Essential Oils for Athlete’s Foot

by Arupe

Applications for Athlete’sFoot

If your symptoms are recurrent, or increases in severity, be sure to get it checked by a doctor.

Athlete’s Foot is a contagious skin infection that is caused by the ringworm fungus. You may even pick it up by walking barefoot on contaminated floors.

Essential oils with antifungus properties may help to ease the symptoms.

Here is how you can naturally treat athlete’s foot with essential oils.


Wiping the Affected Area

First, prepare a clean small bowl or holder and add a mixture of 2 drops of tea tree and 1 drop of lavender. With a clean cotton ball, dip into the undiluted mixture and wipe on affected areas, especially between the toes and around the nails. Throw away the contaminated cotton ball and always use a new one when applying more.


Blending the Oils

Then, blend the essential oils in the following proportions

Essential Oil Amount
Tea tree 5 drops
Lemon 1 drop


Dilute with Carrier Oil or Cider Vinegar

After blending together, dilute them according to the following proportions:

For every 10ml of carrier oil or cider vinegar, add 8-10 drops of the blend, depending on the concentration that you prefer. Mix well.



After diluting with the carrier oil or cider vinegar, rub it over the feet, especially around the toes.


Other Effective / Alternative Essential Oils

You may also add a small amount of the following essential oils to the blend that could be helpful in treating this ailment:

thyme linalol, frankincense, manuka, lemongrass, eucalyptus lemon, patchouli


Important Notes

Essential oils are potent and powerful especially due to their concentration.

Be sure not to apply undiluted essential oils to your skin whenever applying topically, unless you are certain that it is safe to do so. Else, always dilute it in a carrier oil such as jojoba oil, castor oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, shea butter, olive oil or other carrier oils.

Also, make sure essential oils are safe to be ingested or applied on open wounds before doing so.

Some essential oils should not be used when pregnant or breast-feeding. Always check with your doctor when unsure. It is also good practice to do a skin patch test on your inner arm to ensure you do not have any reactions to the oils.

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