Fungal Infections | Antifungal Essential Oils and Silver

fungal infectionsSome Top Essential Oils with Anti Fungal Properties

Fungal infections have occurred for many of us during our life. Whether it is the result of an imbalance of gut microbes (yeast/candida albican), toe nail fungus, or ringworm, it can happen. The symptoms associated with fungal over growth can vary depending on what type you have. However, your symptoms are sure to result in some level of discomfort.

I am going to share with you some essential oils that may help when applied topically. I do not feel that you should take essential oils internally. Essential oils are very effective because they penetrate the skin and our olfactory system very quickly. Topical application is preferred. Remember to dilute the oils 1-2% when applied topically (6 to 12 drops per ounce), especially only1% if working on a tender area. You can even apply them topically to your abdomen to focus on your gut.

Topical Fungi

My favorite essential oils for skin fungus is using a topical application including lavender and tea tree. They seem to be effective when dealing with toe nail fungus, ringworm and other areas of the skin affected by fungi. Lavender has antibacterial and anti fungal properties. Tea tree essential oil is well known for its many anti microbial properties. You can create an essential oil skin fungus cream or oil or cream. Start by measuring out 1/2 oz or 1 ounce of carrier oil or cream. Add 3 or 6 drops of each essential oil to the cream or carrier oil. I like to use Jojoba or Olive Oil or Alba Botanica Unscented Lotion. If you can find a calendula infused oil that would be even better. This combination which I have made in my own individual herbal salves, has worked wonders for many skin concerns.

Others who have dealt with stubborn toe nail fungus have found that oregano essential oil is also helpful. Keep in mind that oregano is known as a HOT oil.  Not only is it warming, it can damage the skin especially if its not used diluted in a skin nourishing oil. If you choose to add Oregano, use caution when blending and use no more than 1-2 drops per ounce. A topical blend you might want to try includes 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of tea tree essential oil added to 1 ounce of olive or coconut oil. If you want you can add 1-2 drops of oregano oil to it.

Candida albicans

There are several essential oils you can use to create a blend for the abdomen for those fungal infections that may be lurking within like candida albicans. Clove, lemongrass, lavender, geranium, palma rosa, and thyme linalol are some of my favorites and have found to be effective.  You can create a blend with 2 -3 of these oils in 1 oz of coconut or olive oil and rub into your abdomen. Keep your total drops to about 12 drops per ounce.   You may even want to add a little ginger or chamomile essential oil to the blend since they are both beneficial for stomach concerns and digestion.  A great blend would be 3 drops lavender, 3 drops of lemongrass, 3 drops of palma rosa and 3 drops of geranium added to 1 oz of coconut or olive oil.

Also, often times candida can be of concern for other areas, so it is important to focus on gut health and cleansing. Make sure to avoid sugar, refined flour and processed foods.

Silver Shield

I also really like Silver Shield Rescue Gel for fighting topical fungal infections. Silver Shield Rescue Gel has been evaluated and found to reduce the levels of common microorganisms and fungi. These microorganisms include Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, MRSA, Candida albicans and Aspergillus niger. Silver Shield also comes in a liquid which can be taken internally and offers a broad spectrum immune support. Whether you have current concerns with fungi or not, Silver Shield Rescue Gel and Silver Shield Liquid are part of my first aid kit!