Athlete’s Foot Fungus and Essential Oils

Tinea pedis or athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin that infects the feet. It is identical to ringworm which infects the skin in the rest of the body. This fungus thrives in the warm, moist environment to which many feet are subjected. The best remedy is to keep feet cool and dry and avoid wearing tight-fitting shoes or heavy natural (cotton) socks. Wearing sandals, shoes, and socks woven from a light-weight, breathable fabric, can also be beneficial.

Avoid socks and shoes that are now available with an antibacterial made directly into them as these are not healthy or beneficial.

It is especially important to control fungus infection probability during showering or bathing. Since the moist, warm environment in bathrooms and showers favor the growth of the Tinea culture, responsible for athlete’s foot, it is a good idea to address that problem to prevent further spread of the fungus. Further along in this post I will share with you my suggestions on which essential oils to use to keep the fungus from growing on your bathroom surfaces.

Young Living anti-fungal essential oils such as Melaleuca ericifolia or Melrose can be added to sea salt or Epsom salts and used in a RainSpa shower head to create a mild, anti-fungal shower.

The addition of the therapeutic essential oils to the shower head this also provides a cleaning action to your shower stall/tub, thus making your shower space not a likely cause of continued fungal spreading.

Note: I personally don’t use or buy scented aromatherapy products because of the chemical ingredients. Instead I create my own concoctions with my pure therapeutic-grade YL oils, this way I know what I’m getting and putting on my skin. I would not use other, lesser quality, oils or scented products in my RainSpa shower head as they do not have the therapeutic properties I am looking to obtain with the treatment of fungus on my body and in the shower stall itself.

Single Essential Oils known for their anti-fungal properties are: Melaleuca ericifolia (make sure you choose this species, it is NOT for internal use), Cypress, Lemongrass, Idaho Balsam Fir, Lavender, Peppermint, Thyme, Mountain Savory.

Essential Oil Blends known for their anti-fungal properties are: Melrose, Thieves, and Purification.

Before Using Essential Oils Remember These Guidelines

Always dilute these essential oils as they can irritate the skin when applied neat. Dilution can be obtained by using a carrier oil, such as V-6 Massage Oil (#3031).

Or, mix your chosen essential oil well in Sea Salt or Epsom salt to keep your essential oil(s) evenly distributed in your bath water.

Caution: Remember, water does NOT dilute an essential oil.

Additionally, if you are using a RainSpa shower head, avoid getting the essential oil shower water into your eyes.

If essential oil does get into the eye, do NOT dilute or flush eye with water – instead use V-6 or a vegetable oil.

Great News if Tea Tree Oil is not clearing up your nail fungus!

If you like to keep things simple and if you have not had complete foot fungus removal using Tea Tree oil, I highly recommend using the blend Melrose (#3378) essential oil blend instead. I have seen friends, with what I consider severe cases of nail fungus have a 50 percent improvement within 24 hours when applying Melrose topically to the area of concern, 2-3 times a day. Simply put a couple of drops of Melrose on the area and allow to air dry.Melrose Essential Oil Blend

Melrose oil blend contains: Melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia), naouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), and clove (Syzygium aromaticum).

All of the oils in this blend are well-known for their anti-fungal properties.

A 15ml bottle of Melrose has about 250 drops per bottle, making this choice a very affordable option to clearing up topical fungal issues.

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Athlete’s foot blend recipe #1:

  • 8 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca ericifolia) (#3501)
  • 2 drops Lavender (#3575)

How much would it cost to make this recipe?

$1.27 per application

(Note: the cost would be 24% less if you’re a wholesale customer or distributor)

Athlete’s foot blend recipe #2:

  • 8 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca ericifolia) (#3501)
  • 4 drops Peppermint (#3614)
  • 2 drops Mountain Savory (#3590)
  • 1 teaspoon V-6 Massage Oil (#3031 – 8oz. / #3030 – 32oz.)

How much would it cost to make this recipe?

$2.80 per application

(Note: the cost would be 24% less if you’re a wholesale customer / distributor)

Application Methods

  • Topical: Apply 5-7 drops to affected areas between toes and around toenails
  • Foot Bath: Daily. To make your foot bath, use a total of 6-8 drops of essential oils (above blends, or either Melrose, Thieves, or Purification) to 1/2 cup Epsom Salts or Sea Salt, stir well, add to foot bath water.
  • Other Topical Treatments: Thieves Antiseptic Spray, Ortho Ease Massage Oil, Thieves Mouthwash (used on the feet), Peppermint-Cedarwood Bar Soap, Rose Ointment.

How to Keep Your Shower and Bathroom Free of Fungus

Clearly, keeping your bathroom surfaces clean go a long way in stopping and preventing this fungus from lingering and spreading to other family members. A terrific way to get things under control is to use a total of 25 to 30 drops of any of the above mentioned essential oils in a 14 oz. spray bottle filled with water.

Keep this spray bottle handy to spritz the tub/shower, floor, and bathmat directly after showering. This will give the room a nice scent plus it will help destroy the fungus and other unwanted bacteria. You can even use this spray to spritz inside of shoes.

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As a classical Feng Shui practitioner, Native Plant Landscaper, and Young Living Distributor, Evelyn brings a background of living naturally to her business. Also trained in Space Clearing and Labyrinth Design & Facilitation, her passion for balanced and harmonious living and lifestyle is an inspiration to others. Essential oils play a large role in creating surroundings of beauty and peace - from shifting stagnant energy to insect pests to cooking - the vitality of therapeutic oils and natural products helps restore the connection to self and nature. Please contact Evelyn if you have questions or need assistance.

One thought on “Athlete’s Foot Fungus and Essential Oils

  1. Leslie
    May 3, 2011 at 12:16 am

    This is your best topic yet!

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