I do not know why you want a natural way to get rid of nail fungus, maybe you can’t stand harsh side effects that come with using oral medications or maybe you are looking for an alternative to expensive over the counter medicines…
…and I promise you will choose from a list of home remedies that have proven to kill nail infections because they have strong antifungal properties. All this home remedies are easy to apply, readily available and cost next to nothing to buy them.
Some of them like tea tree oil may cause skin irritation if not used in the right manner and I share step by step process of applying them safely. Most of these remedies were medically reviewed to treat toenail fungus and were reported in medical journal.
What is a supplement for nail fungus?
When it comes to nail fungus treatment many people forget how supplements can help when it is used in conjunction with home remedies and this includes good quality probiotics.
They boost the immune system to fight unwanted microorganisms and support the body with good bacteria that may help fight nail fungus causes like candida and molds. A balance of healthy micro-flora in the body is all we need to start to kill onychomycosis from inside.
What are home remedies for nail fungus?
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil also known as melaleuca is native to australia. It was found in many studies that it is one of the effective home remedies for fungal nail. It has proven to cure yellow toenails in less than two months because it has strong antibacterial and anti fungal properties.
Dilute tea tree oil by adding three drops of it to teaspoon of carrier oil and apply it to infected nail for 15 minutes three times a day. Tea tree oil is one of strong essential oils that irritates the skin or make it red if used without adding it to carrier oils.
Also known as wild marjoram has ingredients like thymol, carvacol, rosmarinic acid and narigin and have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties that kill nail infections.
It must not be used alone without a carrier oil because it will burn the skin. To use it safely take three drops of it and mix it to teaspoon of carrier oil like olive oil or jojoba oil and apply that to the nail for 15 minutes in the morning and before bed.
One of the common uses of baking soda is cleaning because it can help with germs and bacteria but in a small study it was found that it can kill over 80% of fungi specimens because it was able to control candida, dermatophytes and molds thanks to it’s anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.
It is also capable of soaking up all the moisture on the nail and fungus does not like dry places to live in. Just add small water to baking soda to create a paste that is enough to cover the nail and apply it to the nail and allow it to stay for 15 minutes before rinsing it off. Apply this process twice daily until your fungus free nail is growing.
Have you ever wondered why listerine is a good treatment for your mouth? Since it has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties it is better remedy for both bacterial and fungal infections found on the nail and skin.
Due to it’s ingredients like thymol, eucalyptol and salicylate it is capable of killing of nail fungus. Foot soak is the common method to treat nail fungus which is made by adding one part listerine to one part water and soak your foot for 30 minutes once every day until you are fungus free.
It is a common ingredient in over the counter nail fungus medications because it has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is a cheaper alternative to expensive laser treatments and countless consultation and a safe alternative to harsh oral medicines that are known for destroying the liver.
It is found in supplements because it has strong immune system boosting power to fight deceases and helps with blood circulation. Add 3 drops of it to a teaspoon of carrier oil and apply it to your nail for 15 minutes three times a day.
Hydrogen peroxide is known as a bleaching agent and comes at different strengths like 3%, 6%, 15% and many more. Besides being used as oxidizer and disinfectant it can be used as medicine for treating affected nails.
To avoid burning your skin I advice you to use 3% hydrogen peroxide but not more than 6% and if you experience any nail whitening do not panic it wont last for long. Mix equal part of hydrogen peroxide with equal part of water and soak your foot for 30 minutes once a day until your nail fungus is gone.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has strong antifungal properties that help treat fungal infection and is acidic in nature which helps with neutralizing the pH of the skin by making it acidic and fungus can not survive in that environment.
To prepare for a foot soak you need one part of apple cider vinegar to two parts of warm water in a small bath tub and soak your feet for 30 minutes once a day. This process should be done every day until your fungus is gone. Apply tea tree oil after soaking your foot to speed up the healing process.
It is one of the effective remedies used to treat nail fungus because it turns the environment to acidic and the fungus can not live in such conditions and it has antifungal properties that also help with fighting the infection.
You just need one part vinegar to two parts warm water and soak your foot for 30 minutes once every day until your nail is clear of fungus. You can apply tea tree oil on your affected nail after foot soak.
Many of us have used vaporub as a remedy for sinuses, cold and sore chest but a small scale study have shown that it is also effective against candida, molds and dermatophytes which cause fungus.
This ointment is easy to apply and is a cheap alternative to expensive over-the-counter medications. You apply adequate amount of it on the nail and skin around it twice a day in the morning and before bed time until you get rid of the infection. Bleach and vicks can kill nail fungus if used together.
Natural remedies like garlic, ozonized oils like extract from olive leaf especially tea tree oil know how to get affected nail back to it’s original look.