Also called onychomycosis a toenail fungus infection usually causes little discomfort at first and is only recognizable by a slight change in shine or color of the nail. However, as it develops symptoms will worsen so it really needs to be treated as soon as you can. If you visit your doctor or a podiatrist (foot doctor) they will prescribe a medicated treatment, most likely a systemic drug in the form of a pill, but these have potentially very serious side effects. For that reason, people are looking for other options that are effective but safer. Licorice home remedy for toenail fungus is something some people have had success with but no matter what type or form of treatment you choose you are going to need perseverance and patience. A completely healthy nail takes 6 months plus to grow through and apart from laser treatment, this means you need to daily use your chosen treatment for that amount of time.
Licorice is a root from the plant Glycyrrhiza glabra which is a legume native to parts of Asia and southern Europe. It is used for various purposes, in the UK it is eaten as a sweet, in fact, the compound that gives it its sweetness, glycyrrhizin is sweeter than sugar but also has anti-viral properties. It is also used in cooking, for medicinal purposes, and in traditional Chinese medicine.
Other medicinal uses for licorice apart from as a home remedy for toenail fungus include cough, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcers, laxatives, hingles, herpes, sore throat. anorexia, low fever.
Products that use Licorice use the root, either peeled or unpeeled. You can get powdered root, and finely cut root, and use it in the form of a tea, capsules, tablets and a liquid. If you decide to try licorice as a home remedy for toenail fungus there is the option to get extracts that do not contain the chemical glycyrrhizin, which is believed to be what causes some undesirable side effects of using licorice medicinally. Extracts without this chemical are called de-glycyrrhizinated licorice or DGL.
Ways to use licorice include:
Add 6 teaspoons of powdered licorice to 1 cup of boiling water. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and then allow to cool. Use a cotton ball and apply to the infected area three times a day.Make a tea with it and drink for a systemic approach.
Side effects (if ingesting)
Even though this is a herbal treatment licorice can interact with other medications so make sure you check with your doctor first.
Side effects of having too much glycyrrhizin in your body include;
Headaches, fatigue, high blood pressure, water retention, pain or numbness in legs and arms.
If you have any heart conditions, are pregnant or nursing, are diabetic, have kidney or liver disease or hypertension you should not use licorice systemically.