Tea tree oil for nail fungus can be surprisingly more effective than many over-the counter medications that are so popular.
Bacteria are naturally attracted to warm, moist places, and that may include your nailbeds. If you have sweaty feet, simply sticking them in socks and then wearing shoes all day may be enough to allow those bacteria to grow under and around your nails. The thick, yellow toenails that result from that growth are embarrassing and may stop you from wearing revealing styles of footwear, and they may scratch, tickle, and annoy your bedmate when you cuddle under the covers at night.
You may also experience the embarrassment of fungus on your fingernails, and it’s more difficult to hide your hands than your feet. If you hesitate to shake hands when meeting someone new or worry that your fungus will interfere with your professional life, tea tree oil may come to your rescue. Even if you’ve tried many commercial products that claim to get rid of nail fungus and have always failed, there’s a good chance that this natural oil can make a significant difference.
Tea tree oil is derived from a plant that grows naturally in Australia. The oil has been used for a variety of purposes by Australians for many years, and it’s one of the easiest essential oils to find in the United States today. You may see it in the lice treatment section at your local store, and it’s a popular oil used for aromatherapy. As long as you use pure tea tree oil, it’s safe for application directly onto your toenails and fingernails.
While it’s necessary to dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil before applying it to your face or other soft, sensitive tissue, you don’t have to do that when applying directly to your fingernails or toenails. You can use a cotton swab or a small brush applicator, and your goal is to simply apply an even coat across the nail. You don’t want to put it on too thick because a little goes a long way with tea tree oil. A quick brush over all parts of the nail and along the cuticles should be enough.
This is a daily application, and you can even apply it twice a day if you’re suffering from a severe case of nail fungus. Once the condition clears up, you may want to continue the application daily or a few times a week to keep the fungus from getting out of control once again. Keeping your feet cool and dry will also help with prevention.
often takes time for natural remedies to work, and the elimination of
nail fungus is no different. Whether you start seeing some improvements
in your nails within the first week of tea tree oil treatment or not,
commit to using the oil consistently for at least a month. It took time
for bacteria growth to get out of control around your nails, and it will
take some time to stop that growth and eliminate the bacteria.