Seven Home Remedies to Treat Superficial Mycoses Naturally

March 5, 2019
You can use natural ingredients to relieve the discomfort caused by superficial mycoses. They're very effective and, in turn, aren't aggressive on the skin.

Superficial mycoses are fungal skin infections that can manifest anywhere on the body at any age. However, they’re more common on the scalp, genitals, and nails, especially the toenails.

In this article, discover seven home remedies to treat superficial mycoses naturally. You can choose the one that catches your attention the most or combine them and alternate them for better results.

Remedies for Superficial Mycoses

1. Tea tree essential oil

Tea tree oil to treat superficial mycoses.

Tea tree essential oil is one of the most popular remedies for superficial mycoses. In fact, it’s a common ingredient in natural cosmetics recipes to fight acne and dandruff, as well as candidiasis or cystitis.

This oil can be very irritating, so you must avoid applying it on sensitive areas or mucous membranes. You can also dilute it in coconut oil, which also has antifungal properties.

Take a look at this article: Tea Tree Oil: The Amazing Oil that Provides Many Benefits

2. Oregano essential oil

This essential oil is extracted from the aromatic oregano plant. It’s very effective due to its antibiotic and antifungal properties. It’s a very suitable remedy for oral use, as long as the label indicates it.

  • You can combine it with tea tree essential oil or drink it. In that case, take a drop of this oil diluted in a teaspoon of oil or honey three times a day.

3. Ginger

Ginger is a remedy for multiple health disorders. It helps eliminate certain types of bacteria and fungi without any side effects.

You can apply ginger essential oil or prepare a bath with a ginger infusion. This remedy can be very useful for hand and feet fungal infections. You can also apply its fresh juice.

4. Propolis

Propolis is one of the best natural antibiotics to prevent and treat all kinds of infections. Furthermore, it also kills fungi, as it’s the ingredient bees use to keep their hives sterile.

You can combine oral and topical propolis treatments:

  • Topical: Apply it directly on the affected area. We recommend choosing an alcohol-free propolis product.
  • Oral: Take five drops every three hours until the superficial mycoses disappear. As a preventive measure, you can take five drops on an empty stomach every day.

5. Ceylon cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice that you should definitely have in your medicine cabinet. In fact, its niacin, thiamine, and ascorbic acid content make it a very effective fungicide.

You can use cinnamon essential oil or prepare baths just as with ginger. You can also combine both spices to enhance their curative effects. However, always make sure to choose Ceylon cinnamon, which is the medicinal variety.

6. Garlic

Raw garlic cloves to treat superficial mycoses.

Garlic is a great treatment against superficial mycoses as it’s a very powerful antibiotic and antifungal agent. You can both apply it topically and eat it raw. If you have a hard time eating it, purchase garlic capsules.

Discover: What are the Health Benefits of Garlic?

7. Aloe vera

Finally, aloe vera is another product you must have at home since it can help treat different health conditions. In addition, it’s also a very practical ingredient to add to all kinds of cosmetics and natural products.

In addition, aloe vera is easy to apply due to its texture. You can combine aloe with other oils to make an easily-absorbed ointment that won’t leave your skin oily.

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