There are various natural home remedies that can be tried in order to treat toenail fungus. Most of the components needed for these remedies can be found in your kitchen so you don’t need to have a large budget to try at least a few of them. Bellow you can find a list of some of the most effective remedies that are known to work well for nail fungus treatment.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).
Apple Cider Vinegar is a popular and effective natural home remedy for various conditions and nail fungus is no exception. The main reason why it is thought to be effective for treating this condition is because it is able to kill bacteria and also it is a bit acidic, so it can also stop fungus from propagating. When Apple Cider Vinegar is applied on the affected area it destroys alkaline environment, which is where fungus can thrive. While this Vinegar is a little acidic it safe to apply it on your skin and it doesn’t do any damage. When you prepare a home remedy with Apple Cider Vinegar you should mix it with the same amount of water so that acidity would be lower. This mixture should be applied directly on your nail daily for at least 30 minutes. In most cases people start noticing results from this remedy within a few weeks’ time.
One of the natural home remedies for nail fungus that you can try at home is garlic. The reason why garlic works effectively for nail fungus is because it contains a substance called allicin. This substance has some antifungal features therefore it might be effective treatment for this condition. There are a couple of different options to choose from if you want to use garlic for treatment. The most convenient way to use it would be to eat a few slices of garlic daily; however it might be not as effective as applying it directly on affected area. The other option would be to use garlic oil together with some white vinegar. You should make a mixture of both of these components (equivalent amounts) and apply it on the affected area. In order to leave it on the affected area for longer time you should also add a bandage. In case you do not have garlic oil at your home you can also make a similar treatment by making a mixture from a few slices of garlic (smashed) and a few spoons of olive oil.
3. Vicks Vapor Rub.
Vicks Vapor rub is another popular home remedy for treating nail fungus infection naturally. It is more commonly used to treat conditions like chest congestion and common cold; however surprisingly many people find it effective for nail fungus treatment too. One of the reasons why it seems to work well on this condition too is because it contains thymol. This component has antibacterial, antiseptic as well as antimicrobial features therefore it can help with fungus treatment. To use this home remedy you should apply vicks vapor rub cream on your affected nail and make sure that all affected area is soaked with a cream. Then you should add a bandage on your nail in order to avoid the cream from rubbing off. This remedy should be used daily until the infection is totally gone. Most people start noticing results from this treatment within a couple weeks of usage while for others it might even take a couple of months. It is also important to mention that Vicks Vapor Rub has quite a specific smell, so this remedy might be not very appealing for some people.
4. Tea Tree Oil.
While there are quite a lot of natural oils that work well for nail fungus treatment Tea Tree Oil seem to be one of the most popular remedies for this condition. One of the main reasons why it works well on treating nail fungus infection is because it has fungicide and antiseptic features. To use this remedy you should rub some oil with a cotton ball on the affected area and leave it for ten or twenty minutes daily. Before applying this oil on your nails you should also clean the area using some alcohol. While Tea Tree Oil alone can work well on minor infections it might be less effective for more severe nail fungus conditions. To make it more effective remedy you can make a mixture from this oil and a tablet of Vitamin E. Also some people tend to mix Tea Tree Oil with Thyme or Olive Oils to make it a stronger remedy.
5. Baking Soda.
Another easy and natural home remedy that you can try for treating nail fungus infection is Baking Soda. While alone Baking Soda will not be able to kill fungus (it doesn’t have such properties), but it can help to stop the infection from spreading and growing further. To make this remedy you should mix a couple of spoons of baking soda with some warm water so that a thick paste mixture would be formed. Then you should rub this formed paste to the affected area and leave for as long as you can. To get the best results from this treatment you should repeat this procedure two times per day until the infection is healed. If you want to get even better results you can also add some Apple Cider Vinegar to a mixture.