If you are looking at options for curing under nail fungus how about one or a blend of essential oils. Curing under nail fungus is not easy – even prescribed treatment does not come with an absolute 100% success rate, recurrence is common and it often has some serious potential side effects to be concerned about. Natural remedies at least do not come with worrying internal side effects and are effective for some people. Toenails are harder to treat than finger nails though and if it is working, it will take longer to get a fully healthy nail grown through, between 9 to 12 months in fact.
There are several essential oils that can be used separately or together in a blend for curing under nail fungus. Common ones you may have read about are tea tree oil, lavender oil, clove oil to name just three. If you buy an over the counter product that uses natural ingredients, you will probably find a combination of essential oils. An essential oil that is not as well known is Copaiba oil. It is extracted from the Copaiba tree, much the way maple syrup is, drilling a pipe into the tree and taken straight from it. It is then distilled using steam to create the essential oil.
The outstanding thing about this essential oil compared to others is its levels of beta-carophyllene, which is the compound that is responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties. Clove oil also used for this purpose has about a tenth of this compound. But as well as being excellent for inflammation it also reduces irritation, is analgesic, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and has antioxidants. Typically people indigenous to the area the trees grow (the Amazon) use it for several medical purposes including relieving muscle and joint aches and pains, for wounds and cuts, skin problems, and insect bites and stings.
Other than for curing under nail fungus, Copaiba oil has been used for:
This essential oil has anti-fungal properties that will fight the fungus under the nail, as well as easing any swelling and pain. You should avoid getting it in contact with your eyes or any mucous membranes and if you use it undiluted some people do have a reaction of irritation and itching or tingling. If this happens stop using and use a carrier oil to dilute it in such as olive oil or almond oil. It should also not be taken internally in large doses or for long periods of time. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should not use any essential oils.
Dr. Soumya Podduturi is an Aesthetic Dermatologist, Dermatologist, Dermatosurgeon, Trichologist, Pediatric Dermatologist, Cosmetologist with 8 Years Experience