Last Updated on October 11, 2021 by Nail Explorer
Some people report having obtained good results using natural remedies for nail fungus. I will list some of the more popular remedies below.
1. Essential Oils
A study carried out in the late 90′s concluded that tea tree oil was very effective at curing nail fungus. Sixty sufferers of the condition were given either a placebo or a cream containing 5% tee tree oil, which they applied twice a day. The study ran for four months by which time 80% of participants who used the cream containing the tee tree oil were cured, while those given the placebo still had nail infections.
An earlier study that ran for six months and involved 177 people resulted in a similar outcome.
Well, it is said that Thyme oil is also good, various people have used it to cure wounds for generations, and is said to be an effective treatment for nail fungus. As with Lemon Grass and Oil of Oregano, its anti-fungal and antibiotic qualities are thought to be beneficial in curing nail fungus.
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Another essential oil that shows promise is clove oil. While lab results look good, no studies on sufferers have been carried out so at this time it’s not known how well it works in real life.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is claimed to cure many things, including nail fungus. While there hasn’t been a study to confirm its efficacy for this purpose, some people swear by it.
While very much a proponent of natural remedies, I haven’t tried these particular ones myself so can’t vouch for them. Natural remedies are inexpensive and no harm is likely to come from using them. My one reservation is that if they don’t work, months will have passed before you’ll know for sure and you’ll then have to start over again with something new. For this reason, my top recommendation remains ZetaClear.
If you do try one of the natural remedies for nail fungus listed here, I’d love to hear your result.
Here are some more natural remedies for nail fungus that have worked for some people.
3. Vicks VapoRub
Yes, that Vicks VapoRub! Apparently easing coughs is not the only thing Vicks is good for. Vicks is said to have produced good results for some people suffering from nail fungal infections.
Treatment involves applying the Vicks to the infected area daily then covering it with either a glove or a sock, depending upon where the infection is. Vicks contains several ingredients that have healing properties including eucalyptol which is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, and camphor which has antiseptic properties. Vicks also contains Thymol, a thyme derivative which is thought to have antifungal properties.
It’s important to not over apply this treatment as it’s possible the camphor and turpentine, which are also ingredients, could aggravate the surrounding skin.
Listerine contains menthol, eucalyptol, thymol, and methyl salicylate, all of which may have antifungal qualities. Soaking the affected nails in a mixture of straight Listerine or 50/50 Listerine and vinegar has proven effective in curing nail fungus in some people.
5. Hydrogen Peroxide
It’s said that Hydrogen Peroxide has successfully eliminated nail fungus for some people. To use it, make up a mixture of 3% peroxide (any more and your skin can have a bad reaction) and an equal percentage of water, and soak the infected nails for 30 minutes.
6. Cornmeal Mush
Some sufferers of nail fungus claim they cleared their infections by soaking their nails in a mixture of one part cornmeal to two parts water for one half to up to one hour a day. Cornmeal is said to contain a natural fungus that attacks and consumes the toenail fungus while not damaging the nails’ keratin.
Everything that has been mentioned above in this article is okay and less expensive to use, but they have all not been backed up by any clinical studies, you may give them all a try at your own will.
For the toenail fungus cure I personally recommend, using ZetaClear, because its something that I have used and worked very effectively without any issues. Whichever route you decide to take, good luck in curing your nail fungal infection.