Guide to Using Oil of Oregano on Toenail Fungus
Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a very common condition.
The affected nails can become discolored and they may thicken or become brittle as the infection grows.
Nail fungus can be difficult to treat. Some commonly used treatments include anti-fungal medications, medicated nail creams or polishes, over-the counter anti-fungal creams and natural treatments.
This article will look at the research on oil of oregano and using it to treat toenail fungus.
One of the most popular anti-fungal drugs used for toenail fungus is Lamisil.
Lamisil is a powerful anti-fungal drug. It usually comes in 250 mg. tablets and you have to take it once a day for at least 4 – 6 weeks before seeing results.
While it is effective, Lamisil can be expensive medication. On popular internet pharmacies, like Drugstore.com, a one month supply of 30 tablets can cost over $390.00.
Webmd.com states that Lamisil side effects include liver failure, stomach aches, nausea, diarrhea, rashes and alterations in taste.
Fortunately, there are safer and less expensive methods to treating this condition.
Studies Show Oregano Oil has Anti-Fungal Properties
Oregano oil is an essential oil extracted from the oregano plant.
Oregano was commonly used in Mediterranean cuisine and the Ancient Greeks used oregano oil for medicinal purposes.
The oil is made up of chemical ingredients called terpenes, antioxidants, flavonoids and volatile oils.
Oil of oregano is a natural source of the volatiles oils, carvacrol and thymol.
Studies show that oil of oregano, and isolated forms of carvacrol and thymol, have anti-fungal properties:
A study from the Department of Horticulture and National Food Safety and Toxicology at Michigan State University claims thymol has anti-fungal properties.
The Department of Pharmacology at the University of Athens released a study showing carvacrol has anti-fungal activity and is effective against six types of gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria.
Carvacrol was also proven to be effective against yeast and oral candidiasis infections.
Researchers at the Department of Plant Physiology in Belgrade compared the anti-fungal activity of a variety of essential oils, including Oil of Oregano, thyme and sage. All oils were tested against 13 different fungal species. The study concluded that oregano oil had the highest and broadest anti-fungal activity.
The research shows that oil of oregano’s broad spectrum of anti-fungal activity could make it a potential treatment for toenail fungus.
How to Use Oil of Oregano on Toenail Fungus
Take 1 – 3 Oil of Oregano capsules every day – the brand I used had 45 mg. of Oil of Oregano per capsule.
Apply Oil of Oregano directly on the infected toenail – You could apply the oil twice a day, once in the morning and again before going to bed.
- Effectiveness could depend on the overall strength of oregano oil and the duration of treatment.
Toe nail fungus thrives in warm, damp conditions.
While using oregano oil to treat fungal infections, you should make efforts to keep your feet and toenails dry and clean.
Completely dry your feet and toes after showering.
- Avoid walking barefoot in public showers and locker rooms.
Keep toenails cut short.
Don’t use the same nail file and nail clipper used on the infected nails on uninfected nails. You may risk spreading the fungus to other nails.
Wear 100% cotton socks that allow your feet to ‘breathe’.
Changing to dry clean socks when they become wet or sweaty.
Wear comfortable shoes with a wide toe ‘box’ so your toes have some wiggle room. Don’t wear tight fitting shoes that press your toes together as this can help spread the fungus from toe to toe.
Drink plenty of water.
Try to be patient and consistent with the treatment.
Please consult with your doctor before using any natural health supplements.