It’s not the most glamorous of topics.
However, the fact of the matter is that a lot of people suffer from toenail fungus. It’s not hard to see why – fungi grows in warm, dark and moist environments, making your shoes an ideal hangout spot.
Also, toes don’t have as much blood flow as other parts of the body, making it harder for the immune system to detect the fungi and serve it with an eviction notice.
That doesn’t mean you can’t step in and kick the bacteria to the curb. In fact, you can do so quite easily! Let’s take a look at a few simple methods.
1.Apple cider vinegar
Thanks to its antibacterial properties, apple cider vinegar works wonders for getting rid of all sorts of unwanted bacteria – including toenail fungus.
Use the apple cider vinegar to make an exfoliating scrub by mixing two teaspoons of it with one tablespoon of rice flour. It should turn into a paste. Apply this to your infected toenails and scrub with a toothbrush. Then, rinse your feet off and pat them dry.
Repeat this process every other day.
Baking soda is another antibiotic that will treat your toenail fungus effectively.
In addition to getting rid of the fungi, baking soda will also create an alkaline environment on your skin that will make for healthier skin overall, preventing further fungal outbreaks.
Simply mix two parts of baking soda with one part of warm water to create a paste. Apply this to your infected toenail and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Then, wash it off. Repeat this process twice daily.
Turmeric is a natural anti-fungal substance. As a bit of a forewarning, it does smell a bit strong and distinctive.
Begin with one tablespoon of turmeric powder. Mix it with a little bit of water to form a paste and apply this to your affected toenails. Let this sit for two to three hours and rinse your toenail off with lukewarm water. Dry your toenail thoroughly and repeat the process twice daily until you notice the fungal infection has vanished.
Oregano oil is one of the most powerful plant-derived antiseptics. As a bonus, it smells great and will leave your toes feeling fresh.
Mix about five drops of oregano essential oil with two teaspoons of olive oil (or whatever your preferred base oil happens to be) and apply the solution to your toenails. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and scrub the uppermost layer of your infected nail with a toothbrush.
Rinse it off with warm water and dry your feet. Repeat this daily.
If you’re particularly prone to toe fungus, you may find that you need to use these techniques indefinitely. No harm there – Consider them part of your daily cleaning ritual!