Can Essential Oils Get Rid of a Toenail Fungal Infection?

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Apr 2, 2015 9:00:00 AM

essential_oilsEssential oils have become very popular as an all-natural homeopathic way to treat everything from the common cold to cancer. Many people have experienced their benefits and believe in their healing properties, while others are skeptical and think they’re just psychosomatic. There are many different remedies that claim to get rid of a toenail fungal infection and essential oils is one of them. If you’re embarrassed by your discolored toenails and you’re researching treatment options, education is key.

Essential oils

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. These oils give plants their distinctive smells and also provide protection against predators and disease, as well as play a role in plant pollination. Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Even modern scientific study and trends toward more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new discovery of using essential oils (Source: doTerra).

Toenail fungal Infections and the use of essential oils

The consensus from common literature and information from wellness advocates recommend melaleuca, lemongrass, tea tree, and lavender oils to help get rid of toenail fungus. The belief is that these oils have anti-fungal properties and when applied topically, have immediate and localized benefit. The chemical structure of essential oils also allows them to be easily absorbed by the skin for internal benefit throughout the body.

While essential oils and other home remedies or over-the-counter creams and lacquers may seem to get rid of a toenail fungal infection, they are only a temporary solution because they aren’t getting to the root of the problem.

Toenail fungus laser treatment

The only way to get rid of toenail fungus completely is to eliminate the source: the fungal pathogens causing your ugly, discolored toenails. There is a minimally invasive laser treatment available that shines a laser light beam onto the affected nail, penetrates through the surface of the nail, and completely kills the pathogens causing the fungus. Once these pathogens are eliminated, the fungus can no longer grow. The treatment is safe, quick, and extremely effective.

It remains to be seen whether or not essential oils can in fact get rid of toenail fungus, but toenail fungus laser treatment definitely can. If you’d like to learn more schedule a foot assessment with the best podiatrist in NYC by contacting Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: foot problems, toenail fungus