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Homemade Nail Fungus Cream

Numerous fungi are found all over our body, but they usually go unnoticed. However, sometimes they are able to penetrate below the skin via a cut or abrasion, and then subsequently flourish in the warm, moist conditions our body provides them. Fungal infections are a common problem on the hands, feet, and nails which can be treated at home with a few simple ingredients.

How to Treat Nail Fungus

It’s important to understand the severity as well as what part of the nail is infected in order to treat it effectively. Skin and cuticle infections such as athletes’ foot are usually contained to the surface of the skin, so in these situations, a topical treatment is recommended. If left untreated, many skin and cuticle infections can lead to an infected nail as the fungus grows underneath the cuticle and penetrates the nail bed. Therefore, topical treatments are unlikely to be as effective as oral treatment in these situations.

When treating most fungal infections, avoid using water-based moisturizers and lotions, since this trapped moisture can exacerbate the condition.

The length of treatment is usually over an extended period of time, especially if the fungus has grown underneath the nail and into the nail bed. Even when it looks like the infection has cleared, it’s crucial to continue the treatment for at least another two months to allow the nail to grow out and to reduce the risk of a flare-up. In some instances, this may take up to a year for the nail to completely grow out and heal.

Types of Nail and Foot Fungi

There are a number of species of fungi that cause athletes’ foot and nail infections, the most common being Trichophyton rubrum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes.

Other fungi that can infect the nail and nail bed include Aspergillus terreus, Acremonium roseogriseum, Epidermophyton floccosum, Microsporum gypseum, Fusarium oxysporum as well as other species of Trichophyton.

Secondary infections from bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus are common if infected nails are left untreated. This secondary infection can cause ingrown nails.

Plants That Treat Nail Fungus

Studies have shown that the best performers against T. rubrum and T. mentagrophytes include;

Homemade Nail Fungus Cream - Plants That Treat Nail Fungus

  • Combining the essential oils of oregano with either cinnamon bark, cassia or cilantro causes a significant increase in their ability to inhibit both Trichophyton species as well as Microsporum
  • The combination of lavender and tea tree essential oil works effectively against both Trichophyton species, but only moderately when used separately. The potency of over-the-counter anti-fungal creams can be elevated when mixed with this combination of essential oils.
  • Thyme essential oil strongly inhibits a wide range of fungi including both Trichophyton species and Microsporum
  • Rosemary, Lemongrass, tea tree, mint, and geranium essential oil all performed relatively well against fungi that cause nail infections.
  • Arrowroot has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and also helps to keep your feet dry.
    Homemade Nail Fungus Cream - Plants That Treat Nail Fungus
  • Emperors’ candles (Senna alata) and Deadly nightshade (Solanum nigrum) extracts also perform well against these two species of fungi and terreus. Man-to-man (Peperomia pellucida) leaf extracts inhibit T. Mentagrophytes. If you have access to any of these medicinal plants, then you can infuse them in olive oil to add to this nail fungus cream at a 1:10 concentration.

Plant-Based Oils Which Increase Skin Penetration

To ensure a successful homemade nail fungus treatment, it’s also important to consider how to maximize the skin’s absorption so that the cream is delivered deeper into the skin; to the dermis. The kinked, fatty-acid chains found in olive oil and soybean oil were found to be the best combination for skin penetration; olive oil improves the absorption of the outer skin layers (the epidermis), while soybean oil penetrates both the epidermis as well as the dermis underneath. The straight-chained, unsaturated fatty acids found in coconut oil don’t penetrate as effectively.

A 5% concentration of eucalyptus, black cumin, peppermint, and tea tree essential oil can loosen the hydrogen bonds in your skin to increase penetration of some anti-fungal medications.

How to Make a Nail Fungus Cream

This cream is incredibly simple since it achieves a creamy texture without any water-based products (and therefore without the need of any preservatives or emulsifiers).

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of soybean oil
  • 1/3 ounce (10 g) of beeswax
  • 1 teaspoon of arrowroot powder
  • 30 drops of essential oil

Optional Step: Make your own infused oil: Infuse the olive and soybean oil in a double boiler with any of the plants listed above (for example, rosemary, thyme, or deadly nightshade). Keep the temperature below 100°F and let the oil infuse with the herbs for at least 3 hours (the longer the better).Homemade Nail Fungus Cream - Optional Step

Step 1: Make a salve.

Combine the beeswax, olive oil, and soybean oil in a double boiler (or a glass jar sitting in a pot of water on the stove as I do). Once everything is combined, remove the jar from the water, add the essential oil and allow it to start to cool.Homemade Nail Fungus Cream - Step 1

Step 2: Make the cream

The salve in step 1 can now be made into a cream by slowly sifting the arrowroot powder into the salve. Make sure to wait until the salve is about body temperature (it will just start to get cloudy but still be warm to the touch), then mix the arrowroot powder in with a whisk or small beaters. This will take at least 3 minutes, closer to 6 minutes if you are using a hand whisk.Homemade Nail Fungus Cream - Step 2

How to Apply Your Homemade Nail Fungus Cream

It’s recommended to follow a few simple steps when treating nail fungus topically;

  1. Wash and dry the affected nail thoroughly.
  2. Apply the nail fungus cream liberally and massage it in, making sure to rub it deeply into the cuticle, skin, and between the digits.
  3. Allow the skin and nails to dry completely again before putting on any socks or shoes.
  4. Repeat at least three times a day.
  5. For best results, store the cream in the fridge. Cold cream can help to soothe the itchiness and heat that can be produced by an infection. When stored in the fridge, this cream will keep for about a year if all your tools and jars are sterilized beforehand.

Some other effective treatments for nail fungus include;

  • Soak the nail in a solution of 1-part vinegar to 1-part warm water for 5 – 10 minutes a day.
  • Apply 1- 2 drops of one of the essential oils listed above directly to the affected nail at least twice a day.
  • Garlic (Allium sativum) contains ajoene which has been found to be as effective at treating athletes’ foot as medicated products such as terbinafine. However, the sulfides in garlic can irritate the skin (and the smell can irritate the nose) and it’s especially irritating to skin that is already battling an infection, but garlic is a great option for treating nail infections orally.
  • Help to keep your feet and nails dry by applying arrowroot powder directly to the skin.

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Hi Lola,

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How can I print these articles so I can have a hard copy for my personal files.

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Which brand oils do you use or do you sell them

I love these articles. I don’t want to lose them

Hi, Is it possible to send you a picture of my fungus on my index finger?

Do you mix all of the essential oils mentioned together.

Can I use coconut oil instead of soybean oil. They don’t carry in our local store and ordering these days is a nightmare

Good question…I was thinking the same thing…


Coconut oil has demonstrated antifungal properties. The fatty acids in coconut oil work as natural fungicides, causing the fungal membranes to break down and clear up.

To substitute coconut oil for soybean oil, you can go for the same amount of oil for all the recipes. However, coconut oil remains solid at room temperature. That’s why you need to melt it before whenever the final dish requires liquid oil.

I hope this helps!

Many blessings and good health!

Not in Australia in summer. Nothing stays solid

This article may be an answer to my prayers. The Terbinafine my dermatologist prescribed caused me to have serious side effects, and the Ciclopirox nail laquer doesn’t seem to be doing anything. I’m going to try making/ using this antifungal cream. If I understand correctly, ingesting more oregano and garlic may help as well. I’ve had this fungus on my little fingernail for 11 months now. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

What do you think about clove eo? I read somewhere that it is supposed to work very well.

I would like to know why castor oil isn’t used often for skin treatments. I love castor. And it has great penetrating properties. Sure wish someone could tell me. :/

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