Home Remedies to Eliminate Fungal Infections

September 20, 2015
Besides eliminating fungal infections in a natural, simple way, and without any side effects, we can prevent their recurrence thanks to the topical use of these remedies.

Fungal infections can occur in any part of our body, but the most common areas are on fingernails or toenails. They can also appear on the feet, and where there is more moisture and warmth such as the armpits. Hair dandruff is also associated with fungus.

In this article we will offer four excellent remedies to combat fungal infections. To do so, we’ll be using tea tree oil, garlic, apple cider vinegar and ginger. With a little patience we can eliminate fungus in a natural and simple way. There won’t be any side effects, and we can also prevent it from coming back.

Tea tree for fungal infections

Derived from the leaves of a native Australian plant (Melaleuca alternifolia), tea tree oil is one of the most commonly used oils. It is a powerful natural antiseptic, antiviral and antifungal that helps to fight many skin diseases, when it is used topically.

It is so powerful that it should be used with caution. This is because it can provoke irritation of the mucous membranes (in the genital area, mouth, eyes, etc.). You can apply a droplet directly if it is a small area. If, however, it is a larger or more sensitive area, you can mix it with some coconut oil. This isn’t irritating and also has some anti-fungal properties.

This oil isn’t and, in addition, you can use it for many other purposes. These include to heal wounds, as a lice treatment, as an insecticide, as a mosquito repellent, and as a household cleaning product.

Read more: Tea Tree Oil: the Amazing Oil that Provides Many Benefits

A small bowl of oil.

Garlic

We can use this valuable food product to quickly solve many different health problems. And who doesn’t have garlic in their home?

In other articles we have pointed out the many properties of garlic that invite us to eat it daily:

  • It prevents cardiovascular diseases
  • It improves circulation
  • Our immune defenses are improved
  • It purifies our body

But in this case we can apply it directly to an affected area. Thanks to garlic’s allicin content we will be able to remove all traces of fungal infections. For small areas, you can apply half of a garlic clove directly and secure it with a bit of adhesive bandage. You should then change this when you notice it no longer gives off an odor.

Another option for larger areas is to prepare a maceration oil. To do so, crush five cloves of garlic and cover them with a high-quality olive oil. Let the mixture sit and soften for a week and then strain it. You can then apply this maceration oil twice a day.

In natural health food stores you can get this oil already prepared. You can find it in capsules if you don’t fancy eating it directly. Taking it internally can also help you fight fungal infections on the inside.

See also: 5 Olive Oil Treatments for Your Skin

Some chopped garlic on a work surface.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is another of those food-medicines that we mention a lot in our articles, thanks to its multiple uses. We have highlighted its use as a shampoo and conditioner, as a household cleaner, as a sanitizer, to increase the body’s metabolism, and to help us lose weight, among other uses.

In this case we are highlighting its antifungal property. Of course, as we have previously mentioned, it should be an unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, in order to have active probiotics.

The treatment is very simple. You simply apply the apple cider vinegar to the infected area with the help of gauze or cotton swabs and let it air dry. Vinegar is an excellent remedy for all kinds of skin problems since its acidic pH level balances with the skin’s natural pH level.

Ginger

Ginger is a gift for our health that comes to us from the East. It is famous for its benefits if we consume it directly, although we also know of some of its properties by applying it directly to our skin. Since ginger is an anti-inflammatory, it improves circulation and provides warmth.

To treat any type of skin fungus you can purchase essential ginger oil and even combine it with tea tree oil. Or you can prepare a mixture using fresh ginger root, or powder. You should make it rather concentrated, and apply it two or three times a day and let it air dry.

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