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Natural Healing, Health & Well-BeingAugust 17, 2015
6 Top Home Remedies for Toenail Fungus
 
 
Don’t let a toenail infection get the best of you; try these easy and effective home remedies for toenail fungus that will help you get your nails back to normal.
 
An infection on your toenails can be bothersome and embarrassing. Unfortunately, conventional treatment, which consists of various liquids, lacquers, or other topical or oral medicines often take a long time to work, aren’t effective, and cost a pretty penny. In fact, it seems that even the most effective antifungal medicines have a cure rate of only around 30%. But that is no reason to get discouraged; these home remedies for toenail fungus work well, are cost-effective, and use all natural ingredients.

What is toenail fungus?

Nail infections are caused by an overgrowth of fungi, including yeasts and molds. It usually begins with something small, like a white or yellow spot under the nail. Gradually, this spreads deeper into the nail, causing discoloration, thickening, and crumbling of the nail. It may become painful as the infection worsens. The medical names for toenail fungus include onychomycosis and tinea unguium.

6 Home Remedies for Toenail Fungus

In order to effectively treat a toenail infection, you will need to use antifungal agents. But these don’t have to be prescription or made out of potentially harmful chemicals; a variety of herbs, oils, and other natural substances have antifungal properties of their own.
 
Baking soda. Also known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda actually has significant antifungal effects. Laboratory studies show that baking soda is effective against many fungal species that are commonly involved in toenail fungus – in fact it inhibited the growth of 80% of fungal isolates tested in one study. Try making a paste out of water and baking soda and spreading it on your nails. Alternatively, add some baking soda to a bucket of water and do a daily foot soak.
 
Tea tree oil is a very useful essential oil. It can be used to treat conditions ranging from dandruff to athlete’s foot, including toenail fungus. This essential oil has significant antifungal effects, along with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Nanocapsules of tea tree oil suppress the growth of T. rubrum, one of the more common fungi causing toenail infections. One study found that 100% tea tree oil applied twice-daily for six months was as effective as clotrimazole, an antifungal medication. After six months, 60% of the people in the tea tree oil group experienced partial or full resolution of symptoms. Rub tea tree essential oil directly on the affected area twice daily until symptoms subside.
 
Ozonized sunflower oil. By reacting ozone (O3) with sunflower oil, you can produce ozonized sunflower oil, which contains compounds with significant medicinal effects. In one study using a product called Oleozon, participants experienced some remarkable improvements with topical application of the ozonized sunflower oil twice per day; 90.5% were cured of their toenail fungus completely. In the control group using ketoconazole (an over the counter medicated cream), only 13.5% were cured. A year later, the Oleozon group had only a 2.8% relapse rate, while 44.4% of the control group had relapsed. Rub a small amount of this oil onto your toes twice daily to treat toenail fungus.
 
Olive leaf extract. Olive leaves contain many beneficial compounds, including phenolic compounds. Extract from the leaves of olive plants have been shown to have significant antibacterial and antifungal effects, making it a useful tool for fighting toenail fungus. Look for the liquid form, and use a small amount to cover your infected toenails multiple times per day.
 
Coconut oil. Many people use coconut oil to treat toenail fungus. This oil has health-promoting effects ranging form protecting your heart to preventing memory loss. Additionally, coconut oil is a powerful antifungal agent. To help treat your toenail fungus, melt a small amount of coconut oil on your fingertips (it is solid at room temperature) and apply directly to your toes.
 
Snakeroot extract. The plant Ageratina pichinchensis, commonly known as snakeroot, is highly effective at fighting toenail fungus. In a study on 96 people, a snakeroot formulation was effective in 71.1% of the cases. Look for snakeroot extract itself, or natural toenail fungus formulations that use Ageratina in the ingredients list.
 
It is also recommended to keep your toenails trimmed and thin if possible. This may relieve some pain by reducing pressure, and it will allow the topical products to penetrate into the nail itself when you apply them. Scraping the top of your nail may also help your remedies to work better, as they will be able to get deeper into the layers of your toenails. Start by doing a daily foot soak with baking soda, then experiment with various essential oils and extracts until you find the one that works best for you. Try combining coconut oil with tea tree oil, for example, to get a two-in-one treatment.
 
Share your experience
Have you ever had toenail fungus? How did you treat it? What natural strategies worked for you, and which didn’t? Share your experience in the comments section below.
 
Chelsea Clark is a writer with a passion for science, human biology, and natural health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology with an emphasis in neuroscience from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Her research on the relationship between chronic headache pain and daily stress levels has been presented at various regional, national, and international conferences. Chelsea’s interest in natural health has been fueled by her own personal experience with chronic medical issues. Her many profound experiences with natural health practitioners and remedies have motivated Chelsea to contribute to the world of natural health as a researcher and writer for Natural Health Advisory Institute.
Nail 17 The Natural Choice - NATURAL FUNGAL NAIL RELIEF
 
Have you ever had nail fungus before?  Nail fungus is a common medical condition that affects thousands of people each year.  Nail fungus can cause a lot of discomfort and many people become embarrassed because of the way their nails appear to others.
 
I have suffered from nail fungus several different times during the course of my life and I can tell you it is not fun!  I have had a couple of cases of nail fungus and in some instances one of my nails lifted permanently from the bed of the nail.  I even had one case where two of my nails fell out because the fungus infection grew so intense that my hand detached itself from the nails.  Doctors were unsure if my nails were even going to grow back.  Luckily, they did grow back.
 
As an advocator and as someone who enjoys helping others I am going to teach you how you can figure out if you have nail fungus,  get rid of your nail fungus and transform your nails so they look the best they ever had before.    Do not wait as long as I did… tackle the problem before it worsens.
 
Not everyone knows what a fungus infection is…
Do you know what a fungus infection is?
 
A fungal nail infection occurs when a fungus attacks a fingernail, a toenail, or the skin under the nail, called the nail bed. Fungi can attack your nails through small cuts in the skin around your nail or through the opening between your nail and nail bed. If you are healthy, a fungal nail infection probably will not cause serious problems. However, it may look bad, hurt, or damage your nail or nail bed.
 
Many things could cause nail fungus.
  • Yeasts
  • Molds
  • Different kinds of fungi
The same type of fungus that causes athlete's foot causes most nail fungus. These are all common causes for nail fungus, but there is hope for individuals who have the condition or suffer from it often.  Nail fungus grows in warm, moist places, and they can spread from person to person. You can get a nail fungus infection for many reasons.  Some people have contracted it from, walking barefoot in public places, from public showers, public pools, sharing personal items such as towels and nail clippers.  I got it from four different times from two different nail salons and twice from water seeping between my nails and nail bed.
 
If you are suffering from nail fungus, you are going to notice one or more of the symptoms below…
  • Your nail turns yellow or white
  • Your nail becomes thicker
  • Your nail will crumble and split
  • You nail may separate from the skin
  • It becomes uncomfortable or painful to wear shoes
  • It becomes uncomfortable or painful to walk
  • It becomes uncomfortable or painful to stand for a long period of time
I finally came across Nail 17.  I was very impressed with the how it was made.  Nail 17 is made of plant-based essential oils (Thymol, Camphor, Menthol, and Eucalyptus). There are no harsh chemicals in this product. I saw the difference in my sons nails after using it for a while.  His nails went from yellow and cracked to white and clear.  The fungal clear up after several usages.  It transformed his nails and got rid of the fungus.  I was very pleased with this product.  The more he used it the better his nails looked.  There was a big difference in the quality of his nails.
 
As an author of the book, “The Complete Herbal Guide: A Natural Approach to Healing the Body - Heal Your Body Naturally and Maintain Optimal Health Using Alternative Medicine, Herbals, Vitamins, Fruits and Vegetables,  I found the Nail 17 to be very beneficial. I highly recommend this product.
 
You can find Nail 17 on the Internet at http://www.nail17.com 
HEALTHY RECIPE: Peach Lemon Basil Sorbet

If you’re anything like me, summer makes you crave a cold, refreshing, sweet treat.  Sometimes, though, after an otherwise indulgent day, a summer BBQ, or when you’re trying to cut back on your sugar, you may want a treat that is hydrating and guilt-free (for the record, I don’t think any food should cause you to feel guilty!) Maybe you want to impress your guests by serving a sorbet palate cleanser (isn’t that just a fancy way to eat dessert first?).

Maybe you want a home-made dessert that takes just 5 minutes to throw together (and an additional hour to freeze up).  Maybe you just want a mouth-watering trio of flavors packaged up into a dessert that certainly doesn’t taste like it only has 21 calories per serving. Well, regardless of which of those you want, my Peach Lemon Basil Sorbet is a winner, and I hope you try it soon.  I used Pure Via sweetener to keep it light (you can read more about that below, and see some of my thoughts on stevia vs. artificial sweeteners here), and fresh summer peaches, lemons, and basil to keep it refreshing and delicious.  Enjoy! If you’re anything like me, summer makes you crave a cold, refreshing, sweet treat.  
Sometimes, though, after an otherwise indulgent day, a summer BBQ, or when you’re trying to cut back on your sugar, you may want a treat that is hydrating and guilt-free (for the record, I don’t think any food should cause you to feel guilty!) Maybe you want to impress your guests by serving a sorbet palate cleanser (isn’t that just a fancy way to eat dessert first?).

Maybe you want a home-made dessert that takes just 5 minutes to throw together (and an additional hour to freeze up).  Maybe you just want a mouth-watering trio of flavors packaged up into a dessert that certainly doesn’t taste like it only has 21 calories per serving. Well, regardless of which of those you want, my Peach Lemon Basil Sorbet is a winner, and I hope you try it soon.  I used Pure Via sweetener to keep it light (you can read more about that below, and see some of my thoughts on stevia vs. artificial sweeteners here), and fresh summer peaches, lemons, and basil to keep it refreshing and delicious.  Enjoy!
Peach Lemon Basil Sorbet
 
Prep Time: 5 minutes     Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes     Calories per serving: 21
Ingredients
~ 2 lemons
~ 3/4 of a fresh peach
~ 1/2 tsp. liquid stevia (I used Pure Via)
~ 2 cups ice, packed
~1 cup water
~ 3 large fresh basil leaves
Instructions:
  1. Juice lemons into blender (note: while this is sweet, it’s also quite lemony, and Kevin described it as “tart,” so if you’re looking for something a bit less strong, go with 1 or 1.5 lemons)
  2. Add stevia, peach (I left the skin on), ice, and about 1/2 cup of water.
  3. Blend in high-powered blender.
  4. You will need to periodically add water (by the tablespoon) to allow the mixture to process fully. Add the liquid slowly, so it turns into a sorbet texture rather than a liquid!
  5. When mixture is fully combined, add basil leaves, and pulse several times until leaves are in small specks and incorporated throughout.
  6. If you are not serving immediately, you’ll want to portion your sorbet into individual dishes, and stick in the freezer for another hour or so.
    Notes:
    The consistency is the tricky part of this recipe! If you leave it out at room temperature (or in the summer heat), it will melt quickly. However, if you leave it in the freezer overnight, it will be too hard – like a block of ice. I ended up freezing my leftovers for several days, and then took it from the freezer to the refrigerator around breakfast time. By dinner time, it was the perfect consistency again!
    Nutritional Profile: 6g carbs, 3g sugar, 0.6g protein..

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    Megan Lyons
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