Most people have suffered from some sort of infection throughout their lifetimes, and in most cases, that means that most people have also taken antibiotics at some point. While antibiotics are very effective in treating infections, they are often overused, and they can cause harmful side effects in your body. Are you someone looking for home remedies for athlete’s foot or home remedies for plantar warts? then read on.
Broad spectrum anti-fungals don’t just kill the bad fungi that is causing your infection; they also kill the good bacteria that lives on your skin. This can cause short term benefits but long term risk of re-infections due to the imbalance of your skin flora.
The great news is that there are more natural ways to treat some infections; in fact, Australia is the home of the best therapeutic quality Tea Tree oil. Did you know just how helpful this little oil can be when combined with Oregano oil for the treatment of Athletes foot and Verruca’s? These two oils, when combined, are virus-fighting warriors and pack a punch. That means you don’t have to use harmful or toxic over-the-counter or prescription medicines to get rid of some infections.
Essential oils are full of beneficial components, and some of them have been scientifically proven to be effective in treating infectious diseases. Oregano oil, in particular, is effective against bacteria, fungi, and viruses thanks to two of its main components: carvacol and thymol. Tea tree oil also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it an amazing natural treatment for infections such as athlete’s foot and plantar warts.
Athlete’s foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a fungal skin infection. It affects the skin on the feet, where it most commonly appears on the skin between the toes. It can also spread to the toenails and hands. Athlete’s foot is contagious, and it is usually spread after being in contact with infected skin, or places where the fungus can thrive like swimming pools or showers.
Athlete’s foot can be caused by fungal species such as Trichophyton, Epidermophyton, and Microsporum. Its symptoms include red, scaly skin that itches and burns. Skin can also be blistered, cracked or peeled. When the toenails are affected, they become discoloured and can pull away from the nail bed.
You can use oregano and tea tree essential oils as home remedies for athlete’s foot, combine 5 ml of coconut oil with 5 drops of tee tree oil and two drops of oregano oil. Rub this mixture into your feet twice a day. Continue the treatment for one week after symptoms cease.
After you have completed this treatment, follow these steps to prevent the infection from coming back:
- Make up an anti-fungal spray to spray inside your shoes and shower floors.
- Wash socks and towels in hot water washes.
- Put your shoes in the freezer for 24 hours.
Plantar warts, also known as verruca plantaris, are small, benign skin lesions which appear on the bottom of the feet. They are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), usually by the strains 1, 2, 4, 60, and 63. The virus enters the skin through small abrasions or cuts, which might not even be visible to the naked eye.
The infection can manifest as a single or solitary wart, or as a mosaic wart, in which small warts form a cluster. Plantar warts aren’t dangerous, but they can become painful and make standing very uncomfortable. The wart appears on the surface of the skin, and it can have tiny black dots on its surface. These dots are simply small blood vessels full of dried blood.
Essential oils can also be used as home remedies for plantar warts. In order to treat plantar warts with essential oils put 1 drop of tea tree neat onto the affected area. Depending on the size of the wart, use the end of a match stick or something the size of the surface area of the wart to apply the oregano oil. Oregano oil will burn the skin, so try to get it directly on the wart. Cover the wart. Do this twice a day. You will see the wart changing; keep going until the root of the wart has come out; the time this takes will depend on the size of the wart, but it is usually between 10-20 days. Continue the treatment for another week after the root has come out to prevent it from coming back.
If you are looking for a natural clinical solution then we recommend you read up on Marigold Therapy that is pioneered by a Sydney Podiatrist Dr Tariq Khan who has a special interest in Plantar warts.
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