Essential oils of many plants are often being considered as a treatment option for fungal infections because of their antifungal and antimicrobial qualities. And, since they are a healthier, more natural option than many antifungal drugs, more and more people are turning to these treatments.
Here is how you can use essential oils to treat fungal infections.
Which Oils Should You Use
There are many oils currently used for this purpose. Mint, oregano, cinnamon, and thyme essential oils have all been found to have potent antimicrobial qualities. However, some of these oils are more suited for use against bacteria than fungi.
On the other hand, peppermint, eucalyptus, orange, and lemongrass essential oils have been tested for their antifungal qualities. These oils have been found to inhibit the growth of at least 12 strains of fungi. In another study, tea tree oil has also been found to have antifungal properties.
How to Treat Fungal Infections with Essential Oils
When using essential oils to treat fungal infections, it’s important to dilute them with a carrier oil. You should never apply an essential oil directly to your skin because it can cause irritation. Olive or coconut oil can be great carriers, although almost all vegetable oils will do.
To treat your fungal infection with essential oil, choose a mixture of a couple of oils and combine it with a carrier oil. Soak a gauze pad in the mixture and apply it to the affected area. Make sure you’re not touching the healthy skin, as this can spread the infection.
If you want to use essential oils to treat fungal infections, it may take a couple of applications to see results. If your infection doesn’t seem to be going away after a couple of days contact your doctor so you can get a prescription for clinically approved medication.