Fungal infections can occur in any part of our body, but the most common areas they show up are on fingernails or toenails, the feet or 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, based on tea tree oil, garlic, apple cider vinegar and ginger. With a little patience we can eliminate fungus in a natural and simple way, without any side effects, also preventing it from coming back.
The Tea Tree
Derived from the leaves of a native Australian plant (Melaleuca alternifolia), tea tree oil is one of the most commonly used oils, known to be 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 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 or, if it is a larger or more sensitive area, you can mix it with some coconut oil, which is not irritating and also has some anti-fungal properties.
Since you are going to get some of this oil, which is not expensive, you should know that it can also be used to heal wounds, used as a lice treatment, as an insecticide, as a mosquito repellent, and as a household cleaning product.
This valuable food product can also be converted into a medicine cabinet that can be used to quickly solve many 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.
- It increases our immune defenses.
- It purifies our body.
But in this case we can apply it directly to an affected area, and 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, to be changed 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, typically in capsules for those who cannot eat it raw directly. Taking it internally can also help you fight fungal infections on the inside.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another of those food-medicines that we mention most in our articles, thanks to its multiple uses. We have highlighted that it can be used 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, a gift for our health that comes to us from the East, is well known 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 garlic 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 decoction 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.