Essential Oils For Nail Fungal Infections

  • Useful Essential Oils

    Which essential oils are effective in treating nail fungus?

    The essential oils that traditionally have been used to treat fingernail or toenail fungus include:

    • Oregano Oil – This is not very pleasant smelling but it is much more potent than Tea Tree Oil as a nail fungus remover. Because of its potency, you should dilute it 5% in a carrier oil (25 drops per tablespoon). This also makes the scent less strong.
    • Myrrh Oil – Dilute this 20% in a carrier oil (100 drops per tablespoon). It has a more pleasant scent.


    Learn more about aromatherapy or see our how to use essential oil videos.


    Disclaimer: The statements made on this page have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. If a condition persists, please contact your physician or healthcare provider. The information provided is not a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with a healthcare provider, and should not be construed as medical advice.

  • About the Condition

    What is onychomycosis?

    Onychomycosis is what most people would call a nail fungus. It is also known as dermatophytic onychomycosis or tinea unguium. It is a fungal infection of the nail. It can occur in fingernails or toenails, but it is most common in the toenails. Around one in ten people suffer from it at some time or other.

    What causes nail fungal infections?

    They can be caused by pathogens such as dermatophytes, Candida, and nondermatophytic molds. Dermatophytes are the most common cause in temperate Western countries. In hot, humid climates, Candida and nondermatophytic molds are more likely to be the cause.

    People older than 65 sometimes get fungal infections due to other kinds of molds because they have less resistance.


    Disclaimer: The statements made on this page have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. If a condition persists, please contact your physician or healthcare provider. The information provided is not a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with a healthcare provider, and should not be construed as medical advice.

  • Other Treatments

    What are conventional medical treatments for fungal nail infections?

    In some cases, it isn't a fungal infection, only a nail deformity. So, the infection should always be confirmed before providing treatments, especially as many of the conventional treatments have side effects.

    Treatment is difficult because it can be hard to reach the site of the infection, as the infection is buried within the nail. Even if treatment is successful, it can take over a year for the old infected nail to be replaced by the new nail.

    Generally, topical medications such as ciclopirox nail paint, amorolfine or efinaconazole treatments are given or oral antifungal medications such as terbinafine, itraconazole or fluconazole are prescribed.

    Studies have failed to demonstrate any benefit of Australian tea tree oil in treating onychomycosis.

    Of course, essential oils traditionally have also been used for fungal nail infections. For more information, see the Useful Essential Oils tab.


    Disclaimer: The statements made on this page have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. If a condition persists, please contact your physician or healthcare provider. The information provided is not a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with a healthcare provider, and should not be construed as medical advice.

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