You can apply 1 or 2 drops of tea tree oil directly to infected finger and toe nails 3 times daily. For people who are sensitive to direct application of tea tree oils may try soaking their nails in treated water or applying lotion or powder on them.
Tea Tree Oil Hand or Foot Soak
- 1/2 cup warm cider vinegar
- 6 drops of tea tree oil
- Add one of these four essential oils (your choice)
- 1 drop sandalwood oil
- 2 drops peppermint oil
- 2 drops patchouli oil
- 2 drops thyme oil
Add the three ingredients listed above (vinegar, tea tree, and your choice of secondary essential oil) to a basin filled with warm water. The water should be wrist or ankle deep. Soak your hand or foot for fifteen to twenty minutes.
Fungal Nail Lotion
- 4 teaspoons cider vinegar
- 1/8 cup (30 ml) of distilled water or boiled water
- 10 drops lavender oil
- 6 drops of tea tree
Pour vinegar into a dark glass bottle. Add the essential oils and shake well. Then add the water and shake again. Swab affected areas with cotton 3 times daily. Shake well prior to application for each use to disperse the oils.
Fungal Foot Powder
- 2 tablespoon of corn flour or unscented talc
- 15 drops of lavender
- 5 drops of peppermint
Put corn flour or talc into a small plastic bag. Add the essential oils. Tie or zip close the bag securely and let sit for 24 hours allowing the oils to spread through base. Shake well before using first time.
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Source: Tea tree remedies adapted from essential oil recipes shared by member "Healloop" in the About.com Holistic Healing forum.