A fungal infection of the nails more commonly happens with toenails but also is seen in fingernails. A typical infection will start at the tip of the nail as a yellowish-white spot and if left unattended will spread to the rest of the nail. The result is usually a thick nail with split and crumbly end and edges. Fungus infections are contagious so you may get the infection from walking barefoot where others may have the problem, from someone or even yourself if you have athlete’s foot, ring worm or other fungal infections. Fungus prefers moist warm place so if your feet are in boots or enclosed shoes. are moist, and you are in a warm climate it is the ideal place for the fungus to thrive. The infection is also more prone to grow in someone who has a compromised immune system from other ailments or age.
A fungus that invades the nail bed and the underside of the nail causes the most common form of nail fungal infection. Another less common form invades the upper layers of the nail and the least common attacks the proximal nail fold or the base of the nail where the new nail growth begins. This latter form is unusual in healthy folks but may occur when someone is weakened by other health problems. There is a condition called keratin granulations that looks similar to a fungal infection but is, in fact, a reaction to frequent use of nail polish and nail polish remover.
Essential oils based products: GX Assist, PB Assist
Different folks have had to use stronger protocols than others, here is a range of suggestions. In any case the length of time is weeks, not days, so be patient and consistent. It is not abnormal for the nail to turn yellow or black as it heals, do not be concerned. Replace emery boards and sterilize other manicure/pedicure tools.
Mild – Apply 2 – 3 drops of the oil topically to the affected nail 2 – 4 times daily. Continue 2 weeks after it is healed to prevent the infection from returning. Suggested oils are:
• Topical Blend
• or Lemongrass
• or Melaleuca and Oregano*
• or combinations of the above oils and rotating them has been helpful for some
*Note: Oregano is termed a “hot” oil and can irritate the skin, especially if someone has sensitive skin. Consider diluting with a carrier oils or only applying to the nails and avoiding skin contact.
Moderate – For some the fungus infection is not just on the nails but is an internal candida infection and is best helped with the above protocol using the topical application combined with an internal cleanse of the candida.
Use the GX Assist/PB Assist protocol monthly (or more often to start with):
· 1-3 GX Assist capsules daily with meals for 10 days
· Follow with probiotic PB Assist
This Candida Cleanse from Dr. Hill uses individual oils and was suggested before the GX Assist became available:
· 5 drops of Lemon
· 5 drops of Melaleuca
· 3 drops on Oregano (see note above)
Put the oils into a gel cap and take internally twice a day for 10-14 days, rest two weeks and repeat the procedure.
Strong – Some have found that if they have a persistent candidiasis problem they need to couple the above protocols with a serious diet eliminating yeast and acidic foods.
Note * – The information on this website is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious Medical Concerns consult your doctor. Please treat this website for reference purpose only.