So what is fingernail fungus?
A lot of people think fingernail fungus is caused by a lack of hygiene, but this is not true. The fungus is caused by a bacterial infection under the fingernail, and if left untreated it may spread to other parts of the body.
Here’s a list of the most common symptoms of fingernail fungus:-
- brittle nails
- jagged nails
- discolouration - yellow patches
You can’t eliminate fingernail fungus by scrubbing or washing the nail with soap or other type of cleanser - what’s needed is an anti-fungal treatment that will penetrate the nail and restore your fingernails back to optimum health.
How tea tree oil can help fingernail fungus
Because of the anti-fungal and antiseptic properties of tea tree oil, it’s an effective natural treatment for any fingernail fungus issues. It provides powerful germicides in the treatment of any nail health issues.
Do you want a natural treatment for nail fungus? Try tea tree oil
Using tea tree oil to combat fingernail fungus is an effective natural treatment, although it does take time and persistence. The best way to do this is dip a cotton ball into the tea tree oil and then apply directly on the affected fingernail two to three times a day – you should see some positive improvement within a few months.
Another way to use tea tree oil for fingernail fungus is to soak your fingernails. Here’s our recipe for a tea tree oil foot soak:-
- Add 1 cup Epsom salts to a basin/tub filled with hot water.
- Add 4-5 drops of essential tea tree oil.
- Soak your fingernails for 15 minutes.
- Dry fingernails thoroughly after soaking.
Repeat this treatment daily for at least a week to help in the treatment of fingernail fungus.
Benefits of using tea tree oil on fingernail fungus
The main benefits of using tea tree oil on fungus are:-
- it’s cheap
- it’s all-natural
- unlike store-bought treatments, you know the ingredients
To help clear up your fingernail fungus it’s important to keep the nails clean and dry. Also try giving your immune system a boost by eating a diet rich in fresh vegetables, yogurt and whole grains - or you could try a natural vitamin supplement.