Athlete’s foot is an extremely common fungal infection. I think most of us have experienced the dry, scaly, itchy, burning irritation of athlete’s foot between our toes or along the side of the foot at some point in our lives. In grade school it seemed like I had it all the time.
Toenail fungus (onychomycosis) is also pretty common… and is highly contagious. This infection is characterized by thick, discolored nails, and is easily spread when you share nail clippers with somebody who is suffering from the infection or you damage your nailbed and the fungus creeps in.
Most often fungal infections develop when you’ve been wearing socks and restrictive shoes for long periods of time. Hot, sweaty shoes provide the perfect environment for fungal infections to thrive. Many soldiers and rig workers suffer from some form of foot fungus caused by wearing the same sweaty socks and tight boots for days on end.
A really bad case of athlete’s foot or toenail fungus can lead to a secondary bacterial infection which can lead to more serious complications down the road. Knowing how to make your own foot fungus remedy so you can prevent the fungal infection from coming back can save you from a lot of suffering in the future.
This video demonstrates how to use garlic… something you can grow in your own backyard!… to get rid of fungal foot infections. Nicole focuses more heavily on treating toenail fungus in her demo, but the same remedy can be applied for athlete’s foot with equal effectiveness.
Now let’s get back to this killer foot fungus home remedy…
1. Get a bulb of fresh garlic.
Fresh garlic is readily available in the produce aisle of the grocery store. Better yet, harvest some from your backyard garden. It’s important to use fresh garlic in order to benefit from the strength of its juice. Do not use already minced garlic from the store as it may have been pasteurized or treated with heat or chemicals.
2. Peel one large clove of garlic.
Use your fingernails to pull back the papery layer of skin covering the clove, squeezing as necessarily to break it loose.
3. Crush the garlic to release the juices.
This action helps to release the active healing properties in garlic. Using a fork, press down hard on the garlic, turning as needed to thoroughly crush and mince the clove. Do this on a tray so that you don’t lose any of the necessary juices. Go over it a few times until it’s broken up into little pieces. The lady in the video suggests that you can use a food processor or blender to grind up the clove, though I tend to disagree as these machines produce heat that might destroy some of the active ingredients in the garlic.
4. Add the garlic to olive oil.
Pour 1 Tbsp olive oil or coconut oil into a bowl to use as a carrier oil. You want to choose a carrier oil that has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Add the freshly minced garlic to the oil and stir gently to coat.
5. Spray the foot with vinegar.
Using a spray bottle, spray the foot with apple cider or white vinegar. I prefer apple cider vinegar because it’s so cheap and easy to make at home. Be sure to thoroughly cover all affected areas of the foot. Then allow to air dry.
6. Apply the garlic oil to the foot.
Once the foot has completely dried, rub the garlic oil on the foot paying close attention to the affected areas. It’s best to use gloves when dealing with foot fungus so as not to spread the infection to your hands or fingernails.
7. Wrap the foot with plastic.
Loosely wrap the foot with plastic to help hold the garlic oil in place. A plastic bag secured with tape might work in a pinch.
8. Cover the wrapped foot with a sock.
This will help hold heat in. Keep the foot covered for 24 hours. It might be more convenient to do this before bed, and leave it on overnight.
9. Roll the sock off gently.
When it’s time to remove the sock, be careful not to pull the plastic wrap off with it. Roll the sock upwards and off in order to keep the plastic wrap in place.
10. Cut the plastic wrap off.
Gently slide the scissors up underneath the plastic wrap, being careful to avoid the skin, and gently snip it away. (Honestly I don’t see why you couldn’t just pull the whole darned thing off at once, but that’s just me.)
11. Clean the foot and reapply as needed.
Once the plastic wrap has been removed, clean away any dead skin or softened fungus. Again, be sure to use gloves anytime you are handling feet with a fungal infection as it’s highly contagious.
Wash the foot with warm, soapy water and dry thoroughly. Re-apply this treatment as needed until the fungus is gone.
Other tips to get rid of foot fungus naturally…
Wear sandals, flip-flops, or go barefooted as often as possible. Fungus thrives in a warm, damp environment, and loves being covered with socks and tight shoes.
Apply tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca) topically to infected nails and skin 2-3 times a day until the infection is gone. Lavender essential oil and oregano essential oil are also strong antifungals. Be sure to dilute essential oils in a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil to avoid burning your skin (especially when using oregano oil- very hot!).
Keep your feet clean and dry. After wearing shoes all day be sure to wash your feet well and give them time to dry before re-covering.
Never re-wear the same socks. Use a clean pair of socks every day.
Soak the affected foot in a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar and really warm water once a day for 15 min. A soak in Epsom salt can also be effective.
Take probiotics or add cultured (fermented) foods or drinks (like kombucha) to your diet to boost the good bacteria in your gut. Fungal infections can be caused by an overgrowth of Candida albicans (a type of fungus) in your body.
Take good care of your feet. It would be a shame to suffer from a potentially painful infection when it could have been treated or avoided all together.
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