There are many types of fungal infections, but the most common ones consist of ringworm, athlete’s foot, fungal toenail infections, scalp fungus and tinea versicolor. Quite a few methods can be used to treat these diseases including taking advantage of antifungal essential oils. Some popular types of essential oils comprise lavender oil, coconut oil, tea tree oil, green tea oil and grapefruit peel.
Some common scalp fungus
The first sign of ringworm is the itching around the affected area, then a reddish mark with a clear border including several blisters. If the disease is not quickly detected and treated, the spread of this circular mark will form a variety of arcs. In some cases, the disease becomes more serious because the patients feel itchy, thus, scratching the affected skin, causing the spread on other parts of the body.
Athlete’s foot usually occurs during the rainy season. The disease is often caused by epidermophyton, Trichophyton or candida albicans. The disease starts in the interstice between the third and fourth toes. The skin of the toes peeling off has the yellowish color, secrete fluid and sometimes, in this area, blisters appear.
Ingrown nail is usually caused by Trichophyton. The symptoms of the disease are displayed at the free edge or on the two sides of the nail. When you have the disease, the nail loses its shiny color, rises or grows into the skin. The surface of the nail has full of holes or is formed into grooves. Under the nail are nail fragments or debris. As a result, the nails become increasingly rough, yellowish or opaque. The disease can spread from one nail to another one.
Piedraia hortae is the main cause of hair fungal. The manifestation of the disease is that many black particles stick to each hair. However, the patients do not feel any unusual signals, and the hair also does not fall off.
Meanwhile, another kind of hair fungus that is caused by Trichophyton shows several injuries on the scalp. In particular, the scalp has many small round spots with the size from 3 to 5 millimeters. Besides, some thin scabs appear on the scalp, and the scalp suffers from itchiness.
The cause of tinea versicolor is pittosporum. There are two forms of tinea versicolor including white and black. As usual, the disease leads to itchiness, especially when the patients are exposed to the sun or have much sweat. When being attacked by the disease, the patients feel as if their skin was slightly jabbed with a needle, which causes the unpleasant feeling.
Suggestions on antifungal essential oils
Lavender essential oil
With the anti-fungal properties, lavender essential oil is often used to cure fungal diseases. Quite a few studies have indicated that lavender essential oil not only prevents the growth of fungus but also helps the patients quickly recover from fungal infections such as foot fungal infection and candidiasis. You just pour a few drops of lavender essential oil, then apply them to your skin. After that, you leave it for 15 minutes before rinsing the skin.
Green tea essential oil
Green tea essential oil is a precious drug that has high antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Accordingly, green tea oil has an ability to fight against skin fungus in a safe and friendly way. This essential oil will dispel any anxieties over skin irritation that usually occurs when you use other antibiotics.
Tea is also an antioxidant drug for the skin. The main function is to beautify the skin and slow down the aging process because it includes terpenoid. It is a really good remedy for the skin, thus being selected by a lot of girls.
You can take care of your fungal skin with green tea essential oil by applying a sufficient amount of green tea oil to the fungal skin. Note that you also need to apply evenly to the inner part of the nail to speed up the regeneration of the skin and the recovery from the disease. Waiting for the oil to dry completely and be absorbed into the skin, you use a cold towel to clean the fungal skin. It is suggested to use this method several times a day.
Coconut essential oil
Numerous studies have found that coconut oil contains about 45% of lauric acid, which can resist bacteria and fungi. Thus, it supports to wipe out fungus. After that, unsaturated fatty acids are able to prevent the arrival of dandruff and help to reduce hair loss caused by fungus. In addition, coconut oil consists of various vitamins (E, C, B, and A) and crucial minerals such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, and iron. Two types of natural minerals including Monolaurin and Monocaprin can cleanse the scalp and produce a pleasant scent. These micronutrients are also effective in nourishing the hair and preventing dandruff and dry hair.
Therefore, apart from the ability to treat the disease, the use of coconut oil for the treatment of scalp fungus is also regarded as an efficient method of hair care, killing two birds with one stone.
Tea tree essential oil
A 10% tea tree oil can relieve the symptoms, but it will not completely heal the foot fungus. You need to use at least a 25-50% solution to heal fungus. Using the essential oil with such consistency can be as effective as the antifungal medicines.
Tea tree oil can be used for reducing symptoms, but it has no ability to make the patients completely recover from foot fungus.
Tea tree oil can treat the athlete’s foot more effectively than the other types of foot fungus.
You can buy the cream with the appropriate amount of tea tree oil or mix one or two sections of the pure tea tree oil with two portions of ethyl alcohol.
You apply the mixture to the feet, including instep, arch, and the two sides. You do not forget to put the mixture on the interstice of the toes in the toes because fungus can grow in the invisible areas.
The foot fungus can spread to other parts of the body, so you should wash your hands thoroughly after applying the cream.
It is recommended to apply the oil twice a day, especially in the morning and evening to the best advantage. In addition, the cream should be used for a maximum of one month.
Grapefruit peel essential oil
Another simple but effective way to treat tinea versicolor is taking advantage of grapefruit peel. You just use the hand to lightly press the grapefruit peel so that the oil will come out, then place it on the skin. If you are patient with this method, the affected skin will be eliminated within seven days. At first, when just applying the essential oil to the skin, you will feel a bit painful, but only minutes later, everything will become normal.
It can be seen that your fungal diseases absolutely can be cured without using modern medication. Instead, you can use the suggested antifungal essential oils. Hopefully, with the tips above, you will gain more knowledge of kinds of common fungal infections and can choose suitable antifungal essential oils for your disease.