Fungal Infections

feet of a womanInfections can come from bacteria, a virus, or fungi. Like bacteria, fungi can live on or in the body without deadly effects. Fungi can penetrate the outer layer of the skin and can irritate the skin. Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection found on the foot. Athlete’s foot typically occurs between toes where sweat or moisture stays for long periods of time. Shoes that trap sweat can encourage the growth of the fungus. Other common types of fungal infections include Candidiasis (yeast infection), Conjunctivitis (pink eye), Diaper rash, Nail fungus, Pneumonia, and Ringworm.

Suggested Oils to Use

Cinnamon, Clove, Tea Tree, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme

Also consider: Cassia, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Geranium, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Melissa, Myrrh, Patchouli, Peppermint, Roman ChamomileC, Orange, Wintergreen

Suggested Ways to use

Some anti-fungal oils are stronger such as cinnamon and it is recommended to add a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil to dilute the oil. A common inexpensive anti-fungal oil that has been used topically for a variety of fungal infections is tea tree oil. Tea tree is generally safe on most types of skin but if it is to be applied on more sensitive skin add it to a carrier oil.

Myrrh is often recommended in a blend to treat “Jock Strap Itch.” Some have found it effective mixed with tea tree oil and worked into Bentonite Clay, used as a body powder. Do not use Corn Starch in a “do it yourself” dusting powder as it tends to feed the fungus and makes things worse, not better.

In 2005 a study on essential oils shown that Lavender has antifungal properties as well:

Scientists from the University of Coimbra in Portugal distilled lavender essential oil oil from the Lavandula viridis L’Hér shrub that grows in southern Portugal. The oil was tested against a range of pathogenic fungi and was found to be lethal to a range of skin-pathogenic strains, known as dermatophytes, as well as various species of Candida.

Lavender can be applied directly to the skin.

Always consider consulting a medical professional when treating fungal infections.