Variously referred to as Onychomycosis, toenail fungus is characterized by pain, inflammation, and swelling, as well as thickening, yellowing, and crumbling of the nail itself. It is usually the result of continuous exposure to moisture, compromised immune system, abnormal skin PH, weak circulation such as that brought on by diabetes, and poor foot hygiene.
Modern medicine addresses the problem of toenail fungus with oral anti-fungal medicine, topical treatments, and in some instances, surgical nail removal. But the side effects of these medications may rear their ugly head in the form of blisters, rashes, hives, swelling of the face or mouth, breathing problems, diarrhea, fever, heart problems, fatigue, weight gain, liver damage, loss of appetite, nausea, dizziness, headaches, and even more pain- all in an attempt to get rid of toenail fungus. The good news, however, is that traditional herbal medicine performs the same job using fruit juices, natural oils and dry goods from your pantry- most of which have no side effects (as long as you are not allergic to them). Below, therefore, we take a look at 4 natural remedies for toenail fungus as follows:
- Olive leaf extract
Olive leaf extract is an excellent choice for combating toenail fungus. When taken daily as a supplement, this powerful natural remedy not only cures fungal infections, but is also anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and can help lower one’s cholesterol. And since olive leaf extract also serves as a powerful detoxifier, users often report experiencing some slight discomfort especially during the initial stages. In such instances, consider lowering your daily dosage whilst the body sheds the bulk of its stored toxins. As soon as you feel revitalized, you can increase your intake to what is recommended.
- Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
Arguably one of the best remedies of toenail fungus, apple cider vinegar can be used internally, topically, or both. Begin by mixing one part Epsom salts and one part ACV with six parts of hot water. Then, allow the water to cool so that it is still warm to touch but not so hot as to be damaging to the skin. Proceed to soak your feet at least twice daily and for up to 30 minutes each time in order to kill the fungus.
- Tea tree oil
As both a fungicidal and antiseptic remedy, tea tree oil is a fantastic remedy for onychomycosis. For this toe fungus cure to be effective, first clean areas on and around the infection using rubbing alcohol before applying undiluted tea tree oil directly to the affected nail(s) and letting it soak in. After about 15 minutes, gently scrub the nail(s) with a soft bristle toothbrush. Remember, when applying this remedy directly to the skin, consider mixing it with an all-natural carrier such as olive oil. Repeat this daily until new healthy nails grow out completely, then extend treatment for a further two or three weeks to prevent re-growth.
- Sodium borate and baking soda
Since fungus requires an acidic environment to flourish, baking soda prevents toenail fungus from spreading by creating an inhospitable environment for it. Further, sodium borate (borax) is a naturally occurring mineral that also doubles up as a powerful fungicide. When these two are combined, they create a remedy that cures nail fungus fast. To accomplish this, mix equal parts of baking soda and borax powder with just enough water to form a paste. Then, wet your feet and gently rub the resultant mixture into the affected nails. Do this at least twice a day and continue for a further two weeks until the fungus has completely cleared up.