How to Use Lavender Oil for Nail Fungus


Yellow, discolored and thick nails may denote fungal infection. The bad odor is due to fungus inhabitation. In this article you’ll know how to use lavender oil for nail fungus.

Medical term for nail fungal infection is onychomycosis. According to official reports 50% of nail abnormalities are due to fungal infection. This nail disorder is common in men and elderly people.

Though it isn’t very dangerous, often toenail fungus is accompanied by pain and odor. Yes, it ruins your physical appearance if they affect your fingernails.

Steroid creams are expensive and show temporary results. Home remedies on other hand are inexpensive and it’s damn simple to use them.

I’ll try to highlight benefits of lavender oil, how to use it and few necessary steps to prevent nail fungus.

But, before that

What Causes Nail Fungus?

Fungi, yeast and mold invade nails through minor cuts or injuries. As toenails provide warm and moist environment they habitat resulting in infection.

Genetics, tight foot wear, hygienic shoes or socks, not wearing slippers in public places, injury to nails or skin and few health ailments like diabetes, AIDs and weak immune system are few factors that influence fungal infection. (Source)

Is Lavender Oil for Nail Fungus Good?

This essential oil is derived through steam distillation process from lavender plant flowers. It is prominent in aromatherapy for its healing and calming activity.

  1. Anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory activity of this essential oil helps to thwart fungal infection and reduce inflammation.
  2. Healing ability of lavender essential oil fasten the healing process of nail bed and cuticles.
  3. Regular application will stimulate blood circulation and avoid odor.
  4. Hydrating ability will moisturize dry cuticles and injuries that may allow fungi invasion.
  5. Blend it with other natural ingredients to reduce its effect on your sensitive skin.

You can use this innate ingredient for glowing skin and to reduce stress.

How to Use Lavender Oil to Treat Toenail Fungus?

Wash your toenails or fingernails with water to remove dead cells. Use clean and soft cloth to pat dry.

Apply lavender oil over the nails, so that it enters nail bed and leave it to dry naturally.

To make it more effective, blend tea tree oil with lavender oil.

  • As mentioned blend required amount of lavender oil (not more than 1 tablespoon for initial testing) with tea tree oil.
  • Wash your nails and drop 1-2 drops of this oil mixture over the nails.
  • Allow the nutrients in the oil commence their effect.

Lavender Oil Foot Soak (Try this)

Take a basin with water; add 5 drops of lavender essential oil and 1-2 tablespoons of Epsom salt.

Mix thoroughly to dissolve the salt. Now, soak your feet in this basin for 20 minutes.

This method allows anti-fungal properties in lavender oil to restrain infectious fungi.

Important Points to Prevent Nail Fungus

  • Disinfect nail clippers, cutters and nail file after using them. Else, fungi may transfer to other nails.
  • Wash socks, shoes and practice hygienic lifestyle.
  • Avoid tight shoes and socks that don’t allow enough air.
  • Wear slippers in public places like swimming pools, locker rooms and beach.
  • Apply antiseptic cream to heal injury and avoid fungal infection.
  • Put your shoes and socks under sunlight to avoid moisture.
  • Dry your feet to avoid moisture between fingers.

Did you ever try lavender oil for nail fungus? Please share your recipe in comment.

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