12 All-Natural, Antifungal Essential Oils

12 All-Natural Antifungal Essential Oils, via SustainableBabySteps.com

From athlete's foot to thrush and even dandruff, using natural, antifungal essential oils is always a safer option than over-the-counter creams, sprays or medications which come with side effects.

According to research, those side effects could include:

  • irritation
  • inflammation
  • rash
  • blisters
  • numbness and tingling
  • liver damage
  • and more.169

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, 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.

Choosing the best essential oils means saving money on a trip to the doctor, eliminating side effects, and giving you the ability and knowledge to handle any issue that arises quickly and easily with your own natural antifungal treatments.

I now only use doTERRA essential oils on my body, around my home, and for my family. They are the ONLY oils that cause us NO side effects and work effectively (some of our own success stories are below). This is because doTERRA is superior in their production of essential oils, with high standards for every step of the process (from the location of where the plant is grown, to harvesting, and extraction) and they even third-party test EVERY SINGLE BATCH to ensure purity without a trace of contaminants. You can read more about their standards here.

The Best 12 Antifungal Essential Oils

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. Be sure to visit your doctor and use your own best judgment when using any alternative remedies.

Cassia Essential Oil

Cassia's other properties, besides antifungal, are antibacterial and antiviral. It must be diluted (1 drop of cassia to 4 drops of carrier oil) and shouldn't be taken internally, but can be massaged into reflex points or over areas of concern.
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Cinnamon Essential Oil

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 3 drops of carrier), but you can cook, bake or even make candy with it for flus and colds.
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Clary Sage Essential Oil

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 can be taken internally thru the use of capsules with proper precautions.
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Clove Essential Oil*

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.
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Coriander Essential Oil

Coriander is not also anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, and a stimulant. It blends well with other "spice" oils, can usually be applied without dilution, and can be taken internally, such as in cooking.
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Lavender Essential Oil*

Lavender oil is not only an antifungal, it is also anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and more. It's a great oil for itchiness, irritation, redness and more. It's also calming and great to use at night (best night of sleep ever!). It can be used topically with or without dilution.
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Lemon Essential Oil

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.
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Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil*

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 (nut not always), and its a great cleaner.
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Oregano Essential Oil*

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! Great for very persistant fungus.
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Patchouli Essential Oil

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.
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Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary is a natural antifungal, but also is known for its anticancer, anti-infectious, antioxidant and more 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.
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Thyme Essential Oil

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 4 drops carrier oil). It can be cooked with, as can any other "spice" oil
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Natural Antifungal Products and Uses

Blends I'd recommend:

  • lavender/melaleuca/lemon
  • oregano/lavender
  • rosemary/thyme/oregano

If you have sensitive skin, use less of melaleuca, oregano, cinnamon, and clove, and increase the lavender, which is gentler and naturally soothing for sensitive skin.

Another option is to choose a speciality blend from doTERRA, such as OnGuard or Purify. These blends are specially formulated to be antifungal, as well as antiviral, antibacterial, and more, and they decrease the hassle of blending oils or the worry of getting the right amounts.

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Natural Antifungal Cream
First choose a base. 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 or make the condition works. For every tablespoon of cream or oil, add 1-2 drops of up to 3 of your preferred essential oils. Use a small amount (pea-size or smaller) on the area of concern up to three times a day. 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 20 drops of 1-3 of your preferred antifungal essential oils or use the blends mentioned above.

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, up to a few months). If you feel you need soap, try Dr. Bronners or some other castille soap. You can make your own shampoo by adding 10 oz of water, 1 teaspoon of Dr. Bronners, and up to 20 drops of natural antifungal essential oils to a bottle, shake well before each use and apply to scalp. 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 yo 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 fungus outbreaks. 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.)

Learn More About AntiVIRAL Essential Oils too!

15 Antiviral Essential Oils Click here to learn more.

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