about aromatherapy, how it works, what part essential oils play, and how to use aromatherapy.
  • Essential Oils Profiles: We have collected profiles of dozens of plants that are used to produce essential oils. On these pages, you will learn the properties and preparations for the most popular essential oils.
  • How to Treat Common Conditions With Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy can be used to treat a number of conditions, from asthma to depression to skin problems. Here you will learn how to treat some common medical problems with aromatherapy.
  • Home Remedies: We have gathered over a hundred safe, time-tested home remedies for treating a wide variety of medical complaints yourself.
  • Herbal Remedies: Herbal remedies and aromatherapy can be very similar, and they stem from similar historic roots. On this page, you will find all of our herb profiles and instructions for treating medical problems with herbal remedies.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kathi Keville is director of the American Herb Association and editor of the American Herb Association Quarterly newsletter. A writer, photographer, consultant, and teacher specializing in aromatherapy and herbs for over 25 years, she has written several books, including Aromatherapy: The Complete Guide to the Healing Art and Pocket Guide to Aromatherapy, and has written over 150 articles for such magazines as New Age Journal, The Herb Companion, and New Herbal Remedies.

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