Whatever fungal concern you're trying to stay protected from, using natural, antifungal essential oils is always a safer first option. While essential oils aren't meant to "cure" anything, they can often help your body stay healthy before moving onto bigger attempts.
Did you know that research has shown the side effects of over-the-counter antifungal creams could include:
However, the effectiveness and safety of essential oils as antifungal treatments depends solely on the quality of oil.
I've used many antifungal essential oils that have given me similar side effects to the common OTCs (!!), or had no impact at all. Melaleuca is a good example of this. A poor quality tea tree oil is not only ineffective, it can cause severe reactions which worsen the original condition.
It's easy to find poor quality essential oils in grocery stores, drugstores, even natural health stores. It's important that you're looking for essential oils that undergo rigorous testing for purity and are sourced only from their indigenous regions. If your essential oils aren't sourced from their natural home, you simply won't have as healthy a plant or as potent an oil, and if the quality is not there, you may have some unfortunate additives, fillers, or contaminants instead.
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Each of the following essential oils have been found to have antifungal properties to varying degrees. The oils marked with * are the most commonly known, widely used, and generally found to be strongest. But be sure to visit your doctor and use your own best judgment when using any alternative remedies. There's a time and place for essential oils, and a time and place for a doctor's appointment.
Cassia's other properties, besides antifungal, are antibacterial and antiviral. It must be diluted (1 drop of cassia to a minimum of 4+ drops of carrier oil) and shouldn't be taken internally, but can be massaged into reflex points or over areas of concern.
Cinnamon has many properties, including antibacterial, anti-infectious (especially urinary and intestinal), antiseptic and many more which aid and assist this and other natural antifungal essential oils. It is strong, so be sure to dilute it (1 drop of cinnamon to a minimum 3+ drops of carrier), but you can cook, bake or even make candy with it for flus and colds.
Clary sage is not only antifungal, it's also a nerve tonic, astringent, soothing and calming, and more. It generally doesn't need dilution and potentially may be taken internally thru the use of capsules with proper precautions.
This potent oil is a strong antiseptic, as well as antifungal oil. Great for cleaning and diffusing, and is also antibacterial, disinfectant, and even antitumor. It can be used topically, diluted equally with a carrier oil, or taken internally with the right precautions.
Coriander is also anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, and a stimulant. It blends well with other "spice" oils, can usually be applied without dilution, and can be used internally, such as in cooking.
Lavender oil is not only an antifungal, it is also anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and more. It's a great oil for soothing skin. It's also calming and great to use at night (best night of sleep ever!). It can be used topically, with or without dilution.
Lemon oil is also an antioxidant, antiseptic, even anticancer! It's great for cleaning, can be taken internally (dropped in water), or used topically, although sensitive skin may want to dilute, and you should avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours after topical use.
Melaleuca is widely known for its anti-everything properties: antifungal, antibacterial, anit-infectious, antiparasitic, antiviral, and more, including tissue regenerative and neurotonic. Sensitive skin might find they need to dilute (but not always), and its a great household cleaner.
Oregano is a highly potent antifungal essential oil. It's also very strong, meaning you should never apply it without diluting first. But you can cook with it!
Patchouli oil is also anti-inflammatory, decongestant, antiseptic, among many other properties. It can usually be used without dilution and applied directly over any area of concern.
Rosemary is a natural antifungal, but also is known for its anticancer, anti-infectious, antioxidant, and other properties. It usually requires no dilution and can be applied topically to the area of concern, as well as used in cooking or taken internally.
Thyme is said to be highly antibacterial, as well as antiviral, antimicrobial, and antiseptic. It makes a great defense against many issues, although it should always be diluted (1 drop thyme to a minimum 4+ drops carrier oil). It can be cooked with, as can most other "spice" oils.
Natural Antifungal Cream
First choose a carrier. Beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter or something of the like works best. If nothing else is handy you can use a lotion, but be aware that it can counteract with the oils, make the condition worse, or simply not blend with your essential oils. For every tablespoon of carrier, add 1-2 drops of your preferred oils. Make small batches, as they go far, and store in small glass jars (such as a small mason jar).
Natural Antifungal Foot Soak
Fill a large bowl, cake pan, or other small tub with warm water (or as hot as you can tolerate, if you prefer). Optionally, add 1/4 cup of epsom salt or baking soda. Add a total of 5-10 drops of your preferred antifungal essential oils.
Natural Antifungal Shampoo
In addition to the recommendations we have here for dandruff home remedies, my first recommendation would be to forego shampoo altogether and allow your scalp to adjust to using water or baking soda (it will overproduce oils at first, since it is accustomed to the shampoo stripping your scalp of oils, but this usually corrects itself in a few weeks). If you feel you need soap, try Dr. Bronners or some other gentle castille soap. You can make your own shampoo by adding 10-12 oz of water, 1 teaspoon of liquid Dr. Bronners, and up to 10-15 drops of natural antifungal essential oils to a bottle, shake well before each use and wash with the mixture. You can also add the oils of your choice to your current shampoo bottle (2-4 drops per ounce of bottle) and shake/mix VERY well. I recommend making small batches at a time and storing them in glass or stainless steel jars or containers.
Natural Antifungal Spray
The type of spray you wish to create depends on its use. You can add distilled water or aloe vera juice with 1-3 drops per ounce for personal use. If you wish to make a natural cleaning product, try using white distilled vinegar or hydrogen peroxide diluted with water (up to 50%) and adding 2-4 drops per ounce. Store in a glass of stainless jar, preferably.
Natural Antifungal Powder
Baking soda is going to be the best here. It helps to eliminate odors, which often come with along fungus. Add 1-3 drops of any essential oils or blends of oils to every ounce of baking soda, shake very well to evenly distribute the oils throughout the baking soda and sprinkle in shoes, on carpets, in closets, over tubs and sinks, etc. (I suggest making smaller amounts at a time to keep the oils at their most potent. Store any extra in a glass jar.)
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