Complete Guide to Using Oil of Oregano for Toenail Fungus
Can you really use Oil of Oregano on toenail fungus?
Studies have shown that oregano oil has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties and is effective against six types of gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria.
Due to these germ-fighting properties, oil of oregano may be an effective treatment for stubborn fungal infections.
Here you’ll learn what toenail fungus is and what causes it.
We will also take a closer look at the research behind the anti-fungal ingredients in Oil of Oregano and how you can use it to fight toenail fungus.
What is Toenail Fungus?
Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a very common condition.
This organism thrives in a warm, damp environment which explains why our toenails make the perfect breeding ground.
Your affected nails can become discolored and they may thicken or become brittle as the infection grows.
One of the most popular antifungal drugs used to treat toenail fungus is Lamisil. Lamisil is actually a very powerful anti-fungal drug.
It usually comes in 250 mg. tablets and you have to take it once a day (usually 12 weeks for toenail fungus and 6 weeks for fingernail fungus).
Unfortunately, Lamisil is a very expensive medication. On popular internet pharmacies, like Drugstore.com, a one month supply of 30 tablets can cost over $390.00.
And not only is this drug expensive, Webmd.com states that possible 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.
The oil is made up of volatile oils, terpenes, antioxidants and flavonoids.
Carvacrol and thymol, are the 2 main volatile oils found in oregano oil and have been shown to have anti-fungal properties.
Research on Oregano Oil Ingredients to Fight Fungal Infections:
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.
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 – I applied the oil twice a day, once in the morning and again before going to bed.
Toe nail fungus thrives in warm, damp conditions. While using oregano oil for toenail fungus, you can follow these tips to keep your toenails dry and clean:
Completely dry your feet and toes after showering.
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.
Using Oil of Oregano for toenail fungus infections may be an effective treatment. Please remember to consult with your doctor before before using any natural health supplements.
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